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Our range of sci-fi books includes some of the most mind-blowing reads of all time. Our selection of science fiction novels includes a variety of contemporary tales, dystopian novels and the occasional space story! We also have classic sci-fi books by influential authors such as H.G Wells, Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury.

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Our range of sci-fi books includes some of the most mind-blowing reads of all time. Our selection of science fiction novels includes a variety of contemporary tales, dystopian novels and the occasional space story! We also have classic sci-fi books by influential authors such as H.G Wells, Philip K. Dick and Ray Bradbury.

  • AWI2 11 years +

    A Wrinkle in Time (Paperback)

    Madeleine L'Engle

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    With her book A Wrinkle in Time, gifted children's author Madeleine L'Engle has created an absorbing science fiction novel that revolves around the likeable, misfit characters of Meg and her brother, Charles.

    Criticised by her teachers for doing badly at school and worried about her missing father, Meg is struggling with how wrong her life is when events take a mysterious turn. Together with Charles and her friend Calvin, she stumbles upon a gap in time through which the children embark on an amazing and dangerous adventure.

    A gripping read for any young adult fiction fan aged 11+ who have ever felt like the odd one out!
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    1984 (Paperback)

    George Orwell

    A famous novel that covers many questions that are still relevant today, it is easy to see why George Orwell's 1984 has been applauded and acclaimed by so many. Winston Smith works for the Ministry of Truth in London, where Big Brother stares out from every poster and the Thought Police uncover every act of betrayal. When he finds love with Julia, he discovers life does not have to be dull and mundane, and opens up to new possibilities. Despite the police helicopters that hover and circle overhead, Winston and Julia begin to question the Party and are drawn towards conspiracy theories. But Big Brother will not tolerate dissent, even in the mind. A terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. This is a classic story that just has to be read!

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  • ADGHR 13 years +

    The Hunger Games (Paperback)

    Suzanne Collins

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    This title is first in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. Set in a dark vision of the near future, a terrifying reality TV show is taking place. Twelve boys and twelve girls are forced to appear in a live event called The Hunger Games. There is only one rule: kill or be killed. When sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen steps forward to take her younger sister's place in the games, she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
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    The Handmaid's Tale (Paperback)

    Margaret Atwood

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    The television adaptation of Margaret Atwood's modern classic The Handmaid's Tale has turned heads and earned so many awards, not least for Elisabeth Moss' stunning performance in the lead role as Offred. Now is the ideal time to read the novel that inspired the series...

    Offred finds herself a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a religious totalitarian site in what was the United States. She has been placed in the household of Commander Fred Waterford and has one function - to breed.

    If she refuses to do this horrific and degrading act, Offred will be hanged. But even this repressive and hideous state cannot eradicate hope... Offred remembers how life was before as she tries to find a way out.
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    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (Paperback)

    Stuart Turton

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    The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is Stuart Turton's debut novel, which has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award 2018.

    As fireworks explode during a night of celebration, the young and beautiful daughter of the house, Evelyn Hardcastle, is killed. But she won't die just once. The day will repeat itself over and over again until Aiden - a guest at the party - solves the murder. He must identify the killer to break the cycle, but he wakes up in the body of a different guest each time the day begins.

    No one knows why, but there's someone out there that is determined to prevent him from ever escaping the Blackheath party...
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    Mockingjay (Paperback)

    Suzanne Collins

    This is the final book in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen has survived the Hunger Games twice. But now that she's made it out of the bloody arena alive, she's still not safe. The Capitol is angry. The Capitol wants revenge. Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss. And what' worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either. Not Katniss' family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
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    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (Paperback)

    Jules Verne

    HarperCollins is proud to present its new range of best-loved, essential classics. 'The sea is everything. It covers seven tenths of the terrestrial globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is never lonely, for he feels life stirring on all sides.' Scientist Pierre Aronnax and his colleagues set out on an expedition to find a strange sea monster and are captured by the infamous and charismatic Captain Nemo and taken abroad the Nautilus submarine as his prisoners. As they travel the world's oceans, they become embroiled in adventures and events beyond their wildest dreams. Visionary in its outlook, Vern's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a legendary science fiction masterpiece.
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  • AABBX 13 years +

    Fahrenheit 451 (Paperback)

    Ray Bradbury

    A hauntingly prophetic classic novel from the 1950s written by Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 is set in a not-too-distant future where Guy Montag is a fireman.

    His job is to burn books as they are now forbidden and being claimed as the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy... His marriage is falling apart and there may be books hidden in his house.

