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Leckie, Ann, author.
Breq, formerly a mindship, is now human captain of the spaceship Mercy of Kalr. Breq is charged with protecting the space station and planet of Athoek. A likeable hero and good pacing together make Leckie's second novel a terrific read.
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Carroll, Jonathan, 1949-
As Chaos advances, five normal people learn their past memories are false and they are responsible for maintaining reality. Readers will enjoy the beautiful prose, wonderful whimsy, and strong images interspersed with just enough plot to carry the story forward.
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Rajaniemi, Hannu.
In the far future, quantum effects are manipulated to create realities, prisons, and gogols, simulacrums of oneself. Adventurer and thief Jean Le Flambeur uses all of these when he attempts to rescue a friend from powerful enemies in this well-told story.
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Corey, James S. A.
Captain Jim Holden of the space ship Rocinante is assigned to mediate between refugees and company men, both claiming the same planet. Neither side wants to negotiate, so Holden must deal with betrayal and sudden death in this space opera.
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Watts, Peter, 1958-
By the end of the 21st century, humanity has splintered; modified intelligences out-perform 'baseline' humans. Trapped on a space ship with altered humans, 'baseline' Daniel Br├╝ks clings desperately to his personal integrity, as the novel debates what makes us human.
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Tepper, Sheri S., author.
Rising waters will cover all of the earth within the next two centuries. Tepper's characters travel between small rural communities, often at risk themselves, telling humans and other species they must all use genetic engineering to change or die.
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The Hieroglyph Project was an initiative challenging science fiction writers to contribute works of techo-optimism. Neal Stephenson introduces this anthology offering brilliant short fiction written by science fiction authors including Cory Doctorow, Karl Schroeder, Elizabeth Bear, Rudy Rucker, and Bruce Sterling.
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Scalzi, John, 1969-
Rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is a 'Haden', trapped in his own body, but using a robot avatar to move through life. Shane is assigned to a murder which becomes ever more complicated in this enjoyable science fiction mystery novel.
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Weir, Andy.
Stranded on Mars, astronaut Mark Watney struggles to survive. A rescue operation would take four years. Watney tinkers with his desperately limited resources, each step a triumph of engineering and MacGyver-style ingenuity, while back on earth a rescue mission unfolds.
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Gibson, William, 1948-
In the near future a security contractor for a virtual reality game witnesses a murder. Caught in the cross-fire as hostile forces struggle for control, she fights to survive. Gibson's imagined future uses recognizable technologies to tell a terrific story.
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Liu, Cixin.
As the Cultural Revolution unfolds, physicist Ye Wenji secretly contacts an alien civilization. Three-body Problem uses physics, politics, philosophy, murder, and a fabulous virtual reality game to tell a classic hard science fiction story. This absorbing novel is the first of three.
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