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Science Fiction April 2014
"Mars is supposed to be dead, just a big hunk of cold rock hanging in space."
~ from Michael J. Martinez's The Daedalus Incident
New and Recently Released!
Red Rising - by Pierce Brown
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/28/2014
Share Red Rising ISBN-13: 9780345539786
ISBN-10: 0345539788
Dystopian SF. As a member of the Reds, Martian society's lowest caste, 16-year-old Darrow lives beneath the surface of the Red Planet, mining Helium 3. Having witnessed firsthand the harsh consequences of rebellion, he's anxious to preserve the status quo, however dire -- until his beloved wife, Eo, is executed for her political activism. Darrow joins the rebel group Sons of Ares in order to infiltrate the elite Golds and destroy the system from within. This fast-paced, action-packed debut is the 1st book in a planned trilogy.
A Darkling Sea - by James L. Cambias
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 01/28/2014
Share A Darkling Sea ISBN-13: 9780765336279
ISBN-10: 0765336278
Social SF. Ilmatar is an ice-bound planet whose vast sub-surface ocean supports a blind, sentient alien race. Contact with the Ilmatarans is strictly forbidden, due to rules put in place by the six-limbed Sholen, who believe that humanity is too dangerous to be permitted contact with other species. Their concerns are soon justified by the actions of one Earthling, a journalist killed during an illicit attempt to film the Ilmatarans. This incident sets off an inter-galactic diplomatic crisis as well as conflict between human researchers and Sholen regulators. Boasting strong characterizations and extensive, immersive world-building, A Darkling Sea presents a gripping story that also provides a thought-provoking exploration of ethical issues.
Annihilation - by Jeff VanderMeer
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/04/2014
Share Annihilation ISBN-13: 9780374104092
ISBN-10: 0374104093
Science Fiction. 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.
Archetype: A Novel - by M.D. Waters
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/06/2014
Share Archetype%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780525954231
ISBN-10: 0525954236
Dystopian SF. A woman wakes up in a hospital with amnesia. All she knows is what her doctors tell her: her name is Emma Burke, she's happily married to successful businessman Declan, and she was injured in a terrorist attack. However, Emma's vivid recurring dreams and disturbing flashbacks show her a different life -- one that forces her to question everything she's come to believe and makes her doubt everyone she's supposed to trust. If you enjoy Archetype, keep an eye out for its forthcoming sequel, Prototype.
The Martian: A Novel - by Andy Weir
Publisher: Random House
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 02/11/2014
Share The Martian%3a A Novel ISBN-13: 9780804139021
ISBN-10: 0804139024
Near-Future SF. Stranded on Mars after an aborted surface mission, astronaut Mark Watney must rely on his wits to survive on an inhospitable planet. As Watney documents his attempts to create food, water, and oxygen from limited resources, NASA officials scramble to come up with a way to increase his chances of survival until they can find a way to bring him back to Earth. Fans of hard science fiction and survival stories will appreciate this debut novel for its smart, likable lead who uses humor and technological ingenuity to make an impossible situation bearable.
Focus on: Spaceships
Dust - by Elizabeth Bear
Publisher: Bantam Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 12/26/2007
Share Dust ISBN-13: 9780553591071
ISBN-10: 055359107X
Space Opera. Set aboard a broken generation ship in orbit around a dying sun, this opening volume of author Elizabeth Bear's Jacob's Ladder trilogy breathes new life into a well-worn SF trope. Bioengineered crew members, nanotech "angels," and descendants of the ship's AI are fighting for control of the endangered ship. When servant girl Rien learns that captive angel Perceval is her half-sister, she frees her in a desperate attempt to form an alliance that could avert a disastrous war. Unbeknownst to the two young women, their escape is noticed by the last vestiges of the AI Jacob Dust. Readers eager for a "brilliantly detailed, tightly plotted, roller-coaster book" (Booklist) with fantastic characters will not be disappointed.
Hull Zero Three - by Greg Bear
Publisher: Little, Brown
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/07/2011
Share Hull Zero Three ISBN-13: 9780316072809
ISBN-10: 031607280X
Hard SF. Unexpectedly (and unwillingly) released from the deep hibernation state of Dreamtime, an amnesiac crew member awakes -- cold, naked, and disoriented -- on a damaged starship drifting through deep space. In order to survive, he and his fellow passengers must band together and brave a veritable labyrinth of alien-infested corridors in order to reach the ship's control room...where they may or may not be able to fix the problem. Bleak and suspenseful, this horror-tinged tale will keep readers turning the pages.
The Daedalus Incident - by Michael J. Martinez
Publisher: Perseus
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 08/13/2013
Share The Daedalus Incident ISBN-13: 9781597804721
ISBN-10: 159780472X
Science Fiction. Long considered a dead planet, the Red Planet is not supposed to experience seismic activity. However, Mars now appears to be terraforming itself, reshaping its own terrain through some mysterious mechanism, and it's up to Commander Sheila Jain of Joint Space Command to find out how and why. Her only clue is the self-writing journal of Lieutenant Thomas Weatherby, an 18th-century officer in the Royal Navy whose ship, the HMS Daedalus, was a space frigate that traveled between planets and may have ventured into uncharted realms of the universe. For a unique blend of steampunk and space opera set in the 22nd century, don't miss The Daedalus Incident.
Polaris - by Jack McDevitt
Publisher: Ace Books
Check Library Catalog Pub Date: 10/25/2005
Share Polaris ISBN-13: 9780441012534
ISBN-10: 0441012531
SF Mystery. Sixty years later, the fate of the luxury spacecraft Polaris remains one of the galaxy's greatest unsolved mysteries. Like a futuristic Marie Celeste, the ship was discovered adrift in space, its crew and passengers having vanished without a trace. When antiquarian Alex Benedict acquires some artifacts from Polaris, he discovers that others are willing to kill for the items. Alex and his assistant, Chase Kolpath, set out to track down the would-be assassins and, in the process, find out what really happened on Polaris' fateful last voyage. Although it's the 2nd book in author Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series, after A Talent for War, Polaris stands on its own.
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