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  Cover Art: The SFWA Grand Masters The SFWA Grand Masters
A three volume anthology featuring selections from the work of the first fifteen Science Fiction Writers of America Grand Master Award winners.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Adams, Douglas
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Escaping Earth just before it is demolished to make way for a new galactic highway, reluctant galactic traveler Arthur Dent embarks on a series of off-beat and occasionally extraterrestrial journeys, accompanied by a variety of unusual companions.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: David Falkayn : Star Trader Anderson, Poul
David Falkayn : Star Trader
The Polesotechnic League of star traders was prospering, and Nicholas Van Rijn, its most flamboyant member, was prospering most of all as commerce flowed between the stars. But not all League members played fair when trading, nor did some of the non-human races of the galaxy object to dirty tricks. Van Rijn could not be everywhere, and relied on his representatives, foremost among them his young protege, David Falkayn, and the members of David's trader team: Adzel, a large dragon-likr being who practiced Buddhism, and Chee-Lan, a brilliant but hot-tempered felinesque extraterrestrial.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Foundation Asimov, Isaac
A band of psychologists, under the leadership of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, plant a colony to encourage art, science, and technology in the declining Galactic Empire and to preserve the accumulated knowledge of humankind.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Fahrenheit 451 Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451
Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do....
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Startide Rising Brin, David
Startide Rising
Brin's tales are set in a future universe in which no species can reach sentience without being "uplifted" by a patron race. But the greatest mystery of all remains unsolved: who uplifted humankind? The Terran exploration vessel Streaker has crashed in the uncharted water world of Kithrup, bearing one of the most important discoveries in galactic history. Below, a handful of her human and dolphin crew battles armed rebellion and a hostile planet to safeguard her secret--the fate of the Progenitors, the fabled First Race who seeded wisdom throughout the stars.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Shards of Honor Bujold, Lois McMaster
Shards of Honor
It was the wrong war, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, for the wrong reasons. And Captain Cordelia Naismith of the Betan Expeditionary Force would be forced into a separate peace with her enemy, Lord Vorkosigan. Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: A Clockwork Orange Burgess, Anthony
A Clockwork Orange
In Burgess's infamous nightmare vision of youth culture in revolt, 15-year-old Alex and his friends set out on a diabolical orgy of robbery, rape, torture and murder. Alex is jailed for his teenage delinquency and the state tries to reform him - but at what cost?
Adult Fiction Book
  Cover Art: Parable of the Sower Butler, Octavia E.
Parable of the Sower
Forced to flee an America where anarchy and violence have completely taken over, empath Lauren Olamina--who can feel the pain of others and is crippled by it--becomes a prophet carrying the hope of a new world and a new faith christened "Earthseed".
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Ender's Game Card, Orson Scott
Ender's Game
A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Intruder Cherryh, C. J.
Ben Cameron, a human diplomat, must negotiate with a young atevi alien lord unfamiliar with humans in the hopes of convincing him to stop hostilities towards the west.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Childhood's End Clarke, Arthur C.
Childhood's End
The Overlords, a race of aliens, offer humankind a golden age of peace and prosperity, but at the cost of freedom.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Sphere Crichton, Michael
When a huge spaceship is discovered resting on the floor of the ocean, a group of American scientists race to the scene and are shocked by what they learn from the vessel, which apparently crashed some three hundred years earlier.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: The Man in the High Castle Dick, Philip K.
The Man in the High Castle
It's America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some 20 years earlier the United States lost a war--and is now occupied jointly by Nazi Germany and Japan.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: When Gravity Fails Effinger, George Alec
When Gravity Fails
In a decadent world of cheap pleasures and easy death, Marid Audrian has kept his independence the hard way. Still, like everything else in the Budayeen, he's available... for a price. For a new kind of killer roams the streets of the Arab ghetto, a madman whose bootlegged personality cartridges range from a sinister James Bond to a sadistic disemboweler named Khan. And Marid Audrian has been made an offer he can't refuse.The 200-year-old "godfather" of the Budayeen's underworld has enlisted Marid as his instrument of vengeance.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: To Your Scattered Bodies Go Farmer, Philip Jose
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
The great explorer Sir Richard Francis Burton leads a remarkable group of historical figures, including a wise extraterrestrial, on a search to discover why they have been granted new lives.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Neuromancer Gibson, William
Case is hired to steal data from one of the almighty megacorps. Riding shotgun is Molly, a wired-up samurai. They venture deep into the Matrix, amongst the gangsters of the Sprawl - only to confront the Neuromancer, who is playing a game far deadlier than their own.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Stranger in a Strange Land Heinlein, Robert A.
Stranger in a Strange Land
Valentine Michael Smith is the stranger. A young human, reared by Martians on Mars, he is brought to Earth where he must adapt not only to the planet's social injustices and its population's foibles, but to its strong gravitational field and rich atmosphere.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Dune Herbert, Frank
This epic tale is set on the desert planet Arrakis, the focus for a complex political and military struggle with galaxy-wide repercussions. When Duke Atreides and his family take up court there they fall into a trap set by his rival.
Adult SciFi Fantasy Book
  Cover Art: Brave New World Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World
This is the story of misfit Bernard Marx, who brings the innocent Savage into the neatly programmed "Brave New World" of test-tube babies and drug-controlled happiness.
Adult Fiction Book
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