100 Great Fantasy Short Short Stories (1984)
"Merely 2,000 words to range over the full scope of the unreasonable, and to pluck from that scope a satisfying tale." These were the criteria Issac Asimov set for himself in choosing the stories for this collection. The result is 100 of the greatest, shortest fantasy stories every written by Marion Zimmer Bradley, Roger Zelazny, H.P. Lovecraft and others.
Short Story Collection
Ahdieh, Renee Flame in the Mist (2017)
The daughter of a prominent samurai, Mariko has long known her place--she may be an accomplished alchemist, whose cunning rivals that of her brother Kenshin, but because she is not a boy, her future has always been out of her hands. At just seventeen years old, Mariko is promised to Minamoto Raiden, the son of the emperor's favorite consort--a political marriage that will elevate her family's standing. But en route to the imperial city of Inako, Mariko narrowly escapes a bloody ambush by a dangerous gang of bandits known as the Black Clan, who she learns has been hired to kill her before she reaches the palace. Dressed as a peasant boy, Mariko sets out to infiltrate the ranks of the Black Clan, determined to track down the person responsible for the target on her back.
Anthony, Piers Isis Orb: A Xanth Novel (2016)
In Xanth, everyone has a talent. But that doesn’t mean everyone loves his talent, and no one understands that better than Hapless. Endowed with the ability to conjure any instrument he wants, Hapless could be an extraordinary musician if only he could play a tune that didn’t fall ear-piercingly flat. His one desire is to find an instrument he can play—and maybe a girlfriend or three. But like music, women have never been his forte.
When the Good Magician hears about Hapless’s desperate desire, he sends the young man on a quest to find the elusive Isis Orb, a magical talisman that could fulfill his wish. But the mysterious Egyptian goddess for whom the orb is named guards the enchanted object and won’t let anyone see it—let alone use it.
Bardugo, Leigh Crooked Kingdom (2016)
Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn't think they'd survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they're right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and badly weakened, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz's cunning and test the team's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city's dark and twisting streets--a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
Young Adult Fiction
Brooks, Terry Antrax (2001)
Book 2 of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
Brave explorers led by the last Druid, Walker Boh, traveled across unknown seas in search of an elusive magic. But now it seems that Walker and his team were lurered there for sinister, unforeseen purposes. As the crew aboard the airship Jerle Shannara is being attached by evil forces, the Druid's protege and his companions are being pursued by the mysterious Isle Witch.
Brooks, Terry. The Black Elfstone. 2017.The Fall of Shannara.Across the Four Lands, peace has reigned for generations. But now, in the far north, an unknown enemy is massing. More troubling than the carnage is the strange and wondrous power wielded by the attackers—a breed of magic unfamiliar even to the Druid order. Fearing the worst, the High Druid dispatches a diplomatic party under the protection of the order’s sworn guardian, Dar Leah, to confront the mysterious, encroaching force and discover its purpose.Fiction.
Brooks, Terry The Elfstones of Shannara (1982)
Shannara Trilogy, No. 2
Thousands of years after the destruction of the age of man and science, new races and magic now rule the world, but an imminent danger threatens. A horde of evil Demons is beginning to escape and bring death upon the land. Only Wil Ohmsford, the last of the Shannara bloodline, has the power to guard the Elven Princess Amberle on a perilous quest to the save the world, while the leader of the Demon force aims to stop their mission at any cost.
Brooks, Terry First King of Shannara (1996)
A Prelude to The Sword of Shannara
Dark forces are on the move from the Northlands, and Bremen, an outcast Druid, learns of the huge Troll armies on the march and the Skull Bearers who act as their spies. To save the Druids, Bremen must convince the people of the Four Lands that their only hope lies in uniting -- and in using the magic they fear above all else.
Brooks, Terry Isle Witch (2000)
Book 1 of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
When a half-drowned elf is found floating in the seas of the Blue Divide, an old mystery resurfaces. Thirty years ago, an elven prince led an expedition in search of a legendary magic said to be more powerful than any in the world. Of all those who set out on that ill-fated voyage, not one has every returned. Until now.
Brooks, Terry Morgawr (2002)
Book 3 of The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara
Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse Witch and the monstrous Antrax have taken their toll on the interpid heroes aboard the airship Jerle Shannara. But their darkest adversary now snaps at their heels, in the form of the Morgawr -- feeder upon the souls of his enemies and centuries-old sorcered of unimaginable might with a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command.
Brooks, Terry A Princess of Landover (2009)
Ben Holiday, High Lord of the magic kingdom of Landover, and his wife Willow have sent their 15-year-old daughter Mistaya to our world to attend a prestigious girls' boarding school. Mistaya, Misty to her friends, is not pleased with the arrangement. She is forbidden to use her magic for any reason, can't understand why other girls her own age don't revere the natural world, and is too clever for her own good in coming up with activities definitely not contained in the private school charter.
