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Title: The List Forms of Fiction Class Kingston High School, May of 2008


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The ListForms of Fiction Class _at_ Kingston High
School, May of 2008
  • Sci-Fi

Interested in Fantasy? Click here.
Note This database was created with the
intention of providing future Forms of Fiction
students with a useful and diverse collection of
Sci-Fi works and our thoughts on them. Obviously
it is really not possible for two high school
students to put much of a dent into the vast
amount of Sci-Fi books in the world, so we ask
you no we beg you, to contribute your
knowledge to our meager lists and help this
simple PowerPoint become something more. The List
Creators, Jared Rusk Sara Hedlund
Warning Many of these works will never, ever be
accepted by the school district. We advise you to
read at your own risk. If youre not careful you
might learn something.
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Browse by Themes
Time Travel
Aliens
Space
Military/Political
Apocalyptic
Bio/Technological
Sociological
Sick of robots and technology? Go to the
fantasy
page.
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Time Travel
Major Theme
Works Included -Slaughterhouse-five -Doomsday
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Author Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse Five
Plot One of the worlds great anti-war books,
Vonnegut employs the black humor, satiric voice,
and incomparable imagination shown in many of his
novels. Centering on the infamous firebombing of
Dresden, Billy Pilgrims odyssey through time
reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured
lives as we search for meaning in what we hear
most.
Peer Reviews Creators A poignant and humorous
workVonneguts imagination is immense, carrying
Pilgrim from WWII trenches to being a main
attraction at a zoo on the planet of
Trafamadorewho coined the phrase so it goes.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,9
00784,00.html?internalidatb100
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Author Connie Willis
Doomsday Book
Plot a student in 2048 who is transported to an
English village in the 14th century. The student
arrives mistakenly on the eve of the onset of the
Black Plague. Her dealings with a family of
"contemps" in 1348 and with her historian cohorts
lead to complications as the book unfolds into a
surprisingly dark, deep conclusion. The book
draws upon Willis' understanding of the
universalities of human nature to explore the
ageless issues of evil, suffering and the
indomitable will of the human spirit.
Peer Reviews Creators Its won the awards so
technically it is goodnot for sci-fi fans who
prefer books like Enders Game since it switches
back and forth between past and future.I still
didnt enjoy, I felt it was missing something.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.scifi.com/sfw/issue430/classic.html
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Click anywhere to continue to Space
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Space
Major Theme
Works Included -Hitchhikers Guide to the
Galaxy -Rendezvous with Rama -Hyperion
Cantos -Ilium/Olympos
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Author Douglas Adams
Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
Plot Hapless Arthur Dent and his friend Ford
Prefect, who turns out to be an alien, hitch a
ride off Earth shortly before it's demolished to
make way for an interstellar bypass.  Don't
panic!  They survive a series of adventures
including horrendous Vogon poetry, and, against
all probability, are picked up by crazy,
two-headed, Galactic President Zaphod Beeblebrox
and Trillian in the stolen secret starship Heart
of Gold.  They meet Marvin, a hopelessly
depressed android, and smart mice while seeking
the Question to the Ultimate Answer of  "42".
Peer Reviews Creators Britishhilarious, and
slightly twisted ex. whale falls from sky finds
out who he is then promptly dies from the fall
but done amusingly and so hard to accurately
describeworth every minute though the sequels
could be missed (best movie version done by BBC).
A satire on pulp SF. Its hilarious and
completely random. Douglas Adams can just go into
random paragraphs about some random object with a
small part to the story.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.powells.com/biblio/9780345391803
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Rendezvous with Rama
Author Arthur C. Clarke
Plot Rendezvous with Rama is a novel by Arthur
C. Clarke first published in 1972. Set in the
22nd century, the story involves a
thirty-mile-long cylindrical alien starship that
passes through Earth's solar system. The story is
told from the point of view of a group of human
explorers, who intercept the ship in an attempt
to unlock its mysteries.
