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Most popular Classic science fiction books

The most popular Classic science fiction books currently available. Updated weekly.
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1984
Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, chief city of Airstrip One. Big Brother stares out from every poster, the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When Winston finds love with Julia, he discovers that life does not have to be dull and deadening, and awakens to new possibilities.
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H.P. Lovecraft (Barnes & Noble Collectible Classics: Omnibus Edition): The Complete Fiction
In the 1920s and '30s, H P Lovecraft pioneered a new type of fiction that fused elements of supernatural horror with the concepts of visionary science fiction. Lovecraft's tales of cosmic horror revolutionised modern horror fiction. This title collects Lovecraft's fictions.
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War of the Worlds
The night after a shooting star is seen streaking through the sky from Mars, a cylinder is discovered on Horsell Common in London. At first, naive locals approach the cylinder armed just with a white flag only to be quickly killed by an all-destroying heat-ray, as terrifying tentacled invaders emerge.
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War of the Worlds: Official BBC tie-in edition
The classic and terrifying HG Wells novel of alien invasion, now a landmark TV series for the BBC from the makers of Poldark, Victoria and And Then There Were None
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War of the Worlds and The War in the Air
The narrator of The War of the Worlds is quick to discover that what appeared to be a falling star was, in fact, a metallic cylinder landing from Mars.In The War in the Air, naive but resourceful Bert Smallways is thrilled by speed and fascinated by the new flying machines.
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Jules Verne: The Classics Novels Collection (Heron Classics)
The father of science fiction, Jules Verne, invites you to join the intrepid and eccentric Professor Liedenbrock and his companions on a thrilling and dramatic expedition as they travel down a secret tunnel in a volcano in Iceland on a journey which will lead them to the centre of the earth. Along the way they encounter various hazards and witness many incredible sights such as the underground forest, illuminated by electricity, the Great Geyser, the battle between prehistoric monsters, the strange whispering gallery, giant insects and the vast subterranean sea with its ferocious whirlpool. Although published in the nineteenth century, Journey to the Centre of the Earth has lost none of its power and potency to excite and engage the modern reader., The novel has been filmed many times, but nothing can compare with the thrills and excitement generated by the written narrative. It is supreme escapist entertainment for all ages.
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Island of Doctor Moreau and Other Stories
This volume unites four of Wells' liveliest and most engaging tales of the strange evolution and behaviour of animals - including human beings. The Island of Doctor Moreau is followed by three fantastic yet chillingly plausible short stories of human-animal encounters.
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Menace of the Monster: Classic Tales of Creatures from Beyond
In this compelling new collection of short stories from SF's classic age our visions of `other' are shown in a myriad of forms - beings from other worlds, corrupted lifeforms from our own planet and entities from unimaginable dimensions.
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Question Mark
In 1926 Muriel Jaeger set out to explore `The Question Mark' of what a future society might look like if human nature were properly represented. The result is a pioneering science fiction novel and forerunner of the now-familiar genre of dystopia, in which the utopian society of the future is not the paradise it appears at first glance.
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Wild Harbour
Macpherson's only science fiction novel is a bleak and truly prescient novel of future war first published in 1936, just 3 years before the outbreak of conflict in Europe. A carefully drawn tale of survival in the wilderness and the value of our connection with others, Wild Harbour is both beautiful and heart-rending.
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Doctor Who: Revelation of the Daleks
The new life he offers the dying comes at a terrible cost - and the Doctor and Peri are being lured into a trap that will change them forever.
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Snail on the Slope
A science fiction masterpiece from the Russian greats, Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.
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Tales of Pirx the Pilot
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Mysterious Island
A group of men escape imprisonment during the American Civil War by stealing a balloon. Blown across the world, they are air-wrecked on a remote desert island. In a manner reminiscent of Robinson Crusoe, the men apply their scientific knowledge and technical skill to exploit the island's bountiful resources.
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End of the World: and Other Catastrophes
Join humanity on the brink of destruction in 13 doom-laden visions from the 1890s to the 1960s, featuring rare tales from the Library's vaults.
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Blazing World and Other Writings
This is the description of "The New Blazing World" (1666) - one of the earliest pieces of science fiction writing. It attempts, in the manner of contemporary utopian fantasies, to tell the story of a voyage to another world where speculative science reigns.
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Voyage to the Moon
Published posthumously and intended mainly as a satire of its age, this imaginative and entertaining tale - here presented in a lively translation by Andrew Brown - is now considered one of the pioneering works of science fiction."
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Against the Fall of Night
A classic tale of pulp SF, from one of the greatest writers of the genre. Part of the new Golden Age Masterworks list!
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Jirel of Joiry
Classic SF from the golden age of the pulps, in a striking new edition! The collected tales of Jirel of Joiry - C.L. Moore's classic fantasy heroine.
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Machine Stops
Features two affecting short stories that combine the fantastical with the allegorical. This book includes "The Machine Stops" and "A Celestial Omnibus".
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Exile Waiting
The Exile Waiting was the first novel by the Hugo and Nebula award-winning novelist Vonda N McIntyre, published in 1975. It introduces the world that McIntyre later made famous with Dreamsnake. Includes bonus short story.