    Similar in themes to George Orwell's 1984, Bradbury's powerful and poetic prose takes a devastating look at Western civilisation's enslavement by the media, drugs and conformity. A shocking, dazzling book that every teen reader should have on their bookshelf.
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  • ADWEQ 9 years +

    Journey to the Centre of the Earth (Paperback)

    Jules Verne

    An ancient book is opened by the eccentric Professor Lidenbrock and his life - and the life of his nephew Axel - is changed for ever. An old piece of paper has tumbled from the book, a priceless parchment that will lead them on a terrifying journey to find what lies at the centre of the Earth. A timeless adventure, brilliantly introduced by Diana Wynne Jones, one of Britain's top fantasy and sci-fi writers for children.
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    Catching Fire (Paperback)

    Suzanne Collins

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    This is the second book in the ground-breaking "Hunger Games" trilogy. After winning the brutal Hunger Games, Katniss and Peeta return to their district, hoping for a peaceful future. But their victory has caused rebellion to break out ...and the Capitol has decided that someone must pay. As Katniss and Peeta are forced to visit the districts on the Capitol's Victory Tour, the stakes are higher than ever. Unless they can convince the world that they are still lost in their love for each other, the consequences will be horrifying. Then comes the cruelest twist: the contestants for the next Hunger Games are announced, and Katniss and Peeta are forced into the arena once more.
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    Neverwhere (Paperback)

    Neil Gaiman

    Under the streets of London there's a world most people could never even dream of - a city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, and pale girls in black velvet. Richard Mayhew is a young businessman who is about to find out more than he bargained for about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his safe and predictable life and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and yet utterly bizarre. There's a girl named Door, an Angel called Islington, an Earl who holds Court on the carriage of a Tube train, a Beast in a labyrinth, and dangers and delights beyond imagining...And Richard, who only wants to go home, is to find a strange destiny waiting for him below the streets of his native city. This title includes extra material exclusive to Headline Review's edition.
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    The Boy on the Bridge (Paperback)

    MR Carey

    'SPECTACULAR!' No. 1 bestselling author Martina ColeM. R. Carey returns to the world of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS, the phenomenal word-of-mouth bestseller which is now a BAFTA-nominated film.Once upon a time, in a land blighted by terror, there was a very clever boy.The people thought the boy could save them, so they opened their gates and sent him out into the world.To where the monsters lived.'Carey writes with compassion and fire - strange and surprising and humane' Lauren Beukes, author of The Shining Girls'I loved it just as much as The Girl With All the Gifts, if not more' Martina Cole'A tense story with superbly rendered characters' SciFiNow'A terrifying, emotional page-turner that explores what it means to be human' Kirkus
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    Children of Time (Paperback)

    Adrian Tchaikovsky

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    WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home among the stars. Following in the footsteps of their ancestors, they discover the greatest treasure of the past age - a world terraformed and prepared for human life. But all is not right in this new Eden. In the long years since the planet was abandoned, the work of its architects has borne disastrous fruit. The planet is not waiting for them, pristine and unoccupied. New masters have turned it from a refuge into mankind's worst nightmare. Now two civilizations are on a collision course, both testing the boundaries of what they will do to survive. As the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, who are the true heirs of this new Earth?
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    Ready Player One (Paperback)

    Ernest Cline

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    Steven Spielberg has adapted Ernest Cline's modern classic Ready Player One into a hit film and now you can add this sci-fi masterpiece to your bookshelf.

    It's 2044 and we've wrecked the climate. Famine, poverty and disease have become widespread so Wade Watts escapes the horrors of real life by spending hours plugged into the OASIS - a virtual word where you can be anything you want to be...

    Following the death of founder James Heir, it turns out this alternate reality hides an Easter egg - the chance to inherit his massive fortune and take control of the OASIS. All the winner has to do is unravel the riddles scattered around this vast world...
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    Slaughterhouse 5 (Paperback)

    Kurt Vonnegut

    Prisoner of war, optometrist, time-traveller - these are the life roles of Billy Pilgrim, hero of this miraculously moving, bitter and funny story of innocence faced with apocalypse. "Slaughterhouse 5" is one of the world's great anti-war books. Centring on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden in the Second World War, Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.
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    The Wandering Earth (Paperback)

