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For a group of young paper girls, delivering the news without getting picked on by local teenagers is challenging enough. But alien-like invaders, disappearances and other creepy occurences come to their small town in this graphic novel.
Mars is fully terraformed, whilst Earth is threatened with overpopulation and ecological catastrophe. The third novel in the Mars trilogy.
The colonisation of Mars continues. The second novel in the Mars trilogy.
Mankind begins to colonise Mars. But can a new frontier escape old tensions? The first novel in the Mars trilogy.
Two novellas. After a meteor shower, a farm becomes unnaturally fertile. And the dead walk in the world, but one widower is unable to contact his late wife.
In the repressive state of Gilead, Offred is a Handmaid. She has few rights and many restrictions, and society values her only for her ability to breed.
Case is a hacker who has been crippled and shut out of virtual reality in this cyberpunk novel.
An envoy comes to the planet Winter, where people are able to change from male to female and back, to persuade the locals to join an interstellar alliance.
Changed by alien technology, Binti must try to save her family and pacify two groups that are intent on war with each other. The third novella in the Binti trilogy.
A captain is taken from a far-future battlefield in disgrace for using unconventional methods, and offered a challenge in order to redeem herself and save the Hexarchate. The first in the Machineries of Empire trilogy.
In a harsh future difficult women are consigned to a prison planet and forced to fight in a brutal game. A graphic novel.
As the rebellion against the Capitol gains momentum, Katniss is asked to become the face of the Resistance. But what will such open defiance cost her and those she cares about? The third book in The Hunger Games trilogy.
A man searches for a sister he never knew. In the distant past, a woman tries to survive as the Roman Empire crumbles. The first novel in the Destiny's Children series.
In a world where armed corporations have taken over from governments and pizza delivery is life or death, a new drug comes on the market.
A public defender is tasked with bringing in a poet and mass murderer. Meanwhile, computers at Alpha Centauri and on Earth look for life and contemplate self-awareness and the soul. The first novel in the Queen Of Angels series.
A junkie musician tours the solar system, performing on a one-man instrument known as The Orchestra.
Winston Smith lives in a society dominated by the Party, where his every move and thought is monitored by Big Brother, and dissent is not tolerated.
A troubled young man with special powers tries to protect his adoptive family in a far future world where our civilisation is merely an echo.
The Capitol did not expect Katniss Everdeen to survive the Hunger Games the way she did. So, whilst there are rumblings of rebellion in the districts, the 75th Games will be more brutal than ever. The second book in The Hunger Games.
Two detectives investigate murders in a small religious community near to a place where violent offenders are turned into placid servants. The first in the Salvi Brentt series.
A special agent in the Naval Crime Investigative Service travels through time to try to solve the brutal murder of a family, and to locate a missing daughter. But the future holds the possibility of an apocalypse humanity cannot survive.
In a world where almost everyone has been driven to madness and death by voices invading their heads, the survivors find themselves hunted in this post-apocalyptic thriller. The second book in The Voices series.
Hazel and her family and friends remain fugitives in space, but they are offered a chance to take new identities in exchange for telling their story to the press.
A young man lives in a post-apocalyptic world threatened by roaming savages driven mad by a strange illness. Then someone arrives with knowledge of the world as it was before civilisation fell.
Sidney has been safe in the Red Dome for a few years, in spite of its stifling conformity, but revelations about history and a huge sandstorm are about to change everything. The third in the Allendian Post-Apocalypse series.
A computer hacker is about to learn that reality is not what he believed it was, as he joins the war against the machines.
Truman Burbank is living his whole life as a TV show, and he is the only one unaware that everything around him is fake.
In the 23rd century the Fifth Element has come to Earth to protect the world from evil, and it falls to a taxi driver to protect her.
An obese college professor creates a potion that turns him into an outgoing but obnoxious thin man so he can woo the woman of his dreams
Deadly memories resurface during a holiday on Mars.
A scientist accidentally shrinks his children and two others from the neighbourhood, with his new invention.
Marty McFly travels to to his future and past to prevent things going wrong for his family in 1985.
The caped crusader takes on the Joker.
A pilot is miniaturised in a submarine and ends up inside a grocery store worker, and they both must evade scientists who want to steal the technology.
A Detroit cop is fatally wounded in the line of duty, so he is revived as a cyborg
A scientist experiments with a teleportation machine. But when he transports himself a fly gets into the machine and he begins to turn into a human/fly hybrid.