Peer Reviews Creators Another of my childhood
bedtime stories. Really strange. Definitely a
mind blower.
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Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.sfreviews.net/rama.html
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Hyperion Cantos
Author Dan Simmons
Plot On the eve of Armageddon, with the entire
galaxy at war, seven pilgrims set forth on a
final voyage to Hyperion seeking the answers to
the unsolved riddles of their lives. Each carries
a desperate hope--and a terrible secret. And one
may hold the fate of humanity in his hands.
Peer Reviews Creators This is the most epic
series I have ever read. It has everything.
Philosophy, War, Sex, Religion anything you could
want is in here. However if you were to only read
2 of the four books I would suggest the second 2
(Endymion and The Rise. Next page).
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.scifi.com/sfw/issue52/excess.htm
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Endymion/Rise Of Endymion
Plot As a final genocidal Crusade threatens to
enslave humanity forever, a new messiah has come
of age. Now her protector, Raul Endymion,
one-time shepherd and convicted murderer, must
help her deliver her startling message to her
growing army of disciples. But first they must
embark on a final spectacular mission to discover
the underlying meaning of the universe itself.
They have been followed on their journey by the
mysterious Shrike--monster, angel, killing
machine--who is about to reveal the long-held
secret of its origin and purpose. And on the
planet of Hyperion, where the story first began,
the final revelation will be delivered--an
apocalyptic message that unlocks the secrets of
existence and the fate of humankind in the
galaxy.
Author Dan Simmons
Peer Reviews Creators These are incredible
books. Theyve had a huge impact on my life. Am I
a nerd? Probably.
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Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.mostlyfiction.com/scifi/simmons.
htm
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Ilium/Olympos
Author Dan Simmons
Plot The series centers on three main character
groups that of the scholic Hockenberry, Helen
and Greek and Trojan warriors from the Iliad
Daeman, Harman, Ada and the other humans of a
distopian Earth and the moravecs, a race of
literature loving robots, specifically Mahnmut
the Europan and Orphu of Io.
Peer Reviews Creators Breathtaking,
awe-inspiring, splendid, superb, impressive, read
it.
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Read a review from outside of this
class http//blogs.epicindia.com/kanjisheik/2006/
06/series_review_ilium_olympos_by_1.html
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Click anywhere to continue to Apocalyptic
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Apocalyptic
Major Theme
Works Included -I am Legend -Dhalgren -The Far
Side of Evil -Swan Song
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I Am Legend
Author Richard Matheson
Plot A terrible plague has decimated the world,
and those who were unfortunate enough to survive
have been transformed into blood-thirsty
creatures of the night. Except, for Robert
Neville. He alone appears to be immune to this
disease, but the grim irony is that now he is the
outsider. He is the legendary monster who must be
destroyed because he is different from everyone
else. Employs a stark, almost documentary style.
Peer Reviews I think that I am Legend should be
in the Forms of Fiction program. It is a great
book that isnt too over the top.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.scifi.com/sfw/books/classic/sfw13516.ht
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Author Samuel R. Delany
Dhalgren
Plot Bellona is a city at the dead center of the
United States. Something has happened thereThe
population has fled. Madmen and criminals wander
the streets. Strange portents appear in the
cloud-colored sky. Into this disaster zone comes
a young man who has forgotten his name. Tackling
questions of race, gender, and sexuality, the
book is also a work of American magical realism.
Peer Reviews Creators Not for the faint of
heart, almost 700 pages of sc-fi prose. Details
abound, yet for some reason we couldnt put it
down. The plot, not that there is much of one,
takes weird unexpected turns. Since it challenges
race, gender, and sexuality, it is for mature
audiences only, so beware of practically anything
imaginable.
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http//www.scifi.com/sfw/books/classic/sfw7098.htm
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Author Sylvia Louise Engdahl
The Far Side of Evil
Plot Elana is sent to a world whose people may
soon destroy their civilization. Since not enough
is understood about the situation to justify any
interference, the Service has no power to act.
