Hard Science Fiction
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Mars by Ben Bova - audiobook also available.
Jamie Waterman is a young Navaho geologist who is picked for the ground team of the first manned expedition to Mars. He will be joining an international team of astronauts and scientists. But once the crew land on Mars, they soon discover they must battle not only the alien land on which they have invaded but earthbound bureaucrats as well. When they come face to face with a chasm ten times as deep and large as the Grand Canyon, all twenty-five astronauts must face the most shocking discovery of all...
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
In the Retro Hugo Award-nominated novel that inspired the Syfy miniseries, alien invaders bring peace to Earth-at a grave price.
In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind's largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technological development. Their purpose is to dominate Earth. Their demands, however, are surprisingly benevolent: end war, poverty, and cruelty. Their presence, rather than signaling the end of humanity, ushers in a golden age . . . or so it seems. Without conflict, human culture and progress stagnate. As the years pass, it becomes clear that the Overlords have a hidden agenda for the evolution of the human race that may not be as benevolent as it seems.
Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard - audiobook also available.
Suspense, politics, war, humor and intergalactic finance. A towering masterwork of science fiction adventure and one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time, L. Ron Hubbard's Battlefield Earth opens with breathtaking scope on an Earth dominated for 1,000 years by an alien invader and man is an endangered species. From the handful of surviving humans, a courageous leader emerges: Jonnie Goodboy Tyler, who challenges the invincible might of the alien Psychlo empire in a battle of epic scale, danger, and intrigue with the fate of the Earth and of the universe in the tenuous balance.
Pawn's Gambit by Timothy Zahn
This collection showcases the career-launching short fiction of Timothy Zahn, acclaimed author of Blackcollar, the Quadrail series, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Star Wars: Heir to the Empire The pieces included in Pawn's Gambit range from the adventure science fiction Timothy Zahn is famous for to post-apocalyptic tales and humorous fantasy. In "The Price of Survival," an alien ship arrives in our solar system without hostile intentions-but with a desperate need that could destroy humanity. "The Giftie Gie Us" is set in a post-apocalyptic United States, in which two lonely survivors find love among the ruins. And in the title story, a human and his alien opponent face off over a game that will decide which one of them will return home-and which will not. This collection also includes the Hugo Award-winning novella Cascade Point and eight stories previously unpublished in book form.
The New Voices of Science Fiction edited by Hannu Rajaniemi and Jacob Weisman
Your future is bright! After all, your mother is a robot, your father has joined the alien hive-mind, and your dinner will be counterfeit 3D-printed steak. Even though your worker bots have staged a mutiny, and your tour guide speaks only in memes, you can always sell your native language if you need some extra cash. The avant-garde of science fiction have arrived in this space-age sequel to the World Fantasy Award-winning anthology, The New Voices of Fantasy. Here you'll find the rising stars of the last five years: Rebecca Roanhorse, Amal El-Mohtar, Alice Sola Kim, Sam J. Miller, E. Lily Yu, Rich Larson, Vina Jie-Min Prasad, Sarah Pinsker, Darcie Little Badger, Nino Cipri, S. Qiouyi Lu, Kelly Robson, and more.
MDP Publishing has compiled a collection of 6 Novels, novelettes, novellas, and short stories from prolific Science Fiction icon Isaac Asimov. These stories were originally published by Galaxy Science Fiction Magazine in the early 1950s. Stories include the 3 part full-length novel Tyrann, as well as Hostess, The C-Chute, Darwinian Pool Room, The Martian Way, and The Deep. With over 350+ electronic pages and all of the original artwork from each issue of Galaxy, you can experience these stories the same way science fiction fans from the 1950s did! Look for more editions of MDP'sGalaxy's Science Fiction series, available now at e-retailers worldwide.
When a catastrophic solar storm brings about the collapse of modern civilization, an Amish community in Pennsylvania is caught up in the devastating aftermath. Once-bright skies are now dark. Planes have plummeted to the ground. The systems of modern life have crumbled. With their stocked larders and stores of supplies, the Amish are unaffected at first. But as the English (the Amish name for all non-Amish people) become more and more desperate, they begin to invade Amish farms, taking whatever they want and unleashing unthinkable violence on the peaceable community. When the English Fall examines the idea of peace in the face of deadly chaos: Should members of a nonviolent society defy their beliefs and take up arms to defend themselves? And if they don't, can they survive?