With his debut novel, Weir deftly balanced a truly thrilling story of survival with laugh-out-loud doses of black humor and real, cutting edge science. One of the seminal works of cyberpunk, Neuromancer taps into the counterculture movements and excitement about computers found in the s to tell a story of a world where hackers and cyborgs work together to perform daring heists against massive corporations.
The works of Margaret Atwood rarely, if ever, fit neatly into the confines of any particular genre. Taking issues of inequality, climate change, and corporate power to bleak and terrifying conclusions, Atwood creates a powerfully imaginative and disconcertingly plausible dystopia that is as thought-provoking as it is difficult to put down. Williams weaves great SF and fantasy settings into his virtual world, making it a fun read for the well-read! When Lee Suh-Mi offered a chance to escape the over-populated, polluted planet of Earth, Renata Ghali followed her into the unknown, along with hundreds of other hopeful colonists.
Years later, however, Lee Suh-Mi has disappeared into a mysterious alien structure, and Ren is harboring a secret that may tear the colony apart. When Lindberg starts a cozy relationship with Adolf Hitler, Young Philip Roth and his family watch as the America they thought they knew swiftly descends into fascism and anti-Semitism. This is a sobering look at the politics of fear and hatred, and a warning of the dangers of demagoguery. While best known for his Thomas Covenant epic fantasy, Donaldson has also written one of the best science fiction stories.
The Real Story and its four sequels are riveting. Nothing is quite what it seems and the gritty, complex characters drive a narrative where anything is possible. A breakout author in recent years! The story of slave Darrow rising above his status to take on his overlords is new and fresh and is filled with amazingly-wrought characters and action-packed sequences.
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The classic about a crew of humans and aliens investigating a massive ring built around a sunlike star is so influential that theoretical alien megastructures have come to be called Niven rings. Shikasta is the first in her Canopus in Argos series, a sequence of five science fiction novels examining the ways in which societies evolve. Shikasta is written as an archival history of a thinly-veiled Earth and its development through the influences of three advanced alien civilizations, especially the Canopus, who try to steer humanity away from mass destruction and a third World War.
Gutsy, strange, and sympathetic, Slaughterhouse-Five is Vonnegut at his best. The first book in The Themis Files trilogy, which was completed this year, examines how the discovery of an ancient alien artifact on earth affects both individuals and the world. Both a spoof on cyberpunk tropes and an entertaining story in its own right, Snow Crash follows the adventures of Hiro Protagonist and Yours Truly as they try to uncover the cause of a virus infecting hackers that may be connected to the Tower of Babel.
Stephenson combines excellent world building with research into linguistics and history.
Check it out soon as an Amazon television show based on the book is in the works. My personal favorite book on this list. The Sparrow is a profoundly empathetic novel about a Jesuit mission to an inhabited planet. This book moved me to tears. Beginning with a computer error in a laboratory that releases a global pandemic, King builds an epic story of survival, resilience, and the ultimate struggle of good vs.
It melds elements of horror, fantasy, and post-apocalyptic sci-fi into a 1, page doorstop of a novel that cemented Stephen King as the pre-eminent horror writer of his generation. A flu pandemic devastates humanity, killing off almost everyone and bringing modern civilization to a grinding halt. Station Eleven explores the first days of the epidemic, as well as the future it created. This oddly optimistic work of apocalyptic literature teaches us that survival alone is insufficient, and that we must have art to give it meaning.
Despite his relatively small body of work, Ted Chiang has made a serious impression on the science fiction landscape. A seminal, genre-defining work and a perfect distillation of the ways in which speculative fiction examines what it is to be human. This is the story of a human man raised by Martians, entirely isolated from his own species — and on his return to Earth, he finds he has just as much to learn from humanity as he does to teach them. Survival , the first book in the Species Imperative trilogy, is the story of a Mackenzie Connor, a biologist in the Pacific Northwest who finds herself drawn into an interstellar interspecies conflict when an envoy from an alien species who hopes she can help him determine the fate of a mysterious dead zone in space known as the Chasm.
Ky Vatta is the only girl in a family of sons, and the only one to ditch the family business of trade in favor of a military career.
