Speculative Fiction


Science Fiction and Fantasy (combined)

SciFan: Large and well-updated site, listing over 34,000 works by 7,000 writers. Offers series/sequels search feature; classics lists; books published by year; over 85 themed booklists, including those on Alternate History, Clones/Cloning, Distant Worlds, Dragons, Elves, First Contact, Genetic Engineering/manipulation, Ghosts/Specters/Spirits/Haunting, Hive Minds/Collectivist Species, Immortality, Intelligent Animals/Talking Animals, Jupiter/Ganymede, King Arthur, Longevity, Lost Civilizations/Lost Worlds, Magic/Magicians/Sorcerers/Witches/Wizards, Mathematic Fantasy, Military SF/Fantasy, Nanotechnology, Nuclear disaster, Robots, Steampunk, Teleportation, Underwater living, Unicorns, Vampires, and lots more! Few book summaries on this site, but links for all to Amazon and/or Alibris.

Transformation Stories List: 'This list includes books, short stories, movies, web sites, and other works that feature physical shapeshifting. All methods of transformation are covered; werewolves and other animal shapeshifters, nanotechnology, magic spells, etc. Most of the List's material is science fiction, fantasy, or horror.' The books list starts here, listing books by author's last name, with publication info and summary.

Science Fiction and Fantasy 2001 (Enoch Pratt Free Library - Baltimore): Over 20 science-fiction and fantasy books published in 2000 and 2001 listed, with author, title, webcat link, and summary, from Buzz Aldrin's The Return to Connie Willis's Passage. Also: Science Fiction and Fantasy 2002, with 24 titles published in 2002, and Science Fiction and Fantasy 2003, with 22 titles published in 2003.

Science-Fiction and Fantasy Novelists (North Tyneside Libraries, UK): List of a dozen science-fiction or fantasy writers from Greg Bear to Ian Watson, with brief info about their backgrounds and their series/books.

In Space ... No One Can Hear You Laugh (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Humorous and satirical sci-fi and fantasy for adults and YA. Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link (for some) for series and stand-alones by about 70 authors, from Douglas Adams' The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to titles by Roger Zelazny. Compiled 2000; updated Dec. 2004.

Horny Toads and Ugly Chickens: A Bibliography on Texas in Speculative Fiction (Bill Paige, Texas AandM University): Excellent and extensive 'list of science fiction, fantasy and horror novels that are set in Texas.' Also some short story citations. Over 90% of the books listed were published after 1970. Provides author, title, publication info, and summary for each, and some author info (dates, whether Texan or not).

Fifty Fantasy and Science Fiction Works That Socialists Should Read (China Mi?ville): Works chosen because the politics within are of particular interest to socialists. In alpha order by author, provides title, publication year, and summary relevant to socialism. From Iain M. Banks's Use of Weapons (1990) to Evgeny Zamyatin's We (1920; trans. 1924).

Unusual Science Fiction and Fantasy Titles (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, long summary, webcat link for 10 'books that nobody else will tell you to read.'

Theological Romance: A Selected List of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Chicago Public Library, IL): Author, title, and brief comment for 25 novels of metaphysical fiction. From Kingsley Amis's The Alteration to Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, and including CS Lewis's space trilogy, several James Blish books, and Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz; also provides list of individual short stories and anthologies. Compiled Feb. 1995.

Celestial Journeys: Adult Science Fiction/Fantasy (Harford County Public Library, MD): Author, title, summary for 9 novels in alpha order by author, from Titan by Stephen Baxter to To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis.

Mainstream Science Fiction and Fantasy with Mormon Characters and References (Adherents.com Religion in Literature Database): 'Lists mainstream science fiction and fantasy novels, short stories and movies (speculative fiction) which contain references specifically to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and to Mormonism in general.' Noted that most of the authors of works on this list are not Mormons. Over 230 books or movie listed, with author, title, attitude toward Mormons, approx. year in which work takes place, and sample quote and/or description of each work.

Christian SF/Fantasy Recommended Reading (Ross Pavlac, The Ethical Spectacle): Works in which a positive view of Christianity plays a role in the story. Author, title, and publication info list, no summaries. About 55 books/series. Also lists relevant audiobooks, websites, magazines, films, and comic books.

