Into sci fi or fantasy? Of a good, fast-paced read? Try Atherton: The House of Power by Patrick Carman. Atherton is the story of a boy named Edgar who lives on a planet that was created because the Earth is dying from pollution. Atherton is a world geographically divided into three tiers, where the elite at the top live off the work done by the people that live down below. Edgar is a farmer on the middle level and decides one day to climb up to the top level and discover what it is like to live on top.

But Atherton isn’t a safe place to live either. The three levels are starting to fall into each other and all people are in danger of being eaten by the scavengers living at the very bottom. Check out the Hungry City Chronicles by Philip Reeve for more exciting dystopia reads.

What is a Slan?

A Slan is a highly evolved human, discovered by Samuel Lann. The legend says Lann exposed his wife to a mutation machine, producing three mutated offspring, two girls and a boy. Over a period of 1500 years, more Slans appeared. During that time, mankind and Slans fought a bitter war, in which the humans triumphed. It is not the human policy to hunt down and kill any Slan. So goes Slan by A. E. van Vogt, written in 1946. We also have an audio version.

Banned but not forgotten.

Join us as we celebrate Banned Books Week. Here are four classic science-fiction/dystopia novels.

1984 by George Orwell - Banned in the USSR for political reasons. Accused of anti-semitism. Challenged in Florida for pro communist and sexual theme.

We by Yevgeny Zamyatin - Banned in the USSR for political reasons.

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess - Removed from a high schools (1976 and 1977) for "objectionable" language.

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley -
Banned in Ireland (1932) and multiple times in the US.

Space Opera

I just finished the first book in the Saga of the Seven Suns series, Hidden Empire by Kevin J. Anderson yesterday. The story is full of twists and turns with a great cliffhanger ending. In the first book you're introduced to a wide ranging cast of characters from a variety of species spanning much of the Milkyway Galaxy. My only complaint with the story is it jumped around a lot and there was no real sense of how much time passed from beginning to end. Instead of reading the book, I listened to it. One of my favorite narrators reads the story, George Guidall. The audio version is available both on cassette and CD.

Fabulous Fiction First #86

If you liked The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger, or Andrew Greer's The Confessions of Max Tivoli, you would enjoy Camille DeAngelis' debut novel Mary Modern.

Though not strictly time travel, critics are calling it "imaginative, near-future, genre-bending" and "a literary mix of love story, s(cience)f(iction) and thriller".

The year is 2009. Frustrated geneticist Lucy Morrigan decides to clone her own grandmother when both academic tenure and pregnancy elude her. A blood-stained apron and her father's experimental equipment in the basement of the family home produces an indignant 22-year-old version of Lucy’s grandmother, Mary. While finding life in the 21st century challenging, Mary quickly adjusts, with the help of a little book called Everyday Life in the Twenty-First Century, penned by another mysterious time-traveler.

What Lucy does not anticipate is for her lived-in boyfriend, a classics professor to fall hopelessly for Mary. What is Lucy to do?

The plot-twists, competent characterization, and inventive storytelling will keep you turning pages. The religious-moral-ethical issues at the heart of the story would make this a good book group choice.

Pull Up a bar stool

Aliens have landed and they like to hang-out in a bar in Siberia, or so Larry Niven writes in The Draco Tavern. Set in the not too distant future, the book is a collection of short stories written by Niven over almost 30 years. Rick Schumann is the owner of the Draco Tavern, where a wide assortment of aliens stop as often as a Chirpsithra liner passes through the system. If you liked the cantina scene in Star Wars, you'll love this book. We also have an audio version.

The Martians are coming, the martians are coming.

Few works of science fiction, let along 19th century science fiction have touched peoples lives than War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells. I remember my first exposure to the story, the 1953 movie. My favorite version of the story is the radio show produced by Orson Wells. You can also find a graphic novel version of the story as well as see Tom Cruise evade the martians in the 2005 movie.

The Lathe of Heaven

If you're in the mood for a philosophical yet adventurous read give Ursula K. Le Guin a chance! Everything from her short stories to her novels contains a thought-provoking message about humanity's approach to reality, presented in exciting (even suspenseful) plotlines. Her writings can appeal to a wide range of audiences as she has written many youth, teen, and adult books. An excellent example of the mind-bending quality of her writing is The Lathe of Heaven, a story that examines the relationship between the unconscious mind and the outside world. For the youngin's Gifts might be a good choice. If you are more of a movie watcher than a book reader, have no fear! You can still try out Ursula K. Le Guin as The Lathe of Heaven has been adapted to DVD form.

I've found the lost city of Atlantis!

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The location of the lost city of Atlantis is... The Pegasus Galaxy. At least according to Stargate Atlantis - The Rising the pilot of the Stargate Atlantis TV show. Be sure to check-out both seasons 1 and 2 as well.

Robots on the rise

I don't want to panic anyone but I don't like the way my toaster is looking at me.

If we're on the brink of a robot uprising where our hi-tech gadgets get back at us then
How To Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. is the survival guide to have.

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