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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
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A space traveller flys into a space-time phenomenom and becomes aware of all past and future events. He predicts that the fates of his wife and a Sybaritic billionaire will become entangled, and on Mars no less. What follows is a story of a Martian a ...more
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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
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The story here is so well known that the book itself may be overlooked. But the story has been successful precisely because of Wells' rendering. To read this book is to see firsthand the Wellsian touch and how he shaped his story. After having read E ...more
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Ubik by Philip K. Dick
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Telepaths and Precogs are employed at competing firms, some in corporate espionage, some in counter-intelligence. When telepaths are hired to infiltrate a company, that company hires Inertials, people with abilities to defend against the other telepa ...more
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The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
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This is the other of Wells' books that are universally known, including the twist at the end. Interestingly, Wells foreshadows that ending very early on and repeats it in the course of the book.

Like Time Machine, the story has its roots in the issues
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Blood Music by Greg Bear
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A researcher at a biotech company recodes intron sequences and releases intelligent cells that begin replicating on their own.

At one level the book trots out the usual mad scientist and runaway technology storyline. Bear knows this as he has a scene
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The Moviegoer by Walker Percy
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Jack Bolling is the last surviving son in his branch of a Southern patrician family. His forbears were men of high ambition and high achievement. His elders reside in more stately mansions, ever onward and upward. But Jack has disappointed and puzzle ...more
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Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
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Philbrick is a historian who wrote In the Heart of the Sea, about the whaleship Essex that was attacked and sunk by a sperm whale. Melville had read the narrative of this ship by one of its survivors years before. He came upon it again whilst writing ...more
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The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz
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If Schulz were writing today, his style might have been compared to the magic realists. His prose veers from the patently prosaic to fantastical. But Schulz was writing before the second world war. One of the writers he himself admired was Kafka and ...more
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