This passive role proves intolerable to the
young, inexperienced agent assigned to the same
city as Elana, a city under totalitarian rule. He
identifies with the natives and unwittingly
endangers the entire world by an attempt to
intervene. Forced to assume responsibility for
undoing the damage, Elana finds that only she can
prevent an immediate war of annihilation.
Peer Reviews Creators I remember this as being
goodyears since I read it though and since it
came out (written in the 70s) a YA book simply
for writing style though contains psychological
and social questionsgripping and dark at the
same time but always at a YA level.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.sylviaengdahl.com/reviews.htmfsoe
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Swan Song
Author Robert McCammon
Plot An ancient evil roams the desolate
landscape of an America ravaged by nuclear war.
He is the Man with the Scarlet Eye, a malevolent
force that feeds on the dark desires of the
countless followers he has gathered into his
service. His only desire is to find a special
child named Swan -- and destroy her. But those
who would protect the girl are determined to
fight for what is left of the world?and their
souls. In a wasteland born of rage, populated by
monstrous creatures and marauding armies, the
last survivors on earth have been drawn into the
final battle between good and evil that will
decide the fate of humanity....
Peer Reviews Creators Another epic, sweeping
tale. Pretty intense. Hard to put down. The
ending is awesome.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//tal.forum2.org/swansong
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Click anywhere to continue to Aliens
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Aliens
Major Theme
Works Included -War of the Worlds
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Author H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds
Plot This is the granddaddy of all alien
invasion stories, first published by H.G. Wells
in 1898. The novel begins ominously, as the lone
voice of a narrator tells readers that "No one
would have believed in the last years of the
nineteenth century that this world was being
watched keenly and closely by intelligences
greater than man's..."
Peer Reviews If you can wait till past the
first one third of the book you will like it a
lot.
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Read a review from outside of this
class books.guardian.co.uk/review/story/0,12084,7
79530,00.html
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Click anywhere to continue to Military/Political
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Major Theme
Military/Political
Works Included -Dune -Enders Game -Enders
Shadow
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Author Frank Herbert
Dune
Plot Tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet
called Arrakis. The troubles begin when
stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the
Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House
Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up
their privilege, though, and through sabotage and
treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides, the
product of a very long-term genetic experiment
designed to breed a super human, out into the
planet's harsh environment to die. There he falls
in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers
who become the basis of the army with which he
will reclaim what's rightfully his. He might be a
messiah.
Peer Reviews Creators A little dry, very
political, pretty epic. Dune was by far the
best book I have ever read. I recommend it to
anyone and everyone.
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Read a review from outside of this
class blogcritics.org/archives/2005/08/10/234037.
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Author Orson Scott Card
Enders Game
Plot It is set in Earth's future where mankind
has barely survived two invasions by the
"buggers", an insectoid alien race, and the
International Fleet is preparing for war. In
order to find and train the eventual commander
for the anticipated third invasion, the world's
most talented children, including the
extraordinary Ender Wiggin, are taken into Battle
School at a very young age.
Peer Reviews Creators Everyone loves this book
except Sara. Deals with lots of really
interesting philosophical concepts. Fun for
Sociological readers and Military fans. Loved
it, read the whole series loved those too. Can be
confusing but everything works out in the
end. Timeless and mind blowing
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http//www.sfreviews.net/endersgame.html
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Author Orson Scott Card
Enders Shadow
Plot Bean is an orphan living in the hellish
streets of a future Rotterdam. Being
hyper-intelligent but extremely young, Bean's
experiences all center around his need for food.
His incredible mind, creativity, and
determination bring him to the attention of a nun
recruiting children to fight a war against the
Buggers. At the training facility Bean meets
Ender Wiggin, upon whom the fate of the world has
been rested. From hacking through the system's
computers, to drafting Ender's famous Dragon
Army, Bean becomes Ender's friend.
