Speculative Fiction

All Systems RedSpeculative fiction is an umbrella term for books including elements not found in the real world. Stories often use magic, advanced technology, other worlds, or the supernatural as metaphor to comment on modern society.

Speculative fiction Includes:

  • Science fiction
  • Fantasy
  • Magical realism
  • Horror
  • Supernatural fiction
  • Dystopian fiction
  • And more!

Recommended Reading

All Systems Red / Martha Wells (2017)
First in a series of novellas about a self- aware android who just wants to be left alone in a corporate-dominated future.

The Handmaid's TaleAncillary Justice / Ann Leckie (2013)
The AI of a starship seeks vengeance after an act of treachery forces her into a fragile human body.

A Closed and Common Orbit / Becky Chambers (2016)
A ship’s AI wakes up in a new body with no memories of her past and befriends an engineer determined to help her.

The Fifth Season / N. K. Jemisin (2015)
A woman chases her kidnapped daughter through an alternate Earth that suffers frequent near-extinction events.

Flowers for Algernon / Daniel Keyes (1959)
A mentally disabled man undergoes an experimental procedure to raise his IQ and suffers disastrous consequences.

The Golem and the Jinni / Helene Wecker (2013)
A golem is brought to life by a disgraced rabbi and befriends a still-imprisoned jinni in turn-of-the-century New York.

The Handmaid’s Tale / Margaret Atwood (1985)
In a dystopian future where births are declining, handmaids are women valued only for their viable ovaries.

Kindred / Octavia Butler (1979)
A modern black woman is transported back in time to save the slave owner that will father her great-grandmother.

The Last Astronaut / David Wellington (2019)
Earth’s last astronaut, living in hiding since her mission’s failure, becomes Earth’s only hope for survival.

The Undergroud RailroadLeviathan Wakes / James S. A. Corey (2011)
In a future where humanity has colonized the solar system, a man and his crew discover a dangerous secret.

The Magicians / Lev Grossman (2009)
A man attends an exclusive college of magic, but soon learns that this new world is darker than he had imagined.

Never Let me Go / Kazuo Ishiguro (2005)
A girl raised in a boarding school is taught nothing of the outside world or her mysterious reason for being there.

The Song of Achilles / Madeline Miller (2011)
In the age of heroes, exiled prince Patroclus falls in love with doomed Greek warrior Achilles.

The Underground Railroad / Colson Whitehead (2016)
A slave on a cotton plantation escapes to the underground railroad, re-imagined as tunnels of train tracks under the soil.