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A Glitch in the Matrix

This list of thought-provoking sci-fi titles celebrate a new documentary film by Magnolia Pictures, A Glitch in the Matrix, which uses contemporary cultural touchstones like The Matrix, interviews with real people shrouded in digital avatars, and a wide array of voices, expert and amateur alike. If simulation theory is not science fiction but fact, and life is a video game being played by some unknowable entity, then who are we, really? A Glitch in the Matrix attempts to find out.

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The Three-Body Problem

The Three-Body Problem Series: Book #1

By Cixin Liu
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 13 hours 25 minutes

Soon to be a Netflix Original Series!

War of the Worlds for the 21st century.” – Wall Street Journal

The Three-Body Problem
is the first chance for English-speaking readers to experience the Hugo Award-winning phenomenon from China's most beloved science fiction author, Liu Cixin.


Set against the backdrop of China's Cultural Revolution, a secret...

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Feed

By M.T. Anderson
Narrated by: David Aaron Baker, John Beach, Tara Sands & Anne Twomey
Length: 5 hours

"This satire offers a thought-provoking and scathing indictment that may prod readers to examine the more sinister possibilities of corporate- and media-dominated culture." —Publishers Weekly(starred review)

For Titus and his friends, it started out like any ordinary trip to the moon — a chance to party during spring break and play with some... Read more »

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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor

A Novel
The Carls: Book #2

By Hank Green
Narrated by: Kristen Sieh, Joe Hempel, Jesse Vilinsky, Nicole Lewis, Kevin R. Free, Hank Green, Robert Petkoff, Angelo Di Loreto, Oliver Wyman, Hillary Huber, P.J. Ochlan & Gabra Zackman
Length: 15 hours 45 minutes

THE INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Who has the right to change the world forever? 

How will we live online? 
How do we find comfort in an increasingly isolated world?
 
The Carls disappeared the same way they appeared, in an instant. While the robots were on Earth, they caused confusion and destruction with only their presence. Part of their... Read more »

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Ancillary Justice

Imperial Radch: Book #1

By Ann Leckie
Narrated by: Adjoa Andoh
Length: 12 hours 41 minutes

Ancillary Justice

“Read by Adjoa Andoh, the audiobook rendition of Ann Leckie's fantastic scifi novel brings the world and characters to life.”

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Network Effect

Murderbot Diaries: Book #5

By Martha Wells
Narrated by: Kevin R. Free
Length: 12 hours 47 minutes

Network Effect

“Martha Wells’ Murderbot Diaries has become one of my favorite series of all time, and Network Effect is a perfect addition. Murderbot is still trying to figure out what it wants after hacking its governor module. In the meantime, it spends its days protecting the humans it cares about. Of course, everything goes terribly wrong when a friend shows up to kidnap Murderbot and its humans are along for the ride. Network Effect isn’t just fun and action-packed, it’s also emotional and thought-provoking. I love Murderbot!”

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The Light Brigade

By Kameron Hurley
Narrated by: Cara Gee
Length: 10 hours 22 minutes

NAMED BY PUBLISHERS WEEKLY AS A BEST BOOK OF 2019

Passionately brutal, fierce, and furious in voice and pace. It’s a particularly cinematic experience of war, Full Metal Jacket meets Edge of Tomorrow. —The New York Times

From the Hugo Award­­–winning author of The Stars Are Legion comes a science fiction thriller about a futuristic war during... Read more »

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Time Out of Joint

By Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Jeff Cummings
Length: 7 hours 27 minutes

Ragle Gumm has a unique job: every day he wins a newspaper contest. And when he isn’t consulting his charts and tables, he enjoys his life in a small town in 1959. At least, that’s what he thinks. But then strange things start happening. He finds a phone book where all the numbers have been disconnected, and a magazine article about a famous... Read more »

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The Penultimate Truth

By Philip K. Dick
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 7 hours 53 minutes

In the future, most of humanity lives in massive underground bunkers, producing weapons for the nuclear war they’ve fled. Constantly bombarded by patriotic propaganda, the citizens of these industrial anthills believe they are waiting for the day when the war will be over and they can return above ground. But when Nick St. James, president of... Read more »

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Agency

The Jackpot Trilogy: Book #2

By William Gibson
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 10 hours 11 minutes

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“ONE OF THE MOST VISIONARY, ORIGINAL, AND QUIETLY INFLUENTIAL WRITERS CURRENTLY WORKING”* returns with a sharply imagined follow-up to the New York Times bestselling The Peripheral.

 
William Gibson has trained his eye on the future for decades, ever since coining the term “cyberspace” and then popularizing... Read more »

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The Peripheral

The Jackpot Trilogy: Book #1

By William Gibson
Narrated by: Lorelei King
Length: 14 hours 4 minutes

William Gibson returns with his first novel since 2010’s New York Times–bestselling Zero History.

Where Flynne and her brother, Burton, live, jobs outside the drug business are rare. Fortunately, Burton has his veteran’s benefits, for neural damage he suffered from implants during his time in the USMC’s elite Haptic Recon force. Then one night... Read more »

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The Lathe of Heaven

By Ursula K. Le Guin
Narrated by: George Guidall
Length: 6 hours 48 minutes

A classic science fiction novel by one of the greatest writers of the genre, set in a future world where one man's dreams control the fate of humanity. In a future world racked by violence and environmental catastrophes, George Orr wakes up one day to discover that his dreams have the ability to alter reality. He seeks help from Dr. William... Read more »

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The Luminous Dead

A Novel

By Caitlin Starling
Narrated by: Adenrele Ojo
Length: 14 hours 9 minutes

"This claustrophobic, horror-leaning tour de force is highly recommended for fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s Annihilation and Andy Weir’s The Martian." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

***

A thrilling, atmospheric debut with the intensive drive of The Martian and Gravity and the creeping dread of Annihilation, in which a caver on a foreign planet...

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