Martha's Science Fiction Picks

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Ecotopia: (40th Anniversary Ed.) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9781597142939
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Published: Banyan Tree Books - November 1st, 2014

When I am in an especially dark mental place I like to think of the future this book imagines where the west coast is its' own country and the cities are full of skyscrapers covered in plants. A bit preachy, sure, but still fun.


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Oval Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781593764050
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Published: Soft Skull Press - June 4th, 2019

Soft Skull Press has a reputation for smart and edgy female authors and this book is no exception. Soma for a new generation, this satire nails everyone to the wall in one way or another.


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Mr. Burns and Other Plays Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781559364812
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Published: Theatre Communications Group - March 14th, 2017

A post-apocalyptic future where the Simpsons have become Greek mythlike stories that are told around the campfire and performed as plays.


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The Brief History of the Dead (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781400095957
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Published: Vintage - January 9th, 2007

Brockmeier is adapt at being both poetic and pulpy at the same time. He drops us into a story of the afterlife and we are compelled to keep reading to see what disaster on earth lead to this netherworld suddenly changing.


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Void Star: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781250159410
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Published: Picador - April 24th, 2018

With echos of of Gibson and Ballard —Void Star does not disappoint. A meditation on the risks of an elite technocracy combined with the tension and murkiness of a noir film, Mason sucks the reader into a tangled web they will want to be trapped in.


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All Our Wrong Todays: A Novel Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781101985151
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Published: Dutton - February 20th, 2018

This book is both utopian and dystopian at the same time. How does it get away with it? Multiple timelines of course. This is the only debut novel to make it on this list and it earns its spot. Funny and sweet.


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Station Eleven Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804172448
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Published: Vintage - June 2nd, 2015

There is a reason this is one of Folio Book's all time best sellers. I loved it. Paula loved it. Beatrice loved it. One of the best books of the last decade. Mandel captures both the fragile nature of civilization and the resilency of art in the face of disaster. Any book that has extensive Shakespeare and Star Trek references is also going to have my heart.


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The Water Knife Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9780804171533
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Published: Vintage - April 5th, 2016

This thriller takes place in a not too distant future when states fight tooth and nail over water rights to the point of border wars. As the rich build themselves walled cities to escape the crisis the poor are left to fight over the remaining drops.


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The Dispossessed: A Novel (Hainish Cycle) Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780060512750
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - June 10th, 2014

This list wouldn't be complete without some Ursula LeGuin. Reading about her anarchists on the moon and how they both succeeded and failed at their utopian visions is LeGuin at the peak of her form.


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Oryx and Crake (The MaddAddam Trilogy #1) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9780385721677
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Published: Anchor - March 30th, 2004

Margaret Atwood is one of my favorite authors of the past 100 years. This to me is one of the most prescient of all recent dystopian novel(s). Do yourself a favor and just buy this and The Year of the Flood and Maddaddam all at once. You won't regret it.


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Cat's Cradle: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780385333481
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Published: Dial Press Trade Paperback - September 8th, 1998

No book list that mentions the apocalypse would be complete without Cat's Cradle. Vonnegut's dark satire is a fantastic and funny take on the doom that looms over us all.


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Cloud Atlas: A Novel Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780375507250
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Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - August 17th, 2004

Cloud Atlas is a book that I can reread every few years and still enjoy. The characters are beautiful. The writing is elegant. The storytelling is epic and magical. What more do you need?


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The Best Short Stories of J. G. Ballard Cover Image
By J. G. Ballard, Anthony Burgess (Introduction by)
$21.00
ISBN: 9780312278441
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Published: Picador - July 6th, 2001

JG Ballard was the master of the sci-fi short story. Ahead of his time in so many ways, this collection, which first came out in 1978, will grab you by the neck and not let go.


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Riddley Walker, Expanded Edition Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780253212344
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Published: Indiana University Press - September 22nd, 1998

This is a dystopian classic and was a major influence on Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome. Hoban's use of language is masterful.