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  1. Second Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov
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    Part I is about The Mule 's search for the elusive Second Foundation, with the intent of destroying it. The executive council of the Second Foundation is aware of The Mule's intent and, in the words of the First Speaker , allows him to find it—"in a sense". The Mule sends two of his men on a search for the Second Foundation: Han Pritcher, who had once been a captain and a member of the underground opposition prior to being Converted to the Mule's service, and Bail Channis , an "Unconverted" man (one that hasn't been mind-manipulated by the Mule … (Wikipedia)

  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey

    by Arthur C. Clarke
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    A mysterious alien civilization uses a tool with the appearance of a large crystalline monolith to investigate worlds across the galaxy and, if possible, to encourage the development of intelligent life. The book shows one such monolith appearing in prehistoric Africa, 3 million years ago (in the movie, 4 mya), where it inspires a starving group of hominids to develop tools. The hominids use their tools to kill animals and eat meat, ending their starvation. They then use the tools to kill a leopard preying on them; the next day, the main ape character, Moon-Watcher, uses a club to kill … (Wikipedia)

  3. The Foundation Trilogy

    by Isaac Asimov
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    A THOUSAND-YEAR EPIC, A GALACTIC STRUGGLE, A MONUMENTAL WORK IN THE ANNALS OF SCIENCE FICTION FOUNDATION begins a new chapter in the story of man's future. As the Old Empire crumbles into barbarism throughout the million worlds of the galaxy, Hari Seldon and his band of psychologists must create a new entity, the Foundation-dedicated to art, science, and technology-as the beginning of a new empire. FOUNDATION AND EMPIRE describes the mighty struggle for power amid the chaos of the stars in which man stands at the threshold of a new enlightened life which could easily be destroyed by the old … (Goodreads)

  4. The Caves of Steel

    by Isaac Asimov
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    A faction of Spacers have come to the realization that Spacer culture is effete, stagnating due to negative population growth and longevity. Their solution is to encourage further space exploration and colonization by Earthmen in concert with robots. However, Earthmen would first need to overcome their irrational antagonism toward robots. To this end, they have established habitations on Earth through which they hope to introduce humanoid robots to Earth. New York City Police Commissioner Julius Enderby is secretly a member of the Medievalists, a subversive anti-robot group which pines for the 'olden days' where men did not live in the … (Wikipedia)

  5. The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories

    by Isaac Asimov
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    Andrew was one of Earth's first house robot domestic servants—smoothly designed and functional. But when Andrew started to develop special talents which exceeded the confines of his allotted positronic pathways, he abandoned his domestic duties in favour of more intellectual pursuits. As time passed, Andrew acquired knowledge, feelings and ambitions way beyond anything ever experienced by any other mechanical men. And he found himself launched on to a career which would bring him fame fortune — and danger. For a robot who wants to be human must also be prepared to die... In the Bicentennial Man, Isaac Asimov returns to … (Goodreads)

  6. Childhood's End

    by Arthur C. Clarke
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    The novel is divided into three parts, following a third-person omniscient narrative with no main character. ,, In some editions, the short first chapter is a separate prologue rather than the beginning of the first part. In the late 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union are competing to launch the first spacecraft into orbit, for military purposes . When vast alien spaceships suddenly position themselves above Earth's principal cities, the space race ceases. After one week, the aliens announce they are assuming supervision of international affairs, to prevent humanity's extinction. They become known as the Overlords. In … (Wikipedia)

  7. Life, the Universe and Everything

    by Douglas Adams
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    After being stranded on pre-historic Earth after the events in ,The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, , Arthur Dent is met by his old friend Ford Prefect , who drags him into a space-time eddy , represented by an anachronistic sofa . The two end up at Lord's Cricket Ground two days before the Earth's destruction by the Vogons . Shortly after they arrive, a squad of robots land in a spaceship in the middle of the field and attack the assembled crowd, stealing The Ashes before departing. Another spaceship arrives, the Starship Bistromath , helmed by Slartibartfast … (Wikipedia)

  8. I, Robot

    by Isaac Asimov
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    Isaac Asimov's I, Robot launches readers on an adventure into a not-so-distant future where man and machine , struggle to redefinelife, love, and consciousness—and where the stakes are nothing less than survival. Filled with unforgettable characters, mind-bending speculation, and nonstop action, I, Robot is a powerful reading experience from one of the master storytellers of our time. I, ROBOT They mustn't harm a human being, they must obey hitman orders, and they must protect their own existence...but only so long as that doesn't violate rules one and two. With these Three Laws of Robotics, humanity embarked on perhaps its greatest … (Goodreads)

  9. Alien

    by Alan Dean Foster
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    Based on the screenplay by Dan O'Bannon. The crew of the spaceship Nostromo wake from cryogenic sleep to distress signals from an unknown planet. One is attacked when they investigate a derelict alien craft. Safely on their way back to Sol, none foresee the real horror about to begin. … (Goodreads)

  10. Time Enough for Love

    by Robert A. Heinlein
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    The book covers several periods from the life of Lazarus Long (born Woodrow Wilson Smith), an early beneficiary of a breeding experiment designed to increase mankind's natural lifespan. The experiment is known as the Howard Families, after the program's initiator. Lazarus is the result of more a mutation than the breeding experiment, and he is the oldest living human at more than two thousand years old. The first half of the book takes the form of several novellas connected by Lazarus's retrospective narrative. In the framing story , Lazarus has decided that life is no longer worth living, but, in … (Wikipedia)

