Out of This World

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All the Birds in the Sky


by Charlie Anders


Reunited as adults in the hipster mecca San Francisco as the planet falls apart around them, childhood friends Patricia Delfine, who is magically gifted, and Laurence Armstead, an engineering genius, discover that something bigger than either of them has brought them together to either save the world, or plunge it into a new dark ages.
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Storm Front (The Dresden Files, Book 1)


by Jim Butcher

  
Meet Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden, a Chicago-based private investigator who also happens to be the only person listed under "Wizards" in the phone book. A frequent consultant for the police on paranormal crimes, Harry is called in to investigate when two mutilated corpses are discovered in a hotel room. Someone is using magic to commit murder -- and it's up to Harry to find the killer.
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Leviathan Wakes


by James S.A. Corey


When Captain Jim Holden's ice miner stumbles across a derelict, abandoned ship, he uncovers a secret that threatens to throw the entire system into war. Attacked by a stealth ship belonging to the Mars fleet, Holden must find a way to uncover the motives behind the attack, stop a war and find the truth behind a vast conspiracy that threatens the entire human race.
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House of Shattered Wings


by Alette de Bodard


In the smoldering ruins of Paris, devastated by supernatural war, Fallen angels have created a hierarchical system of Houses through which they rule what's left of the city. House Silverspires reigns supreme until its founder vanishes, leaving a power vacuum that rival Houses are only too eager to fill. House leader Selene and her allies battle to restore Silverspires's supremacy. 
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American Gods


by Neil Gaiman


Days before his release from prison, Shadow learns that his wife has been killed in an accident. On the plane ride back home for the funeral, he meets Mr. Wednesday, who offers Shadow a job. Shadow accepts but soon discovers that Mr. Wednesday is far more dangerous than he could ever have imagined.
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Parasite


by Mira Grant


Genetically engineered tapeworms that protect most of the human populace from illness, boost everyone's immune system, and even secrete designer drugs begin to change and want out of human bodies they occupy.
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Transcendental


by James E. Gunn


As it travels to its destination at the end of the galaxy, where a Prophet offers guidance in achieving Transcendence, dilapidated spaceship Geoffrey plays host to a motley crew of pilgrims who pass the time by telling their stories. In addition to Aldebaran "flower child" 4107 (a sentient plant), heavy-world tripod Tordor, "weasel-faced" alien Xi, and captive-born human Asha, there's also mercenary Riley, a war veteran hired by anonymous but powerful employers to identify the Prophet and kill him. 
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Humans


by Matt Haig


Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there is more to the human race than he suspected and embarking on a darkly comic effort to save humanity from itself.
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A Discovery of Witches


by Deborah E. Harkness


Discovering a magical manuscript in Oxford's library, scholar Diana Bishop, a descendant of witches who has rejected her heritage, inadvertently unleashes a fantastical underworld of daemons, witches and vampires whose activities center around an enchanted treasure.
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The Three Body Problem


by Cixin Liu


In 1967, physics professor Ye Zhetai is killed after he refuses to denounce the theory of relativity. His daughter, Ye Wenjie, witnesses his gruesome death. Shortly after, she’s falsely charged with sedition for promoting the works of environmentalist Rachel Carson, and told she can avoid punishment by working at a defense research facility involved with the search for extraterrestrial intelligence. More than 40 years later, Ye’s work becomes linked to a string of physicist suicides and a complex role-playing game involving the classic physics problem of the title.
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1Q84


by Haruki Murakami

  
An ode to George Orwell's "1984" told in alternating male and female voices relates the stories of Aomame, an assassin for a secret organization who discovers that she has been transported to an alternate reality, and Tengo, a mathematics lecturer and novice writer.
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Uprooted


by Naomi Novik


Once every ten years, a powerful wizard known as the Dragon chooses one young woman from Agnieszka's valley and spirits her away to his enchanted tower. Agnieszka expects him to take her best friend, Kasia, who's beautiful, clever, and brave. However, when Agnieszka is chosen instead of Kasia, she discovers untapped talents, challenges the Dragon's rules (and patience), and battles the malevolent influence of the nearby enchanted Wood in order to save the people she loves. 
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Lagoon


by Nnedi Okorafor

  
A famous rapper, a biologist and a rogue solder become world protectors after a first contact with an alien ambassador results in global chaos and an attack that threatens humanity with mass extinction.
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The Stargods Trilogy


by Irene Radford


Book 1: The Hidden Dragon. Fleeing the forces of the Galactic Terran Empire, the three outlaw O'Hara brothers seek refuge on a strange world populated by humans who have returned to a hunter-gatherer level of society and by mystical dragons worshipped as gods. Book 2: The Dragon Circle; Book 3: The Dragon’s Revenge.
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2312


by Kim Stanley Robinson

  
A tale set in a technologically sophisticated solar system three hundred years in the future follows the experiences of former world designer Swan, who in the wake of an unexpected death is led into a plot to destroy everything she has helped to create.
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Lock In


by John Scalzi

  
A new, highly contagious virus makes its way across the globe. Most who get sick experience nothing worse than flu, fever and headaches. But for the unlucky one percent, the disease causes "Lock In": Victims fully awake and aware, but unable to move or respond to stimulus. The disease affects young, old, rich, poor, people of every color and creed. A quarter of a century later, in a world shaped by what's now known as "Haden's syndrome," rookie FBI agent Chris Shane is paired with veteran agent Leslie Vann. The two of them are assigned what appears to be a Haden-related murder at the Watergate Hotel, with a suspect who is an "integrator" - someone who can let the “locked in” borrow their bodies for a time. If the Integrator was carrying a Haden client, then naming the suspect for the murder becomes that much more complicated.
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Seveneves


by Neal Stephenson


A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.
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Ecko Rising


by Danie Ware


Meet Ecko, a genetically modified, mechanically enhanced superhuman sociopath with a taste for rebellion. A resident of a dystopian future London, Ecko has loosely allied himself with an organization dedicated to destroying Pilgrim, Inc., the pharmaceutical corporation whose drugs have rendered the city's population into docile drones. During a mission, Ecko falls from a building and lands in a medieval fantasy realm that's full of magic and monsters but devoid of modern conveniences. Is he dreaming? Is he trapped in a virtual world? More importantly, can he find a way to return to reality?
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Artemis


by Andy Weir

 
The setting is Artemis, a city on the moon where a young woman named Jazz is a smuggler and a courier trying to eke out a living. Adventure unfolds as Jazz is asked to do a different sort of job by her millionaire employer. He asks her to sabotage the mining operation that provides the city’s entire oxygen requirements. She works out a plan, but several calamities befall and all is not what it seems. Jazz must risk her life to save the city that is her home. 
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