Peer Reviews Excellent, make you think I
would recommend it to all readers
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Read a review from outside of this class
www.curledup.com/endersh.html
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Click anywhere to continue to Bio/Technological
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Bio/Technological
Major Theme
Includes sub-genres like cyberpunk
Works Included -Neuromancer -Galapagos -Snow
Crash -I, Robot -The house Of The
Scorpion -Frankenstein -Dolphin Island
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Author William Gibson
Neuromancer
Plot Gibsons Neuromancer is technology based
sci-fi story based in a society of shanty towns,
dilapidated metropolises, a three-dimensional
virtual landscape created by networked computers,
through which bandit hackers roam like high
plains drifters. When one such hacker, Case, gets
banned from cyberspace, he'll do anything to get
back in, including embarking on a near-suicidal
cyber-assault on an all but unhackable artificial
intelligence.
Peer Reviews Creators A gritty, fast paced
read with lots of sex, drugs, violence and
metaphors. Creates astounding imagery of a
seriously screwed up, corporately controlled
America that seems awfully familiar. A truly
deserving winner of the top science-fiction
awards.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//search.barnesandnoble.com/Neuromancer/Willi
am-Gibson/e/9780441569595/?itm1
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Galapagos
Author Kurt Vonnegut
Plot Galápagos is the story of a small band of
mismatched humans who get shipwrecked in the
Galápagos Islands after a global financial crisis
has crippled the world's economy. Shortly
thereafter, a disease renders all humans on earth
infertile, with the exception of the people on
Santa Rosalía. Over the next million years, their
descendants, the only fertile humans left on the
planet, eventually evolve into a species
resembling seals.
Peer Reviews Read it for author study, great
read for free thinker
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www.3ammagazine.com/magazine/issue_3/articles/book
_reviews_kurt_vonnegut.html
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Dolphin Island
Author Arthur C. Clarke
Plot Johny Clinton is a stow away on a cargo
hovership that crashes in the pacific ocean. He
is saved by a group of dolphins and taken to an
island off of Australia's great barrier reef.
There Johnny becomes involved with the work of a
strange and fascinating research community where
a brilliant professor tries to communicate with
dolphins.
Peer Reviews Creators My daddy used to read
this to me every night. Probably my first Sci-Fi.
Interesting stuff. Fun read.
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http//www.amazon.com/review/RFCKLXWVJQ88L?ASIN04
2507143XnodeID
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Author Neal Stephenson
Snow Crash
Plot Hiro Protagonist is a freelance hacker and
unemployed pizza deliveryman lost in a
post-lapsarian, hyper-capitalist future America
in which the central government has withered
away, leaving behind a landscape of gated
communities and endless strip malls lined with
cookie-cutter retail franchises. When a virulent
computer virus (or is it a drug? or a religion?)
called Snow Crash gets loose and somehow starts
infecting humans, Hiro tries to save both the
real world and cyberspace
Peer Reviews Creators A strange work that
combines, cyberspace, thriller, and Sumerian
myth. May be graphic from some, but Stephenson
portrays a interesting a far too familiar
world.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,8
00425,00.html?internalidatb100
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Author Isaac Asimov
I, Robot
Plot I, Robot is a collection of nine English
language science fiction short stories The
stories are woven together as if Dr Susan Calvin
is telling them to a reporter (the narrator) in
the 21st century. Though the stories can be read
separately, they share a theme of the interaction
of humans, robots and morality, and when combined
they tell a larger story of Asimov's fictional
history of robotics.
Peer Reviews Creators A seminal collection of
Sci-Fi shorts that has helped to shape the genre
as we know it. Deals heavily with the ethics and
philosophies of artificial intelligence. Very
original thinking, deeper meaning and still
ground-breaking. Sometimes dull, sometimes
amazingly interesting. Its not bad. Good book.
Im usually more interested in fantasy and
probably wouldnt have read it if I hadnt had
to, but I enjoyed it. I really liked this
book. Its great though for those that will
find it interesting. Best robot book ever, it
covers all the bases that I had questions about
robots I, Robot is a pretty sick book. I like
it, and think it should stay in the program.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.scifi.com/sfw/issue88/classic.html
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I, Robot Reviews (continued)
  • Ive only watched the movie, and so far, I dont
    like the book,
  • -boring-.
