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The Casebook of Victor Frankenstein
A Novel
Written by Peter Ackroyd


Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: September 7, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47377-6 (0-307-47377-5)

From the incomparable Peter Ackroyd: a brilliant re-imagination of the classic tale that has enthralled readers for nearly two centuries.

Victor Frankenstein, a researcher, and the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley form an unlikely friendship as first-years at Oxford. Shelley challenges the conventionally religious Frankenstein to consider his atheistic notions of creation and... Read more >
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The Alteration

Written by Kingsley Amis
Introduction by William Gibson


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: NYRB Classics
On Sale: May 7, 2013
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-1-59017-617-7 (1-59017-617-0)

Winner - John W. Campbell Memorial Award for Best Science-Fiction Novel, 1976

In Kingsley Amis’s virtuoso foray into alternate history, it is 1976 but the modern world is a medieval relic, frozen in intellectual and spiritual time ever since Martin Luther was promoted to pope back in the sixteenth century. Stephen the... Read more >
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The Magician and the Fool

Written by Barth Anderson


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: March 25, 2008
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38359-1 (0-553-38359-0)

Finalist, Lambda Literary Award 2009 (LGBT Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror)

For hundreds of years, men have sought their hidden futures in the legendary images of the tarot—but what secrets of the past are harbored by the priestess, the magician, the hanged man…and the fool? The author of the explosive The Patron Saint of Plagues returns... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation

Written by Isaac Asimov
Introduction by Michael Dirda


Format: Hardcover, 664 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: November 2, 2010
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-59396-2 (0-307-59396-7)

Isaac Asimov’s seminal Foundation trilogy—one of the cornerstones of modern speculative fiction—in a single hardcover volume.

It is the saga of the Galactic Empire, crumbling after twelve thousand years of rule. And it is the particular story of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, the only man who can see the horrors the future has... Read more >

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The Handmaid's Tale
A Novel
Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 16, 1998
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49081-8 (0-385-49081-X)

Set in a frightening America of the near future where women--categorized in terms of whether or not they are able to bear children--function only in the strictly defined roles assigned to them by men. It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of... Read more >
Also available as a hardcover.

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In Other Worlds
SF and the Human Imagination
Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: August 21, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-74176-9 (0-307-74176-1)

The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and Oryx and Crake engagingly explores her lifelong relationship to science fiction, both as a reader and as a writer.

At a time when the borders between literary genres are increasingly porous, Margaret Atwood maps the richly fertile crosscurrents of speculative and science fiction, slipstream, utopias... Read more >
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MaddAddam
A Novel
Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Hardcover, 416 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $27.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-52878-8 (0-385-52878-7)

Bringing together Oryx and Crake and The Year of the Flood, this thrilling conclusion to Margaret Atwood's speculative fiction trilogy points toward the ultimate endurance of community, and love.

Months after the Waterless Flood pandemic has wiped out most of humanity, Toby and Ren have rescued their friend Amanda from the vicious... Read more >

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Oryx and Crake

Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: March 30, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-72167-7 (0-385-72167-6)

With the same stunning blend of prophecy and social satire she brought to her classic The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood gives us a keenly prescient novel about the future of humanity—and its present.

Humanity here equals Snowman, and in Snowman’s recollections Atwood re-creates a time much like our own, when a... Read more >
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The Year of the Flood

Written by Margaret Atwood


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: July 27, 2010
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45547-5 (0-307-45547-5)

Set in the visionary future of Atwood’s acclaimed Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood is at once a moving tale of lasting friendship and a landmark work of speculative fiction. In this second book of the MaddAddam trilogy, the long-feared waterless flood has occurred, altering Earth as we know... Read more >
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Jennifer Government

Written by Max Barry


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 6, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3092-7 (1-4000-3092-7)

“Full of wit, humor and imagination, Jennifer Government ultimately pulls off its over-the-top conceit.”—Time Out New York

“A riotous satirical rant. . . . [Its characters’] excesses . . . make Barry’s world of unregulated corporate greed and unrelenting consumerism so frightening and funny.”—Entertainment Weekly

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been... Read more >

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Machine Man

Written by Max Barry


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 9, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47689-0 (0-307-47689-8)

Scientist Charles Neumann loses a leg in an industrial accident. It's not a tragedy. It's an opportunity. Charlie always thought his body could be better. He begins to explore a few ideas. To build parts. Better parts.

Prosthetist Lola Shanks loves a good artificial limb. In Charlie, she sees a man on... Read more >
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Darwin's Radio
In the next stage of evolution, humans are history...
Written by Greg Bear


Format: Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 5, 2000
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-43524-8 (0-345-43524-9)

A 2000 HUGO AWARD NOMINEE

Ancient diseases encoded in the DNA of humans wait like sleeping dragons to wake and infect again--or so molecular biologist Kaye Lang believes. And now it looks as if her controversial theory is in fact chilling reality. For Christopher Dicken, a "virus hunter" at the Epidemic Intelligence... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Virtual Unrealities
The Short Fiction of Alfred Bester
Written by Alfred Bester and Roger Zelazny


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 11, 1997
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-76783-1 (0-679-76783-5)

"Dazzlement and enchantment are Bester's methods. His stories never stand still a moment."
—Damon Knight, author of Why Do Birds

Alfred Bester took science fiction into hyperdrive, endowing it with a wit, speed, and narrative inventiveness that have inspired two generations of writers. And nowhere is Bester funnier, speedier, or more audacious than... Read more >

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Planet of the Apes

Written by Pierre Boulle


Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
On Sale: May 29, 2001
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-44798-2 (0-345-44798-0)

First published more than thirty-five years ago, Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history, from the classic 1968 movie starring Charlton Heston and Roddy McDowell.