Egypt in Science Fiction and Fantasy/Horror (Noreen Doyle): Science-fiction and fantasy short stories and novels featuring 'significant elements drawn from ancient, and most especially pharaonic Egypt.' Sections: Science-Fiction and Ancient Setting, Science-Fiction and Modern Setting; Science-Fiction and Future Setting; Fantasy and Horror and Ancient Setting; Fantasy and Horror and Modern Setting; Alternate History; Time Travel. Author, title, publication info, and brief summary.


Science Fiction

Science Fiction (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): 'This list is divided into the older, classic authors who had an influence on the genre, and those who are still producing valuable work today.' List of authors -- 9 classic authors and 12 current -- with titles and general description of work. Updated Sept. 2004.

Essential Science Fiction Library (January magazine): 'Compilation of fiction intended to capture curious readers' imaginations and inspire further investigation.' Includes only modern English-language SF works. The list is divided into five sections -- authors, collections, mosaics, novels, series -- each with five selections, for a total of 25 authors and about 60 books. Short summary of each work. Also long introductory statement about classic science-fiction.

If You Like This, You'll Like That - SF (Magic Dragon): Extensive list of books grouped by theme: aliens, alternate worlds, antigravity, bambi's children (animals that act like humans), beam me up, beyond the fields we know, cities of the future, clones, cyberpunk, dystopia, ecology, esp, faster than light, feminist, hard science fiction, heroic fantasy (aka Swords and Sorcery), horror, immortality, invisibility, lost lands/lost race, math, mythology, politics, sex, space opera, space travel, supermen, theology/religion, there and back again, time travel, TV and movie spin-offs, under the sea, unicorns in the garden, utopia, world comes to an end. Special section to check 'if you can only remember what the cover looks like.'

The Star Wars Universe in Fiction (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Books are arranged chronologically in reference to the Star Wars universe. Lists over 60 books with publication info but no summaries.

Mars in Science Fiction (Christine Hawkins): 1998 alphabetical-by-author list of about 120 books concerning Mars (not Martians), with title, publishing info, and summary of book.

Destination: Mars (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): Author, title, summary, webcat link, for about 8 fiction titles and 5 non-fiction titles about Mars, plus a few website links. Updated Sept. 2004.

Lambda Science-Fiction Recommended Reading (DC Area Gaylaxians): Gay/lesbian science fiction. Author, title, summary, notation about sexuality or gay/lesbian characters featured in the book (if any). Links to Amazon reviews. Continues on separate pages for Authors D-F, Authors G-J, Authors K-M, Authors N-R, Authors S-T, and Authors W-Y. From Margaret Atwood's A Handmaid's Tale to Jane Yolen's Briar Rose. Very readable, well-organised. About 150 books.

Archaeology in Fiction Bibliography (Anita G. Cohen-Williams): Author, title, publication info, brief description of setting and/or archaeological elements. Over 400 titles in four sections: General; Science Fiction; Lost Worlds/Lost Races; and Past Peoples. Compiled 1994.

What Should I Read Now? Tales of the Apocalypse: End of the World Fiction (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles, short summaries, publication years and webcat links for over 15 books and series, from Irving Bening's The Messiah Stones to Maria Doria Russell's The Sparrow and Children of God.

End of the World ... Apocalyptic Fiction (Kingston Frontenac Public Library, Ontario): Author, title, webcat link, for about 45 novels that speculate on the end of the world, from The Cockatrice boys by Joan Aiken to The day of the triffids by John Wyndham.

Apocalyptic and End of the World Fiction (Emptyworld): Author and title, listed alphabetically by title, for most, with links to reviews for some. About 180 fiction books and series listed in all. Same site offers lists of end-of-world TV series and films.

Final Frontier: Science Fiction from Canada (Vancouver Public Library): List of 10 books, with author, title, publication year, summary, and webcat link, from Arrowdreams : an anthology of alternate Canadas to Robert J. Sawyer's Starplex, and a list of 5 other Canadian science fiction writers (with webcat links).

