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Unconventional Science Fiction

Updated: September 27, 2012

Classic sci-fi novels that are not about intergalactic space travel or aliens.

Burgess, Anthony, 1917-1993.
Call Number: Ed.f
A troubled young gang member is released from his violent and sadistic tendencies by state-mandated "therapy."

Ballard, J. G., 1930-2009.
The intersection of eroticism and violence is explored in this subversive novel.

Silverberg, Robert.
Call Number: SF
A New York man has the rare ability to hear what other people are thinking.

Bradbury, Ray, 1920-
Call Number: SF Ed.h
Ray Bradbury's attack on aliteracy and censorship, featuring a fireman who burns books before he has a change of heart.

Keyes, Daniel.
Call Number: SF Ed.a
A mentally challenged man has a brain operation to boost his IQ. Though the operation is initially successful, his new awareness takes an enormous toll on his psyche.

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
Call Number: SF Ed.r
This Romantic Era gothic tale about the creation of a monster still has the power to shock readers.

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
Call Number: Ed.f
A bleak, totalitarian future imagined by George Orwell at the dawn of The Cold War.

Vonnegut, Kurt.
There is a mix of humor and pathos in this "memoir" written by the last President of the United States in a post-apocalyptic New York.