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11 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Audiobooks That Will Totally Transport You To A Different World

People love to wring their hands over the various possible formats in which to consume literary media. Should we only be reading hardcover, …

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The best recent science fiction novels – review roundup

It’s not hard to work out why Peter F Hamilton’s books are bestsellers: he writes long, complex, absorbing novels crammed with cutting-edge ideas and multiple storylines and utilises a number of popular sub-genres to great effect. What we have in <b>Salvation</b> (Macmillan, £20), the first in a new …

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50 Must-Read Books Set In Space

I grew up watching the various <i>Star Trek</i>s and <i>Star Wars</i>; I saw <i>Apollo 13</i> in the theaters. Space, that final frontier, has always been one of my favorite …

Science Fiction

9 science fiction and fantasy books coming out this September you should add to your reading list

Hitting bookstores September 4th and 11th<p>We’re going to start doing something a little different with our monthly book list here on <i>The Verge:</i> we’re shifting this column from a monthly schedule to a bi-weekly one. Each list will be a bit shorter and hopefully, a bit less daunting than a longer …

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All the New Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books You Need to Put On Your Radar This Fall

Fall means colder days, longer nights, and the first waves of panic about holiday shopping. We’ve already told you all about the films you might be …

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11 Alternate History Books That Answer All Your Biggest "What If?" Questions

"Alternate history" is one of those sub-genres that tends to fly a bit under the radar. It gets lumped in with run of the mill historical fiction, or …

The 10 Greatest Real-Life Adventure Books

A panel of explorers nominate their favourite tales of suffering and survival<p>Why risk your own life and limbs when you can revel in just how badly it can go wrong for others? We asked a panel of explorers and adventurers to nominate their favourite tales of suffering and survival<p>The Kon-Tiki …

The Best Music Books of 2018 (So Far)

Before the avalanche of big fall books slides over us, let’s take a moment to reflect on the best books of the year so far. Winter and spring are …

8 Sci-Fi Books You Need to Read ASAP

Not too long ago, if someone asked me if I liked sci-fi novels my immediate answer would be no. However, after reading the books on this list and …

If You Could Read a Book a Day, These are the 31 Science Fiction & Fantasy Books You Should Read for July

I am constantly in awe at the vast number of books that are published every month. July alone sees the publication of <i>several hundred</i> speculative …

29 New Scifi and Fantasy Books to Add to Your Reading List in July

It’s the height of summer, so whether that means lazy vacation days or a desperate need to stay indoors bathed in icy air conditioning, you’re going …

The Best Science Fiction & Fantasy Books of July 2018

<i>For two decades, Jim Killen has served as the science fiction and fantasy book buyer for Barnes & Noble. Every month on</i> <i>Tor.com</i> <i>and the B&N Sci-Fi &</i> …

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The 8 Best Travel Books of All Time

At their worst, travel books are dated, deeply racist, or just painfully dull. But at their best, they capture the spark of seeing something new, as well as the way your perspective shifts when you’re out of your rut with your eyes open. Here are some of the best—including some by writers who have …

Summer Bummers: 21 Science Books That Are Great Anti-Beach Reads

Dispatches from a Vanishing World<p>The rainforests are doomed. An insatiable demand for palm oil and other forest goods is destroying these fragile …

10 books to read if you love Westworld

Books to Read After Re-Entering <i>Westworld</i>

Blade Runner

The Essential Reading List: Dystopian

Every month in 2018, we’re offering an essential reading list by genre. Those we’ve put together so far include:<p>This month, we’re covering one of the …

Ready To Read The Most Celebrated and Best Vietnam War Books?

There was a time when all I knew of Vietnam war books was Tim O’Brien’s, <i>The Things They Carried,</i> a book that prompted the laconic entry in my book …

If You Watch The Handmaid's Tale, You'll Love These Dystopian Novels

A book can be the ultimate escape from reality, whether you're lounging on a beach chair on vacation or spending some time alone in your own home. …

Dystopia

'The Book Of M' By Peng Shepherd Is A Powerful Post-Apocalyptic Masterpiece About The Power Of Memory

Every once in a while, you come across a book so alluring, so addicting, so utterly irresistible, it makes you want to forget the world around you …

The best science fiction and fantasy to read this month

<b>The Freeze-Frame Revolution</b> (Tachyon), by Peter Watts, is a delicious morsel of hard science fiction. The short novel follows the crew of a construction ship who have spent 66 million years traveling across the galaxy building interstellar wormhole gates for humanity. The group is held in suspended …

The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books of June 2018

On an island junkyard beneath a sky that glows with radiation, a deadly secret lies buried in the scrap. Seventeen-year-old Eve isn’t looking for …

Mind-Blowing Dystopian Books for Middle Grade Readers

Kids can’t get enough of dystopian novels, stories set in a post-apocalyptic time where things have gone very, very wrong. Typically, it’s survival …

Two Book Tango: The Order of Time and Best Time Travel Stories

Why do we remember the past and not the future? What does it mean for time to “flow”? Do we exist in time or does time exist in us? In lyric, …

Time Travel

6 Books That Show the Dark Side of Technology

This was published exactly sixty years ago, in 1958, and takes place during the Cold War. Some time after an accident in which an American scientist …

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‘Warlight’ is a quiet new masterpiece from Michael Ondaatje

Michael Ondaatje’s new novel, “Warlight,” his first in seven years, has the immediate allure of a dark fairy tale. “In 1945 our parents went away and left us in the care of two men who may have been criminals,” the adult narrator begins, leading us into the shadowlands of memory.<p>On a summer day in …

10 things you’ll be surprised to learn about dinosaurs

<i>Steve Brusatte is a paleontologist at the University of Edinburgh and a specialist on the evolution of dinosaurs. He has a new book out called The</i> …

Jurassic Park

18 Dystopian Novels That Will Definitely, 100% Blow Your Mind

The future is dark, disturbing, and thrilling to read.<p><i>Note: Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

The 12 gripping science fiction and fantasy novels you need to check out this May

This month’s picks include stories about AI, interstellar warfare, and a world without prisons<p>A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about Slate’s podcast <i>Slow Burn</i>, an engrossing dive into the Watergate scandal that eventually prompted President Richard Nixon to resign. The series prompted me to pick up a …

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The Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy for Book Clubs

One of the easiest titles to suggest for book club discussion is Nicola Griffith’s <i>Hild</i>, a 2013 historical novel with a touch of the fantastic. <i>Hild</i> is …

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