League of Peoples

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Here’s an update to this list. In this universe no murderer, otherwise known as a dangerous non-sentient being, can leave their planet — the League of Peoples always stops them. Festina Ramos stories Expendable 1997 -> 4.5/5 Vigilant 1999 -> 4.5/5 Hunted 2000 -> 4.5/5 Ascending 2001 -> 4.5/5 Radiant 2004 -> 5/5 Other stories […]

Vigilant

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{4.5/5} “Before legislators voted on a bill, the proctor scrutinizing that vote could set a test to determine whether the politicians understood what the bill actually meant. Those who failed the test could only sit and grind their teeth in public humiliation while those who passed made an informed decision.” Vigilant by James Alan Gardner, […]

Star Trek: TNG — Q are Cordially Uninvited…

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{4.5/5} “It’s not easy having relationships with people when you’re intrinsically so much more interesting than everyone else.” — Q Q are Cordially Uninvited… by Rudy Josephs, published in 2014 Jean-Luc Picard and Beverly Crusher are finally getting married. Q shows up and sends Picard and Vash to Myndra to search for the fabled Treasure […]

Six Wakes

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{4.5/5} “On the way out, Maria paused to check on her own body, which she hadn’t really examined before. It seemed too gruesome to look into your own dead face. The body was strapped to a seat at one of the terminals, drifting gently against the tether. A large bubble of blood drifted from the […]

Cavalcade

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{4.5/5} “I’m beginning to wonder if there’s isn’t some sort of programmer running which — like it or not — we have to learn how to interact with  to have any chance of controlling our environment, never mind fixing it if anything goes wrong.” Cavalcade by Alison Sinclair, published in 1998 Aliens came to Earth […]

The Million

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{4.5/5} “Like most of the scions of the Million, these ones were intensely focused, serious, and cautious around their elders. They should be — all of human civilization rest on their shoulders.” The Million by Karl Schroeder, published in 2018 There are a million people in the world. Bernie is a smart guy but a […]

Culture

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Here are all the books that take place in Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe. They all take place in different times and places. Consider Phlebas 1987 -> 4.5/5 The Player of Games 1988 -> 5/5 Use of Weapons 1990 -> 4.5/5 The State of the Art (collection) 1991 Excession 1996 Inversions 1998 Look to Windward […]

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

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{4.5/5} “Will… they put us in charge of these vessels, they train us as best they can to be emissaries of peace, to avoid conflict… but there will always be those who look to war and violence for their solution, who operate out of greed and self-interest. We can’t blame ourselves for their occasional success. […]

Hainish universe

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Many of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels and stories take places in her Hainish universe. Here are all of those books. This is one of the best science fiction series ever created — look at how many of them are 5/5. It’s a loose series — each book focuses on different characters and places. Rocannon’s […]

The Word for World Is Forest

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{4.5/5} “Do men kill men, except in madness? Does any beast kill its own kind? Only the insects. These yumens kill us as lightly as we kill snakes. The one who taught me said they kill one another, in quarrels, and also in groups, like ants fighting.” The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula […]