Science Fiction

Jennifer Government: A Novel

By Maxx Barry

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In the not so distant future, the U.S. government has been privatized and huge American corporations rule the world. Wisecracking dectective Jennifer Government is hot on the trail of wrong-doers at Nike. Her search for justice leads her on an adventurous journey through the United States Economic Bloc and culminates in a world war.

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In the Cube: A Novel of Future Boston

By David Alexander Smith

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The Boston of a century from the present serves as the gateway to Earth for aliens and has become a technological marvel where humans and aliens mix, struggling to create a new society while coping with greed, immense wealth, and murder.

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Extremes

By Kristine Kathryn Rusch

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His name : Miles Flint. His occupation: Retrieval Artist. His job : Hunt down the Disappeared-outlaws on the run, wanted for crimes against alien cultures. The catch : Flint isn't working on the side of the law.

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Dream Park

By Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

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For 15 virtual reality gamers undertaking a four-day quest, the fantasy slaying of monsters, is suddenly interrupted by murder.
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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

By Philip K. Dick

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Rick Deckard prowls the steel-and-microchip jungle of 21st-century Los Angeles. He's a 'blade runner' stalking genetically made criminal replicants. His assignment: kill them. Their crime: wanting to be human. Basis of the film Blade Runner.

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Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

By Douglas Adams

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There is a long tradition of Great Detectives, and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. But his search for a missing cat uncovers a ghost, a time traveler, AND the devastating secret of humankind! Detective Gently's bill for saving the human race from extinction: NO CHARGE.
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Bitter Waters

By Wen Spencer

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Half-human half-alien Ukiah Oregon finds himself under scrutiny by Homeland Security when a dead member of the Temple of New Reason cult is found with photographs of Ukiah. Before he can investigate the cult's interest in him, Ukiah's son is abducted.
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Architects of Emortality

By Brian Stableford

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Detective Charlotte Holmes of a futuristic United Nations police investigates the murder of a geneticist, killed by man-eating flowers. It is the first of several such murders and in each case the flowers were delivered by a beautiful woman.
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Altered Carbon

By Richard K. Morgan

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"In the twenty-fifth century, humankind has spread throughout the galaxy, monitored by the watchful eye of the U.N. While divisions in race, religion, and class still exist, advances in technology have redefined life itself. Now, assuming one can afford the expensive procedure, a person’s consciousness can be stored in a cortical stack at the base of the brain and easily downloaded into a new body (or 'sleeve') making death nothing more than a minor blip on a screen. Ex-U.N. envoy Takeshi Kovacs has been killed before, but his last death was particularly painful. Dispatched one hundred eighty light-years from home, re-sleeved into a body in Bay City (formerly San Francisco, now with a rusted, dilapidated Golden Gate Bridge), Kovacs is thrown into the dark heart of a shady, far-reaching conspiracy that is vicious even by the standards of a society that treats “existence” as something that can be bought and sold. For Kovacs, the shell that blew a hole in his chest was only the beginning. . . ."

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WWW: Wake by Robert Sawyer

For science fiction aficionados, the premise of WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer initially sounds, well, perhaps a bit contrived (even beyond the normal contrivances of science fiction).  But keep reading: the protagonist, Caitlin Dector, is a young blind millennial who has never known a world without the Internet, a world she can navigate with ease through the use of assistive technologies.  Caitlin becomes the subject of an experimental procedure to restore sight.  However, when her vision is "switched on" she does not see the physical world, but an abstract representation of the World Wide Web.  While exploring her strange new ability, she discovers a growing intelligence emerging from within the Web . . .   see what I mean?  My first thought after hearing this description was, "That sounds like the plot of a bad 90s Outer Limits episode."  After cracking the book open however, I found WWW: Wake tells a fascinating story, blending the best of both science fiction and hard science as well as cyberculture, blind culture, information theory, epidemiology, world politics, family dynamics, pedagogical theory, teenage culture, and probably a few other things I'm not thinking of.  All of that in one book.  And it's really, really good.