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December Recommended Reading: Science Fiction

Maybe you think because we’re an academic library we can only collect boring books (Oh, I know you wouldn’t think this of us)(we’re talking about him, over there) *vaguely point in the direction of no one*. We know you’re the type of person who loved every single one of the very tiny words on every single one of the 783 pages of Ulysses. You would never think academic texts could be boring, we know. We really do.

But as it turns out when we librarians aren’t busy tightening our hair buns (it’s a fine art that needs a steady hand, trust us), we also find time to build a collection with some pretty entertaining science fiction literature and criticism, for those very few who may have used Ulysses as a door stop, to keep Infinite Jest some company. *point vaguely again, possibly to self*.

Or maybe you’re just the type of person who can enjoy both. Of course you are!

Here are a few looks into December’s very not-boring but not really Ulysses kind of fun (sorry, you) Recommended Reading: Science Fiction.

Neuromancer / William Gibson: You really can’t go wrong with a book about dystopian societies, computer hackers, Rastafarians, a space station and someone named Lady 3Jane Marie-France Tessier-Ashpool.

Welcome to the Monkey House : a collection of short works / by Kurt Vonnegut: But maybe you want to read a short story about a computer who falls in love?

2001, A Space Odyssey [videorecording] : Better than a computer that wants to kill you!

Futureland / Walter Mosley: Everyone is watching you!

Where’s My Jetpack? : a guide to the amazing science fiction future that never arrived / Daniel H. Wilson: Oh, don’t be paranoid. It’s just fiction.

The Science in Science Fiction : 83 SF predictions that became scientific reality / Robert Bly: Or is it?!

Starship Troopers / Robert A. Heinlein: It’s alright, you just need to read about some giant bugs that are attacking you to calm your nerves.

And every library collection wouldn’t be complete without a centerpiece like Mutant 59 : the Plastic-Eaters, right?

Below is the whole list for December. Enjoy!

Science Fiction Novels and Stories

Akira. Book One / Katsuhiro Otomo. 808.838762 O88a 2000

All-star Superman / written by Grant Morrison ; pencilled by Frank Quitely. 741.5973 M879a

The Alteration / Kingsley Amis. 823.914 A517a 1977

Atlas Shrugged / Ayn Rand. 813.52 R186a 1999

The Birthday of the World and other stories / Ursula K. Le Guin. 813.54 L521b 2003

Bradbury Stories : 100 of his most celebrated tales / [Ray Bradbury]. 813.54 B798b 2005

Brave New World / Aldous Huxley. 823.912 H986b 1998

Breakfast of Champions, or, Goodbye Blue Monday! / by Kurt Vonnegut ; with drawings by the author. 813.54 V947b 2006

Cat’s Cradle / Kurt Vonnegut. 813.54 V947c 2006

Dune / Frank Herbert. 813.54 H536d 1990

The Door in the Wall, and other stories [electronic resource] / H. G. Wells

Ender’s Game / Orson Scott Card. 813.54 C266e 1994

Endless Nights / [all stories written by Neil Gaiman ; all stories lettered by Todd Klein ; illustrated by Glenn Fabry … [et al.]] 823.914 G141e 2003

Fahrenheit 451 / Ray Bradbury. 813.54 B798f 1993

Futureland / Walter Mosley. 813.54 M912f 2002

Gravity’s Rainbow / Thomas Pynchon. 813.54 P997g 1973

Job, a Comedy of Justice / Robert A. Heinlein. 813.52 H468j 1984

The Lathe of Heaven : a novel / Ursula K. Le Guin. 813.54 L521La 2008

The Martian Chronicles / Ray Bradbury. 813.54 B798m 1997

The Moon is a Harsh Mistress / Robert A. Heinlein. 813.52 H468m 1997

More Than Human / by Theodore Sturgeon. 813.54 S935m 1975

Mutant 59 : the Plastic-Eaters / Kit Pedler and Gerry Davis. 823.914 P371m 1972

Neuromancer / William Gibson ; with an afterword by Jack Womack. 813.54 G451n 2000

The Pool of Fire / John Christopher. 823.914 C556p 1970

Starship Troopers / Robert A. Heinlein. 808.838762 H468s 1987

The Sirens of Titan / Kurt Vonnegut. 813.54 V947si 2006

Shadow & Claw / Gene Wolfe. 813.54 W855sh 1994

So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish / Douglas Adams. 823.914 A211s 1985

The Time Machine [electronic resource] / H. G. Wells

The War of the Worlds / H.G. Wells ; illustrated by Edward Gorey. 823.912 W454w 2005

Welcome to the Monkey House : a collection of short works / by Kurt Vonnegut. 813.54 V947w 2006

Science Fiction Movies

12 Monkeys [videorecording] / Universal Pictures and Atlas/Classico present an Atlas Entertainment production ; produced by Charles Roven ; screenplay by David Peoples & Janet Peoples ; directed by Terry Gilliam. 791.4372 T9713 2005

2001, A Space Odyssey [videorecording] / Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer ; Polaris ; Stanley Kubrick Productions ; produced by Stanley Kubrick ; screenplay by Arthur C. Clarke & Stanley Kubrick ; directed by Stanley Kubrick.