  • The movie was awesome, and so is the book. Kids
    will enjoy reading the this because many already
    know the story.

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Author Nancy Farmer
The House of Scorpion
Plot Matteo Alacran was not born he was
harvested. His DNA came from El Patron, lord of a
country called Opium a strip of poppy fields
laying between the United States and what was
once called Mexico. He is a boy now, but most
consider him a monster except El Patron. As
Matt struggles to understand his existence, a
sinister cast of characters threatens him,
including El Patrons power hungry family. Escape
is the only chance Matt has to survive.
Unfortunately, escape from the Alacran Estate is
no guarantee of freedom because Matt is marked by
his difference in ways he doesnt even expect.
Peer Reviews Creators Though it is a YA novel
its defiantly a good read for all ages and is
guaranteed make you appreciate your life for at
least a few short hours. I remember it being
riveting, and disturbing but not overly so,
slightly detached narrative with a seemingly
rushed and simplistic ending.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.powells.com/biblio/0689852231
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Author Mary Shelley
Frankenstein
Plot A young Swiss student discovers the secret
of animating lifeless matter and, by assembling
body parts, creates a monster who vows revenge on
his creator after being rejected from society.
Peer Reviews Creators A good read but not one
of my favorites. For people who can handle the
outdated way of writing and long passages.
Deviates greatly from the movie versions. Ex. the
Creature can communicate, has thoughts, etc.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.librarything.com/work/8294
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Click anywhere to continue to Sociological
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Sociological
Major Theme
Includes Dystopian novels
  • Works Included
  • -1984
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Brave New World
  • Fahrenheit 451
  • A Handmaids Tale
  • The Light of Other Days

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Author George Orwell
1984
Plot an English novel about life in an
authoritarian regime as lived by Winston Smith,
an intellectual worker at the Ministry of Truth,
and his degradation when he runs afoul of the
totalitarian government of Oceania, the state in
which he lives in the year that he presumes is
1984
Peer Reviews Creators An engaging read, a fav
of mineand disturbing since many of the ideas
outlined in the book seemed to have partially
come to pass, or are seeable in the near
futuregiving up of basic rights for
safetycomplete with a typical dystopian
ending.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,8
00425,00.html?internalidatb100
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Author Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange
Plot In Anthony Burgesss nightmare vision of
the future, where criminals take over after dark,
the story is told by the central character, Alex,
who talks in a brutal invented slang that renders
his and his friends social pathology. The book
is a frightening fable about good and evil, and
the meaning of human freedom. When the state
undertakes to reform Alex to redeem him, the
novel asks, At what cost?
Peer Reviews Creators Powerful and
compellingFor very mature audiences onlyafter
all, Burgess creates a world where
ultraviolence is the narrators favorite thing
to do.not for the faint of heart, must learn and
read in invented slang. If you decide to read
itmake sure you have a copy with 21 chapters,
some U.S. versions contain only 20 that actually
change the books message.
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,8
29950,00.html?internalidatb100
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Author Aldous Huxley
Brave New World
Plot The novel takes place in a world of
tomorrow in which capitalist civilization has
been reconstituted through the most efficient
scientific and psychological engineering , where
the people are genetically designed to be
passive, consistently useful to the ruling class.
Peer Reviews Creators Pretty much your typical
dystopian Sci-Fi, of course it is one of the
first. A disheartening look at the capitalist and
government, control is exerted on the populace
through drugs, sex, and sports. Most often read
in conjunction with 1984 and Animal Farm.
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http//search.barnesandnoble.com/Brave-New-World-a
nd-Brave-New-World-Revisited/Aldous-Huxley/e/97800
60535261TABS
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Author Ray Bradbury
Fahrenheit 451
Plot Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in
the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian
regime are burned. The hero, a book burner,
suddenly discovers that books are flesh and
blood, ideas that cry out silently when put to
the torch. 
