science fiction

Have You Heard About... Dial H

… the incredible power of some rotary phones? Instead of 9-1-1, Dial H-E-R-O to become a superhero! The power has a few quirks, however. The dialer becomes a random hero — anyone from Boy Chimney to Captain Lachrymose to Baroness Resin — all of his or her powers and weaknesses, down to the costume, but only for a limited time. Also, someone else is after the dial, someone who might not want to use the powers for good.

Have You Heard About... The Martian

… the debut novel that’s part science fiction, part survival thriller, and 100% amazing? In Andy Weir’s novel, The Martian, astronaut Mark Watney is stranded on Mars after his crew mistakenly believes him to be dead.

Have You Heard About... Man Made Boy

… the son of Frankenstein’s monster and the Bride? Jon Skovron tells his story in Man Made Boy — a teenager who feels even more alienated and out of place than most. Boy grew up in a small haven for monsters, surrounded by creatures of mythology, many of whom looked down on his family for being science-based instead of magical.

Have You Heard About... Parasite

… the revolutionary Intestinal Bodyguard[TM]? With just one pill every two years, and occasional adjustments by your physician, all of your medical needs are managed for you. From allergies to diabetes to hypertension, your Intestinal Bodyguard[TM] takes care of everything. Would you take that one pill, to save yourself from daily pills or injections? What if I told you that the Intestinal Bodyguard[TM] is a genetically modified tapeworm?

Have You Heard About... Mr. Wuffles

… the greatest cat toy ever? Mr. Wuffles has lots of toys – mousies and balls and fish, toys with feathers and bells and string — but one day he finds the best toy ever! It’s metal, not quite round, with a ledge around the middle that’s perfect for carrying it. Mr. Wuffles loves this toy!

Have You Heard About... The Shining Girls

… the time-traveling serial killer from Chicago’s past?

Have You Heard About... Ender’s Game

… the future of Earth, when children are trained as vicious soldiers?

Have You Heard About... Leviathan

… the living airships of World War I? The audiobook Leviathan* is a fantastic example of steampunk fiction done right. Scott Westerfeld adds mechanical robots and whale airships to World War I which makes it a hundred times more exciting.

Have You Heard About... Manga Man

…the funny-looking high school student?

Have You Heard About... Old Man’s War

… the military retirement plan?  At age seventy-five, you can join the army and go to war in outer space.  That’s the basic premise of John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War*.  Despite the vast reaches of space, habitable planets are few and far between, so competition for them is fierce, and mankind must fight to defend Earth and find our own space to colonize.

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