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with... Read more >
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The October Country

Written by Ray Bradbury


Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Del Rey
On Sale: April 12, 1985
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-32448-1 (0-345-32448-X)

A scythe with the power of life and death...A mob that lives only for accident scenes...A bone doctor with a shocking "cure"...These and more comprise this classic collection of macabre, hauntingly beautiful, and terrifyingly unforgettable tales by "America's finest living fantasist" (Harper's). Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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The Stories of Ray Bradbury

Written by Ray Bradbury
Introduction by Christopher Buckley


Format: Hardcover, 1112 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 6, 2010
Price: $32.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-26905-8 (0-307-26905-1)

One hundred of Ray Bradbury’s remarkable stories which have, together with his classic novels, earned him an immense international audience and his place among the most imaginative and enduring writers of our time.

Here are the Martian stories, tales that vividly animate the red planet, with its brittle cities and double-mooned sky... Read more >

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The Vintage Bradbury
The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction
Written by Ray Bradbury


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 14, 1990
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72946-4 (0-679-72946-1)

Once upon a time people described Ray Bradbury as a particularly gifted writer of science fiction. Today he seems more like a magical realist, a small-town American cousin to Borges and Garcia Marquez. A writer whose vision of the world is so intense that the objects in it sometimes levitate or... Read more >

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The Brief History of the Dead

Written by Kevin Brockmeier


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9595-7 (1-4000-9595-6)

From Kevin Brockmeier, one of this generation’s most inventive young writers, comes a striking new novel about death, life, and the mysterious place in between.

The City is inhabited by those who have departed Earth but are still remembered by the living. They will reside in this afterlife until they are... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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World War Z
An Oral History of the Zombie War
Written by Max Brooks


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 16, 2007
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-34661-2 (0-307-34661-7)

Selected for Common Reading at Florida Southern College, St. Edward's University and University of Houston-Victoria

Selected at the University of California, Irvine for Humanities Core Course (Human 1C)

The Zombie War came unthinkably close to eradicating humanity. Max Brooks, driven by the urgency of preserving the first-hand experiences of the survivors from those apocalyptic... Read more >

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Tarzan of the Apes

Written by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Afterword by Gore Vidal
Introduction by James Taliaferro


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: February 11, 2003
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-6706-7 (0-8129-6706-2)

The first and best of the Tarzan novels, of which Edgar Rice Burroughs eventually wrote several dozen, Tarzan of the Apes remains one of the signature stories of American popular literature, as readable as it is famous. Tarzan himself, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, is “the best known character... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a paperback.

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Kindred

Written by Octavia Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 264 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: February 1, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8369-7 (0-8070-8369-0)

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South. Rufus, the white son of a plantation owner, is drowning, and Dana has been summoned to save him. Dana is drawn... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Bloodchild and Other Stories

Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-58322-698-8 (1-58322-698-2)

A perfect introduction for new readers and a must-have for avid fans, this New York Times Notable Book includes “Bloodchild,” winner of both the Hugo and the Nebula awards and “Speech Sounds,” winner of the Hugo Award. Appearing in print for the first time, “Amnesty” is a story of a woman... Read more >

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Fledgling
A Novel
Written by Octavia E. Butler


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: October 4, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-58322-690-2 (1-58322-690-7)

Fledgling, Octavia Butler’s first new novel in seven years, is the story of an apparently young, amnesiac girl whose alarmingly un-human needs and abilities lead her to a startling conclusion: she is in fact a genetically modified, 53-year-old vampire. Forced to discover what she can about her stolen former life, she... Read more >

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The Deaths of Tao

Written by Wesley Chu


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
On Sale: October 29, 2013
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-85766-332-0 (0-85766-332-1)

The sequel to The Lives of Tao

The Prophus and the Genjix are at war. For centuries they have sought a way off-planet, guiding humanity’s social and technological development to the stage where space travel is possible. The end is now in sight, and both factions have plans to leave the Earth, but the... Read more >
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The Lives of Tao

Written by Wesley Chu


Format: Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Angry Robot
On Sale: April 30, 2013
Price: $7.99
ISBN: 978-0-85766-329-0 (0-85766-329-1)

2014 ALEX Award Winner
 
When out-of-shape IT technician Roen woke up and started hearing voices in his head, he naturally assumed he was losing it.

He wasn’t.

He now has a passenger in his brain – an ancient alien life-form called Tao, whose race crash-landed on Earth before the first fish crawled out of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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