Science Fiction/Fantasy

Part sci-fi, part philosophy, and set in the semi-near future where many tasks are done by robots governed by three laws, this meditation on best laid plans constantly questions the reader about how rules are communicated and then ultimately interpreted. As relevant today as it was when published, this is a timeless collection for any questioning reader. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780553382563
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Published: Spectra Books - April 29th, 2008

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. It’s intensely smart and fascinating. It completely blew my mind. - Jax

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By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

All of your favorites—Aesir, Vanir, giants, dwarves, elves, and big bad wolves—try once again to fit in as many adventures as they can before Ragnarok descends to destroy them all. Translated by master of the fantastic Neil Gaiman, this updated version is reminiscent of the classic Edith Hamilton collection, but with a tang of Gaiman’s dark sense of humor. - Aric

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ISBN: 9780393609097
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

I enjoyed all of the many little nods to other works from the Cthulhu Mythos in this story. For those of you familiar with the mythos, it’s like coming home to familiar ground. Emrys treats the mythos with respect and fondness, and has certainly invested her time in crafting a compelling story from a perspective I never expected to sympathize with so utterly. This is my favorite book thus far this year. - Ian

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ISBN: 9780765390905
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Published: Tor.com - April 4th, 2017

In the not-so-distant future, a diverse cast of characters inherit a New York that has been flooded and overwhelmed as a result of the environmental, economic, and social disasters we are facing today. New York 2140 is timely and relevant and more realistic than the sci-fi I typically read. Significantly, it purposes a future in which ethics and moral reasoning are still being undermined by the status quo. I’d recommend reading it with friends! - Ashley

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$28.00
ISBN: 9780316262347
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Published: Orbit - March 14th, 2017

I loved Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet so much. While it was more of a vignette, A Closed and Common Orbit, its sequel, is more focused on two specific characters, Lovey and Pepper. Identity is a strong theme that more than one of the characters struggles with. I love that even in space, even hundreds of years from now, with all our technological advances, we still struggle with who we are. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062569400
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Published: Voyager - March 14th, 2017

Jacqueline Carey excels at creating lush worlds close to our own and this one is not to be missed. In this retelling of The Tempest, Miranda is left in the dark as to her father’s plans and even her own origins, but that won’t stop her from searching out the truth while also exploring her feelings for Caliban, her father’s ensorceled servant. Escaping to their island and immersing myself in this fantastical world was a major delight. - Ivy

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ISBN: 9780765386793
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Published: Tor Books - February 14th, 2017

I finally picked this book up at the behest of our former Commander-in-Chief, who claimed he read it as a way to escape. While certainly this is an immersive book, it is also one that challenges you, forces you to think and learn every moment you are reading it. As a work in translation it is phenomenal, with the translator’s notes prodding you into yet deeper understanding. It’s intensely smart, fascinating and completely blew my mind. So while I definitely appreciated the recommendation, I think this is a little more than “escapist” reading. - Jax

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By Cixin Liu, Ken Liu (Translator)
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ISBN: 9780765382030
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Published: Tor Books - January 12th, 2016

When the world burns and you lose those you love, what do you do? Butler is one of the greatest American writers of science fiction we’ve ever known, and this is my favorite of her works – a dystopian future (before it was cool) where a young black woman on a post-apocalyptic road trip decides not just to survive, but thrive – and bring the rest of the world up with her. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780446675505
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - January 1st, 2000

Dead gods. Fallen empires. Old atrocities. And people trying to pick up the pieces after. Also, spies. And a murder. These are the ingredients making up a book incredibly fun to lose oneself in – and also shockingly thoughtful (amidst the espionage and monster fights) and resonant to real life questions of history, accountability, and the challenge of making a better future. - Jocelyn

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ISBN: 9780804137171
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Published: Broadway Books - September 9th, 2014

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