Science Fiction and Fantasy Set in Texas (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, summary, and publication year for each of 13 books set in Texas.

Science-Fiction Set in Chicago (Anderson's Bookshop, IL): Author, title, publication year for about 100 science-fiction novels and short stories set in Chicago, Illinois.

Illinois Science Fiction and Science Fiction Authors (Northbrook Public Library, IL) : Lists about 15 titles, with author and summary, for science fiction books set in Illinois or written by Illinois authors. From Isaac Asimov's A Pebble in the Sky to Gene Wolfe's The Shadow of the Torturer.

Recommended Science Fiction (Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System, British Columbia): In three categories: Robots and Androids (about 20 titles, includes William Wu, Greg Benford, Isaac Asimov, Esther Friesner); Apocalypse (about 30 titles, includes Donald McQuinn, Elizabeth Hand, Gordon Dickson, MK Wren); Time Travel/Time Warp (about 25 titles, includes Allen Appel, David Gerrold, Linda Mason, Melanie Rawn). Author and title only, no summaries.

Science Fiction: Aliens (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN) : Author, title, webcatalog link for about 35 books about 'aliens, their civilizations, and their contact with us,' from Jack Anderson's Millennium to Cherry Wilder's The Luck of Brin's Five.

Aliens (State Library of Tasmania): Author and title only for about 30 novels featuring aliens, from Patricia Anthony's Brother Termite to John Wyndham's The Midwich cuckoos.

Science Fiction: Military (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN) : Author, title, webcatalog link for about 15 books of 'futuristic combat and soldierly camaraderie.'

Military Science-Fiction (Fiction Addiction LLC): Author and title, or title of first book in series, for about 15 military-science-fiction books and series, from Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series to David Webber's Honor Harrington series.

New Worlds of Science Fiction (Tempe Public Library, AZ): Author, title, summary for over 20 science-fiction novels in alphabetical order by title, from Balook by Piers Anthony to Wildside by Steven Gould.

Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction (Paul Brians): A supplement to Brian's book Nuclear Holocausts: Atomic War in Fiction, 1895-1984. Bibliography of works of apocalyptic fiction, many with summaries.

Space Operas (Fiction Addiction LLC): Author and title, or title of first book in series, for about 30 space opera books or series, from Iain Banks' Culture novels to Sean Williams and Shane Dix's Evergence series.

Space Opera (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN) : Author, title, webcatalog link for about 20 books, from Terry Bisson's Pirates of the Universe to Robert Silverberg's Starborne.

Star Trek: The Reading List (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): A 'comprehensive listing of professionally published Star Trek fiction -- novels and short-story collections.' Extensive. Some webcat links. Compiled 1993/1996; updated Nov. 2005.

Star Trek: An Annotated Bibliography (Nancy Anderson, Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped): Star Trek books/videos/cassettes listed in order alphabetically by title, with summary and series name included.

Star Wars: The Reading List (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Novels, short stories, and graphics novels in continuity order. Also the 6 official movies. Extensive. Some webcat links. Compiled 1997/1999; updated Dec. 2005.

Star Wars Novels (Wisconsin Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped): Star Wars novels, with summaries, chronology, series names, etc. Also short list of books based on the film series.

Science Fiction Movie Tie-Ins (Cleveland Public Library): Author, title, cover image, summary, webcat link, and publication info for about 10 books on which science fiction movies have been based, including Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep); Minority Report; Spawn; Nemesis; Planet of the Apes; X-Men 2; Hulk; Daredevil; and Terminator 3.

Book-A-Minute Science-Fiction: Extremely short versions of many fantasy and science fiction books, from Hitchhiker's Guide To the Galaxy by Douglas Adams to Heir To the Empire by Timothy Zahn.


Fantasy

What's Your Fantasy: A Selection of Fantasy Epics from Tolkien to Century's End (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Author, titles, publication info, short summary for about 50 fantasy series. Includes several series each by R. A. Salvatore, Margaret Weis/Tracy Hickman, Terry Brooks, Christopher Stasheff, David Eddings, and Raymond Feist; Katherine Kurtz and Deborah Turner Harris's The Adept series; Tom Deitz's David Sullivan series; Terry Pratchett's Discworld; Robert L. Asprin's comic Myth series; Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series; and many more.