Brooks, Terry The Wishsong of Shannara (1985)
Shannara Trilogy, No. 3
An ancient evil is stirring, intent on the complete destruction of all life. The Druid Allanon sets out on a dangerous journey to save the world, reluctantly aided by Brin Ohmsford, daughter of Wil Ohmsford—for she alone holds the magic power of the wishsong. But a prophecy foretells doom, as evil nurses its plan to trap the unsuspecting Brin into a fate far more horrible than death.
Butcher, Jim The Aeronaut's Windlass (2015)
The Cinder Spires
Since time immemorial, the Spires have sheltered humanity. Within their halls, the ruling aristocratic houses develop scientific marvels, foster trade alliances, and maintain fleets of airships to keep the peace. Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy’s shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is damaged in combat, Grimm joins a team of Albion agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring his ship. And as Grimm undertakes this task, he learns that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.
Butcher, Jim Death Masks (2003)
The Dresden Files
Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing wizard, is hired by a mysterious priest to find the stolen Shroud of Turin. But first, Harry must deal with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, professional hit men, and the return of his semi-vampire former girlfriend.
Butcher, Jim Storm Front (2000)
The Dresden Files
For Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry's seeing dollar signs. But where there's black magic, there's a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry's name.
Butcher, Jim Summer Knight (2002)
The Dresden Files
Now that his girlfriend has left him, professional wizard Harry Dresden can't pay his rent and alienates his friends. He's soon approached by the Winter Queen of Faerie with an offer he can't refuse--all he has to do is find out who murdered the Summer Queen's right-hand man, the Summer Knight, and clear the Winter Queen's name. Soon, Harry finds out that the fate of the entire world rests on his solving this case.
Gaiman, Neil American Gods (2001)
Upon his release from prison, a widower accepts a job as a bodyguard and joins the battle between the gods of yore and the neoteric gods of present-day America.
Goodkind, Terry Wizard's First Rule (1994)
A Sword of Truth Novel
Twilight has fallen upon the Three Kingdoms: a grey time that could foretell either dawn or descent into bitter night. Richard Cypher, woodsman and warrior, is chosen to bear the powerful Sword of Truth, but his enemy, Darken Rahl, is a royal mage who commands arimies, hideous beasts and -- more terrible by far -- a twisted magic.
Huff, Tanya The Enchantment Emporium (2009)
The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, and they like to keep this in the family. Alysha Gale is tired of having all her aunts try to run her life, both personally and magically. So when the letter from her Gran arrives willing her a "junk" shop in Calgary, Alysha jumps at the chance. It isn't until she gets there that she realizes her customers are fey. And no one told her there's trouble brewing in Calgary-trouble so big that even calling in the family may not save the day.
Huff, Tanya The Future Falls (2014)
When Auntie Catherine warns the family of an approaching asteroid, the Gales scramble to keep humans from going the way of the dinosaurs. Fortunately for the world, they're wielding a guitar and a dragon.
The Gale family can change the world with the charms they cast, which has caused some supernaturally complicated family shenanigans in the past. So when NASA and Doomsday Dan confirm Auntie Catherine's dire prediction, Charlotte "Charlie" Gale turns to the family for help.
Huff, Tanya The Wild Ways (2011)
Alysha Gale's cousin Charlotte is a Wild Power, who allies herself with a family of Selkies in a fight against offshore oil drilling. The oil company has hired another of the Gale family's Wild Powers, the fearsome Auntie Catherine, to steal the Selkies' sealskins. To defeat her, Charlotte will have to learn what born to be Wild really means in the Gale family.
Jordan, Robert New Threads in the Pattern: Part Two of the Great Hunt: Part Two of The Wheel of Time (1981)
In this second part of the tale after The Hunt Begins, Rand al'Thor-- reluctantly drawn into the quest to recover the Horn of Valere--must face something even more frightening that the Myrddraal and Trollocs: his own true identity. Can Rand really be the Dragon Reborn?
Jordan, Robert The Path of Daggers:Book Eight of The Wheel of Time (1998)
The Seanchan invasion force is in possession of Ebou Dar. Nynaeve, Elayne, and Aviendha head for Caemlyn and Elayne's rightful throne, but on the way they discover an enemy much worse than the Seanchan.