Akira [videorecording] / presented by Geneon Entertainment (USA) Inc. ; producers, Ryohei Suzuki, Shunzo Kato ; screenplay, Katsuhiro Otomo, Izo Hashimoto ; written and directed by Katsuhiro Otomo. 791.4372 A3154 2001

Alphaville [videorecording] : une étrange aventure de Lemmy Caution / UGC/D.A. International ; distribué par Athos Film ; André Michelin, Filmstudio présentent le neuvième filme de Jean Luc Godard.
791.4372 A456 1998

Blade Runner [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures ; the Ladd Company ; produced by Michael Deeley ; screenplay by Hampton Fancher and David Peoples ; directed by Ridley Scott. 791.4372 B632 1999

Children of Men [videorecording] / Universal Pictures ; Strike Entertainment ; Hit & Run Productions ; Quietus Productions, Ltd. ; produced by Marc Abraham … [et al.] ; screenplay by Alfonso Cuarón … [et al.] ; directed by Alfonso Cuarón. 791.4372 C5367 2007

A Clockwork Orange [videorecording] / Warner Bros. Pictures presents a Stanley Kubrick production ; produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick ; screenplay by Stanley Kubrick. 791.4372 C643 2001

The history, appreciation and criticism of science fiction

Science Fiction : the Illustrated Encyclopedia / John Clute. R 809.38762 C649s 1995

The Rough Guide to Sci-fi Movies / by John Scalzi. R 791.43615 S282r 2005

Handbook of American Popular Culture / edited by M. Thomas Inge. R 301.21 H236

Alien Constructions [electronic resource] : science fiction and feminist thought / Patricia Melzer. 813/.08762099287

Alternate Worlds : the Illustrated History of Science Fiction / by James Gunn. 809.3 G976a 1975

American Science Fiction TV [electronic resource] : Star Trek, Stargate and Beyond / Jan Johnson-Smith. 791.45656

Anatomy of wonder : a critical guide to science fiction / edited by Neil Barron ; contributors, Thomas D. Clareson … [et al.]. 808.838762 A535 1981

Before the Golden Age; a Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s / Isaac Asimov. 813.008 A832b

Black Space [electronic resource] : Imagining Race in Science Fiction Film / Adilifu Nama. 791.43/615

Bodies of Tomorrow [electronic resource] : Technology, Subjectivity, Science Fiction / Sherryl Vint. 823/.08762090914

British Science Fiction Television [electronic resource] : a Hitchhiker’s Guide / edited by John R. Cook and Peter Wright. 791.45/615

The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction / edited by Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn. 809.38762 C178 2003

Cosmos Latinos : an anthology of science fiction from Latin America and Spain / translated, edited, & with an introduction & notes by Andrea L. Bell & Yolanda Molina-Gavilán. 863 C834 2004

Cyberpunk and Cyberculture [electronic resource] : science fiction and the work of William Gibson / by Dani Cavallaro. 813/.54

Ray Bradbury [electronic resource] : a critical companion / Robin Anne Reid. 813/.54

Structural Fabulation : an essay on fiction of the future / Robert Scholes. 823.009 S368s

The Science of Michael Crichton [electronic resource] : an unauthorized exploration into the real science behind the fictional worlds of Michael Crichton / edited by Kevin R. Grazier. 813/.54

Science Fiction Audiences [electronic resource] : watching Doctor Who and Star Trek / John Tulloch and Henry Jenkins.

American Government Through Science Fiction / Joseph D. Olander, Martin H. Greenberg, Patricia Warrick ; foreword by Frederik Pohl. 813.0876 O42a 1974

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame : Volume Two A / edited by Ben Bova.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B : the greatest science fiction novellas of all time / chosen by the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America ; edited by Ben Bova.

Where’s My Jetpack? : a guide to the amazing science fiction future that never arrived / Daniel H. Wilson; illustarted by Richard Horne. 600 W747w 2007

The Science in Science Fiction : 83 SF predictions that became scientific reality / Robert Bly. 501 B661s 2005

Liquid Metal : the science fiction film reader / edited by Sean Redmond. 791.43615 L767 2004


Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections, Combined Edition

Science fiction hall of fame

Science fiction and fantasy research database

The science fiction and fantasy book list site

Science Fiction and Fantasy World

Is Science Fiction science? The culture of Science Fiction & Fact

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