Ripley and a team of marines take on an alien infestation.
A young man travels back in time with the help of a crazy scientist. However, if his parents fail to get together he may accidentally erase his own existence.
A filing clerk imagines flying to the rescue of the woman of his dreams. However, he struggles to get by in a bureaucratic dystopia, when a computer error puts him in danger.
A group of rebels fight to rescue Han Solo and take on the evil galactic empire in this planet-spanning space opera.
A replicant hunter must track down and terminate four rogue replicants before they kill again.
An alien is left stranded and alone on Earth. A child tries to help him to find his way home.
Darth Vader sends troops to attack rebels on the planet Hoth, whilst Luke Skywalker tries to complete his Jedi training before time runs out.
An alien with super-strength poses as a mild-mannered reporter, and battles the criminal mastermind Lex Luthor.
Aliens visit Earth in this story of first contact.
Life is idyllic within a domed city until the age of thirty, but nobody is allowed to live beyond that. A state assassin is sent to infiltrate a Sanctuary of escaped runners outside the dome.
In a dystopian future a young man leads a violent gang. Can the state brainwash him into behaving more peacefully? An adaptation of an Anthony Burgess novel.
A pair of rival magicians in nineteenth century London are obsessed with trying to uncover the secrets behind their best tricks.
Aliens invade and start harvesting humans. What will a father do to protect his family?
A new type of human emerges, with mutated special powers. But some people are afraid of the mutants and want them suppressed.
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Featured Science Fiction BooksAll Systems Red (2017) by Martha Wells
A rogue security android with a fear of human interaction is embroiled in a crisis when things go badly wrong for a peaceful scientific mission. The first novella in the Murderbot series.
Binti (2015) by Nnedi Okorafor
A young woman leaves her tribe to go to university across the galaxy, far from her home culture.
Saga: Volume Three (2014) by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
New parents from opposing sides of a conflict hide out in a lighthouse, but their pursuers are on their trail. A graphic novel.
Across The Event Horizon (2013) by Mercurio D. Rivera
There's something quite classic about this collection of mostly science fiction stories. These short tales deal with aliens, bizarre futures and peculiar societies.
Night's Engines (2012) by Trent Jamieson
The world of Shale is about to fall to darkness, but the remedy seems worse than the sickness. The second book of The Nightbound Land.
The Return Man (2012) by V. M. Zito
Half of America has been overrun by zombies. So why has one man ignored the evacuation order and stayed to put them down?
Pure (2012) by Julianna Baggott
When the Detonations hit, those unprotected were left with horrifying mutations. The Pure inside the Dome were the lucky few. But is anyone safe and untainted in this post-apocalyptic world?
Bloody War (2011) by Terry Grimwood
London is transformed into a war zone in this chilling story of modern conflict.
God’s War (2011) by Kameron Hurley
A government-sponsored assassin finds herself in trouble when she breaks too many rules. But she is the one the queen turns to in order to track down a dangerous alien.
Further Conflicts (2011) by Ian Whates
Thirteen stories of future warfare as humanity faces all manner of threats.
Shades of Grey (2010) by Jasper Fforde
In the future your colour vision determines your life chances. But Eddie Russet may have seen too clearly for his own good.
The Hunger Games (2008) by Suzanne Collins
To save her sister, Katniss Everdeen volunteers to take part in a brutal tournament in which only one person can emerge alive. The first book in The Hunger Games trilogy.
Principles of Angels (2008) by Jaine Fenn
A young man without family gets entangled in a plot that threatens his city in this far-future thriller.
The Gabble And Other Stories (2008) by Neal Asher
This collection of short stories set in the Polity universe features man, machine and alien testing the limits of what they will do to survive.
Little Brother (2008) by Cory Doctorow
When the state begins to remove the civil rights of ordinary people, a young man takes on the system.
Incarceron (2007) by Catherine Fisher
A young man fights to escape a vast prison that is decaying around him. On the outside, a young woman struggles to get into the prison to escape the prospect of an arranged marriage and a life of political scheming.
Overclocked (2007) by Cory Doctorow
This collection of short stories mixes technology and cyberpunk themes with acute political observations and zombie mayhem.
A Destiny of Fools (2006) by Ejner Fulsang
The human race is dying out, and Sophie Zapata isn't convinced it deserves to be saved.
Crash Deluxe (2005) by Marianne de Pierres
Parrish Plessis sets out to take down the media in a future Australia where the gulf between rich and poor is vast. This is the third book in the series.