Jordan, Robert The Shadow Rising: book Four of the The Wheel ofTime (1993)
The seals of Shayol Ghul are weak now, and the Dark One reaches out. The Shadow is rising to cover humankind. In Tar Valon, Min sees portents of hideous doom. Will the White Tower itself be broken? In the Two Rivers, the Whitecloaks ride in pursuit of a man with golden eyes, and in pursuit of the Dragon Reborn. In Cantorin, among the Sea Folk, High Lady Suroth plans the return of the Seanchan armies to the mainland. In the Stone of Tear, the Lord Dragon considers his next move. It will be something no one expects, not the Black Ajah, not Tairen nobles, not Aes Sedai, not Egwene or Elayne or Nynaeve.
Against the Shadow rising stands the Dragon Reborn.
Jordan, Robert To the Blight: Part Two of the The Eye of the World: The Beginning of The Wheel of Time (1990)
Pursued by Trollocs and Myrddraal, Rand and his friends have fled the dreadful city of Shadar Logoth. The many dangers they frace are far from over. Having barely escaped capture and death, Rand finds himself face to face with Aginor: a wielder of the One Power and an ally of the Dark One. In the battle that follows, Rand will discover his true identity...and destiny.
Kenyon, Sherrilyn Deadmen Walking (2017)
A Deadman's Cross Novel
Deadmen tell their tales . . . To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane--an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn--an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle.
King, Stephen The Dark Tower (2004)
The Dark Tower VII
The final hour of Roland Deschain's quest for the Dark Tower has arrived. This tower has been his Holy Grail, the quest his raison d'etre-- and Roland will not stop until he reaches the magical and dangerous tower that stands at the nexus of all time and space.
King, Stephen The Drawing of the Three (1987)
The Dark Tower II
Beginning just less than seven hours after The Gunslinger ends, in the second installment to the thrilling Dark Tower Series, Roland encounters three mysterious doorways on a deserted beach along the Western Sea. Each one enters into a different person’s life in New York—here, he joins forces with the defiant young Eddie Dean, and with the beautiful, brilliant, and brave Odetta Holmes, to save the Dark Tower.
King, Stephen The Eyes of the Dragon (1987)
In the kingdom of Delain, a young prince must struggle against powerful forces to gain his rightful inheritance.
King, Stephen The Gunslinger (1982)
The Dark Tower I
The first book of Stephen King's series introduces the haunting figure, Roland of Gilead, the last gunslinger.
King, Stephen Song of Susannah (2004)
The Dark Tower VI
Susannah Dean is possessed, her body a living vessel for the demon-mother Mia. Something is growing inside Susannah's belly, something terrible, and soon she will give birth to Mia's "chap." But three unlikely allies are following them from New York City to the border of End World, hoping to prevent the unthinkable.
King, Stephen The Waste Lands (1991)
The Dark Tower III
Several months have passed since The Drawing of the Three, and in The Waste Lands, Roland’s two new tet-mates have become trained gunslingers. Roland, Susannah, and Eddie must draw Jake into Mid-World and then follow the Path of the Beam all the way to the Dark Tower. There are new evils…new dangers to threaten Roland’s little band in the devastated city of Lud and the surrounding wastelands, as well as horrific confrontations with Blaine the Mono, the piratical Gasher, and the frightening Tick-Tock Man.
King, Stephen The Wind Through the Keyhole (2012)
The Dark Tower series
Sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape shifter, a "skin man, " Roland Deschain takes charge of Bill Streeter, a brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast's most recent slaughter. Roland, himself only a teenager, calms the boy by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother used to read to him at bedtime, "The Wind through the Keyhole."
King, Stephen Wolves of the Calla (2003)
The Dark Tower V
Roland's quest is ka, an inevitable destiny -- to reach and perhaps save the Dark Tower, which stands at the center of everywhere and everywhen. This pursuit brings Roland, with the three others who've joined his quest to Calla Bryn Sturgis, a town in the shadow of Thunderclap, beyond which lies the Dark Tower. Before advancing, however, they must face the evil wolves of Thunderclap, who threaten to destroy the Calla by abducting its young.
Lackey, Mercedes Closer to Home (2014)
Book One of The Herald Spy. A Novel of Valdemar.
Trained as a spy by the King's Own Herald, an orphan named Mags rises through the ranks of the Heralds' Collegium and uses his powerful Mindspeech gift to outmaneuver a royal court plot that risks his mentor and family.
Lackey, Mercedes Closer to the Chest (2016)
Book Three of The Herald Spy. A Novel of Valdemar.
Herald Mags, the King of Valdemar's Herald Spy, has been developing a network of young informants who operate on the streets and also in the halls and kitchens of the wealthy and highborn. His wife Amily is King's Own Herald and finds it useful to be underestimated for there are dark things stirring in the shadows of Haven. Someone has discovered many secrets of the women of the Court and the Collegia and is using those secrets to terrorize and bully them. Mags and Amily will have to track down someone who leaves few clues behind.
