Staff Picks - Sci-Fi & Fantasy

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Luke Skywalker Can't Read: And Other Geeky Truths By Ryan Britt Cover Image
$17.00
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ISBN: 9780147517579
Published: Plume - November 24th, 2015

 

Essays about anything from Dracula to Doctor Who, combining personal anecdotes with fan theories and some fantastic insights on what it means to be a geek in the 21st century. Ryan Britt is, coincidentally, both the essayist we nerds deserve and the ones we need. -- Edward


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Red Rising (Red Rising Series #1) By Pierce Brown Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780345539809
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Del Rey - July 15th, 2014

An incredible series! Action-packed with a touch of Ender’s Game and Hunger Games, but original and violently gripping. About 50 pages in, and you won’t be able to stop! -- Kurestin


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All the Birds in the Sky By Charlie Jane Anders Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765379955
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Tor Books - April 11th, 2017

 

A witch and a mad scientist grow up together and maybe find love. By the Editor-In-Chief of i09.com!


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The Martian Chronicles By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781451678192
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Published: Simon & Schuster - April 17th, 2012

A haunting collection of connected short stories from a master of science fiction. -- Nick


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Kindred By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

 

A young woman finds she can time travel after being summoned to the antebellum South. High level sci-fi concepts explore the past and predict our future. Perfect combination of futurism and historical fiction. -- Carolyn


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Norse Mythology By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780393609097
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - February 7th, 2017

 

Great, straight-forward tales of Norse myths. Gaiman already has a clear gift for storytelling, so you really can’t go wrong. Ood to read to budding folktales fans! Most stories are easy to follow and age appropriate! -- Allison


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The Fifth Season (The Broken Earth #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316229296
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Published: Orbit - August 4th, 2015

 

Fantasy with a very cool, very original magic system, and a backstory that’s almost sci-fi! Don’t let the second person narration throw you off – the characters are rich and they won’t let you go. -- Kurestin


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Ready Player One: A Novel By Ernest Cline Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307887443
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Published: Ballantine Books - June 5th, 2012

This book is so good it convinced Steven Spielberg to go back to directing for the movie. It’s an incredibly entertaining quasi-dystopia full of virtual reality and 80s pop culture trivia, if you’re somehow still not sold -- Edward


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The Ocean at the End of the Lane: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$15.99
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ISBN: 9780062255662
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - June 3rd, 2014

 

My favorite Neil Gaiman, beautiful, sad and scary – a wonderful fairy tale for grown-ups. -- Marni


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Swordspoint (Riverside #1) By Ellen Kushner Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780553585490
Published: Spectra - February 4th, 2003

 

Witty, sharp-eyed, and full of interesting people. A melodrama of manners in a lush fantasy world – duel, fantastic parties, age-old rivalries, and love affairs abound! -- Kurestin


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The Magicians: A Novel (Magicians Trilogy #1) By Lev Grossman Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780452296299
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Published: Penguin Books - May 25th, 2010

This is not your parents’ portal fantasy! A cross of Harry Potter and Narnia, but so, so, so dark and twisted. Also a TV show! -- Jolie


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Libriomancer (Magic Ex Libris #1) By Jim C. Hines Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780756408176
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Published: DAW - August 6th, 2013

 

This book is pure fun. Sorcerers who can pull items from books and use them as weapons! And there are giant robots. -- Edward


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Night Watch: Book One By Sergei Lukyanenko Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062310095
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Harper Paperbacks - December 31st, 2013

 

“Like Tolkien getting mugged in a Moscow back alley by John Le Carre!” A visionary blend of urban fantasy and spy thriller, imported from Russia


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The Lions of al-Rassan By Guy Gavriel Kay Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780060733490
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 28th, 2005

 

Set in quasi-Moorish Spain, Kay explores hardening attitudes in a clash of cultures and the people who get caught in the middle. Another masterpiece by Kay.


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Swordspoint (Riverside #1) By Ellen Kushner Cover Image
$7.99
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ISBN: 9780553585490
Published: Spectra - February 4th, 2003

 

Witty, sharp-eyed, and full of interesting people. A melodrama of manners in a lush fantasy world – duel, fantastic parties, age-old rivalries, and love affairs abound! -- Kurestin


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The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307744432
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Anchor - July 3rd, 2012

A wondrous, breathtaking circus serves as the setting for an epic romance between two powerful magicians -- Maggie


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Shadowshaper (The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1) By Daniel José Older Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781338032475
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - August 30th, 2016

 

A killer Brooklyn setting, great magic-mixed-with-art, some creepy supernatural stuff, and a fiery protagonis. 4-star reviews. -- Nick


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The Color of Magic: A Novel of Discworld By Terry Pratchett Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062225672
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Published: Harper - January 29th, 2013

 

Book 1 in the Discworld series! It’s never too late to start this always funny, sometimes bitingly accurate romp from beloved Terry Prachett. Start here, then skip around in the series to follow your favorite characters! -- Kurestin


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Old Man's War By John Scalzi Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780765348272
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tor Science Fiction - January 15th, 2007

 

Addictive, fast-moving science fiction. If you liked The Martian, you’ll love this. -- Emmanuelle


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Seveneves By Neal Stephenson Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780062334510
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - May 17th, 2016

 

The moon explodes on page 1. Suddenly humanity has two years to get off the planet and survive for thousands of years. A lot of science, but also very moving and plenty of Stephenson at his best!


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Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas By John Scalzi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780765334794
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Published: Tor Books - January 15th, 2013

 

This is one of my Top Three Books Of All Time. A ludicrously meta, unnecessarily fun, and impressively well-characterized sendup of Star Trek and its ilk. Non-fans of sci-fi TV will love it and fans will view the reading of it as a religious experience (I know I did). Whether you know it yet or not, you want to read this book. -- Edward


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A Blink of the Screen: Collected Shorter Fiction By Terry Pratchett, A. S. Byatt (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Terry Pratchett, A. S. Byatt (Foreword by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780804169219
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Anchor - February 9th, 2016

 

Short stories from the peerless, dearly-missed mind behind the Discworld series. Perfect for a mood booster, or for the long-time fan to catch a glimpse of the evolution of a genius!


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Revelation Space By Alastair Reynolds Cover Image
$8.99
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ISBN: 9780441009428
Published: Ace - May 28th, 2002

 

Stunning and sweeping space opera – epic, fiercely intelligent, with a whole host of complex characters. If you’ve ever wanted to see the inside of a black hole, and like your spaceships with a side of rogue AI and murder, then this is a good pick for you. -- Kurestin


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An Ember in the Ashes By Sabaa Tahir Cover Image
$12.99
ISBN: 9781595148049
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Razorbill - February 9th, 2016

A breakneck read when her brother is taken, Laiya bargains for help to free him from a group of underground freedom fighters and spies on a cruel commandant. A story of destiny, oppression, magic and violence. -- Jolie


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The Golem and the Jinni: A Novel By Helene Wecker Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780062110848
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Published: Harper Perennial - December 31st, 2013

 

A beautifully written story for fans of fantasy, historical fiction, and New York stories. This book sparkles with intensity! -- Quentin


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Heartstone (Heartstone Series #1) By Elle Katharine White Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062451941
Availability: Not currently on the shelf, but we can order it, to pick up in store or have shipped from our remote warehouse.
Published: Harper Voyager - January 17th, 2017

 

Pride and Prejudice + magic, dragons, monsters, and plenty of other epic fantasy goodness!