    Cixin Liu

    NOW A #1 BLOCKBUSTING FILM. The Sun is dying. Earth will perish too, consumed by the star in its final death throes. But rather than abandon their planet, humanity builds 12,000 mountainous fusion engines to propel the Earth out of orbit and onto a centuries-long voyage to Proxima Centaurai... Cixin Liu is one of the most important voices in world Science Fiction. A bestseller in China, his novel, The Three-Body Problem, was the first translated work of SF ever to win the Hugo Award. Here is the first collection of his short fiction: ten stories, including five Chinese Galaxy Award-winners. This collection's title story, The Wandering Earth, is the biggest SF movie ever to come out of China - taking the world's #1 box office ranking in February 2019. Liu's writing takes the reader to the edge of the universe and the end of time, to meet stranger fates than we could have ever imagined. With a melancholic and keen understanding of human nature, Liu's stories show humanity's attempts to reason, navigate and, above all, survive in a desolate cosmos. 'Cixin's trilogy is SF in the grand style, a galaxy-spanning, ideas-rich narrative of invasion and war' GUARDIAN. 'Wildly imaginative, really interesting ... The scope of it was immense' BARACK OBAMA, 44th President of the United States.
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    The Water Cure (Paperback)

    Sophie Mackintosh

    'A gripping, sinister fable' Margaret Atwood (via Twitter) 'An extraordinary debut - otherworldly, luminous, precise' Guardian 'Bold, inventive, haunting... With shades of Margaret Atwood and Eimear McBride, you'll be bowled over by it' Stylist Grace, Lia and Sky live in an abandoned hotel, on a sun-bleached island, beside a poisoned sea. Their parents raised them there to keep them safe, to make them good. The world beyond the water is contaminated and men are the contamination. But one day three strangers wash ashore - men who stare at the sisters hungrily, helplessly. Men who bring trouble. 'Visceral, hypnotic . . . with one of my favourite endings I've read in a long while' The Pool 'An unsettling dark fantasy... [It] lingers long after the final page' Daily Telegraph 'Otherworldly, brutal and poetic: a feminist fable set by the sea, a female Lord of the Flies. It felt like a book I'd been waiting to read for a long time' Emma Jane Unsworth
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    Machines Like Me (Hardback)

    Ian McEwan

    Number one bestselling author Ian McEwan (Enduring Love, Atonement) imagines a future where Britain lost the Falklands war and Alan Turing achieved a breakthrough in artificial intelligence in Machines Like Me.

    Set in an alternative 1980s London, the story follows drifter Charlie as he tries to avoid doing full-time work and Miranda, the bright student he is in love with. Although she's hiding a terrible secret.

    When Charlie comes into money, he buys Adam, one of the first batch of synthetic humans and together with Miranda co-designs is personality. But soon a love triangle forms...

    This provocative and subversive novel asks what makes us human and if a machine can understand value of human emotions...
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    The Three Electroknights (Paperback)

    Stanislaw Lem

    'What use to a being that lives beneath a sun are jewels of gas and silver stars of ice?'From a giant of twentieth-century science fiction, these four miniature space epics feature crazy inventors, surreal worlds, robot kings and madcap machines.Penguin Modern: fifty new books celebrating the pioneering spirit of the iconic Penguin Modern Classics series, with each one offering a concentrated hit of its contemporary, international flavour. Here are authors ranging from Kathy Acker to James Baldwin, Truman Capote to Stanislaw Lem and George Orwell to Shirley Jackson; essays radical and inspiring; poems moving and disturbing; stories surreal and fabulous; taking us from the deep South to modern Japan, New York's underground scene to the farthest reaches of outer space.
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    The Lost World and Other Stories (Paperback)

    Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    With a new Introduction by Cedric Watts, M.A., Ph.D., Research Professor of English, University of Sussex. These lively, varied and thought-provoking science-fiction stories (from the era of Jules Verne and H. G. Wells) are linked by their imposing central character, the pugnaciously adventurous and outrageous Professor Challenger. The Lost World (forebear of Jurassic Park) vividly depicts a perilous region in which the explorers confront creatures from the prehistoric era. The Poison Belt presents an eerie doomsday scenario, while The Disintegration Machine satirically comments on scientific cynicism. In When the World Screamed, the planet responds violently to an experimental incursion. The strangest item is The Land of Mist, which seeks to reconcile science with spiritualism. This memorable collection provides imaginative entertainment, entrancing escapism and bold provocation.
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    Stranger Things: Suspicious Minds (Paperback)