Peer Reviews Creators My mothers a librarian
and I have lived with books, so it hits a little
closer to home than others. An intriguing social
commentary, that is slightly reminiscent of
1984.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//library.thinkquest.org/18802/fahren.htm
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Author Margaret Atwood
A Handmaids Tale
Plot In the Republic of Gilead, formerly the
United States, far-right ideals have been carried
to extremes in the monotheocratic government.
Women are strictly controlled, unable to have
jobs or money and assigned to various classes
the chaste, childless Wives the housekeeping
Marthas and the reproductive Handmaids. The tale
is told by Offred (read "of Fred"), a Handmaid
who recalls the past and tells how the chilling
society came to be.
Peer Reviews Creators A deeply disturbing
book for mature audiences only since there is
material that for some ages, could be considered
objectionable. I enjoyed the feminist viewpoint
of the societies birth next to the average
citizens viewpoint. A surprisingly happy
ending for a dystopian novel. Atwood is a master
of simplistic yet meaningful writing that kept me
reading. Written in the 60s, many concerns are
still poignant (i.e. credit cards, and
identification devices).
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Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.nytimes.com/books/00/03/26/specials/mcc
arthy-atwood.html
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Author Arthur C. Clarke Stephen Baxter
The Light of Other Days
Plot The Light of Other Days follows a soulless
tech billionaire (sort of an older, more
crotchety Bill Gates), a soulful muckraking
journalist, and the billionaire's two (separated
since birth) sons. It's 2035, and all four hold
ringside seats at the birth of a new
paradigm-destroying technology, a system of
"WormCams," harnessing the power of wormholes to
see absolutely anyone or anything, anywhere, at
any distance (even light years away). As if that
weren't enough, the sons eventually figure out
how to exploit a time-dilation effect, allowing
them to use the holes to peer back in time.
Peer Reviews Creators A seriously awesome
book. Ive got nothing else to say. Just read it.
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class http//www.sfsite.com/06a/lod82.htm
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The List Forms of Fiction Class _at_ Kingston High
School, May of 2008
  • Fantasy

Note I hate to say it but Fantasy really isnt
our thing, so this section of The List needs
extra help. The List Creators, Jared Sara
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Author J.R.R. Tolkien
The Hobbit/Lord of the Rings
Plot The prequel and subsequent series deals
with the movement of the ring from the creature
Gollum to the Hobbits of the Shire. Then, when
the evil ruler Sauron begins to gain power, it
follows the Fellowship of the Rings journey to
destroy the ring and thereby free the land from
Saurons grip. Can be interpreted as an anti-war
novel.
Peer Reviews Creators Its the Lord of the
Rings, what do you want? For the Hobbit This
book will be a migraine if you dislike books
written with an old-fashioned tone. It is not
very action-packed, filled with more gentle humor
and such than fighting. I think that readers
will like the transformation of Bilbo Baggins
from scared and adventure less to confident and
heroic/hero. The book was entertaining and
always kept me on edge. Kids in the next years
will enjoy this book. Read many times before
but I still love the book adventure The
Hobbit is okay I guess. Not my personal favorite
but oh well. I think the Hobbit is lametoo
much explaining, not enough action. I didnt
hate it reallybut I would have had more fun
lighting it on fire than reading it.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,8
00425,00.html?internalidatb100
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Reviews for the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings
(continued)
  • For the Lord of the Rings
  • excellent book and details, makes it come to
    life.
  • a little boring in parts, but good.
  • I thought it was a little dull and didnt
    necessarily enjoy it.
  • Great book, a classic. Havent really read a
    book I didnt like.

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Author Liz Williams
Nine Layers of Sky
Plot Elena Irinovns life changes yet again when
she crosses paths with Ilya Muromyets, an
eight-hundred-year-old hero turned heroin addict,
dreaming of a death that never comes. They are
brought together by a strange artifact Elena
finds. The enigmatic object offers a glimpse into
another dimension, creating a dangerous breach in
a world thought she knew... Fighting their own
inner demons as well as those from across the
breach, Ilya and Elena embark on a harrowing trip
between nations and worlds.