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When Staff Sergeant Torin Kerr and her platoon are pulled from leave for a supposedly easy mission, they have no idea that they are about to walk into a conflict greater than any they had faced before. Two lovers are separated in a world of mutant meerkats, decadent cities, and underworld labyrinths full of stitched-together monsters in this classic work of unclassifiable but brilliant literature from Southern Reach trilogy Jeff VanderMeer.
Viriconium is the story of a city, or rather, versions of the same city. The lack of consistent records precluded use of routine inspection procedures and raised a variety of questions concerning management and fiscal controls. There are just two individuals in TSD who have full substantive knowledge of the program and most of that knowledge is unrecorded.
In protecting both the sensitive nature of the American intelligence capability to manipulate human behavior, they apply " need to know " doctrine to their professional associates and to their clerical assistants to a maximum degree. Note: Why did only two people have full substantive knowledge of the program? Could it be that sex abuse and political manipulations behind the scenes were so severe that no one was to be trusted? Do you think we could trust those two individuals? CIA Director Richard Helms, upon hearing there would be a Congressional investigation, ordered the destruction of all documents from these unethical and at times illegal mind control programs in He did not realize, however, that incriminating evidence remained in the financial files of the agency, which are what you read here.
We can only imagine what secrets the destroyed documents held. We intend to investigate the development of a chemical material which causes a reversible non-toxic aberrant mental state, the specific nature of which can be reasonably well predicted for each individual. This material could potentially aid in discrediting individuals, eliciting information, implanting suggestion and other forms of mental control.
In a great many instances the work in field a must be conducted by individuals who are not and should not be aware of our interest. In all cases dealing with field b , it is mandatory that any connections with the Agency should be known only to an absolute minimum number of people who have been specifically cleared for this purpose.
Experience has shown that qualified, competent individuals in the field of pharmacological, physiological, psychiatric and other biological sciences are most reluctant to enter into signed agreements of any sort which connect them with this activity since such a connection would jeopardize their professional reputations. Even internally in CIA, as few individuals as possible should be aware of our interest in these fields and of the identity of those who are working for us.
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At present, this results in ridiculous contracts, with cut-outs, which do not spell out the scope or intent of the work. Note: In the three CD set, this document is found appended to document on pp. Drug Project - A project in the isolation and synthesis of pure drugs for use in effecting psychological entry and control of the individual. Drugs and electricity - Research work on the effects of lysergic acid [LSD] on animals. Use of electric shock and the encephalograph in interrogation.
Particular emphasis on the detection and prior use of electric shock and the 'guaranteed amnesia' resulting from electric shock. Hypnosis - Investigation of the possibilities of hypnotic and post-hypnotic control. Q: What are your experiences in general with hypnotism? A: I have been a professional hypnotist for at least 15 years.
At present, I am employed on a very confidential basis two days a week. Q: Can you obtain information from an individual, willing or unwilling, by hypnotism? A: Definitely, yes. Many of the medical cases I work on are involved in obtaining personal, intimate information, and through hypnotism, I have been quite successful in obtaining this. If an individual refuses to co-operate with hypnosis, the doctors with whom I work use drugs, always sodium amytal. Q: How far do you think individuals could be controlled by hypnosis?
A: This is a very difficult subject. Post-hypnotics will last twenty years and will be very strong if re-enforced from time to time. Q: Have you ever had any experience with drugs?
A: Yes, many times. I have worked with doctors using sodium amytal and pentothal and have obtained hypnotic control after the drugs were used.
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In fact, many times drugs were used for the purpose of obtaining hypnotic control. Q: Do you have any ideas that hypnotism could be used as a weapon? A: Yes, I have thought about this often. It could certainly be used in obtaining information from recalcitrant people particularly with drugs.
It could be used as a recruiting source for special types of work.
A good hypnotist running hypnotic shows for entertainment would pick up a great many subjects, some of whom might be exceptionally good subjects for us. These subjects could easily be tabbed and put to use. Q: Have you ever been able to produce hypnosis without an individual's knowledge? A: Yes, through the relaxing technique and on rare occasions [I've] been able to produce hypnotism against a person's will.
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However, you cannot count on this and to attempt to attach an individual who did not want to be hypnotized alone would be almost an impossible task. Q: How effective are post-hypnotics; over what distances and time can they be effective? A: Properly used post-hypnotics will last twenty years. They can be made more effective by re-enforcement from time to time.
Post-hypnotics are not affected at all by time or travel or distance away from the person who placed the post-hypnotic.