Lackey, Mercedes Closer to the Heart (2015)
Book Two of The Herald Spy. A Novel of Valdemar.
Herald Mags, Valdemar’s first official Herald Spy, is well on his way to establishing a coterie of young informants, not only on the streets of Haven, but in the kitchens and Great Halls of the highborn and wealthy as well.
The newly appointed King’s Own Herald, Amily, although still unsure of her own capability in that office, is doing fine work to support the efforts of Mags, her betrothed.
And King Kyril has come up with the grand plan of turning Mags and Amily’s wedding into a low-key diplomatic event that will simultaneously entertain everyone on the Hill and allow him to negotiate behind the scenes with all the attending ambassadors?something which had not been possible at his son Prince Sedric’s wedding.
What could possibly go wrong?
Lackey, Mercedes Storm Breaking (1996)
Book 3 of The Mage Storms
As mysterious, magical onslaughts ravage Valdemar and the kingdoms of the West, the western allies have traveled far to locate the ruins of the Tower of Urtho, Mage of Silence, and excavate his legendary Vault, hidden strong-hold of some of the most powerful magical weapons ever devised.
Lackey, Mercedes Storm Rising (1996)
Book 2 of The Mage Storms
Mysterious mage-storms are wreaking havoc on both Valdemar and Karse, plaguing these lands not only with disastrous earthquakes, monsoons, and ice storms, but also with venomous magical constructs-terrifying creatures out of nightmare.
Lackey, Mercedes Storm Warning (1995)
Book 1 of The Mage Storms
Karse and Valdemar have long been enemy kingdoms -- their people filled with mutual prejudice and mistrust. Only the vile deeds perpetuated on both kingdoms by Ancar of Hardorn, and the subsequent emergence of the armies of the Eastern Empire in the wake of his defeat, have forced these two so-different lands into an uneasy alliance.
Lackey, Mercedes Winds of Change (1993)
Book 2 of The Mage Winds
With Valdemar in dire peril -- threatened by the maleviolent spellcraft of Ancar of Hardorn -- Princess Elspeth, Herlad and heir to the throne, has come to the Vale of the Tayledras Clan to seek mage training among the magical Hawkbrother Adepts. But instead of finding a haven, she is whirled into a maelstrom of war and sorcery as the Vale is attacked by a mysterious Dark Adept from out of the "Uncleansed Lands".
Lackey, Mercedes Winds of Fate (1992)
Book 1 of The Mage Winds
High Magic has been lost to Valdemar centuries ago when the last Herald-Mage gave his life to save the kingdom from destruction by dark sorceries. Yet now the reals is at risk agaiin. And Elspeth Herald and heir to the throne, must take up the challenge, abandoning her home to find a mentor who can awaken her untrained mage abilities.
Lewis, C. S. The Horse and His Boy (1954)
Book 3 of The Chronicles of Narnia
During the Golden Age of Narnia, when Peter is High King, a boy named Shasta discovers he is not the son of Arsheesh, the Carlomene fisherman, and decides to run far away to the North -- to Narnia. When he is mistaken for another runaway, Shasta is led to discover who he really is and even finds his real father.
Lewis, C. S. The Last Battle (1956)
Book 7 of The Chronicles of Narnia
During the last days of Narnia, the land faces its fiercest challenge -- not an invader from without but an enemy from within. Lies and treachery have taken root, and only the king and a small band of loyal followers can prevent the destruction of all they hold dear.
Lewis, C. S. The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe (1950)
Book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Lucy is the first to find the secret of the wardrobe in the Professor's mysterious old house. At first, no one believes her when she tells of her adventures in the land of Narnia. But soon Edumund and then Pater and Susan discover the Magic and meet Aslan, The Great Lion, for themselves. In the blink of an eye, their lives are changed forever.
Lewis, C. S. The Magician's Nephew book 1 of The Chronicles of Narnia
Narnia...where Talking Beasts walk...where a witch waits...where a new world is about to be born. On a daring quest to save a life, two friends are hurled into another workd, where an evil sorceress seeks to enslave them. But then the lion Alsan's song weaves itself into the fabric of a new land, a land that will be known as Narnia. And in Narnia, all things are possible.
Lewis, C. S. The Silver Chair (1953)
Book 4 of The Chronicles of Narnia.
Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends is sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.
Lewis, C. S. The Voyage of the "Dawn Treader" (1952)
Book 5 of The Chronicles of Narnia
The Dawn Treader is the first ship Narnia has seen in centuries. King Caspian has built it for his first voyage to find the seven lords, good men whom his evil uncle Miraz had banished when he usurped the throne. The journey takes Edmund, Lucy, their cousin Eustace, and Caspian to the Eastern Islands, beyond the Silver Sea, toward Aslan's country at the End of the World.
