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Genre: Fiction

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction
Key Authors:

Neal Stephenson


A master of the unexpected, Neal Stephenson writes complicated stream-of- consciousness prose that requires readers to unravel many twists and turns. Incorporating history and science in the back story and action, he presents highly technical concepts but makes them understandable. His Science Fiction stories have multiple plot lines and thought-provoking details which engross the reader in darkly humorous situations. Try: Cryptonomicon.

HG Wells


H. G. Wells, well-known author of a series of what he called "scientific romances," is perhaps the father of modern science fiction writing. Ironically, Wells dismissed these works,  among them, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds, as relatively inconsequential when compared with his later novels focusing on comedy and social criticism. Start with: The Time Machine.

Terry Pratchett


Terry Pratchett has won a large following by creating interesting characters, placing them in a well-crafted world, and combining humor and compassion. Pratchett uses humor to parody elements of literary genres, but also to raise questions about contemporary society. Pratchett's books use cinematic techniques, cutting from scene to scene to show different perspectives, as well as lots of dialogue and a fast pace to propel the reader along. Try: The Hogfather.

Kim Stanley Robinson


Kim Stanley Robinson writes literary and accessible issue-driven hard Science Fiction, often set within our solar system and focusing on a near future or a plausible alternate history. In Robinson's worlds the solutions of today can lead to tomorrow's problems. Start with: Red Mars.

Orson Scott Card


Orson Scott Card is known for his engrossing and moral stories, and his provocative view of a world in which individuals can make a difference. His stories feature familiar themes - family, duty, and sacrifice -  and the battle between good and evil is frequently explored. As a writer of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror, Card's novels appeal to a wide audience, from teens to adults. Start with: Ender's Game.

Titles to Try:

Crystal Shard- R.A. Salvatore

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Bruenor, a dwarf, Drizzt, a dark elf, and Wulfgar, a barbarian warrior, try to unite the people of Ten-Towns to face the dangerous magic of the crystal shard.

One Second After- William R. Forstchen

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One man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war based upon an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP) weapon that will send America back to the Dark Ages.

Eye of the World- Robert Jordan

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The first book in the, “Wheel of Time.” series, relates a tale of the bestial Trollocs, the witch Moiraine, and three boys, one of whom is fated to become the Dragon--the World's only hope and the sure means of its destruction.

Foreigner : a novel of first contact- C.J. Cherryh
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Two hundred years after a group of humans had lost a war to the atevi, Bren Cameron, the only human allowed into the atevi society, realizes he must forge a bond between the two seemingly incompatible species.

Redshirts- John Scalzi
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Enjoying his assignment with the xenobiology lab on board the prestigious Intrepid, ensign Andrew Dahl worries about casualties suffered by low-ranking officers during away missions before making a shocking discovery about the starship's actual purpose.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Websites - These websites include information about Science Fiction and Fantasy novels, authors, reviews of books, and other information specifically for the Science Fiction and Fantasy reader.

The SF site.

Information on authors, awards, forthcoming books, and more!

Best SF

Reviews, short science fiction stories, and more for the science fiction fan.   

SciFi Wire

SciFi wire is all things science fiction, including reviews of books, movies, TV, and news relating to science fiction in all genres.   


Reviews, recommendations, and information on upcoming books.   


Searchable information on books, movies, and more. Lots of information on Science Fiction books.   

Locus Online

The online version of Locus Magazine. Locus is a magazine for science fiction and fantasy fans.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Newsletters- If you are interested in receiving Science Fiction or Fantasy news directly in your email inbox, sign up for one of the following newsletters.

SF Site

An e-newsletter from the SF site. Just enter your email in the box on the left-hand site of the page to get SF news in your inbox!

Sci Fi  Books in your email

Hennepin County library has a newsletter you can subscribe to receive chapters from a new books in the genre you choose, including Science Fiction.

Science Fiction and Fantasy Fiction Awards- for more information on award winners, visit the MCLS Book Awards Page (coming soon).

Arthur C. Clarke Award

The Arthur C. Clarke award is awarded annually for the best science fiction novel in Britain. It is named after Sci-Fi Writer, Arthur C. Clarke.

Hugo Award

The Hugo award is awarded annually at the World Science Fiction Convention. The award is selected by readers of science fiction. 

Locus Award

The Locus award is awarded as a result of a poll taken by the subscribers of Locus magazine, a magazine for science fiction and fantasy fans.

Nebula Award

The Nebula award is awarded by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America by the members of the organization.

World Fantasy Award

World Fantasy Award is awarded annually by the a panel at the World Fantast Convention

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