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A guide to science fiction, fantasy & beyond

From "You're All Just Jealous of my Jetpack" by Tom Gauld

Science Fiction and Fantasy come in many different forms, and often times, a book can cross many, many different genres. They can appear to be difficult fandoms to enter, but there  is something here for everyone - mysteries, romance, suspense, horror and humor. This guide will give you some good starting points for new and seasoned readers alike.

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Sources/Inspiration: Novelist; The Readers' Advisory Guide to Genre Blends by Megan M. McArdle and her blog Genrify; The Readers' Advisory Guide to Nonfiction by Neal Wyatt; ILA Readers' Avisory Rountable (RART), and the A&S RA Team at Carnegie-Stout Public Library.


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The Grace of Kings - Ken Liu
ISBN: 9781481424271
Publication Date: 2015-04-07
The Grace of Kings, the first book in this epic series, tells the story of two men who become friends through rebelling against tyranny and then turn against each other in defense of irreconcilable ideals. Wily, charming Kuni Garu, a bandit, and stern, fearless Mata Zyndu, the son of a deposed duke, seem like polar opposites. Yet, in the uprising against the emperor, the two quickly become the best of friends after a series of adventures fighting against vast conscripted armies, silk-draped airships, soaring battle kites, underwater boats, magical books, shapeshifting gods, and scaled whales who seem to prophesy the future. Once the emperor has been overthrown, however, the two find themselves the leaders of two sides with very different ideas about how the world should be run and the meaning of justice

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A Darkling Sea - James L. Cambias
ISBN: 9780765336279
Publication Date: 2014-01-28
On the planet Ilmatar, under a roof of ice a kilometer thick, a team of deep-sea diving scientists investigates the blind alien race that lives below. The Terran explorers have made an uneasy truce with the Sholen, their first extraterrestrial contact: so long as they don't disturb the Ilmataran habitat, they're free to conduct their missions in peace.

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Armada - Ernest Cline
ISBN: 9780804137256
Publication Date: 2015-07-14
It's just another day of high school for Zack Lightman. He's daydreaming through another boring math class, with just one more month to go until graduation and freedom--if he can make it that long without getting suspended again. Then he glances out his classroom window and spots the flying saucer. At first, Zack thinks he's going crazy. A minute later, he's sure of it. Because the UFO he's staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada--in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders. But what Zack's seeing is all too real. And his skills--as well as those of millions of gamers across the world--are going to be needed to save the earth from what's about to befall it. Yet even as he and his new comrades scramble to prepare for the alien onslaught, Zack can't help thinking of all the science-fiction books, TV shows, and movies he grew up reading and watching, and wonder: Doesn't something about this scenario seem a little too... familiar?

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