  11. The Andromeda Strain

    by Michael Crichton
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    A team from an Air Force base is deployed to recover a military satellite that has returned to Earth, but contact is lost abruptly. Aerial surveillance reveals that everyone in Piedmont, Arizona , the town closest to where the satellite landed, is apparently dead. The duty officer of the base tasked with retrieving the satellite suspects it returned with an extraterrestrial contaminant and recommends activating "Wildfire", a protocol for a government-sponsored team of scientists intended to contain threats of this nature. The Wildfire team, led by Dr. Jeremy Stone, believes the satellite—intentionally designed to capture upper-atmosphere microorganisms for bio-weapon exploitation—returned … (Wikipedia)

  12. Foundation

    by Isaac Asimov
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    For twelve thousand years the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. But only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future -- to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last thirty thousand years. To preserve knowledge and save mankind, Seldon gathers the best minds in the Empire -- both scientists and scholars -- and brings them to a bleak planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for a future generations. He calls his sanctuary the Foundation. But soon the fledgling … (Goodreads)

  13. Nemesis

    by Isaac Asimov
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    The novel is set in an era in which interstellar travel is in the process of being discovered and perfected. In Chapter 2, the novel states that the year 2220 was 16 years ago. Accordingly, the bulk of the novel takes place in or around the year 2236. Before the novel's opening, "hyper-assistance", a technology allowing travel at a little slower than the speed of light, is used to move a reclusive space station colony called Rotor from the vicinity of Earth to the newly discovered red dwarf Nemesis. There, it takes up orbit around the semi- habitable moon Erythro, … (Wikipedia)

  14. 2010: Odyssey Two

    by Arthur C. Clarke
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    The story is set nine years after the failure of the ,Discovery One, mission to Jupiter . ,, A joint Soviet-American crew, ,, including Heywood Floyd from 2001 , on the Soviet spaceship Alexei Leonov (named after the cosmonaut ) arrives to discover what went wrong with the earlier mission, to investigate the monolith in orbit around the planet, and to resolve the disappearance of David Bowman . They hypothesize that much of this information is locked away on the now-abandoned Discovery One . The Soviets have an advanced new " Sakharov " drive which will propel them to Jupiter … (Wikipedia)

  15. The Great Dune Trilogy

    by Frank Herbert
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    Duke Leto Atreides of the House Atreides , ruler of the ocean planet Caladan, is assigned by the Padishah Emperor Shaddam IV to serve as fief ruler of the planet Arrakis . Arrakis is a harsh and inhospitable desert planet , and the only source of melange , or "the spice", an extremely rare and valuable substance that extends human life and enhances mental capabilities. Shaddam sees House Atreides as a rival, and conspires with House Harkonnen , the longstanding enemies of House Atreides among the other Great Houses in the Landsraad , to destroy Leto once he arrives on … (Wikipedia)

  16. Foundation and Empire

    by Isaac Asimov
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    The first half of the book, titled "The General", tells how the enterprising General Bel Riose of the Galactic Empire launches an attack against the Foundation. The Empire still retains far more resources and personnel than the Foundation realizes and Riose is willing to use that advantage to its fullest. Lathan Devers, a native of the Foundation, and Ducem Barr, a patrician from the planet Siwenna, have been "guests" of Bel Riose for several months when it becomes clear that they will soon be treated as enemies, or even killed. They escape, stealing a message capsule that appears to implicate … (Wikipedia)

  17. Close Encounters of the Third Kind

    by Steven Spielberg
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    In the Sonoran Desert , French scientist Claude Lacombe, his American interpreter, cartographer David Laughlin, and other researchers, discover Flight 19 , a squadron of Grumman TBM Avengers that went missing more than 30 years earlier. The planes are intact and function perfectly, but are empty. An elderly witness claims "the sun came out at night, and sang to him." The missing ship SS ,Cotopaxi, is discovered in a similar state in the Gobi Desert , Mongolia ( Special Edition and Director's Cut only). Air traffic controllers watch two airline flights narrowly avoid a mid-air collision with an unidentified flying … (Wikipedia)

  18. Old Man's War

    by John Scalzi
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    Old Man's War is about a soldier named John Perry and his exploits in the Colonial Defense Forces (CDF). The first-person narrative follows Perry's military career from CDF recruit to the rank of captain . It is set in a universe heavily populated with life forms, in which the spacegoing species compete for the scarce planets that are suitable for sustaining life. As a result, Perry must learn to fight a wide variety of aliens. The characters in Old Man's War have enhanced DNA and nanotechnology , giving them advantages in strength, speed, endurance, and situational awareness . John Perry, … (Wikipedia)

  19. Nightfall and Other Stories

    by Isaac Asimov
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    A collection of early Asimov short stories, showcasing the development of the author's oeuvre. The title comes from Asimov's breakthrough short story. CONTENTS: Nightfall - Astounding, Sept 1941 Green Patches - Galaxy, Nov 1950 Hostess - Galaxy, May 1951 Breeds There a Man . . . ? - Astounding, June 1951 C-Chute - Galaxy, Oct 1951 In a Good Cause - "New Tales of Space & Time", 1951 What If--- - Fantastic, Summer 1952 Sally - Fantastic, June 1953 Flies - F&SF, June 1953 Nobody Here But--- - Star SF #1, 1953 It's Such a Beautiful Day - Star SF … (Goodreads)

  20. Foundation and Chaos

    by Greg Bear
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    The novel is the second part of The Second Foundation Trilogy and takes place almost entirely in the same time frame as " The Psychohistorians ," which is the first part of the novel ,Foundation, . In addition to telling a more expanded version of Hari Seldon 's confrontation with the Commission of Public Safety it also interweaves R. Daneel Olivaw 's struggle against a sect of robots who oppose his plans for humanity. While covering the same period as in Asimov’s “ The Psychohistorians ,” Foundation and Chaos focuses more on paternal superrobot R Daneel Olivaw than on Hari … (Wikipedia)