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Seattle Picks: Science Fiction Classics

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy By Adams, Douglas (Book - 2005 ) SCI-FIC ADAMS 2005 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 11 copies

Annotation:When Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyper-spatial expressway, Arthur Dent becomes a galaxy-hopping hitchhiker and joins with galactic tour guide Ford Prefect in a race to save the universe. Goofy, silly, classic.

Nightfall
Nightfall By Asimov, Isaac (Book - 1991 ) SCI-FIC ASIMOV 1991 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 4 copies

Annotation:Only three people regain their sanity after darkness falls on the planet of perpetual light and it’s up to them to rebuild civilization.

Feersum Endjinn
Feersum Endjinn By Banks, Iain (Book - 1994 ) SCI-FIC BANKS 1994 Available in some locations

Annotation:While warring factions prevent working toward solutions and a massive dust cloud threatens an annihilating ice age, scientists prepare to store all human knowledge and minds in a virus-infected computer.

Blood Music
Blood Music By Bear, Greg (Book - 2008 ) SCI-FIC BEAR 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:Vergil Ulam creates viral computer DNA and injects himself with it to protect his experiment from being shut down and the astonishing result is horrific as the virus spreads to other people.

The Stars My Destination
The Stars My Destination A Novel By Bester, Alfred (Book - 2011 ) SCI-FIC BESTER 2011 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 7 copies

Annotation:Gulliver Foyle’s sole undertaking is to continuously pursue the rescue ship that left his stranded vessel behind, traveling through outer space using nothing but his own mind.

The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles By Bradbury, Ray (Book - 1997 ) SCI-FIC BRADBUR 1997 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 5 copies

Annotation:In lyrically dreamlike connected stories Bradbury tells of the conquest of Mars: the promise of a new beginning and the baggage of old fears and ingrained desires.

Startide Rising
Startide Rising By Brin, David (Book - 1993 ) SCI-FIC BRIN 1993 Available in some locations

Annotation:A crash landing on an uncharted planet forces the Streaker crew, both human and dolphin, to fight aliens not only to survive but also to protect the mythical Progenitors – the First Race whose knowledge feeds the stars.

Cordelia's Honor
Cordelia's Honor By Bujold, Lois McMaster (Book - 1999 ) SCI-FIC BUJOLD 1999 Available in some locations

Annotation:The life of Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan and the birth of her damaged, genius son Miles are dramatized in this omnibus edition, setting the stage for Miles’ further adventures in the long-running Vorkosigan saga.

Lilith's Brood
Lilith's Brood By Butler, Octavia E. (Book - 2007 ) SCI-FIC BUTLER 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 2 on 5 copies

Annotation:A dying human race is offered another chance by the Oankali – the opportunity to create a completely new type of human/alien by combining their DNA – in a future society that may rue its choice.

To the Galactic Rim
To the Galactic Rim By Chandler, A. Bertram (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC CHANDLE 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Lt. John Grimes of the Federation Survey Service commands a starship on a voyage of discovery and adventure to rival Star Trek in this first of a three-volume collection of John Grimes stories and novels.

Cyteen
Cyteen By Cherryh, C. J. (Book - 1988 ) SCI-FIC CHERRYH Available in some locations

Annotation:With the help of genius Ariane Emory, scientists on Cyteen have learned to replicate humans. Emory’s replicate risks murder on her rise to power in a society rife with political and personal betrayal.

Rendezvous With Rama
Rendezvous With Rama By Clarke, Arthur C. (Book - 1990 ) SCI-FIC CLARKE 1990 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 1 copy

Annotation:A gigantic cylindrical object appears in Earth’s galaxy, heading toward the sun, and a mission launched to intercept the craft finds tantalizing hints of an advanced civilization, yet no sign of sentient beings – at least not yet.

The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle By Dick, Philip K. (Book - 1992 ) SCI-FIC DICK All copies in use Availability details Holds: 13 on 2 copies

Annotation:An alternative history dramatizes the tragic results of a world in which Germany and Japan win World War II and share political power over the entire globe.

Mona Lisa Overdrive
Mona Lisa Overdrive By Gibson, William (Book - 1989 ) SCI-FIC GIBSON 1989 Available in some locations

Annotation:A celebrity whose mind links directly into cyberspace; a young girl and a kidnapping plot; the shadowy Japanese mafia manipulating people at will: all create a poetically gritty story set against Gibson’s revolutionary cyberspace.

The Forever War
The Forever War By Haldeman, Joe W. (Book - 2009 ) SCI-FIC HALDEMA 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 7 on 7 copies

Annotation:Tracing William Mandella’s military career as he fights in a thousand-year war, this early novel of space travel illustrates the physics of relativity as past and present seem to occur simultaneously for Mandella.

Stranger in A Strange Land
Stranger in A Strange Land By Heinlein, Robert A. (Book - 1987 ) SCI-FIC HEINLEI All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 5 copies

Annotation:Valentine Michael Smith, raised by Martians on Mars, returns to Earth with mental powers that surpass his peers’ abilities and understanding, catapulting him into a life of fame and danger.