Lu, Marie The Midnight Star (2016)
Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She's turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all she's gained. When a new danger appears, Adelina's forced to revisit old wounds, putting not only herself at risk, but every Elite. In order to preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest -- though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.
Young Adult Fiction
Pears, Iain Arcadia (2016)
In Cold War England, Professor Henry Lytten, having renounced a career in espionage, is writing a fantasy novel that dares to imagine a world less fraught than his own. He finds an unlikely confidante in Rosie, an inquisitive young neighbor who, while chasing after Lytten's cat one day, stumbles through a doorway in his cellar and into a stunning and unfamiliar bucolic landscape—remarkably like the fantasy world Lytten is writing about. There she meets a young boy named Jay who is about to embark on a journey that will change both their lives. Elsewhere, in a distopian society where progress is controlled by a corrupt ruling elite, the brilliant scientist Angela Meerson has discovered the potential of a powerful new machine. When the authorities come knocking, she will make an important decision—one that will reverberate through all these different lives and worlds.
Rothfuss, Patrick The Name of the Wind (2007)
The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day One
My name is Kvothe.
I have stolen princesses back from sleeping barrow kings. I burned down the town of Trebon. I have spent the night with Felurian and left with both my sanity and my life. I was expelled from the University at a younger age than most people are allowed in. I tread paths by moonlight that others fear to speak of during day. I have talked to Gods, loved women, and written songs that make the minstrels weep.
You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale unequaled in fantasy literature—the story of a hero told in his own voice. It is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man’s search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.
Rothfuss, Patrick The Wise Man's Fear The Kingkiller Chronicle: Day Two
There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.
My name is Kvothe. You may have heard of me.
So begins a tale told from his own point of view—a story unequaled in fantasy literature. Now in The Wise Man’s Fear, Day Two of The Kingkiller Chronicle, Kvothe takes his first steps on the path of the hero and learns how difficult life can be when a man becomes a legend in his own time.
Salvatore, R. A. Promise of the Witch King (2005)
The Sellswords Book II
Entreri and Jarlaxle might be strangers in the rugged, unforgiving mountains of the Bloodstone Lands, but they have been in difficult places before. Caught between the ghost of a power-mad lich, and the righteous fury of an oath-bound knight, they have never felt more at home.
Salvatore, R. A. Road of the Patriarch (2007)
The Sellswords Book III
Ilneshara and Tasmikella are ancient dtagons of great power, accustomed to easily manipulating the humans around them, but not all humans are so easily led. When they pushed Entreri and Jarlaxle into the heart of the Bloodstone Lands, not even they could have imagined the strength of the human assassin's resolve, or the limitless expanse of the drow mercenary's ambitions.
Tahir, Sabaa A Torch Against the Light (2016)
Sequel to An Ember in the Ashes
The quest continues for Elias and Laia to rescue Laia's brother from an impenetrable prison and elude the Emperor and Commandant, while Elias's former friend Helen, now the Blood Shrike, is under the Emperor's orders to kill them.
Young Adult Fiction
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Fellowship of the Ring (1954)
Part One of The Lord of the Rings
In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, as told in The Hobbit. In a sleepy village in the Shire, young Frodo Baggins finds himself faced with an immense task, as his elderly cousin Bilbo entrusts the Ring to his care. Frodo must leave his home and make a perilous journey across Middle-earth to the Cracks of Doom, there to destroy the Ring and foil the Dark Lord in his evil purpose.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Hobbit (1966)
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. They have launched a plot to raid the treasure hoard guarded by Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Bilbo reluctantly joins their quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Return of the King (1955)
Part Three of The Lord of the Rings
As the Shadow of Mordor grows across the land, the Companions of the Ring have become involved in separate adventures. Aragorn, revealed as the hidden heir of the ancient Kings of the West, has joined with the Riders of Rohan against the forces of Isengard, and takes part in the desperate victory of the Hornburg. Merry and Pippin, captured by Orcs, escape into Fangorn Forest and there encounter the Ents. Gandalf has miraculously returned and defeated the evil wizard, Saruman. Sam has left his master for dead after a battle with the giant spider, Shelob; but Frodo is still alive—now in the foul hands of the Orcs. And all the while the armies of the Dark Lord are massing as the One Ring draws ever nearer to the Cracks of Doom.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Silmarillion (1977)
The story of the creation of the world and of the First Age, this is the ancient drama to which the characters in The Lord of the Rings look back and in whose events some of them, such as Elrond and Galadriel, took part. The three Silmarils were jewels created by Fėanor, most gifted of the Elves. Within them was imprisoned the Light of the Two Trees of Valinor before the Trees themselves were destroyed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord. Thereafter, the unsullied Light of Valinor lived on only in the Silmarils, but they were seized by Morgoth and set in his crown, which was guarded in the impenetrable fortress of Angband in the north of Middle-earth. The Silmarillion is the history of the rebellion of Fėanor and his kindred against the gods, their exile from Valinor and return to Middle-earth, and their war, hopeless despite all their heroism, against the great Enemy.
