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Isaac Asimov

I, Robot

Here are stories of robots gone mad, mind-reading robots, robots with a sense of humor, robot politicians, and robots who secretly run the world, all told with Asimov's trademark dramatic blend of science fact and science fiction.

Foundation Trilogy

Robert A. Heinlein

Stranger in a Strange Land
 

The Cat Who Walks Through Walls

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.
 

Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man came to Mars and found Martians waiting. While seeking a new beginning, man nevertheless brought with him his oldest fears and deepest desires. Man conquered Mars, but in that instant, Mars conquered him.

"Poignant and satiric, eerie and poetic, THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES is Bradbury's masterwork, a modern classic that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide." (Publisher's Source)

Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Douglas Adams writes brilliant, humorous science fiction/fantasy (which category it fits in is debatable.)

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

The
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

The Guide is book one in the increasingly misnamed Hitchhiker Trilogy (there are six books altogether.) Only Douglas Adams can effectively start a humorous novel with the end of the earth and most of humanity. Arthur Dent is whisked away from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway.

His friend Ford Prefect gets him into several misadventures and there are lots of twists and turns. There are many thought-provoking ideas in the books, and many lessons to glean from the guide, including that one should always carry a towel when hitchiking through the galaxy. Adams is a master of intelligent satire, wit, and hilarious dialogue. You'll love it-- especially if you love Monty Python and/or Red Dwarf.

The
Salmon of Doubt

Do not pick up The Salmon of Doubt expecting a complete novel. What might have been the next Dirk Gently novel occupies fewer than 100 pages at the volume's end. The rest is taken up by tidbits from Adams' life: essays, short stories, letters, speeches and interviews, many of them in print for the first time in this book.

On Friday, May 11, 2001, Douglas Adams, beloved creator of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, died of a heart attack at age forty-nine. His fans are grateful that he left us an impressive set of novels and co-authored works of nonfiction. The short stories and other tidbits were retrieved from his computers.

The subjects include: the distinction of possessing a nose of heroic proportions; climbing Kilimanjaro in a rhino costume; why Americans can’t make a decent cup of tea; lyrical tributes on the sublime pleasures found in music by Procol Harum, the Beatles, and Bach; his hopeless infatuation with technology; the private life of Genghis Khan; Dirk Gently and Zaphod Beeblebrox.

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Red Dwarf Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers

The first lesson Lister learned about space travel was you should never try it. But Lister didn't have a choice. All he remembered was going on a birthday celebration pub crawl through London. When he came to his senses again, he was living in a locker on one of Saturn's moons, with nothing in his pockets but a passport in the name of Emily Berkenstein.

So he did the only thing he could. Amazed to discover they would actually hire him, he joined the Space Corps--and found himself aboard Red Dwarf, a spaceship as big as a small city that, six or seven years from now, would get him back to Earth. What Lister couldn't foresee was that he'd inadvertently signed up for a one-way jaunt three million years into the future--a future which would see him the last living member of the human race, with only a hologram crew mate and a highly evolved Cat for company. Of course, that was before the ship broke the light barrier and things began to get really weird.

-- Back Cover

Better than Life

The equally hilarious sequel to Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers. When Holly, the Red Dwarf's computer, suddenly goes dumb, David Lister, the holographic Arnold Rimmer, Cat, and Kryten, the cleaning robot, become trapped in a game called Better Than Life, and it's up to a talking Toaster to save them all.

In the illegal and highly addictive game, each enjoys his own brand of subconsciously created paradise. Meanwhile, their bodies are wasting away due to lack of nourishment. If that doesn't sound funny to you, you're in for a big surprise, since this book will have you laughing out loud.

Mindplayers by Pat Cadigan

For Allie, putting on the madcap that Jerry borrowed was a very big mistake. The psychosis itself was quite conventional, but it didn't go away when she took the madcap off, so the Brain Police took over leaving her with a choice - go to jail as a mind criminal or become a mindplayer.

SynnersSynners by Pat Cadigan

Tea from an Empty CupTea from an Empty Cup by Pat Cadigan

"How can you drink tea from an empty cup?"
That ancient Zen riddle holds the key to a baffling mystery: a young man found with his throat slashed while locked alone in a virtual reality parlor.

The secret of this enigmatic death lies in an apocalyptic cyberspace shadow-world where nothing is certain, and even one's own identity can change in an instant.
-- Back Cover.

Dervish is DigitalDervish Is Digital by Pat Cadigan

In Artificial Reality, everything is permitted and nothing is forbidden--or so they say. Run a con game in AR, and the law does not prosecute; have sex with a virtual child persona, and the police do not interfere. But infringe on a powerful corporation's copyright and the law rushes in. And so Detective Lieutenant Doré Konstantin unhappily finds herself appointed Chief Officer of the TechnoCrime AR Division. Virtual crimes are almost impossible to solve, her two-person staff is usually assigned elsewhere, and she spends so much of her life pursuing software pirates in AR that her sanity may be in danger. Things can't get any worse. Then she is assigned to track a cyberstalker known as "Dervish," whose virtual persona is capable of manipulating AR in unprecedented ways. Konstantin reluctantly acknowledges Dervish's victim may be right: Dervish may have done the impossible. He may have traded places with an Artificial Intelligence, letting the AI take possession of his body as his mind escapes into the cyberverse of Artificial Reality, which he can manipulate as no software, even AI, ever could--impossible manipulations that include deleting all the exits from AR, and perhaps even killing the trapped investigator, Doré Konstantin.

Dervish Is Digital is the witty, sharp-edged, hardboiled sequel to the equally exciting and stylish SF mystery Tea from an Empty Cup.

--Cynthia Ward at Amazon.com

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