Peer Reviews Creators crosses into
SFbeautifully written with an oh so strange
setting (Russia), at least strange for sci-fi or
fantasy.and yet, also strangely enjoyable even
though I dont really care for fantasy books that
much.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.scifi.com/sfw/issue333/books2.html
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His Dark Materials
Author Philip Pullman
The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The
Amber Spyglass
Plot The trilogy follows the coming-of-age of
two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as
they wander through a series of parallel
universes against a backdrop of epic events. The
story involves fantasy elements such as witches
and armored polar bears, and alludes to a broad
range of ideas from fields such as physics,
philosophy, theology and spirituality. The
trilogy functions in part as a retelling and
inversion of John Milton's epic, Paradise Lost
Pullman commends humanity for its attainment of
wisdom and knowledge rather than condemning it.
Peer Reviews Creators I loved reading
these.YA yet many different levels,
dust/original sin, physics, and culminating with
quotes from great literary figures Dickinson and
Blake. Well-written and gripping and can intrigue
beyond a YA audience. Just dont see the
moviethe books are SO much better.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-descripti
on/0345413350/refdp_proddesc_0?ieUTF8n283155s
books
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Vampire Chronicles
Author Ann Rice
Plot The Vampire Chronicles is a series of
novels by Anne Rice that revolves around the
fictional character Lestat de Lioncourt, a French
nobleman made into a vampire in the 18th century.
Peer Reviews Good overall story, but I hated
how descriptive it was. A heavily descriptive
but really good read if you are into Vampires.
But you may want to be wide awake when you read,
because some parts are very confusing due to her
use of vocabulary.
Read a review from outside of this
class www.sffworld.com/brev/si633p0.html
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A Great and Terrible Beauty
Author Libba Bray
Plot A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic
mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of
girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly
fantasy--jumble them all together and you have
this complicated and unusual first novel.
Peer Reviews Fiction, adventure and magic, I
would recommend this book.
Read a review from outside of this class
http//www.amazon.com/gp/product/product-descripti
on/0345413350/refdp_proddesc_0?ieUTF8n283155s
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The Thousand Orcs
Author R.A. Salvatore
Plot As always, old enemies and new emerge from
the shadows to threaten our heroes. Emboldened by
a dark alliance with the deadly frost giants, an
orcish horde is massing quietly, waiting with
uncharacteristic patience to move against
dwarves, elves, and humans alike. Meanwhile,
Bruenor, sensing that his adventures will come to
an end once he takes the throne, coaxes his
friends back onto the road, all the while unaware
of the powerful forces gathering strength by the
roadside.
Peer Reviews Far into the series. Orcs attack a
kingdom and the main character, a dark elf, has
to fight them I dont recommend reading
Salvatore. BORING!!! Though I havent read this
particular novel Salvatore is an amazing author
fully capable of describing intense battles, epic
landscapes, and ancient lore. As for the review
above mine, it helps to read more than the first
couple of pages of a novel in order to grasp its
full literary merit.
Read a review from outside of this
class www.fantasybookspot.com/node/
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The Iron Tower
Author Dennis L. McKiernan
Plot An unnaturally long and bitter winter has
fallen over all of Mithgar, and there are rumors
of Vulg attacks on Warrow farms. So in the
Boskydells, all young male Warrows are training
to become Thornwalkers and watch over their
homeland. Tuck Underbank, Danner Bramblethorn and
several others pack up and depart, leaving behind
Tuck's dammia (girlfriend/lover) and all their
families.
Peer Reviews This is one of my favorite books.
It is kinda based on the Lord of the Rings
series, it has a bunch of the same elves,
dwarves, and hobbit like creatures, but I enjoyed
it a lot more.
