Seattle Picks: Science Fiction Favorites

Surface Detail
Surface Detail By Banks, Iain (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC BANKS 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lededje finds herself in the middle of the dangerous machinations of the all-powerful Culture who turned its attention to solving the problem of death itself by creating a virtual afterlife. (Culture Universe #9)

Cryoburn By Bujold, Lois McMaster (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC BUJOLD 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Professional problem-solver Miles Vorkosigan once again lands in the middle of an intergalactic incident after he uncovers the nefarious designs of a powerful corporation on Kibou-daini, a planet colonized by people of Japanese ancestry. (Vorkosigan Saga #17)

Rimrunners By Cherryh, C. J. (Book - 1990 ) SCI-FIC CHERRYH 1990 Available in some locations

Annotation:Intergalactic assassin Bet Yeager finds herself behind enemy lines and on the losing side of a war. Somehow she must stay alive and hide her true identity while making it to friendlier areas of space. (Alliance/Union series, Company Wars #4)

The Lifecycle of Software Objects
The Lifecycle of Software Objects By Chiang, Ted (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC CHIANG 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 4 copies

Annotation:A start-up tech company makes startling discoveries in artificial intelligence while trying to perfect its brand of virtual pets.

Shadow Ops
Shadow Ops Control Point By Cole, Myke (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC COLE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Army officer Oscar Britton finds himself on the wrong side of the U.S. government after he manifests a rare and forbidden magic skill that threatens to forever change the status quo. (Shadow Ops #1)

Leviathan Wakes
Leviathan Wakes By Corey, James S. A. (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC COREY 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 9 copies

Annotation:A war is brewing in our solar system and the ice miners under the direction of Captain Jim Holden discover a horrifying secret that threatens the fragile peace between planets. (Expanse #1)

7th Sigma
7th Sigma By Gould, Steven (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC GOULD 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A seemingly endless swarm of metal-devouring insects has permanently altered the societal structure of the U.S. Streetwise orphan Kimble finds himself at the center of this new world order after he joins a middle-aged woman’s dojo.

Marsbound By Haldeman, Joe W. (Book - 2009 ) SCI-FIC HALDEMA 2009 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Carmen Dula is nervous about her parents’ decision to uproot the family and move to Mars. As if dealing with her typical teen problems wasn’t enough, Carmen also accidently engages in the universe’s first human-alien encounter. (Marsbound #1)

After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall
After the Fall, Before the Fall, During the Fall By Kress, Nancy (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC KRESS 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A man caught in the act of kidnapping two girls literally vanishes in front of the terrified parents’ eyes. Meanwhile, 50 years in the future, the last survivors on Earth struggle to keep the human race alive.

Up Against It
Up Against It By Locke, M. J. (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC LOCKE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A water shortage threatens the population of an asteroid colony, but Jane thinks a more sinister culprit—involving the Martian mafia, a violent cult and a rogue artificial intelligence—lies behind this potentially life-threatening catastrophe.

The Gift of Fire
The Gift of Fire On the Head of A Pin By Mosley, Walter (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC MOSLEY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:A flip-over collection of two novels: One about the return of the mythical Prometheus to modern-day Los Angeles, the other about the rapid advancement of animatronic technology.

Forerunner By Norton, Andre (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC NORTON 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:On a trading outpost planet so ancient Earth is only a legend, Simsa makes a living selling souvenirs to space travelers who stop at her planet.

Version 43
Version 43 By Palmer, Philip (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC PALMER 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:A seemingly endless supply of cyborg cops are called to investigate everything from mass murder on distant planets to corrupt government officials to prostitution rings run by an intergalactic cabal of organized crime mobs.

All the Lives He Led
All the Lives He Led By Pohl, Frederik (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC POHL 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:After the U.S. is devastated by ecological disaster, refugee Brad Sheridan flees North America for work at a Mount Vesuvius theme park in Italy, but he soon becomes embroiled in a multifarious terrorist plot with far reaching implications.

The Long Earth
The Long Earth By Pratchett, Terry (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC PRATCHE 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 18 copies

Annotation:After an eccentric scientist discovers an infinite number of alternate Earths only a “step” away, Joshua and his artificial intelligence companion, Lobsang, set about exploring as much of the multiverse as they can.

Boneyards By Rusch, Kristine Kathryn (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC RUSCH 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Hard-boiled crime fiction set in deep space about a ragtag group of wreck-divers who salvage spaceship wrecks. Things turn sinister, however, when they discover remnants of stealth technology, which has been outlawed for centuries. (Diving Universe #3)

GLOW By Ryan, Amy Kathleen (Book - 2012 )

Annotation:Waverly is on a generation ship when a vicious attack by religious extremists from their sister ship leaves her a prisoner. Meanwhile, the remaining teenagers struggle to rescue those kidnapped and save their crippled ship. (Sky Chasers #1)

Redshirts By Scalzi, John (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC SCALZI 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 30 copies

Annotation:No one seems to notice that low-ranking science officers aboard the Intrepid starship always disappear on away missions. The meta-fictional claws come out when new recruits investigate the truth behind the Redshirts’ run of bad luck.

The Highest Frontier
The Highest Frontier By Slonczewski, Joan (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC SLONCZE 2011 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:Jenny Ramos-Kennedy faces most of the usual experiences of a college freshman, but her college happens to be on a space station. Meanwhile, on Earth, ecological chaos reigns as an alien parasite wreaks havoc on the planet.

Songs of the Dying Earth
Songs of the Dying Earth Stories in Honor of Jack Vance (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC SONGS O 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:An ancient Earth with an aging Sun on the precipice of extinguishing provides the setting for these stories by various authors. Vance’s highly stylized approach to this world favors wit, chicanery and lyrical embellishments over swordplay and epic battles.

All About Emily
All About Emily By Willis, Connie (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC WILLIS 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A plucky robot refuses to give up her dreams of being on Broadway, and her only hope of making this dream a reality is an aging diva who has no intention of helping a young ingénue—robot or otherwise!

Home Fires
Home Fires By Wolfe, Gene (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC WOLFE 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A young couple separated by space and time, the victims of a war across light-years and the effects of time dilation, are newly reunited when an ill-fated Caribbean cruise puts them once again in danger.

The Stories of Ibis
The Stories of Ibis By Yamamoto, Hiroshi (Book - 2010 ) SCI-FIC YAMAMO 2010 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Mankind is in cultural and spiritual decay while androids have reached the perpetual apex of equality and sophistication. Seven interconnected tales tell the story of how humans lost their way and the possible road to salvation.

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