What Should I Read Now? Talking Tolkien: Epic Fantasy Favorites (Tulsa City-County Library, OK): Provides authors, titles and webcat links for epic fantasies, including books and series by Lloyd Alexander, Terry Brooks, David Eddings, JV Jones, Tad Williams, Dennis McKiernan, Patricia McKillip, and others.

The Lost Race Theme in Adventure Fiction (Violet Books, Jessica Amanda Salmonson): EXTENSIVE list -- over 1,000 titles -- of 'lost race' fantasies, with detailed foreword. Author, title, publication info, and very brief summary or description of location and/or race. From Arthur a'Beckett's The Member for Wrottenborough, Passages from his Life in Parliament, which 'includes a satiric episode about an imaginary voyage to a woman-ruled island,' to Princess Vera Zarovitch's Mizora: A Prophecy etc., a feminist Hollow Earth utopian novel.

Fantasy Booklists (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for each book on each list. List titles are: Adventure Fantasy; African-American Fantasy/SF; Allegorical Fantasy; Anime/Manga; Anthropomorphic Fantasies (Talking Animals); Atlantis; Books That Never Were; Celtic/Gaelic/Welsh Tales; Children's Fantasy: Like Harry Potter; Comics/Graphic Novels; Dark Fantasy; Dragons; Dungeons and Dragons and Dice; Elfpunk/Urban Fantasy; Epic Fantasy; Fantasy Mysteries; Folk and Fairy Tales Retold; Historical Fantasy; Humorous Fantasy; King Arthur and Camelot; Media Fantasy; Modern Fables and Fairy Tales; Mostly Magical; Multicultural Fantasy; Mythic/Mythopoeic/High Fantasy; Otherworld Historical Fiction; Realm of Faerie; Science Fantasy; Shapechangers/Shapeshifters; Shared Worlds/Franchised Worlds; Short Stories; Sword and Sorcery; There and Back Again; Uneasy Lies the Head (Politics and War); Unicorns in the Garden; and Warrior Women.

Epic Fantasy (Boston Public Library): Lists 30 authors and their pertinent series/books.

Fantasy (Fairfax County Public Library, VA): 'This list is divided into the older, classic authors who had an influence on the genre, and those who are still producing valuable work today.' List of authors -- 10 classic authors and 17 current -- with titles and general description of work. Updated Sept. 2004.

Fantasy Series (El Dorado County Library, CA): Over 15 series listed, with author, some titles, short series description. From Orson Scott Card's Alvin Maker series to Piers Anthony's Xanth series.

Fairy Tales (Morton Grove Public Library, Morton Grove, IL): Over 20 books listed, with author and brief summary. Most are suitable for adults or young adults. Some are retellings of old fairy tales, some are originals.

Once Upon A Time: Fantasy/Fairy Tales for Adults (Mount Prospect Public Library, IL) : Author, title, summary of about 15 books, from Louisa May Alcott's Louisa May Alcott's Fairy Tales and Fantasy Stories to Jane Yolen's Briar Rose.

Authors of Fantasy (Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library, IN): List in alphabetical order by author, with titles listed and linked to a webcatalog. Series are well noted. Over 100 authors, from Lynn Abbey to Roger Zelazny. Updated Jan. 2003.

Recommended Fantasy (Thompson-Nicola Regional District Library System, British Columbia): In three categories: Saga, Myth and Legend (12 titles); Sword and Sorcery (about 25 titles); and the Faerie World (about 20 titles). Author and title only, no summaries.

Fantastical Fiction - Staff Picks (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary, and book cover image for about 15 fantasy novels and one story collection, including Terri Windling's The Wood Wife and Charles De Lint's Greenmantle.

Elves and Faeries (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN) : Author, title, webcatalog link for about 25 books about the place 'Where the lands of Faerie and our own converge.' from Margaret Ball's No Earthly Sunne to Terri Windling's Life on the Border.

