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Science Fiction and Horror share many traits  under teh "speculative fiction" genre. But, while science fiction chooses to explore and explain the dark corners of the universe, horror tends to invoke the dread and fear of the unknown. Blends of these two genres often happen when the hubris of science runs up against the unexplainable, with devestating consequences.

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The Games - Ted Kosmatka
ISBN: 9780345526618
Publication Date: 2012-03-13
Silas Williams is the geneticist in charge of preparing the U.S. entry into the Olympic Gladiator competition, an internationally sanctioned bloodsport with only one rule: no human DNA is permitted in the design of the entrants. Silas lives and breathes genetics; his designs have consistently won gold in every previous event. But the other countries are catching up. Now, desperate for an edge in the upcoming Games, Silas's boss engages an experimental supercomputer to design the genetic code for a gladiator that cannot be beaten. The result is a highly specialized killing machine, its genome never before seen on earth.

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Annihilation - Jeff VanderMeer
ISBN: 9780374104092
Publication Date: 2014-02-04
Four women -- a biologist, a psychologist, a surveyor, and an anthropologist -- set out on a scientific expedition to Area X, a quarantined zone that defies all attempts to map its terrain or understand its nature. Eleven previous missions have failed; is the twelfth time the charm, or will these intrepid explorers join their predecessors as casualties of Area X? Suspenseful and menacing, Annihilation is the 1st volume in the Southern Reach novels.

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Parasite - Mira Grant
ISBN: 9780316218955
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Genetically engineered tapeworms that protect most of the human populace from illness, boost everyone's immune system, and even secrete designer drugs begin to change and want out of human bodies they occupy. The first book in the Parasitology series.

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The Stand - Stephen King
ISBN: 0385199570
Publication Date: 1990-05-01
A monumentally devastating plague leaves only a few survivors in a desert world who move toward the ultimate confrontation of good and evil, in the expanded original version of King's novel.

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Bird Box - Josh Malerman
ISBN: 9780062259653
Publication Date: 2014-05-13
In Bird Box, brilliantly imaginative debut author Josh Malerman captures an apocalyptic near-future world, where a mother and her two small children must make their way down a river, blindfolded. One wrong choice and they will die. And something is following them -- but is it man, animal, or monster?

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The Trikon Deception - Ben Bova; Bill Pogue
ISBN: 0312850247
Publication Date: 1992-01-01
The Trikon is a shared industrial space laboratory that was built in orbit, designed as the only risk-free environment for genetic experiments too controversial or dangerous to be performed on Earth.

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Two Worlds and in Between - Caitlín R. Kiernan
ISBN: 9781596063914
Publication Date: 2011-08-01
A mission to a distant planet goes dreadfully awry in the suspenseful novella "The Dry Salvages." Dinosaurs and immortals interact in a tale ("Giants in the Earth") set in a universe created in Michael Moorcock's Dancers at the End of Time . These stories, together with 24 other pieces of short fiction, including "Night Story 1973" written with Poppy Z. Brite, chronicle the literary progress of one of the genre's most remarkable and exciting voices. Covering the years from 1993 to 2004, these selections, chosen by Kiernan herself, display a unique, iconoclastic vision that celebrates language as well as story.

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The Sparrow - Mary Doria Russell
ISBN: 0679451501
Publication Date: 1996-09-09
The sole survivor of a crew sent to explore a new planet, Jesuit priest Emilio Sandoz discovers an alien civilization that raises questions about the very essence of humanity, an encounter that leads Sandoz to a public inquisition and the destruction of his faith.

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Abomination - Gary Whitta
ISBN: 9781941758335
Publication Date: 2015-07-29
A reluctant knight battles an unspeakable horror in Whitta’s epic tale, a well-written debut that skillfully blends science fiction, historical fantasy, and spiritual themes. In 888 C.E., after nearly 100 years of bloody battles with invading Norsemen, Alfred, England’s last remaining king, has finally established an uneasy peace. But grumblings from the Danes have the wary king on edge, and when a cache of ancient spells is discovered, he grudgingly allows his archbishop, Aethelred, to study them as a means of raising an unholy defense. The results are bone-chillingly macabre, leading Alfred’s most trusted knight, Wulfric—a wildly conflicted pacifist—to abandon his idyllic postwar life and fight the uncontrollable evil that a coldly obsessed and maniacal Aethelred has unleashed.

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