#SciFriday Recommendations!

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Here's a full list of our SciFriday picks!

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Spelljammer: Adventures in Space (D&D Campaign Collection - Adventure, Setting, Monster Book, Map, and DM Screen) By Dungeons & Dragons Cover Image
$69.99
ISBN: 9780786968169
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Published: Wizards of the Coast - August 16th, 2022

Two out of two Thomases agree: Dungeons and Dragons but in space!


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Jurassic Park: A Novel By Michael Crichton Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780345538987
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Published: Ballantine Books - September 25th, 2012

"This collection of Le Guin's first novels in the Hainish Cycle showcases how ahead of her time she was from the moment she put pen to paper. Ursula is the master of blending science fiction and fantasy while exploring the moral truths of humanity. There are ancient feuding clans, mind bending space travel, and flying panther steeds! Amal El-Mohtar's introduction, new in this edition, explores some delightful Le Guin quotes that give fascinating context to her ouvre as a whole. This is a must have for anyone who considers themselves a student of the speculative genres." – Mik⁠


Foundryside: A Novel (The Founders Trilogy #1) By Robert Jackson Bennett Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780525573845
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Published: Del Rey - May 21st, 2019

"What do you say about a world where text is magic but magic spells also need codices to work properly? Is it a linguistic look at magic? Sure. But it's also a crazy fun heist adventure that will leave you wondering what the heck is going on at any given moment." – Thomas⁠


The Night Parade of 100 Demons: A Legend of the Five Rings Novel By Marie Brennan Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781839080401
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Published: Aconyte - February 2nd, 2021

"Night Parade is a mythic tale set in a magical realm based off feudal Japan, where a priest and a historian fight a legendary horde of demons. And on that front it's fantastic. But it's also a tale of two men from warring clans who fall in love but secrets get in their way. There's no reason not to love this book." - Thomas


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The Blacktongue Thief By Christopher Buehlman Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250621191
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 7-10 Days
Published: Tor Books - May 25th, 2021

"Funny, clever. It's on the same level as Kings of the Wyld!" - Wilbur


The Left Hand of Darkness (Penguin Galaxy) By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by) Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman (Introduction by)
$25.00
ISBN: 9780143111597
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Published: Penguin Classics - October 25th, 2016

"The Left Hand of Darkness is often touted as a classic of science fiction with a gender studies lens, but I love it for its thoughtful exploration of utopian ideals. Be sure to get the Penguin Edition with Neil Gaiman's introduction!" - Mik


Heir to the Empire: Star Wars Legends (The Thrawn Trilogy) (Star Wars: The Thrawn Trilogy - Legends #1) By Timothy Zahn Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780553296129
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Published: Del Rey - May 1st, 1992

The Drowned World: A Novel By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by) Cover Image
By J. G. Ballard, Martin Amis (Introduction by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9780871403629
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Published: Liveright - May 20th, 2013

The Windup Girl By Paolo Bacigalupi Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781597808217
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Published: Night Shade - May 5th, 2015

"People will say climate change is a new fangled idea. Then why did JG Ballard write about it in 1962? People will say only scientists worry about climate change. Then why did Octavia Butler write Parable of the Sower in 1993? People say it wont effect America. Then why did Paolo Bacigalupi write about how well places other than America dealt with it in 2009?" - Thomas


Parable of the Sower By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781538732182
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 30th, 2019

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The Prey of Gods By Nicky Drayden Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780062493033
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Published: Harper Voyager - June 13th, 2017

"Prey of the Gods touches on science fiction, near future speculation, African mythos, pure fantasy and pulls it all together in a glorious story that has stakes on every level. Also an evil demigod fights robots......and that's freakin' awesome!"


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Radiance: A Novel By Catherynne M. Valente Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9780765335302
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Published: Tor Books - October 18th, 2016

"Radiance is a strange book to describe. At its most broad it's about what if we could travel in space in the 1800s and make movies. At its core it's a story about a father losing his daughter, his daughter losing her way, and the struggle for both of them to find her. Truly fantastic." - Thomas


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The City We Became: A Novel (The Great Cities #1) By N. K. Jemisin Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316509886
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Published: Orbit - July 27th, 2021

"Living city stories are nothing new, but there's something about Jemisin's New York City that will reach out and grab you, with a bunch of scaly tentacles! She takes all the problems of modern day New York, and fills the spaces between with a gripping dread that will not let you go! This book will mess you up and you'll be asking for more by the time you're done." - Thomas


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Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch #1) By Ann Leckie Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316246620
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Published: Orbit - October 1st, 2013

"I could tell you all about the awards Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie has received. How it's only one of three debut novels to have won both Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel, how it's the only novel period to have won the Hugo; the Nebula; and the Clarke award, but really all I need to say is that it's a truly unique interpretation of the Count of Monte Cristo...in space.....with AI." - Thomas


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Stardust: A Novel By Neil Gaiman Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9780063070714
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Published: William Morrow Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

"We all know the story of the Princess Bride. Murder, True Love, Adventure, Sword fights, Excitement, et. al. It's a classic for a reason. Stardust is the spiritual successor to the Princess Bride that we've all been looking for. And somehow Stardust has flown under the radar for a long time. So if you're chasing that feeling of the Princess Bride, look no further." - Thomas


The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure By William Goldman Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780156035217
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Published: Harper Perennial - October 8th, 2007

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Storm Front (Dresden Files #1) By Jim Butcher Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780593335154
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Published: Ace - January 5th, 2021

