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Science Fiction February 2014
"A book, too, can be a star, a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe."
~ Madeleine L'Engle (1918-2007), American writer
New and Recently Released!
Iron Winter - by Stephen Baxter
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share Iron Winter ISBN-13: 9780451240125
ISBN-10: 045124012X
Alternate History. A changing climate threatens civilization. Sound familiar? Well, it is and it isn't. In this alternate history, prehistoric humans in the Northland once built a massive wall to hold back the encroaching seas. That wall has since expanded into Extelur, a linear city with far-reaching power and influence. However, as the Northland grows increasingly uninhabitable, Extelur's denizens migrate to more hospitable lands, causing widespread conflict as they come into contact with other cultures. History buffs who love extensive, richly detailed world-building will want to check out this final volume of the Northland Trilogy, which begins with Stone Spring and Bronze Summer.
Parasite - by Mira Grant
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/29/2013
Share Parasite ISBN-13: 9780316218955
ISBN-10: 0316218952
Near-Future SF. By the 2020s, human beings can regulate their personal health with Intestinal Bodyguards, genetically engineered tapeworms (D. symbogenesis) developed by biotech firm SymboGen. However, Sally Mitchell, whose own implant enabled her to survive a near-fatal car accident, remains skeptical of the company and their flagship product -- with good reason, as it turns out. If you enjoy suspenseful, menacing science fiction stories set in a frighteningly plausible futuristic society of cutting-edge medical technology and corporate oligarchy, don't miss this 1st book in the Parasitology series by Mira Grant, author of the Newsflesh trilogy.
Twenty-First Century Science Fiction - edited by David G. Hartwell and Patrick Nielsen Hayden
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 11/05/2013
Share Twenty-First Century Science Fiction ISBN-13: 9780765326003
ISBN-10: 0765326000
Short Stories. This anthology has one simple goal: to collect stories by "the best science fiction writers that came to prominence since the 20th century changed into the 21st." Among the 34 authors featured in this volume are many familiar names, including Charles Stross, John Scalzi, Elizabeth Bear, Paolo Bacigalupi, Hannu Rajaniemi, Catherynne M. Valente, Kage Baker, and Jo Walton as well as up-and-coming stars such as Vandana Singh, Ken Liu, Genevieve Valentine, James L. Cambias, and Alaya Dawn Johnson. "Whether newcomer or old hand, the reader will not be disappointed," says Kirkus Reviews.
Orfeo: A Novel - by Richard Powers
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/20/2014
Share Orfeo%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780393240825
ISBN-10: 0393240827
SF. Experimental composer Peter Els sets up a homebrew microbiology lab in his rural Pennsylvania residence to dabble in some DIY genetic engineering. Consumed by his obsession with inserting musical patterns into the genome of a common bacterium, Els is probably the only one who's surprised when Homeland Security raids his house, branding him a terrorist. Now a fugitive from the law, the so-called "biohacker Bach" heads West on a cross-country trip that will reunite him with the people and places he once intimately knew as he reflects on his past and contemplates his future. As with The Gold Bug Variations, author Richard Powers presents another cerebral, stylistically complex meditation on music and science.
Archetype : a novel - M. D. Waters
Publisher: Dutton
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/06/2014
Share Archetype %3a  a novel ISBN-13: 9780525954231
ISBN-10: 0525954236
Emma wakes in a hospital, with no memory of what came before. Her husband, Declan, a powerful, seductive man, provides her with new memories, but her dreams contradict his stories, showing her a past life she can’t believe possible: memories of war, of a camp where girls are trained to be wives, of love for another man. Something inside her tells her not to speak of this, but she does not know why. She only knows she is at war with herself.
Conquest : The Chronicles of the Invaders - John Connolly and Jennifer Ridyard
Publisher: Pocket Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/11/2014
Share Conquest %3a  The Chronicles of the Invaders ISBN-13: 9781476757124
ISBN-10: 1476757127
Earth is no longer ours. . . .
It is ruled by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilized, yet ruthless alien species. But humankind has not given up the fight, and Paul Kerr is one of a new generation of young Resistance leaders waging war on the invaders. Syl Hellais is the first of the Illyri to be born on Earth. Trapped inside the walls of her father's stronghold, hated by the humans, she longs to escape.
But on her sixteenth birthday, Syl's life is about to change forever. She will become an outcast, an enemy of her people, for daring to save the life of one human: Paul Kerr. Only together do they have a chance of saving each other, and the planet they both call home.
Like a Mighty Army - David Weber
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/04/2014
Share Like a Mighty Army ISBN-13: 9780765321565
ISBN-10: 0765321564
"For centuries, the world of Safehold, last redoubt of the human race, lay under the unchallenged rule of the Church of God Awaiting. The Church permitted nothing new--no new inventions, no new understandings of the world. What no one knew was that the Church was an elaborate fraud--a high-tech system established by a rebel faction of Safehold's founders, meant to keep humanity hidden from the powerful alien race that had destroyed old Earth. Then awoke Merlyn Athrawes, cybvernetic avatar of a warrior a thousand years dead, felled in the war in which Earth was lost. Monk, warrior, counselor to princes and kings, Merlyn has one purpose: to restart the history of the too-long-hidden human race. And now the fight is thoroughly underway. The island empire ofCharis has declared its independence from the Church, and with Merlyn's help has vaulted forward into a new age of steam-powered efficiency. Fending off the wounded Church, Charis has drawn more and more of the countries of Safehold to the cause of independence and self-determination. But at a heavy cost in bloodshed and loss--a cost felt by nobody more keenly that Merlyn Athrawes. The wounded Church is regrouping. Its armies and resources are vast. The fight for humanity's future isn't over, and won't be over soon."
The Martian - Andy Weir
Publisher: Random House Inc
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/11/2014
Share The Martian ISBN-13: 9780804139021
ISBN-10: 0804139024
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old "human error" are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?
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