Dune
Dune By Herbert, Frank (Book - 1990 ) SCI-FIC HERBERT 1990 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 19 on 7 copies

Annotation:Ecology, politics and culture combine on a planet so real you can feel the dust on your face. “Dune” is to Sci-Fi as “The Lord of the Rings” is to Fantasy.

The Dispossessed
The Dispossessed An Ambiguous Utopia By Le Guin, Ursula K. (Book - 1991 ) SCI-FIC LEGUIN 1991 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 1 copy

Annotation:Shevek, a physicist and anarchist, travels from his home planet, Anarres, where collective endeavor is privileged, to Urras, where class structure, status and money reign. Can he change Urras or will it change him?

Beggars in Spain
Beggars in Spain By Kress, Nancy (Book - 2004 ) SCI-FIC KRESS 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 8 copies

Annotation:Leisha Camden was born without the need to sleep. But as prejudice builds against the hyper-intelligent, hyper-productive Sleepless, Leisha faces more challenges than her talents prepared her for.

Ringworld
Ringworld By Niven, Larry (Book - 1970 ) SCI-FIC NIVEN 1970 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 12 copies

Annotation:It’s 2858 and human Louis Wu is sent with a two-headed companion and cat-like warrior creature by an alien named Nessus to explore a mysterious ring surrounding a star.

Gateway
Gateway A Novel By Pohl, Frederik (Book - 2004 ) SCI-FIC POHL 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 5 on 2 copies

Annotation:Famous space prospector Bob Broadhead meets regularly with his robot analyst, whom he calls Sigfrid von Shrink, but avoids talking about his past. What really happened to him on his last mission?

Red Mars
Red Mars By Robinson, Kim Stanley (Book - 1993 ) SCI-FIC ROBINSO Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:In 2026 the first hundred men and women who arrive to terraform Mars find a schism in the newly populated, multi-ethnic world they have created that could threaten the planet’s future.

Lord Valentine's Castle
Lord Valentine's Castle By Silverberg, Robert (Book - 2012 ) SCI-FIC SILVERB 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 3 copies

Annotation:In this science fiction and fantasy blend, Valentine is a wandering juggler but his dreams tell him he is the rightful ruler of the planet Majipoor.

Snow Crash
Snow Crash By Stephenson, Neal (Book - 1992 ) SCI-FIC STEPHEN All copies in use Availability details Holds: 18 on 9 copies

Annotation:In 21st-century America we’re all plugged into virtual reality simulations. Can Hiro Protagonist draw on Sumerian culture to save us from a computer virus threatening the technology and a drug threatening human health?

Earth Abides
Earth Abides By Stewart, George Rippey (Book - 2006 ) SCI-FIC STEWART 2006 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 7 copies

Annotation:A plague has suddenly destroyed nearly the entire human race. Isherwood Williams, strangely immune, sets forth to explore a world apparently devoid of man. Part post-apocalyptic tale, part meditation on the meaning of life.

More Than Human
More Than Human By Sturgeon, Theodore (Book - 1999 ) SCI-FIC STURGEO 1999 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 2 copies

Annotation:Six people with extraordinary abilities converge to determine if they exist to help or destroy mankind. Are they the next step in our evolution, or the final episode in the history of the human race?

Tales of the Dying Earth
Tales of the Dying Earth The Dying Earth. The Eyes of the Overworld. Cugel's Saga. Rhialto the Marvellous By Vance, Jack (Book - 2000 ) SCI-FIC VANCE All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 6 copies

Annotation:With the sun red and dying, Earth’s inhabitants die out until all that remain are the misfits, the magical and the strange. These stories encompass the wilds of a world without sunlight and the resurgence of magic.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea By Verne, Jules (Book - 2006 ) J VERNE Available in some locations

Annotation:Captain Nemo captures Professor Aronnax and harpoonist Ned Land when they mistake his state-of-the-art submarine for a sea monster. Underwater adventure awaits!

The Sirens of Titan
The Sirens of Titan By Vonnegut, Kurt (Book - 1998 ) SCI-FIC VONNEGU All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 3 copies

Annotation:In this satiric romp, the richest man on Earth seizes the chance to travel to distant worlds. Aided by companions, he seeks the meaning of life, attempting to make cosmic sense out of fate.

The Time Machine
The Time Machine By Wells, H. G. (Book - 2005 ) FIC WELLS 2005 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 18 copies

Annotation:Time traveling from Victorian England to A.D. 802,701, the Time Traveller attempts to connect the society he knew with the two future groups – Eloi and Morlock – inhabiting the Earth.

Lord of Light
Lord of Light By Zelazny, Roger (Book - 2004 ) SCI-FIC ZELAZNY 2004 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:On an unnamed planet a small group of humans endowed with technological powers rules as gods, but a conflict of epic proportions erupts when one god, Sam, begins to doubt their monopoly of power.

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