Seattle Picks: Science Fiction

Foundation and Empire
Foundation and Empire By Asimov, Isaac Book - 2004 SCI-FIC ASIMOV 2004 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 2 copies

Annotation:Isaac Asimov is a giant of the science fiction field who presents thought-provoking ideas on science written in a straightforward style with dramatic storylines. Also try: Stephen Baxter, Ben Bova, David Brin, A. Bertram Chandler, Hal Clement, Larry Niven, Frederik Pohl, Clifford D. Simak, Jack Williamson and Daniel H. Wilson.

The Hydrogen Sonata
The Hydrogen Sonata By Banks, Iain Book - 2012 SCI-FIC BANKS 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 7 copies

Annotation:Iain Banks is a British writer of wildly imaginative science fiction that features intricate plots as well as provocative ideas. Also try: Poul Anderson, Elizabeth Bear, C. J. Cherryh, Peter F. Hamilton, Alastair Reynolds, Charles Stross, S. L. Viehl and Vernor Vinge.

The Martian Chronicles
The Martian Chronicles By Bradbury, Ray Book - 1997 SCI-FIC BRADBUR 1997 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 9 on 4 copies

Annotation:Ray Bradbury is a beloved author whose work ran the gamut of fantastical, atmospheric and nostalgic literary science fiction, fantasy and horror. Also try: Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Henry Kuttner, Walter M. Miller, Clifford D. Simak, John Wyndham and Roger Zelazny.

Cordelia's Honor
Cordelia's Honor By Bujold, Lois McMaster Book - 1999 SCI-FIC BUJOLD 1999 Available in some locations Holds: 3 on 9 copies

Annotation:Lois McMaster Bujold is the creator of the Miles Vorkosigan saga—military science fiction that is witty, character-driven and filled with adventure. The first two books of the series are combined in "Cordelia’s Honor." Also try: Catherine Asaro, Joe W. Haldeman, Tanya Huff, Jack McDevitt, Elizabeth Moon, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Robert Silverberg, Connie Willis and husband-wife team Steve Miller and Sharon Lee.

Parable of the Sower
Parable of the Sower By Butler, Octavia E. Book - 2007 SCI-FIC BUTLER 2007 Available in some locations Holds: 9 on 17 copies

Annotation:Octavia E. Butler wrote compelling science fiction and horror featuring strong African-American protagonists and spare, thoughtful prose. Also try: Steven Barnes, Nicola Griffith, Nalo Hopkinson, Maureen F. McHugh, Walter Mosley, Nnedi Okorafor, Judith Tarr and Sheri S. Tepper.

Foreigner By Cherryh, C. J. Book - 2004 SCI-FIC CHERRYH 2004 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 5 copies

Annotation:C. J. Cherryh writes complex and compelling character-driven space opera with a focus on politics and truly alien cultures. Also try: Adam-Troy Castro, Peter F. Hamilton, Frank Herbert, Lisanne Norman, Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Timothy Zahn.

2001, A Space Odyssey
2001, A Space Odyssey By Clarke, Arthur C. Book - 2000 SCI-FIC CLARKE 2000 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 7 copies

Annotation:Arthur C. Clarke wrote science fiction filled with adventure, titillating science and societies free of prejudice. Also try: Stephen Baxter, Ben Bova, Gordon R. Dickson, Joe W. Haldeman, James P. Hogan, Frederik Pohl, Olaf Stapledon, Vernor Vinge and Robert Charles Wilson.

Dhalgren By Delany, Samuel R. Book - 2001 SCI-FIC DELANY Available in some locations Holds: 5 on 5 copies

Annotation:Samuel R. Delany writes cerebral, dense science fiction with philosophical explorations of sex, love, technology and society. Also try: Alfred Bester, Thomas M. Disch, Joanna Russ, Geoff Ryman, Robert Silverberg, Cordwainer Smith, James Tiptree Jr. and Gene Wolfe.

Four Novels of the 1960s
Four Novels of the 1960s By Dick, Philip K. Book - 2007 SCI-FIC DICK 2007 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 8 on 6 copies

Annotation:Philip K. Dick writes intricate thought puzzles about consciousness, morality and the line between reality and the artificial. Also try: J. G. Ballard, John Brunner, Harlan Ellison, William Gibson, Ian McDonald, Simon Morden, Richard K. Morgan and Adam Roberts.

I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream
I Have No Mouth & I Must Scream By Ellison, Harlan Book - 2009 SCI-FIC ELLISON 2009 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 1 on 3 copies

Annotation:Harlan Ellison is an influential short-story author with a dream-like writing style, whose plots often contain dark and disturbing subject matter. Also try: Poul Anderson, J. G. Ballard, John Brunner, Carol Emshwiller, Nancy Kress, Matt Ruff and Cordwainer Smith.

Zero History
Zero History By Gibson, William Book - 2010 FIC GIBSON 2010 Available in some locations Holds: 1 on 17 copies

Annotation:William Gibson writes fast-paced cyberpunk with complex narratives that feature societal decay and near-future advanced technology integrated into everyday life. Also try: Madeline Ashby, John Brunner, Ian McDonald, Simon Morden, John Shirley, Norman Spinrad, Neal Stephenson and Bruce Sterling.