Learning The World (2005) by Ken Macleod
Two alien cultures make first contact. But will the experience harm the less advanced civilisation?
Code Noir (2004) by Marianne de Pierres
Parrish Plessis is back, and she has already broken her resolution not to hit anyone.
Nylon Angel (2004) by Marianne de Pierres
When you've met Parrish, you'll know why she's so hard to put down.
Evolution (2002) by Stephen Baxter
This is the epic story of the primates, as they evolve from tiny mammals into the humans who would shape and dominate the world, and beyond.
Time Future (1999) by Maxine McArthur
In a space station in the far future, Commander Halley lives at a time when humans are no longer the dominant species. The first in the Time Future series.
Engineman (1994) by Eric Brown
When FTL starships become obsolete their Enginemen are out of work and the spaceports are falling into decay. But has progress come at too high a price?
The Complete Ballad Of Halo Jones (1991) by Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
Halo Jones strives for the perfect escape in this graphic novel.
Watchmen (1987) by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Masked and costumed heroes investigate the murder of one of their own in this graphic novel.
Ender's Game (1985) by Orson Scott Card
Childhood games are no laughing matter for Ender Wiggin.
Eye In The Sky (1957) by Philip K. Dick
An industrial accident takes a scientist on a journey that teaches him more than he thought possible about the way other people see the world.
Earth Is Room Enough (1957) by Isaac Asimov
A collection of short science fiction and fantasy stories.
Featured SF FilmsThe Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014) directed by Francis Lawrence
Katniss must choose between sparking a rebellion against the repressive Capitol, or laying low in an attempt to protect those she loves who the Capitol still holds hostage. The third film in The Hunger Games.
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) directed by Francis Lawrence
Katniss may have survived the Hunger Games, but what can one person do to prevent the districts breaking out into open rebellion? The second film in The Hunger Games series.
Repo Men (2010) directed by Miguel Sapochnik
Pay your debts, or the Repo Men will have their pound of flesh in this gory near-future thriller.
Inception (2010) directed by Christopher Nolan
An idea can change everything in this thriller about dream infiltrators.
V For Vendetta (2006) directed by James McTeigue
For Evey Hammond, the 5th of November will never be the same again.
The Matrix Reloaded (2003) directed by Andy and Larry Wachowski
The machines fight back. Will Neo be able to stop them and save Zion?
Galaxy Quest (1999) directed by Dean Parisot
Mistaken for a real crew of space adventurers, a group of jaded actors battle to save a friendly alien race.
Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) directed by James Cameron
The second film in the Terminator series sees the young John Connor fighting for his life against another robot from the future.
Star Wars: A New Hope (1977) directed by George Lucas
Luke Skywalker learns the ways of the Jedi in order to save the galaxy from an evil Emperor and the terrifying Darth Vader.
Venom (2018) directed by Ruben Fleischer
When alien organisms come back to Earth, an investigative journalist tackles the corporation that wants to conduct unethical experiments on them.
Elysium (2013) directed by Neill Blomkamp
In the future the mega-rich live in luxury on a space station, whilst everyone else lives with poverty and disease on Earth, until one man gets the opportunity to change the system, if only he can survive long enough.
Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) directed by J.J. Abrams
Kirk and his crew face an adversary who seems to be better than them in every way. The second film set in the rebooted Star Trek universe.
The Hunger Games (2012) directed by Gary Ross
The odds are against Katniss when she volunteers to take part in a vicious televised fight to the death.
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) directed by Joe Johnston
In the forties a secret plan to boost the war effort results in the creation of a superhero. But can one person really make a difference?
Iron Man 2 (2010) directed by Jon Favreau
Iron Man faces threats from upstart technologists, the military, and his own health in this sequel.
Star Trek (2009) directed by J.J. Abrams
The crew of the Enterprise take on a genocidal Romulan in this reboot of the Star Trek franchise.
Surrogates (2009) directed by Jonathan Mostow
You can be anyone you want to be, provided you want to be fake.
Avatar (2009) directed by James Cameron
A paraplegic marine gets a second chance when he takes on a new body to negotiate with the natives on an alien world.
Planet 51 (2009) directed by Jorge Blanco
An astronaut lands on a planet, only to discover that he is the alien invader.
The Road (2009) directed by John Hillcoat
A father and son search for food and hope for a better life as they travel through a barren, post-apocalyptic wasteland.