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Christmas Reads for Classic SF and Fantasy Fans

Looking for the perfect present for fans of Classic SF? Look no further! We’ve got 10 books guaranteed to make their Christmas. Get ready to gift some great reads.  

 

do androidsDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Philip K. Dick’s classic SF novel, which was adapted as the film BLADE RUNNER is a must have for any fan of Classic SF. World War Terminus had left the Earth devastated. Through its ruins, bounty hunter Rick Deckard stalked, in search of the renegade replicants who were his prey. When he wasn’t ‘retiring’ them with his laser weapon, he dreamed of owning a live animal – the ultimate status symbol in a world all but bereft of animal life.

Then Rick got his chance: the assignment to kill six Nexus-6 targets, for a huge reward. But in Deckard’s world things were never that simple, and his assignment quickly turned into a nightmare kaleidoscope of subterfuge and deceit – and the threat of death for the hunter rather than the hunted …

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep is available in paperback and eBook.

 

mythago woodMythago Wood by Robert Holdstock

MYTHAGO WOOD won the WORLD FANTASY AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL and is regarded as one of the finest fantasy novels of the 20th century. Deep within the wildwood lies a place of myth and mystery, from which few return, and of those few, none remain unchanged.

Ryhope Wood may look like a three-mile-square fenced-in wood in rural Herefordshire on the outside, but inside, it is a primeval, intricate labyrinth of trees, impossibly huge, unforgettable … and stronger than time itself.

Stephen Huxley has already lost his father to the mysteries of Ryhope Wood. On his return from the Second World War, he finds his brother, Christopher, is also in thrall to the mysterious wood, wherein lies a realm where mythic archetypes grow flesh and blood, where love and beauty haunt your dreams, and in promises of freedom lies the sanctuary of insanity …

 

Mythago Wood is available in paperback, eBook and audio download.

 

the dispossessedThe Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin

Ursula K. Le Guin is one of the finest writers of our time. Her books have attracted millions of devoted readers and won many awards, including the National Book Award, the Hugo and Nebula Awards and a Newbery Honor. The Dispossessed is a must read for SF fans.

The Principle of Simultaneity is a scientific breakthrough which will revolutionize interstellar civilization by making possible instantaneous communication. It is the life work of Shevek, a brilliant physicist from the arid anarchist world of Anarres.

But Shevek’s work is being stifled by jealous colleagues, so he travels to Anarres’s sister-planet Urras, hoping to find more liberty and tolerance there. But he soon finds himself being used as a pawn in a deadly political game.

The Dispossessed is available in paperback and eBook.

 

glorianaGloriana by Michael Moorcock

The definitive edition of one of Michael Moorcock’s most influential works, fully revised and updated by the author.

Gloriana rules an Albion whose empire embraces America and most of Asia. A new Golden Age of peace, enlightenment and prosperity has dawned. Gloriana is Albion and Albion is Gloriana; if one falls, so too will the other. And Gloriana is oppressed by the burden this places upon her – and by the fact that she remains incapable of orgasm.

The maintenance of the delicate balance that keeps Albion and Gloriana thriving depends on Montfallcon, Gloriana’s Chancellor, and on his network of spies and assassins – in particular on Quire, cold hearted seducer of virtue and murderer of innocence. When Quire falls out with Montfallcon, he forms an alliance with his greatest enemy and conceives a plan to ruin Gloriana, destroy Albion, the empire and the Golden Age itself.
But even the utterly ruthless Quire does not fully understand what he has set in motion when he persuades the Queen to fall in love with him…

Moorcock’s masterly evocation of Gloriana’s strange and secretive palace and of a vibrant London make this one of his most powerful and memorable novels.

Gloriana is available in paperback and eBook.

 

thomas the rhymerThomas the Rhymer by Ellen Kushner

This stunning new edition of Ellen Kushner’s World Fantasy Award-winning retelling of the classic legend, with a new introduction by Lisa Tuttle is the perfect gift for fans of classic fantasy.