Animals in Fiction and Fantasy (Vancouver Public Library): PDF format (2 pp.). Author, title, publication year, summary of about 15 novels about animals. From Paul Auster's Timbuktu: A Novel to Judith Tarr's Lady of Horses. Compiled Dec. 2001. Many fantasy titles.

Dragons (Reader's Advice): 'Fantasy and SF tales featuring dragons, friendly or fierce.' Author, title, and Amazon link for about 55 books (most in series), from Joanne Bertin's Dragonlord series to Lawrence Watt-Evans's Arlian series.

Historical Fantasy (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for about 90 books, from Poul Anderson's Mother of Kings to Sarah Zettel's Isavalta series.

Mythological Booklist: Fictional Retellings (James R. Greene): Author and title listed for fictional re-retellings of mythological stories, by Morgan Llewellyn, Mary Renault, Kenneth Flint, Mary Zimmer Bradley, Jane Yolen, TH White, Robert Graves, Kingsley Amis, John Champlin Gardner, Gillian Bradshaw, and many others.

Arthurian Booklist (Cindy Tittle Moore): Lists books concerned with the Arthurian legend in some way. Sections: Fiction, Poetry, Non-fiction and research, Medieval and early texts, Periodicals, Arthurian references (fictional), Celtic fiction, and Organizations. Author, title, publication info, some comments.

Arthur Rex: The Arthurian Legends in Fiction (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Over 75 titles, most in series (with series noted), with author, publication info, and summary for each title or series. From T.H. White's The Sword and the Stone (1939) to Cherith Baldry's Exiled from Camelot (2001).

King Arthur in Fact and Fiction (Winona Public Library, Minn.): Extensive, by author, listing title and year of publication.

Camelot (Halton Hills Public Library -- Georgetown, Ontario, CAN) : Author, title, webcatalog link for about 70 books, from A.A. Attanasio's The Eagle and the Sword to Janny Wurts's This Way Lies Camelot.

King Arthur and Camelot (Reader's Advice): Author, title, and Amazon link for almost 90 books, from TA Barron's The Lost Years of Merlin series to Persia Woolley's Guinevere trilogy.

Arthurian Fiction (Ricki Nordmeyer, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, and webcat link for about 35 tales in the King Arthur tradition, from Donald Barthelme's The King to Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon.

King Arthur in Literature (Wheaton Public Library, IL): Author, title, summary, and webcatalog link for books in these categories: Contemporary Fiction (26), Historical and Medieval Texts (3), Children's Books (5). Also webcatalog links to other Arthurian titles.

Of Swords and Sorcerers: Adventures of King Arthur and his knights (Johnson County Library, KS): Author, title, and webcat link for about 35 fiction titles and 8 non-fiction.

Arthurian Fiction (State Library of Tasmania): Author and title only for about 25 series/titles featuring King Arthur.

Arthurian Legends (AART, Rolling Meadows Library, IL): Author, title, publication year, and page count for 12 novels exploring the King Arthur legend, from Donald Barthelme's The King to Persia Woolley's Child of the Northern Spring. Also, Return to Camelot: More Arthurian Legends, with another 11 books listed, from Thomas Berger's Arthur Rex to T.H. White's The Once and Future King.

Robin Hood Booklist (Cindy Tittle Moore): Lists books concerned with the Robin Hood legend in some way, in categories of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction/research. Author, title, publication info, some comments.

IF YOU LIKE ROBERT JORDAN, then you might like ... (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, publication year, summary for over 15 books similar to Jordan's, from Terry Brooks' The Sword of Shannara to Janny Wurts' Curse of the Mistwraith.

If You Like Harry Potter, You May Like... (Waterboro Public Library): Annotated list of dozens of books for fans of Harry Potter, chosen for their similarities to the characters, events, style, etc., of the Potter series.


Time Travel and Alternate History

It's About Time: Tales of Time Travel (Lynne M. Kennedy, Sachem Public Library, Holbrook, NY): Title, author, publication info, short summary for each book. About 55 titles. Time travel romances are noted. Updated Feb. 2011.

Time Travel (Ricki Nordmeyer, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 30 books, in sub-categories of Science fiction, Fiction, and Romance.

