December 14, 2011

Book recommendations on Sci-Fi topics

Juvenile Fiction

The City of Ember    by Jean DuPrau
Series: Ember
In the year 241, 12-year old Lina trades jobs on Assignment Day to be a Messenger to run to new places in her decaying but beloved city, perhaps even to glimpse Unknown Regions.

Enchantress from the Stars    by Sylvia Engdahl
When young Elana unexpectedly joins the team leaving the spaceship to study the planet Andrecia, she becomes an integral part of an adventure involving three very different civilizations, each one centered on the third planet from the star in its own solar system.

The Winds of Mars    by H. M. Hoover
When rebel forces strike against her father, the all-powerful president of Mars, teenage Annalyn finds her comfortable existence turned upside-down and her life threatened from unexpected sources.

Cyberia    by Chris Lynch
In a future where electronic surveillance has taken the place of love, a veterinarian is putting computer chips in animals to control them, and those creatures choose young Zane, who understands their speech, to release captives and bring them to a technology-free safety zone.

The Girl Who Owned a City    by O.T. Nelson
When a plague sweeps over the earth killing everyone except children under twelve, ten-year-old Lisa organizes a group to rebuild a new way of life.

The Mysterious Benedict Society   by Trent Stewart
After passing a series of mind-bending tests, four children are selected for a secret mission that requires them to go undercover at the Learning Institute for the Very Enlightened, where the only rule is that there are no rules.  Sequel follows.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea    by Jules Verne
A nineteenth-century science fiction tale of an electric submarine, its eccentric captain, and undersea world, which anticipated many of the scientific achievements of the twentieth century.

Teen/Young Adult Fiction

The Diary of Pelly D    by L.J. Adlington
When Toni V, a construction worker on a futuristic colony, finds the diary of a teenage girl whose life has been turned upside-down by holocaust-like events, he begins to question his own beliefs. Sequel follows

Feed    by M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, a boy meets an unusual girl who is in serious trouble.

London Calling    by Edward Bloor
Seventh-grader Martin Conway believes that his life is monotonous and dull until the night the antique radio he uses as a night-light transports him to the bombing of London in 1940.

Ender’s Game    by Orson Scott Card
Series: Ender
An outstanding tale of the child-hero Ender Wiggin, who must fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race if mankind is to survive. Winner of the Nebula and Hugo Awards.

Things Not Seen    by Andrew Clements
When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

The Hunger Games    by Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games trilogy
Sixteen-year-old Katniss accidentally becomes a contender in the annual Hunger Games, a grave competition hosted by the Capitol where young boys and girls are pitted against one another in a televised fight to the death.

The Sky Inside    by Clare Dunkle 
Martin lives in a perfect world--until the day a stranger arrives to take away all of the little children, including Martin's sister.

The House of the Scorpion     by Nancy Farmer 
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Among the Hidden    by Margaret Haddix 
Series: Shadow children
In a future where the Population Police enforce the law limiting a family to only two children, Luke has lived all his twelve years in isolation and fear on his family's farm, until another "third" convinces him that the government is wrong.

Siberia    by Ann Halam 
After spending two years at a prison school, thirteen-year-old Sloe sets off on a trek across frozen wastelands, tending to the secret "seeds" of wild animals her mother left in her care, trying to reach a new life for all of them.

The Giver    by Lois Lowry 
Series: The Giver trilogy
(1994 Newbery Medal Winner) Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.  

Secret Under My Skin    by Janet McNaughton 
In the year 2368, humans exist under dire environmental conditions and one young woman, rescued from a work camp and chosen for a special duty, uses her love of learning to discover the truth about the planet's future and her own dark past.

The Ask and the Answer     by Patrick Ness 
Alternate chapters follow teenagers Todd and Viola, who become separated as the Mayor's oppressive new regime takes power in New Prentisstown, a space colony where residents can hear each other's thoughts. 

The Angel Experiment    by James Patterson 
Series: Maximum Ride
After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the "birdkids," who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

The Transall Saga    by Gary Paulsen 
While backpacking in the desert, thirteen-year-old Mark falls into a tube of blue light and is transported into a more primitive world, where he must use his knowledge and skills to survive.

Life as We Knew It    by Susan Pfeffer 
Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Sequel follows

The Last Book in the Universe    by Rodman Philbrick
After an earthquake has destroyed much of the planet, an epileptic teenager nicknamed Spaz begins the heroic fight to bring human intelligence back to the Earth of a distant future.

Uglies    by Scott Westerfeld
Series: Uglies
In a world in which everyone is transformed into a stunning beauty at age 16, Tally has doubts.

Teen/YA Graphic Novels

Cowboy Bebop, Shooting Star    by Cain Kuga                    
YA Graphic Novels-COWBOY.STAR
Series: Cowboy Bebop Shooting Star
The bounty hunters of the spaceshop Bebop have time to reconsider their chosen profession when they become caught in the crossfire of a mafia grudge match.

Lost World    by Osama Tezuka          
YA Graphic Novels-TEZUKA
When a rogue planet approaches Earth, a team of scientists voyage to the world and discover a land out of the ancient past-a planet populated by dinosaurs!

Adult Graphic Novels (located in non-fiction collection)

Y, the Last Man    by Brian Vaughan
Series:  Y, the Last Man   
A mysterious plague has killed every man on earth except Yorick Brown, who was somehow spared.

Serenity    by Joss Whedon
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Captain Mal Reynolds and the crew of the "Serenity" find themselves in the middle of a war between a fierce military force and cannibalistic savages five hundred years in the future.

Adult Fiction

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy   by Douglas Adams
    Join the hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc.

I, Robot    by Isaac Asimov
    This science fiction novel tells the stories of the robots of which he dreamed, from the first days of their creation to the days of their ultimate sophistication.

Fahrenheit 451    by Ray Bradbury
    In a society in which books are outlawed, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read.

A Clockwork Orange    by Anthony Burgess
    In the Slav-oriented state of the future, the Lower Orders are in ascendance and happy hooligans roam the London streets, bashing senior citizens in the eyes with bicycle chains

Invisible Man   by Ralph Ellison
    The novel describes growing up in a black community in the South, and retreating amid violence and confusion to the basement lair of the Invisible Man he imagines himself to be.

Neuromancer    by William Gibson
    The novel tells the story of a washed-up computer hacker hired by a mysterious employer to pull off the ultimate hack.  It was Gibson's debut novel and the beginning of the Sprawl trilogy.

Starship Troopers    by Robert Heinlein
    In a futuristic military adventure a recruit goes through the roughest boot camp in the universe and into battle with the Terran Mobile Infantry in what historians would come to call the First Interstellar War.

Dune   by Frank Herbert
    Paul Atreides, the son of a betrayed duke, is given up for dead on a desert planet and adopted by the nomadic people who live there.

Brave New World    by Aldous Huxley
    A satirical novel about the utopia of the future, a world in which babies are decanted from bottles and the great Ford is worshipped.

Flowers for Algernon    by Daniel Keyes
    Mentally retarded Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius but only temporarily.

1984    by George Orwell
    George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future that presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish.

Frankenstein    by Mary Shelley
    A young student who uncovers the secret of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling body parts, creates a monster that vows revenge on his creator after being rejected from society.

The War of the Worlds    by H.G. Wells
    As Earth is invaded by alien tripod fighting machines, one family fights for survival.

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