The Dreaming Void
The Dreaming Void By Hamilton, Peter F. Book - 2008 SCI-FIC HAMILTO 2008 Available in some locations Holds: 4 on 1 copy

Annotation:Peter F. Hamilton writes densely plotted, action-packed space opera with well-developed characters, captivating ideas and vivid world-building. Also try: Kevin J. Anderson, Neal L. Asher, Iain Banks, C. J. Cherryh, James S. A. Corey, Michael Flynn, Jack McDevitt and Alastair Reynolds.

The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress By Heinlein, Robert A. Book - 1997 SCI-FIC HEINLEI 1997 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 11 on 2 copies

Annotation:Robert A. Heinlein wrote punchy, action-packed science fiction as well as large philosophical tomes that explore human nature through futuristic technology and outsized characters. Also try: Poul Anderson, Philip José Farmer, Alan Dean Foster, Joe W. Haldeman, Jean Johnson, John Scalzi, Allen M. Steele and husband-wife team Steve Miller and Sharon Lee.

Dune By Herbert, Frank Book - 1990 All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:Frank Herbert wrote descriptive, elaborately detailed science fiction that focuses on multifarious world-building and bizarre situations. Also try: Dan Abnett, Kevin J. Anderson, David Brin, C. J. Cherryh, Hugh Howey, Fritz Leiber, Larry Niven, Charles Sheffield and Dan Simmons.

The Lathe of Heaven
The Lathe of Heaven A Novel By Le Guin, Ursula K. Book - 2008 SCI-FIC LEGUIN 2008 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 6 on 4 copies

Annotation:Ursula K. Le Guin is the New Wave author of “soft science fiction” and fantasy, which features character-driven stories that often explore alien cultures or the effects of technology on society. Also try: James Blish, Nicola Griffith, Vonda N. McIntyre, Robert Silverberg, Sheri S. Tepper, James Tiptree Jr., Joan D. Vinge and Kate Wilhelm.

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

Annotation:Andre Norton was a prolific author of both science fiction and fantasy with a focus on resourceful young adults thrust into amazing circumstances. Also try: Marion Zimmer Bradley, Tobias S. Buckell, Gordon R. Dickson, Alan Dean Foster, James P. Hogan, Anne McCaffrey, Fred Saberhagen and Allen M. Steele.

2312 By Robinson, Kim Stanley Book - 2012 SCI-FIC ROBINSO 2012 Available in some locations Holds: 6 on 17 copies

Annotation:Kim Stanley Robinson writes ornate, leisurely paced science fiction that is often rich in details and complex in construction. Also try: Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Ben Bova, David Brin, Nancy Kress, Alastair Reynolds, Robert Silverberg and Vernor Vinge.

Illegal Alien
Illegal Alien By Sawyer, Robert J. Book - 2012 SCI-FIC SAWYER 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 3 on 1 copy

Annotation:Robert J. Sawyer is a Canadian author of accessible science fiction novels that often tackle current issues and philosophical debates. Also try: Stephen Baxter, Greg Bear, Frederik Pohl, Michael D. Resnick, Spider Robinson, Sharon Shinn and Robert Charles Wilson.

The Human Division
The Human Division By Scalzi, John Book - 2013 SCI-FIC SCALZI 2013 Available in some locations Holds: 2 on 9 copies

Annotation:John Scalzi writes wry, witty and ultimately moving science fiction that focuses on characters and snappy dialogue. Also try: Ernst Cline, Peter Clines, James S. A. Corey, Joe W. Haldeman, Will McIntosh, Spider Robinson, Chuck Wendig and Robert Charles Wilson.

Lord Valentine's Castle
Lord Valentine's Castle By Silverberg, Robert Book - 2012 SCI-FIC SILVERB 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:Robert Silverberg is a legendary prolific author known for his character-driven science fiction and ornate world-building. Also try: Margaret Atwood, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frederik Pohl, Mary Doria Russell, Clifford D. Simak, Sheri S. Tepper, John Varley and Roger Zelazny.

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: 4 on 3 copies

Annotation:Jack Vance wrote imaginative, lyrical and atmospheric stories set in a far-off future. Also try: Alfred Bester, C. J. Cherryh, Frank Herbert, Matthew Hughes, Fritz Leiber, Michael Moorcock, Dan Simmons, Sheri S. Tepper and Gene Wolfe.

Beginnings Book - 2013 SCI-FIC BEGINNI 2013 Available in some locations

Annotation:David Weber writes military science fiction featuring a strong female character named Honor Harrington. First in the series is "On Basilisk Station." Also try: Jack Campbell, David Drake, Eric Flint, Tanya Huff, Jean Johnson, Gini Koch, Jay Lake, Elizabeth Moon, John Ringo, Joel Shepherd and Mike Shepherd.

Threshold Volume 1 : the Collected Stories of Roger Zelazny By Zelazny, Roger Book - 2009 SCI-FIC ZELAZNY 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Roger Zelazny wrote fast-paced science fiction and fantasy with robust characters, droll dialogue and thought-provoking concepts. Also try: Brian Wilson Aldiss, Poul Anderson, James Blish, David Gerrold, Nancy Kress, Michael D. Resnick, Robert Silverberg, Charles Stross and Kurt Vonnegut.

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Here are some of our favorite science fiction writers and their works, representing a variety of different styles, along with some suggestions for further reading.

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