Best Time Travel Books (Ann Arbor District Library, MI): 'According to writer, Charles Yu.' Author, title, publication year, cover image, and webcat link for about 35 books, including YA, children's and adult titles. A few duplicates on the list. Updated Aug. 2011.

Time Travel (Multnomah County Library, OR): Author, title, publication year, summary, and book cover image for about 15 books, from Isaac Asimov's The End of Eternity to Charles Yu's How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe.

Time is Relative: Time Travel (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): 'This list is comprised of novels or short story collections that feature time travel as a pivotal element.' Author and title only (some with webcat links) for about 400 books, from Peter Ackroyd's The Plato Papers: A Prophecy to Jerry Yulsman's Elleander Morning. Updated 2009.

Somewhere in Time: Time Travel Romance (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Author and title only (some with webcat links) for about 100 books. Nebraska authors noted. Compiled 1998, updated 2008.

Time Travel (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, cover image and webcat link for about 10 time travel novels.

Alternative History Series (Robert Schmunk, Uchronia): Good information on about 85 alternate history ('what if') series, from Robert Adams's Castaways in Time to George Zebrowski's Cliometricon.

Uchronia: The Alternative History List (Robert Schmunk, Uchronia): Good info on hundreds of novels and short stories featuring alternate histories, browsable by author's last name or searchable. Includes many non-English titles, too. Very nice site.

Alternate History (Hennepin County Library, MN): Author, title, cover image, webcat link and summary for more than 20 alternate history novels, from Paolo Bacigalupi's The Windup Girl to Jo Walton's Half a Crown.

Alternate History (San Antonio Public Library, TX): Author, title, summary, and publication year for 20 books, from Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle (1962) to David Harlan's The Shadow of Ararat and Brendan DuBois' Resurrection Day (both 1999).

The History of Our Future (Deb Warner, Durham County Library, NC): Author, title, paragraph-length summaries of 30 imagined future/science-fiction books. Included are Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale, Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower, Kathleen Ann Goonan's Queen City Jazz, Elizabeth Hand's The Glimmering, The apocalyptic Left Behind series, Fritz Leiber's The Green Millennium, and more. Updated Jan. 2009.

What If ... Alternate History (Springfield City Library, MA): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link and summary for 10 books, from Ben Bova's Triumph to Douglas Niles' Fox at the Front. Updated Sept. 2000.

What If? Alternate History (Michaela Haberkern, Skokie Public Library, IL): Author, title, pub. year, webcat link for about 30 books, from Ted Allbeury's Cold Tactics to War of the Worlds: Global Dispatches.


Utopias and Dystopias

Brave New Worlds (Pollard Memorial Library, Lowell, MA): 'An annotated list of utopias, dystopias, and near-future reads.' Author, title, summary for 12 novels that operate within, propose, or warn against a 'new world.' From Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid?s Tale to Plato's The Republic.

Dystopias (Harris County Public Library, Houston, TX): Dystopias are 'imaginary places where people lead dehumanized and often fearful lives.' Author, titles, summaries, webcat links, for about 20 dystopias from Margaret Atwood's The Handmaid's Tale to Will Weaver's Memory Boy.

Dystopian Literature (Marin County Free Library, CA): Author, title, summary, and webcat link for 10 books, from Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale to HG Wells' The Time Machine. Updated May 2004.

Heaven and Hell on Earth (Johnson County Library, KS): Utopias and dystopias in fiction (separate lists). Author, title, and webcat link for about 30 books total.


Cyberpunk and Steampunk

Steampunk refers to fiction that some call a 'retro version' of cyberpunk; it combines high-tech fantasy with Victorian-era settings.

20 Most Recommended Steampunk Novels (Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA): Author, title, and webcat link for each of 20 steampunk novels. Compiled April 2010.

Dark Futures: A Cyberpunk Booklist (Lincoln City Libraries, NE): Author, title, pub. year, and webcat link (for some) for about 70 titles, from Piers Anthony's Total Recall to Jack Womack's Ambient. Compiled Aug. 1992; updated Nov. 2004.