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Two Towers (1954)
Part Two of The Lord of the Rings
Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. They have lost the wizard, Gandalf, in a battle in the Mines of Moria. And Boromir, seduced by the power of the Ring, tried to seize it by force. While Frodo and Sam made their escape, the rest of the company was attacked by Orcs. Now they continue the journey alone down the great River Anduin—alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.
Weis, Margaret & Robert Krammes Spymaster (2017)
Book One of the Dragon Corsairs
Captain Kate Fitzmaurice was born to sail. She has made a life of her own as a privateer and smuggler. Hired by the notorious Henry Wallace, spymaster for the queen of Freya, to find a young man who claims to be the true heir to the Freyan, she begins to believe that her ship has finally come in. But no fair wind lasts forever. Soon Kate’s checkered past will catch up to her. It will take more than just quick wits and her considerable luck if she hopes to bring herself?and her crew?through intact.
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury (1980)
Here we find the greatest of the genre's short stories from the fifties, sixties, and seventies written by Edmond Hamilton, William Tenn, Theodore Sturgeon, A.E. von Vogt, Judith Merril, and others.
Short Story Collection
Where Do We Go From Here (1971)
An anthology of 17 science fiction short stories, including his own 'Pate de Foie Gras', edited by Isaac Asimov.
Short Story Collection
The Year's Best Science Fiction (1986)
A complication of short stories by such best-selling and award-winning authors as Orson Scott Card, R.A. Lafferty, George R.R. Martin, and more.
Short Story Collection
The Year's Best Science Fiction (1987)
Adams, Douglas The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1980)
Mere seconds before the Earth is to be demolished by an alien construction crew, journeyman Arthur Dent is swept off the planet by his friend Ford Prefect, a researcher penning a new edition of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'.
Asimov, Issac Foundation (1951)
Book 2 of the Foundation Novels
For twelve thousand years the Galatic Empire has ruled supreme. Now it is dying. Only Hari Seldon, creator of the revolutionary science of pyschohistory, can see into the future -- 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 future generations. He calls his santuary the Foundation.
Asimov, Issac Foundation and Empire (1952)
Book 3 of the Foundation Novels
Led by its founding father, the great psychohistorian Hari Seldon, and taking advantage of its superior science and technology, the Foundation has survived the greed and barbarism of its neighboring warrior-planets. Yet now it must face the Empire -- still the mightiest force in the Galaxy even in its death throes. When an ambitious general determined to restore the Empire's glory turns the vast Imperial fleet toward the Foundation, the only hope for the small planet of scholars and scientists lies in the prophecies of Hari Seldon.
Asimov, Issac Foundation's Edge (1981)
Book 5 of the Foundation Novels
At last, the costly and bitter war between the two Foundations has come to an end. The scientists of the First Foundation have proved victorious: and now they return to Hari Seldon's long-established plan to build a new Empire on the ruins of the old.
Bradbury, Ray Quicker Than the Eye (1996)
From the sentimental to the spooky, this grab bag of 21 recent tales from the seemingly ageless imagination of Bradbury whimsically explores themes of love, nostalgia, magic, literature and mortality. In his first collection since The Toynbee Connector (1988), Bradbury, who's 76, displays a particular fascination with evading the strictures of time through science, history, literature, the supernatural or simple reminiscence. The realistic "The Other Highway" describes a family's drive down an old, unused highway to an almost forgotten world. "At the End of the Ninth Year" develops the idea that the human body fully remakes itself at the molecular level every nine years. In "Last Rites," an inventor uses his time machine to reassure his literary heroes?Melville, Poe, Wilde?on their deathbeds that they will be cherished by future generations. Ghost stories like "That Woman on the Lawn," "Another Fine Mess" and "The Witch Door" transport characters across lifetimes or centuries, while "Dorian in Excelsus," a creepy homage to Wilde, blends the supernatural with the fitness craze.
Burroughs, Edgar Rice The Martian Tales Trilogy (1912)
This omnibus edition features the first three Barsoom novels featuring John Carter: A Princess of Mars where John Carter wins the affections of the princess of Mars and the respect of the Maritan warlords whom he befriends; The Gods of Mars where Carter engages the Black Pirates in airborne combat above the dead seas of Mars and leads a revolt to free the Martian races from a religion that thrives on living sacrifices; The Warlord of Mars where Carter overcomes the forces of evil that would destroy the planet.
