If one of your new year’s resolutions was to read more (you remember your new year’s resolutions, right?!), then now—with the end of the year in sight—is a great time to start flipping those pages.
Kindle Unlimited offers its members unlimited access to more than a million titles—including a glorious selection of science fiction and fantasy.
Here are a handful of modern classics in the sci-fi and fantasy genres now available in Kindle Unlimited, giving you the perfect opportunity to try for them for the first time or to happily revisit.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. R. Rowling
How deep and pervasive is the Harry Potter phenomena? The Wall Street Journal recently published an article about how Snap’s legal team had created documents detailing incidents where it thought Facebook was squashing the competition, and they named those files “Project Voldemort.” Voldemort in a Wall Street Journal headline! If you’re one of those people who has held fast to a weird pride in never reading the Harry Potter books, let go of that now and start with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The next time someone asks you, “What’s your house?” you’ll know exactly how to reply.
Eon by Greg Bear
Greg Bear’s hard SF books have been inspiring people to lift their eyes and ambitions to the stars for decades now, and Eon is both a great first read and a great re-read. When an asteroid arrives and enters Earth’s orbit, humanity has cause for worry. Even more worrisome is that the “asteroid” is from the future and holds evidence of humanity’s near-miss with extinction. Originally published in 1985, Eon is not only a glimpse of our past but a rich, immersive imagining of our possible future.
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Sabriel by Garth Nix
A young woman who is skilled in the arts of necromancy is pulled from the path she’s chosen by a cryptic message from her father, Abhorsen, who is trapped in Death. As Sabriel journeys to find and save him, she encounters a dangerous world filled with ghouls, Mordicants, and Shadow Hands—and discovers secrets she was never meant to know. While aimed at young adults, Sabriel holds a darkness and complexity that has won it a legion of adult readers that then promptly snatched up the rest of the books in this gloriously imagined series.
Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler
A few years back, the Amazon Book Review asked Margaret Atwood to tell us about her favorite speculative fiction reads. Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower was on that list. Said Atwood, “This series is now a classic, and underlines a true thing: The condition of women and the condition of the environment are closely joined. These three books follow the small community of Earthseed as it struggles against both horrible conditions and horrible people. Much to ponder.” A good pick if you’ve already finished Atwood’s The Testaments and are looking for more smart and smartly paced books about battling the evil within us.
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Anyone who reads military SF should read Haldeman’s The Forever War. Like most in the genre, the book’s action happens on the ground, in front of the grunts, and the results aren’t pretty. But what’s worse is coming home. Sometimes classics can be lumpy and dense, with their famousness derived mostly from being among the first, but The Forever War is clean and sharp, even as the prospect of interstellar war ranges forward without end.
Sunshine by Robin McKinley
Vampire books aren’t for everyone, but Robin McKinley’s Sunshine might be the one that everyone will pass to a friend, saying, “I don’t normally read books like this but…” Sunshine needs a little time to herself, so she drives out to the lake even though there have been troubles there in the past. And trouble finds Sunshine when she is abducted by vampires and then chained within reach of another one of them, also shackled. But when she survives the night, it’s her turn to help her fellow prisoner survive the day. Says Neil Gaiman, “Sunshine is a gripping, funny, page-turning, pretty much perfect work of magical literature that exists more or less at the unlikely crossroads of Chocolat, Interview with a Vampire, Misery, and the tale of Beauty and the Beast.”
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