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A Borrowed Man by Gene Wolfe

Cover of A Borrowed ManBooks are rare. If you need information, borrow a person. E. A. Smithe is a borrowed person. He is a clone who lives on a third-tier shelf in a public library, and his personality is an uploaded recording of a deceased mystery writer.

An alien invasion? They're already here. So now what?

That is the premise of 2 new Science Fiction books released in July: The Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor & Armada by Ernest Cline.

How close are we to: Modern Technology = Mind Control?

Science-fiction is full of great "what-ifs". Many stories have reflected the paranoia that often comes with change, going back as far as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
In modern times, technology changes our lives so quickly and completely that it's inevitable that science fiction would reflect our modern fears about technology taking over our lives.
Recent titles that take aim at the pervasiveness of technology include American day Dream by Margot Pepper and ReVision by Andrea Phillips.

15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones

Discover 15 Secrets Hiding in the World of Game of Thrones, according to George R. R. Martin in “The World of Ice and Fire”, a massive, official, and beautifully detailed history compendium.

EW's Best of 2014- Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

Cover of Station ElevenStation Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is one of the most lauded books of 2014. Besides being a A New York Times Bestseller, it is a 2014 National Book Award Finalist, Amazon's best Science Fiction book of 2014, and Entertainment Weekly's fiction book of the year. Find out for yourself what an amazing read this is.

What on Earth? The Wayward Pines Trilogy by Blake Crouch.

Something is very wrong with Wayward Pines.
Secret service agent Ethan Burke arrives in bucolic Wayward Pines, Idaho, with a mission: locate and recover two federal agents who went missing one month earlier. But almost immediately, Ethan is involved in a violent accident. When he comes to he has, with no ID, no cell phone, and no briefcase.

Open your eyes & you will die.

Cover of Bird Box novel by Josh MalermanBird Box by Josh Malerman.

This is the book I've been recommending to everyone this year. You can't put it down until you're done, and once you're done you can't stop thinking about it. It's a terrifyingly perfect read for October. Don't open your eyes. If you do, you will see something that will cause you to go insane, kill everyone around you, and then kill yourself.

What would you do if you could see into the future? The Fixer by Gene Ducette.

Corrigan Bain is going insane...or is he? As a child, he dreamed of being a superhero. Most people never get to realize their childhood dreams, but Corrigan Bain has come close. He became a fixer. His self-appointed "job" is to prevent accidents. To see the future and "fix" things before people get hurt. But the ability to see into the future, however limited, isn't always so simple. Sometimes not everyone can be saved.

The Martian by Andy Weir

A freak accident leaves astronaut Mark Watney stranded alone on the surface of the red planet in 'The Martian'.

Who is the Yellow King?

The One Literary Reference You Must Know to Appreciate True Detective--
Two episodes into the HBO series, True Detective dropped a reference to one of the strangest, most compelling tales in the canon of weird fiction: Robert W. Chambers' The King in Yellow, a collection of short stories published in 1895. Knowing this book is key to understanding the dark mystery at the heart of this series.