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Time Machine and Other Works
Contains: The Time Machine; When The Sleeper Awakes; The Chronic Argonauts. In these 'scientific romances' H. G. Wells sees the present reflected in the future and the future in the present; his aim is to provoke rather than predict.
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Northwest of Earth
Classic SF from the golden age of the pulps, in a striking new edition! Follow Northwest Smith, SF's first true outlaw, across the galaxy!
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Lost World and Other Stories
The protagonist, the 'cave-man in a lounge suit', is the maddening, irascible and fascinating Professor George Edward Challenger. This volume includes adventures he faced such as that high above the Amazon rain forest in "The Lost World" and the challenges of "The Land of Mist".
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Foundation
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
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War of the Worlds
One of the most influential science-fiction novels, Wells' classic touches on interplanetary travel, evolutionary theory, British imperialism, and the fears and prejudices of Victorian times.
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From the Earth to the Moon / Around the Moon
In From the Earth to the Moon and Around the Moon, Jules Verne turned the ancient fantasy of space flight into a believable technological possibility - an engineering dream for the industrial age
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Invisible Man and The Food of the Gods
Brought together for the first time in this new Wordsworth edition, The Invisible Man and The Food of the Gods are two of Wells's most entertaining and thought-provoking works.
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Man In The High Castle
From the visionary creator of Blade Runner, and now made into the hit Amazon series 'The Man in the High Castle', executive produced by Ridley Scott
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War of the Worlds
No one would have believed in the last years of the nineteenth century that this world was being watched keenly and closely by intelligences greater than man's; Yet across the gulf of space, intellects vast and cool and unsympathetic regarded this earth with envious eyes, and slowly and surely drew their plans against us.
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War of the Worlds
The classic tale of an alien invasion of Earth from the pen of the father of modern SF, with an introduction by Adam Roberts - now adapted for TV by the BBC, airing Autumn 2019!
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Tide Went Out
After nuclear testing causes global sea levels to plummet, journalist Philip Wade seeks the truth from an evasive government as society faces the horrors of a world in which the water has run out.
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Frankenstein: or `The Modern Prometheus': The 1818 Text
The most celebrated horror story ever written. The dreadful tale of Victor Frankenstein, a visionary young student of natural philosophy, who discovers the secret of life. In the grip of his obsession he constructs and animates a creature from dead body parts - with catastrophic results.
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Prelude to Foundation
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
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Crystal Egg and Other Stories
This volume contains a generous selection of the tales of H. G. Wells, some of them famous, some forgotten. They demonstrate his immense imaginative energy, his originality and his prophetic genius
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I, Robot
Voyager Classics - timeless masterworks of science fiction and fantasy. The classic collection of robot stories from the master of the genre.
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Time Machine
The Time Machine is a scientific romance that helped invent the genre of science fiction and the time travel story. This edition features a contextual introduction, detailed explanatory notes, and two essays Wells wrote just prior to the publication of his first book.
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Second Foundation
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
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Native Tongue
A feminist classic of science fiction comes to the Masterwork list - praised by Ursulua Le Guin, this is a cult novel due to be rediscovered.
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Foundation's Edge
WINNER OF THE HUGO AWARD FOR BEST ALL-TIME SERIES The Foundation series is Isaac Asimov's iconic masterpiece. Unfolding against the backdrop of a crumbling Galactic Empire, the story of Hari Seldon's two Foundations is a lasting testament to an extraordinary imagination, one whose unprecedented scale shaped science fiction as we know it today.
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Forgotten Son
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Classics Reimagined, The Time Machine
In a stunning hardcover edition, The Time Machine is reimagined through modern illustration.
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Grey Lensman
Book four of one of the all-time classic series of adventurous, galaxy spanning science fiction: E. E. 'Doc' Smith's Lensman series
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Canticle For Leibowitz
A 60th anniversary reissue of Walter M. Miller's timeless SF classic, featuring a striking new cover design
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Darkest of Nights
A vicious plague sweeps the Earth causing panic, destruction and giving rise to questions about a government's duty to its people. A savage portrayal of society on the brink of ruin.
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Day Of The Triffids
A modern classic of a science fiction, The Day of the Triffids is the novel that invented the 'cosy catastrophe'.
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Classic Horror Stories
H. P. Lovecraft is a major writer of horror stories, in the genre of 'weird fiction'. This new edition brings together his core 'classic' fictions with a full contextual introduction, offering a balanced assessment of an influential cult author whose tales of metaphysical horror create a profound sense of dread and unease.
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Shoot at the Moon
This unjustly neglected novel from 1966 has not been reprinted in over fifty years. With its appearance as a British Library Science Fiction Classic, contemporary readers have the chance to enjoy Temple's unusual blend of traditional SF with a darkly ironic tone.
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Last Man
A brilliant, early dystopian tale, 'The Last Man' is a powerful, post-apocalyptic tale and precursor to the later science fiction of H.G. Wells, George Orwell, Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison amongst others. Overshadowed by the titanic success of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley's neglected masterpiece tells of a future laid waste by plague.
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Four-Sided Triangle
When a brilliant scientist believes that a cutting edge replication process offers the solution to an excruciating love triangle, the limits of the new technology are tested - and impossible questions of identity and originality threaten to tear apart the best-laid plans of paradise.