Read a review from outside of this
class www.sffworld.com/brev/si609p0.html
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The Lies of Locke Lamora
Author Scott Lynch
Plot Orphan Locke Lamore is sold into a crew of
con artists and thieves on a distant world. Soon,
his natural gifts make him an underworld
celebrity, leader of the flamboyant Gentlemen
Bandits. However, someone is coveting Lockes
talents, success, and very life, forcing him to
put everything on the line to protect himself.
This debut novel received lavish praise.
Peer Reviews This is the first of the trilogy.
It probably wouldnt be allowed because of
language, but it is still a good book.
Read a review from outside of this
class http//grumpyoldbookman.blogspot.com/2006/0
3/scott-lynch-lies-of-locke-lamora.html
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The Dark Tower Series
Author Stephen King
Plot A prolific series that follows Sir Roland
of Gilead, the last Gunslinger, on his quest for
the Dark Tower.
Peer Reviews Creators Not your everyday
fantasy, but it definitely has all the elements.
Sort of a modern, magical, Sci-Fi, western. I
recommend giving it a try. Its well worth it.
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.sfsite.com/07b/gu156.htm
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Weaveworld
Author Clive Barker
Plot WEAVEWORLD is an epic adventure of the
imagination. It begins with a carpet in which a
world of rapture and enchantment is hiding a
world which comes to life, alerting the dark
forces and beginning a desperate battle to
preserve the last vestiges of magic which
Humankind still has access to. WEAVEWORLD is a
book of visions and horrors, a story of quest,
titanic struggles, of love and of hope. It is a
triumph of imagination and storytelling, an
adventure, a nightmare, a promise
Peer Reviews Creators This is a classic Barker
book. Very strange and beautiful.
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.amazon.com/Weaveworld-Clive-Bark
er/dp/0671704184
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The Great and Secret Show
Author Clive Barker
Plot Nebraska postal clerk Randolph Jaffe works
in the Dead Letter Room, opening and inspecting
loads of undeliverable U.S. mail. Soon, through a
series of cryptic dead letters, he taps into an
ethereal network of mysterious revelations which
provides access to enormous power channels. The
customary battle of light forces versus dark
forces commences, with greedy Jaffe heading the
latter, and mad yet philanthropic scientist
Richard Fletcher representing the former.
Peer Reviews Creators This is the first barker
book I ever read and I was hooked. Not for the
faint of heart.
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.amazon.com/Great-Secret-Show-Cli
ve-Barker/dp/006093316X
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Galilee
Author Clive Barker
Plot The Geary dynasty has reigned over American
society for decades but it is a family with dark
secrets, for the Gearys are at war with the
Barbarossas, a clan whose timeless origins lie in
myth. Now their battle is about to escalate as
Galilee, the prodigal prince of the Barbarossa
clan meets Rachel, young bride of the Geary's own
scion Mitchell, and they fall in love, unleashing
long-simmerig hatreds. Brooding, southern gothic
epic of the struggle mutual destruction of 2
familes.
Peer Reviews Creators Though it may not seem
very fantastical at first it really is. Just give
it time and enjoy.
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.sfsite.com/fsf/1999/dw9907.htm
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Imajica
Author Clive Barker
Plot Beginning with his halting a murder attempt
on the life of his former lover, Judith, Gentle
(a skilled artist whose greatest talent is in
producing forgeries of classic works) is drawn
into a journey of discovery, fantasy, sex, and
horrors. Along with the assassin Pie 'Oh' Pah,
Gentle travels across the four reconciled
dominions searching ostensibly for the soul of
his friend Taylor, and in the process he uncovers
his true character.
Peer Reviews Creators This is one of the
greatest books Ive ever read. Its 825 pages but
there is no way you can put it down. This is not
your average fantasy epic either. There are no
elves or goblins or any of that crap, just magic
at its most spectacular. Read it if you think you
can handle it
Read a review from outside of this
class http//www.flowerfire.com/seized/reviews/im
ajica_cory_l__williams.html
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