Here are our updated science fiction recommendations. Let us know what you think.
*also available as an audiobook
Anderson, M T
The feed controls your thoughts.
*I, Robot 1950
The classic that introduced the three laws of robotics.
Cestus Deception 2004
A Clone Wars, Star Wars, novel by the author of Lion’s Blood.
Darwin’s Children 2003
In this cautionary tale of genetics and evolution, a retrovirus has produced millions of genetically altered children.
A Matter of Profit 2003
Ahvram, appalled by atrocities the army has visited on other worlds, tries to derail an assassination at home.
Naughts and Crosses 2005
Sephy is a Cross -- a member of the dark-skinned ruling class. Callum is a Naught -- a "colorless" member of the underclass who was once a slave to the Crosses.
Mountains of Mourning
in *Borders of Infinity 1991
Teenage Miles, 5 feet tall, somewhat misshapen and just out of officers' training school, must administer justice in a backward province where the population has proven by infanticide that it still views "mutants" as subhuman.
Lilith’s Brood 2000
Dawn, Imago, and Adulthood Rites in one volume. The story of humanity’s unwilling merge with the Oankali.
Card, Orson Scott
Shadow of the Giant 2005
The 8th book in the Ender Wiggins series.
Sledding Hill 2005
Explores life, religion, and censorship from an unusual viewpoint.
De Haven Tom
It’s Superman 2005
The formative years of the Man of Steel. A graphic novel.
Mister Boots 2005
Is Mister Boots a man or a horse? Is Bobby a boy or a girl?
Charlie and friends discover a doorway to an alternate world—one with the potential to make them millionaires.
Stravaganza, City of Flowers 2005
Sky Meadows is a London teenager who is also a stravagante – that is, he can time travel to an alternate Renaissance Italy. Follows City of Masks and City of Stars. Improbable? Yes, but compelling in its detail.
Hogan, James P.
Outward Bound 1999
A teenager headed for juvie opts for a diversion program.
Never Let Me Go 2005
The “carers” are clones created for the sole purpose of harvesting their organs.
*Blood and Chocolate 1987
As the traditions of the pack disintegrate, a teenage loup garou experiments with independence by becoming involved with a meat boy. The results are disastrous.
Nothing Human 2003
When she reaches puberty, Lillie falls into a coma from which she awakens saying, “The pribir are coming.”
Set on the planet Aka, which bears a strong resemblance to China during the Cultural Revolution.
Martinez, A Lee
Gil’s All Fright Diner 2005
Zombies. Vampires. Werewolves. A comedy in the vein of Douglas Adams.
McHugh, Maureen F
Mission Child 1998
A teenage girl faces war, refugee camps and relocation with grim determination.
Number 47, a fourteen-year-old slave boy growing up under the watchful eye of a brutal master in 1832, meets the mysterious Tall John, who introduces him to a magical science.
Limit of Vision 2001
Three young scientists pirate a nanotech life form.
Sterkarm Handshake 1998
A twenty-first-century corporation builds a time travel tube with a
direct connection to sixteenth-century England. Followed by the Sterkarm Kiss.
Thinner Than Thou 2004
Set in a not to distant future where the cult of body image has become the new religion.
Sawyer, Robert J
The Neanderthal Parallax: Hominids 2002, Humans 2003, Hybrids 2003
Scientists on Earth have discovered a parallel universe where Neanderthals, not homo sapiens, have prevailed.
Mystic and Rider 2005
The first volume in the Twelve Houses series. If you like a bit of romance in your science fiction, Shinn is the writer for you.
Gunpowder Empire 2003
An alternate-world story featuring teenagers from late 21st century Los Angeles and a Roman Empire that never declined.
Y, the Last Man. One Small Step 2004
Yorick Brown, the only human male to survive a global sex-specific plague, may not be unique for much longer. A graphic novel.
Double Helix 2003
Features eighteen-year-old Eli dealing with the strange circumstances of his birth.
“Parasite positive" people carry an ancient disease that causes vampirism.
Wilson, Robert Charles
The stars…. They just blinked out. A brother, sister and their friend are central to the mystery in this complex story filled with scientific speculation and complicated characters.
Yolen, Jane (editor)
Years Best Science Fiction and Fantasy for Teens 2005
The Green and the Gray 2004
Part hard science fiction, part mystery and part alien-human encounter played out in Manhattan parks.