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A Memory Called Empire: Winner of the 2020 Hugo Award for Best Novel

Arkady Martine

£8.99 £8.36

A brilliant new addition to the genre, this opening chapter of the series is both human and deeply political. Really well written, this is truly character-led , developing dually into an intriguing plot as it opens up. Bring on the next installment please!

Revelation Space

Alastair Reynolds

£10.99 £10.22

This series opener has a grand vision at its core, enjoining the parameters and beyond of our current understanding

Ancillary Justice: THE HUGO, NEBULA AND ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD WINNER

Ann Leckie

£8.99 £8.36

Award winning debut novel a few years ago, this makes for a highly imaginative and deeply engaging trilogy

Gnomon

Nick Harkaway

£8.99 £8.36

True to his father's legacy of intelligent writing, this is a story to admire in its conception

The Quantum Thief

Hannu Rajaniemi

£8.99 £8.36

For the true hard-sci-fi fan, this mind-bending tale requires you to have your wits about you, as you are challenged to keep up with a brain most likely larger than your own... Jean le Flambeur #1

The Fractal Prince

Hannu Rajaniemi

£9.99 £9.29

Jean le Flambeur #2

The Causal Angel

Hannu Rajaniemi

£8.99 £8.36

Jean le Flambeur #3

Mockingbird: From the author of The Queen's Gambit - now a major Netflix drama

Walter Tevis

£8.99 £8.36

What starts with 1984, moves forward in time into Brave New World and arrives here, in Tevis' classic

The Reality Dysfunction

Peter F. Hamilton

£10.99 £10.22

One of the giants of big-concept sci-fi, this is an ideal book as a launch point. If you want qualty and size combined, you just hit lucky. Night's Dawn #1

The Neutronium Alchemist

Peter F. Hamilton

£12.99 £12.08

Night's Dawn #2

The Naked God

Peter F. Hamilton

£10.99 £10.22

Night's Dawn #3

Consider Phlebas: A Culture Novel

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

The first chapter of Banks' masterpiece Culture series. (Others at the bottom of the list)

Summerland

Hannu Rajaniemi

£8.99 £8.36

From top hard sci-fi to excellent futuristic spy thriller, this is one smart writer

Dune: Now a major new film from the director of Blade Runner 2049

Frank Herbert

£9.99 £9.29

A classic best enjoyed as a standalone

The Quantum Magician

Derek Kunsken

£8.99 £8.36

The first of currently two, this is far-future for hard sci-fi fans, strong on tech

The City in the Middle of the Night

CHARLIE JANE ANDERS

£8.99 £8.36

An outside in a fragmented post-Earth society, this is a story of belonging and not, loneliness and survival and finding hope where none was to be found.

Children of Time

Adrian Tchaikovsky

£9.99 £9.29

A cautionary tale of "the best laid plans"...

Stranger in a Strange Land

Robert A. Heinlein

£9.99 £9.29

One of the "caused controversy but now can't see why" books. In Jubal Harshaw, it contains one of sci-fi's best-drawn characters

Hyperion

Dan Simmons

£9.99 £9.29

Another staple of any interested sci-fi reader.

Anathem

Neal (Author) Stephenson

£22.00 £20.46

A simply awe-inspiring construction

Ancestral Night: A White Space Novel

Elizabeth Bear

£9.99 £9.29

An outstanding novel by a well-established writer, this sits comfortably in the space-opera cannon

The Black Cloud

Fred Hoyle

£9.99 £9.29

One of the classics, written by an ackowledged peer of his scientific realm, a must-read for all sci-fi fans

The Forever War: Forever War Book 1

Joe Haldeman

£8.99 £8.36

A study in time

Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?: The inspiration behind Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049

Philip K. Dick

£8.99 £8.36

Yes it is a classic and yes you may have seen the film. But have you actually read it? There's a reason why it has such status and if you haven't read it, then you don't know how good it is.

Perdido Street Station

China Mieville

£10.99 £10.22

Where to start with this book? With Mieville? Take the plunge and see where it leads you. Once read, never forgotten.