A minstrel lives by his words, his tunes, and sometimes by his lies. But when the bold and gifted young Thomas the Rhymer awakens the desire of the powerful Queen of Elfland, he finds that words are not enough to keep him from his fate.

As the Queen sweeps him far from the people he has known and loved into her realm of magic, opulence – and captivity – he learns at last what it is to be truly human. When he returns to his home with the Queen’s parting gift, his great task will be to seek out the girl he loved and wronged, and offer her at last the tongue that cannot lie.

Award-winning author Ellen Kushner’s inspired retelling of an ancient legend weaves myth and magic into a vivid contemporary novel about the mysteries of the human heart. Brimming with ballads, riddles, and magical transformations, here is the timeless tale of a charismatic bard whose talents earn him a two-edged otherworldly gift.

Thomas the Rhymer is available in paperback and eBook.

 

doomsday bookDoomsday Book by Connie Willis

The Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel of plague and time travel by an SFWA Grand Master of Science Ficiton is a must read for fans of SF and history.

For Kivrin Engle, preparing an on-site study of one of the deadliest eras in humanity’s history was as simple as receiving inoculations against the diseases of the fourteenth century and inventing an alibi for a woman traveling alone. For her instructors in the twenty-first century, it meant painstaking calculations and careful monitoring of the rendezvous location where Kivrin would be received.

But a crisis strangely linking past and future strands Kivrin in a bygone age as her fellows try desperately to rescue her. In a time of superstition and fear, Kivrin – barely of age herself – finds she has become an unlikely angel of hope during one of history’s darkest hours.

Doomsday Book is available in paperback and eBook.

 

ramaRendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

The multi-award-winning SF masterpiece from one of the greatest SF writers of all time.

Rama is a vast alien spacecraft that enters the Solar System. A perfect cylinder some fifty kilometres long, spinning rapidly, racing through space, Rama is a technological marvel, a mysterious and deeply enigmatic alien artefact.

It is Mankind’s first visitor from the stars and must be investigated …

Rendezvous with Rama is available in paperback and eBook.

flowersFlowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The classic novel of a daring experiment in human intelligence.

Charlie Gordon, IQ 68, is a floor sweeper and the gentle butt of everyone’s jokes – until an experiment in the enhancement of human intelligence turns him into a genius.

But then Algernon, the mouse whose triumphal experimental tranformation preceded his, fades and dies, and Charlie has to face the possibility that his salvation was only temporary.

Flowers for Algernon is available in paperback and eBook.

duneDune by Frank Herbert

The most famous, widely acclaimed and popular of all sf novels makes, in our opinion, a perfect Christmas gift.

The Duke of Atreides has been manoeuvred by his arch-enemy, Baron Harkonnen, into administering the desert planet of Dune. Although it is almost completely without water, Dune is a planet of fabulous wealth, for it is the only source of a drug prized throughout the Galactic Empire. The Duke and his son, Paul, are expecting treachery, and it duly comes – but from a shockingly unexpected place.

Then Paul succeeds his father, and he becomes a catalyst for the native people of Dune, whose knowledge of the ecology of the planet gives them vast power. They have been waiting for a leader like Paul Atreides, a leader who can harness that force …

DUNE: one of the most brilliant science fiction novels ever written, as engrossing and heart-rending today as it was when it was first published half a century ago.

Dune is available in hardback and eBook.

synnersSynners by Pat Cadigan

Winner of the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD, and shortlisted for the NEBULA, SYNNERS is a classic of cyberpunk fiction.

Synners are synthesizers – not machines, but people. They take images from the brains of performers, and turn them into a form which can be packaged, sold and consumed. This book is set in a world where new technology spawns new crime before it hits the streets.

In SYNNERS the line between technology and humanity is hopelessly slim; the human mind and the external landscape have fused to the point where any encounter with reality is incidental.

Synners is available in paperback and eBook.