    Gwenda Bond

    _____________________________ `A pacey, creepy book that does what any good prequel should... this is unmistakably Stranger Things' - SFX Magazine _____________________________ A mysterious lab. A sinister scientist. A secret history. If you think you know the truth about Eleven's mother, prepare to have your mind turned Upside Down. It's the summer of 1969. The world is changing, and Terry Ives isn't content to watch from the sidelines. When word gets around about an important government experiment, she signs on as a test subject. But behind the walls of Hawkins National Laboratory - and the piercing gaze of its director, Dr Martin Brenner - lurks a dark conspiracy. To face it, she'll need the help of her fellow test subjects, including a mysterious young girl with unexplainable powers. . . _____________________________ 'Suspicious Minds is the prequel story that fans have been waiting for.' - Kirkus Reviews 'You're left hungry for more, but in the best way possible, as the book manages the balancing act between interconnected prequel and standalone story.' - Cinelinx _____________________________
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    Blackstone Fortress (Paperback)

    Darius Hinks

    When he discovers a prize that could change the face of the galaxy, disgraced Rogue Trader Janus Draik recruits a team of treasure-seeking misfits to claim it. But danger lurks in the darkness... READ IT BECAUSE The full story behind the Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress game is revealed! Join Janus Draik and his crew as they venture into the depths of the fortress and encounter all manner of deadly foes. There are those in the great expanse of the galaxy that seek profit wherever it is to be found: the deal makers, the opportunists and explorers - the Rogue Traders. Granted power by an ancient charter, sanctioned by the Emperor Himself, these scoundrels, entrepeneurs and adventurers roam the galaxy in search of fortune and glory. None perhaps are as hungry for these twin-vices as Janus Draik. All but disowned by his wealthy family, regarded as a wayward son of ill repute and little potential, Draik knows he must restore his fortunes soon or his misadventures will see him destitute and discarded. So it is then that when he finds a truly exceptional prize, one that will return him to his deserved station, Draik recruits a crew of fellow treasure seekers and sets them to the task. Draik's obsession is all-consuming, and he will risk everything to obtain his prize and its many secrets, including his life or even that of his crew...
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    Only Human (Paperback)

    Sylvain Neuvel

    We always thought the biggest threat to humanity would come from the outside. We were wrong. Brilliant scientist Rose Franklin has devoted her adult life to solving the mystery she accidentally stumbled upon as a child- a huge metal hand buried beneath the ground outside Deadwood, South Dakota. The discovery set in motion a cataclysmic chain of events with geopolitical ramifications. Rose and the Earth Defence Corps raced to master the enigmatic technology, as giant robots suddenly descended on Earth's most populous cities, killing one hundred million people in the process. The mysterious invaders retreat, disappearing from the shattered planet . . . but they've taken the scientist and her crew with them.
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    Frankenstein in Baghdad (Paperback)

    Ahmed Saadawi

    SHORTLISTED FOR THE MAN BOOKER INTERNATIONAL PRIZE 2018 WINNER OF THE INTERNATIONAL PRIZE FOR ARABIC FICTION 'Extraordinary... A devastating but essential read.' Kevin Powers, bestselling author and National Book Award finalist for The Yellow Birds 'Gripping, darkly humorous...profound.' Phil Klay, bestselling author and National Book Award winner for Redeployment From the rubble-strewn streets of US-occupied Baghdad, the scavenger Hadi collects human body parts and stitches them together to create a corpse. His goal, he claims, is for the government to recognize the parts as people and give them a proper burial. But when the corpse goes missing, a wave of eerie murders sweeps the city, and reports stream in of a horrendous-looking criminal who, though shot, cannot be killed. Hadi soon realises he has created a monster, one that needs human flesh to survive - first from the guilty, and then from anyone who crosses its path. An extraordinary achievement, Frankenstein in Baghdad captures with white-knuckle horror and black humour the surreal reality of a city at war.
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Incredible voyages into outer space… Disturbing visions of a future world… Supernatural powers that can alter time, space and society… Science fiction books encompass a universe of possibilities. They feature plucky protagonists, heart-pounding plots, remarkable technology and plenty of curious characters.

Unforgettable classics

Amongst our range of sci-fi books, discover classic favourites that have truly stood the test of time, including 1984, A Wrinkle in Time, A Clockwork Orange and many more.

Enthralling fresh fiction

Don’t miss gripping contemporary sci-fi books and series, including The Hunger Games, Doctor Who, Star Wars and the Divergent series.

Immerse yourself

Escape from the present day and immerse yourself in future lands and possible worlds in our wide range of science fiction books. Discover the very best sci-fi novels here.