"What can I really say about Harry Dresden that I haven't already. I've been recommending this book to people for 15 years and I'm not going to stop any time soon. It's fast, it's fun, it's a bit mystery, it's a bit horror. It's an absolute blast to read." - Thomas


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Leviathan Wakes (10th Anniversary Edition) (The Expanse #1) By James S. A. Corey Cover Image
$40.00
ISBN: 9780316333429
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Published: Orbit - September 21st, 2021

"Leviathan Wakes is 10 years old! I remember when this first came out and the first book felt to me like one part Agatha Christie, one part Firefly, and one part The Thing and nobody was really digging that. I'm so glad this has gotten big enough to get a cool anniversary edition like this. If you've never jumped on the Leviathan Wakes train, get ready to be thoroughly creeped out and constantly interested!" - Thomas


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Far Sector By N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By N.K. Jemisin, Jamal Campbell (Illustrator)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781779512055
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Published: DC Comics - October 19th, 2021

"For a title that has struggled to find its identity post the War of Light, Green Lantern: Far Sector is the perfect breath of fresh air and is one of the definitive takes on Green Lantern in the 21st century. N.K. Jemisin is just as suited to writing Green Lantern as Claremont was to X-Men, Bendis was to Daredevil, and Gail Simone was to Batgirl!" - Thomas


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Buckaroo Banzai Against the World Crime League, Et Al: A Compendium of Evils By E.M. Rauch, Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover design or artwork by) Cover Image
By E.M. Rauch, Julian Totino Tedesco (Cover design or artwork by)
$29.99
ISBN: 9781506722139
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Published: Dark Horse Books - November 16th, 2021

“35 years ago we were promised a sequel to the greatest 80s movie of all time and we were given more than what we were promised.

It is the single greatest Sci-Fi adventure novel starring a rocket scientist, rockstar, ninja, racecar driver, brain surgeon that I've ever read.” - Thomas


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The Last Adventure of Constance Verity By A. Lee Martinez Cover Image
$16.99
ISBN: 9781481443524
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Gallery / Saga Press - April 11th, 2017

Thomas describes it as "female chosen one except she doesn't want to do it so she kills her fairy godmother but then her fairy godmother's ghost haunts her anyway."


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Saga Volume 1 (Saga (Comic Series)) By Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples (Artist) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781607066019
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Published: Image Comics - October 23rd, 2012

"Saga is the greatest sci fi story written in the 21st century. If you don't believe me, you have to try it to make sure." - Thomas


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The October Country: Stories By Ray Bradbury Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780345407856
Availability: Not available to order
Published: Del Rey - September 24th, 1996

“This is the perfect collection of short stories for October! Oddly enough it’s called THE OCTOBER COUNTRY. All of the stories are spooky without being truly creepy. And it has my favorite story of all time, “What If A Vampire Had Children”, where they use their dad as a kite.” - Thomas


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Hard Reboot By Django Wexler Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9781250790262
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Published: Tordotcom - May 25th, 2021

“This is Real Steel if Real Steel had been good and the robots were thirty feet tall.” - Thomas


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Trail of Lightning (The Sixth World #1) By Rebecca Roanhorse Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781534413504
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Published: Gallery / Saga Press - June 26th, 2018

“This is like Mad Max meets Navajo monster mythology. It’s wild and crazy and fun!” - Thomas


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Winter's Orbit By Everina Maxwell Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250758842
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Published: Tor Books - December 28th, 2021

 “Dune meets Red, White & Royal Blue. All of the political machinations but also two members of different royal families who fall in love despite themselves.” - Thomas


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Night Watch: A Novel of Discworld By Terry Pratchett Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780062307408
Availability: Out of Stock; Usually Arrives in 7-10 Days
Published: Harper - July 29th, 2014

 “You can never go wrong with Terry Pratchett. But Night Watch has THE best storytelling!” - Thomas


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Kindred By Octavia E. Butler Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780807083697
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Published: Beacon Press - February 1st, 2004

 “This is the most important sci— nope, this is *the* most important book you’ll ever read.” - Thomas


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Dragons of Autumn Twilight: The Dragonlance Chronicles By Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780786915743
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Published: Wizards of the Coast - February 1st, 2000

“This is for everybody who wishes that novels about Dungeons & Dragons were cool, because THIS is cool. Peak 80s fantasy.” - Thomas


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Children of Time By Adrian Tchaikovsky Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316452502
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Published: Orbit - December 11th, 2018

“Generations spanning, great world building, politics, religion, philosphy…… with sentient spiders!!!It’s like Ken Follett’s PILLARS OF THE EARTH— but with spiders. It’s not okay. But also, READ IT.” - Thomas


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Ninth House (Alex Stern #1) By Leigh Bardugo Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250751362
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Published: Flatiron Books - October 20th, 2020

“It’s the Gossip Girl reboot meets Dante’s Inferno…. with muuurder!!!” - Thomas


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Jade City (The Green Bone Saga #1) By Fonda Lee Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780316440882
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Published: Orbit - June 26th, 2018

 

“This is The Godfather… if it were a Hong Kong action-fantasy movie.” - Thomas


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Black Water Sister By Zen Cho Cover Image
By Zen Cho
$17.00
ISBN: 9780425283431
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Published: Ace - May 11th, 2021

 “A heart warming tale of an ancestor guiding you from beyond the grave… to murder.” - Thomas