Butler, Octavia E Parable of the Sower (2000)
When unattended environmental and economic crises lead to social chaos, not even gated communites are safe. In a night of fire and death Lauren Olamina, a minister's young daughter, loses her family and home and ventures out into the unprotected American landscape. But what begins as a flight for surival soon leads to something much more: a startling vision of human destiny...and the birth of a new faith.
Butler, Octavia E Parable of the Talents (1998)
Lauren Olamina's love is divided among her young daughter, her community, and the revelations that lead Lauren to found a new faith that teaches "god is Change." But in the wake of environmental and economic chass, the U.S. government turns a blind eye to violent bigots who consider the mere existence of a black female leader a threat. And soon Lauren must either sacrifice her child and her followers -- or forsake the religion that can transform human destiny.
Card, Orson Scott Ender's Shadow (1999)
Andrew 'Ender' Wiggin was not the only child in the Battle School; he was just the best of the best. Card tells the story of another of those precocious generals, the one they called Bean who became Ender's right hand, in the final battle against the Buggers. Bean's past was a battle just to survive. His success brought him to the attention of the Battle School's recruiters, those people scouring the planet for leaders, tacticians, and generals to save Earth from the threat of alien invasion. Bean was sent into orbit, to the Battle School. And there he met Ender.
Card, Orson Scott Shadow Puppets (2002)
Earth and its society have been irrevocably changed in the aftermath of Ender Wiggin's victory over the Formics. The unity enforced upon the warring nations by an alien enemy has shattered. Nations are rising again, seeking territory and influence, and most of all, seeking to control the skills and loyalty of the children from the Battle School. But one person has a better idea. Peter Wiggin, Ender's older, more ruthless brother, sees that any hope for the future of Earth lies in restoring a sense of unity and purpose. And he has an irresistable call on the loyalty of Earth's young warriors. With Bean at his side, the two will reshape our future.
Clarke, Arthur C. 2010: Odyssey Two (1982)
2001: A Space Odyssey shocked, amazed, and delighted millions in the late 1960s. An instant book and movie classic, its fame has grown over the years. Yet along with the almost universal acclaim, a host of questions has grown more insistent through the years, for example: who or what transformed Dave Bowman into the Star-Child? What alien purpose lay behind the monoliths on the Moon and out in space? What could drive HAL to kill the crew? Now all those questions and many more have been answered, in this stunning sequel to the international bestseller. Cosmic in sweep, eloquent in its depiction of Man's place in the Universe, and filled with the romance of space, this novel is a monumental achievement and a must-read for Arthur C. Clarke fans old and new.
Clarke, Arthur C. 2061: Odyssey Three (1988)
Fifty years after the alien message forbidding humans to approach the moon Europa, an expedition to Halley's Comet is forced to violate the prohibition in the name of mercy.
Clarke, Arthur C. 3001: The Final Odyssey (1997)
One thousand years after the Jupiter mission to explore the mysterious Monolith had been destroyed, after Dave Bowman was transformed into the Star Child, Frank Poole drifted in space, frozen and forgotten, leaving the supercomputer HAL inoperable. But now Poole has returned to life, awakening in a world far different from the one he left behind--and just as the Monolith may be stirring once again.
Clarke, Arthur C. and Stephen Baxter Time's Eye (2005)
Clarke, with Baxter (Coalescent), probably the most talented of the former's several collaborators, have cooked up an exciting tale full of high-tech physics, military tactics and larger-than-life characters in the first of two novels related to the bestselling senior author's Space Odyssey series. In an awesome and unexplained catastrophe, the earth has been literally diced and put back together again. Each of the segments of terrain (and you can actually see the dividing lines between them) comes from a different era, some of them millions of years apart. As the novel opens, a 19th-century British army company, stationed on the Afghan-Pakistani border, captures an Australopithecine mother and child, just as a team of 21st-century U.N. peacekeepers crash their helicopter nearby. Later they join forces with Alexander the Great. Simultaneously, a Soyuz descent vehicle, having just left the International Space Station, crash-lands in the middle of Genghis Khan's army. Eventually, the armies of Alexander and the Khan converge on Babylon, the last remaining large city in Eurasia and a titanic battle seems imminent.
Crichton, Michael Jurassic Park (1991)
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Now humankinds most thrilling fantasies have come true. Creatures extinct for eons roam Jurassic Park with their awesome presence and profound mystery, and all the world can visit them?for a price. Until something goes wrong.
