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Modern Life is Magic

Help me find books that convey a jolly feeling of appreciation for the wonders of modern life. Ideally these would be books that have a sci-fi or fantasy feel, but in which nothing overtly magical or fantastic happens. The best recent examples I can think of are Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which has all the elements of a fantasy novel but is set squarely in our world, and William Gibson's most recent novels, all of which feel fantastic to me but are grounded in real life. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

 

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 67 answers

What the hell is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" trying to say?

Alright guys. I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

Help me consider Ted Chiang's distinction between SF and Fantasy

Ask whether the universe of the story recognizes the existence of persons. Is this distinction between SF and Fantasy original with Ted Chiang? Can you think of any counter-examples that don't fit? [more inside]
posted by straight on Sep 14, 2011 - 30 answers

Science Fiction book title

Name that Science Fiction book title! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Feb 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Jednakże oprócz malutkiej karteczki w trocinach ze słowami «To my, trociny», nie znaleziono nic.

(BookFilter): Sci-fi picaresques. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story?

What is the name of this really disturbing science fiction short story? (potentially NSFW description) [more inside]
posted by brundlefly on Jun 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Teaching SciFi to Japanese high school students

What English-language science fiction books would you recommend I teach to Japanese high school students? [more inside]
posted by MShades on Jun 23, 2010 - 36 answers

Curse you, 70s stoner!

Oh, Inverted World! Where did your pages go (help me find them)? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Dec 9, 2009 - 6 answers

Where's the sci-fi with actual characters?

What are some or how can one best find science-fiction novels that are good by general literary standards? [more inside]
posted by colinmarshall on Aug 18, 2009 - 75 answers

Recommendations for erotica

Recommendations for erotica [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Aug 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Odd tales

I'd like recommendations for short stories that are strange, humorous, or have a surprising twist. [more inside]
posted by Rinku on Mar 8, 2009 - 57 answers

The art of showing, not telling?

What science fiction films are there, iyho, that really measure up to the best of written work in that genre? [more inside]
posted by protorp on Aug 31, 2008 - 51 answers

Other Like Hiro to Help Me Lose Weight

Recommendations for Sci-Fi while on the Treadmill? [more inside]
posted by Smarson on Jun 3, 2008 - 25 answers

We'll never tell. Don't ask again.

Looking for a science fiction short story I read years ago. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book.

Looking for the name of a sci-fi book. Man is injected with a serum that causes him to shrink forever, eventually discovering there are universes smaller than atoms. [more inside]
posted by Gudlyf on Feb 7, 2008 - 9 answers

quite a tale indeed...

ScienceFictionfilter: Suggestions for gift subscriptions of science fiction magazines, journals printed in English and dead tree format [more inside]
posted by jadepearl on Jun 18, 2007 - 10 answers

What's the name of this short story I read in high school?

The Postal Service song "We Will Become Silhouettes" reminds me of a short story (or maybe poem?) I read in high school, but I can't remember the name or author for the life of me. I believe the action centered around an automated house going through its daily routine after the inhabitants had been vaporized on its side. There was also something about birds singing... I think. Any ideas?
posted by pokermonk on Oct 12, 2006 - 12 answers

Looking for a Science Fiction short story

SciFi Filter: Help me find a short story that fits my oh-so-exacting criteria... [more inside]
posted by featherboa on Mar 6, 2006 - 14 answers

SF Genre Benders

I'm looking for SF books that may not be classified as sci-fi, but instead as standard adult fiction "literature" at my local library. Examples would be Mary Doria Russell's "The Sparrow" or David Mitchell's "Cloud Atlas" [more inside]
posted by Dag Maggot on Dec 12, 2005 - 40 answers

Time Like a Slow (Flowing) River?

Some years ago, I read a book called something like "Time Like a Slow (Flowing?) River". It was the sequel to another book in which environmentally indignant aliens had conquered Earth to save it from humans and placed strict restrictions on earthlings until they became better environmental stewards. People had to travel by solar powered paddleboats, abandon fossil fuels, etc.
I have had no luck on Google or Amazon (and it's not this). Does anybody know the name or author of either of these books?
posted by signal on Apr 29, 2004 - 3 answers

I'm looking for well-written sci-fi / fantasy, set in other worlds or the future, that isn't didactic or idea-driven.

Like many other geeks here, I grew up reading sci-fi and fantasy. But I gradually got tired of it, because so much of it was poorly written or antithetical to my tastes. But I still yearn for other worlds at times, so I'd be interested in recommendations. [more inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Dec 16, 2003 - 64 answers

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