Foundation

Isaac Asimov

£8.99 £8.36

As the blurb says, iconic. This is where it all began and those younger readers who may not have entered his realm, it is a must. The trilogy now also released as a good value £16 hardback (9781841593326)

Ready Player One

Ernest Cline

£8.99 £8.36

A thoroughly entertaining sci-fi thriller that hits the ground running and is very difficult to stop. Brilliant for those able to remember the 1980's

Empire of Silence

Christopher Ruocchio

£10.99 £10.22

A really good blend of sci-fi and high fantasy, this pulls you in quickly and won't let you go

The Lost Puzzler

Eyal Kless

£8.99 £8.36

Great backdrop, good characters who you can invest in and well-paced. Living amongst the ruins of a once-great civilisation, a boy, capable of working the wondrous things left behind, becomes the fulcrum for change

The Ministry for the Future

Kim Stanley Robinson

£20.00 £18.60

The Death of Grass

John Christopher

£8.99 £8.36

What was once fanciful fiction now heralds far more serious undertones for the planet's current trajectory. Another classic that reverberates still

Embers of War

Gareth L. Powell

£7.99 £7.43

The first of an excellent trilogy, perfectly suited when insufficient time is available for Banks and Hamilton.

The City & The City

China Mieville

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A near-reality plot, centred in a city where two separate groups of people co-exist who must never recognise the existence of each other, else never to be seen again. Sound implausible? Think again, as Mieville quickly suspends reality and leads you into another of his unique creations

Nineteen Eighty-Four

George Orwell

£8.99 £8.36

It's here just to remind you that if you haven't, you should and if you did, you should give it to someone else.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet: Wayfarers 1

Becky Chambers

£8.99 £8.36

A novel of great depth and positivity, a joy to read.

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

£9.99 £9.29

Does this need more? If you haven't, come on, what's keeping you?

Rejoice

Steven Erikson

£9.99 £9.29

The first in a new series. First contact, then what?

Planetfall

Emma Newman

£9.99 £9.29

A fantastic space-based human story

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury

£8.99 £8.36

A must of the genre's classics. Just how did the author know?

2001: A Space Odyssey

Arthur C. Clarke

£8.99 £8.36

Part of the must-reads of sci-fi. A bona fide legend shows us the reason why he rose to such lofty heights. Those others read are excellent also, but here you should start

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August: The word-of-mouth bestseller you won't want to miss

Claire North

£8.99 £8.36

What would happen if you awoke after dying with full memory and it kept happening?

Red Rising: Red Rising Series 1

Pierce Brown

£8.99 £8.36

This is a full-throttle opening to an excellent series. A deeply satisfying telling of the rising of the oppressed. Good entry into the genre as you will only need to enjoy a thriller to really get into this.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 42nd Anniversary Edition

Douglas Adams

£8.99 £8.36

Almost all know of it and some may have read it, probably when they were a teenager. What a difference it makes reading it as an adult viewed from a different lense. Light-hearted a wise, this is a pleasure worth visiting or re-visiting

Strata

Terry Pratchett

£8.99 £8.36

Something of a blend here, but an worthy concoction - Pratchett does sci-fi (and I don't mean Long Earth). As hilarious and insightful as he always was

The Corporation Wars Trilogy: Omnibus Edition

Ken MacLeod

£12.99 £12.08

A triple-bill of crackling sci-fi for £12.99 - who says small business doesn't do bargains?

Altered Carbon: Netflix Altered Carbon book 1

Richard Morgan

£9.99 £9.29

What a first novel, a series of three. Deserves the accolades it receives.

The Algebraist

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

For imagination, see Banks. This standalone novel gives introduction to the brilliance of this man's mind. Warning, concentration required...

Oryx And Crake

Margaret Atwood

£9.99 £9.29

For all the lit crit spoilers out there, I'll throw in a Booker prize-winning author. A real cracker

The Player Of Games: A Culture Novel

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #2

Use Of Weapons

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #3

The State Of The Art

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #4

Inversions

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #6

Look To Windward

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #7

Matter

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #8

Surface Detail

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #9

The Hydrogen Sonata

Iain M. Banks

£9.99 £9.29

Culture #10