Crichton, Michael The Lost World: A Novel (1995)
It is now six years since the secret disaster at Jurassic Park, six years since the extraordinary dream of science and imagination came to a crashing end, the dinosaurs destroyed, the park dismantled, and the island indefinitely closed to the public. There are rumors that something has survived.
Crichton, Michael Next: A Novel (2007)
We live in a time of momentous scientific leaps; a time when it's possible to sell our eggs and sperm online for thousands of dollars or test our spouses for genetic maladies. We live in a time when one fifth of all our genes are owned by someone else, and an unsuspecting person and his family can be pursued cross-country because they happen to have certain valuable genes within their chromosomes.
Crichton, Michael Prey (2002)
In the Nevada desert, an experiment has gone horribly wrong. A cloud of nanoparticles micro-robots has escaped from the laboratory. This cloud is self-sustaining and self-reproducing. It is intelligent and learns from experience. For all practical purposes, it is alive. It has been programmed as a predator. It is evolving swiftly, becoming more deadly with each passing hour. Every attempt to destroy it has failed. And we are the prey.
Farmer, Nancy The House of the Scorpion (2002)
In a future where humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.
Young Adult Fiction
Gray, Claudia Defy the Stars (2017)
Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis.
Young Adult Fiction
Gray, Claudia Star Wars: Bloodline (2016)
When the Rebellion defeated the Empire in the skies above Endor, Leia Organa believed it was the beginning to a lasting peace. But after decades of vicious infighting and partisan gridlock in the New Republic Senate, that hope seems like a distant memory.
Now a respected senator, Leia must grapple with the dangers that threaten to cripple the fledgling democracy—from both within and without. Underworld kingpins, treacherous politicians, and Imperial loyalists are sowing chaos in the galaxy. Desperate to take action, senators are calling for the election of a First Senator. It is their hope that this influential post will bring strong leadership to a divided galaxy.
Heinlein, Robert A Friday (1982)
Engineered from the finest genes, and trained to be a secret courier in a future world, Friday operates over a near-future Earth, where chaos reigns. Working at Boss's whimsical behest she travels from far north to deep south, finding quick, expeditious solutions as one calamity after another threatens to explode in her face.
Heinlein, Robert A The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)
It is a tale of revolution, of the rebellion of the former Lunar penal colony against the Lunar Authority that controls it from Earth. It is the tale of the disparate people--a computer technician, a vigorous young female agitator, and an elderly academic--who become the rebel movement's leaders. And it is the story of Mike, the supercomputer whose sentience is known only to this inner circle, and who for reasons of his own is committed to the revolution's ultimate success.
Herbert, Frank Dune (1965)
Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Muad'Dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family--and would bring to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
Huff, Tanya An Ancient Peace (2015)
Gunnery Sergeant Torin Kerr had been the very model of a Confederation Marine. But when she learned the truth about the war the Confederation was fighting, she left the military for good. But Torin could not walk away from preserving and protecting everything the Confederation represented. Instead, she drew together an elite corps of friends and allies to take on covert missions that the Justice Department and the Corps could not, or would not, officially touch. Torin just hoped the one they were about to embark on would not be the death of them.
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wind in the Door (2007)
With Meg Murry's help, the dragons her six-year-old brother saw in the vegetable garden play an important part in his struggle between life and death.
Young Adult Fiction
L'Engle, Madeleine A Wrinkle in Time (2007)
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg's father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.
Young Adult Fiction
Lee, Fonda Exo (2017)
For a century now, Earth has been a peaceful colony of an alien race, and Donovan Reyes is a loyal member of the security forces, while his father is the Prime Liaison--but when a routine search and seizure goes bad Donovan finds himself a captive of the human revolutionary group, Sapience, terrorists who seem to prefer war to alien rule, and killing Donovan just might be the incident they are looking for.
Young Adult Fiction
McCaffrey, Anne and Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Powers That Be Strange things were happening on the icy planet called Petaybee. Unauthorized genetically engineered species had been spotted, while some people were simply disappearing. None of the locals were talking to the company, so the company sent disabled combat veteran Yanaba Maddock to spy. But a strange thing happened. With her relocation to the arctic planet came a return of Yana's health and strength. And the more she got to know the people of Petaybee, the more determined she became to protect her new home.
McCaffrey, Anne and S. M. Stirling The City Who Fought (1993)
SSS-900, a huge space station controlled by the brain of Simeon--a shellperson who relieves his daily monotony by replaying computer simulations of great battles--becomes the only thing standing between ruthless alien pirates and total destruction.
Sagan, Carl Contact (1985)
In December, 1999, a multinational team journeys out to the stars, to the most awesome encounter in human history. Who -- or what -- is out there?