Literary Science Fiction Books

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Science Fiction that's recognized by those outside the genre as great literary works, usually for the visionary ideas and less so for the quality of the writing. However, for science fiction to achieve "literary" status, the writing usually has to be very good. Sub-par writing combined with visionary ideas usually doesn't have enough to propel it to status of literary outside of the genre. Basically, literary science fiction is what you get when you have a gifted writer write something speculative. Or you have a decent writer write something speculative that's truly visionary. Both how something is said is just as important as what is said in a literary work
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Doomsday Book

by Connie Willis

5 avg rating
Nebula
Hugo
Locus Science Fiction
BSFA
Arthur C. Clarke
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Ender\'s Game

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4.18 avg rating
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Red Mars

by Kim Stanley Robinson

3.38 avg rating
In his most ambitious project to date, award-winning author Kim Stanley Robinson utilizes years of research and cutting-edge science in the first of three novels that will chronicle the colonization of Mars.

For eons, sandstorms have swept the barren desolate landscape of the red planet. For centuries, Mars has beckoned to mankind to come and conquer its hostile climate. Now, in the year 2026, a group of one hundred colonists is about to fulfill that destiny.

John Boone, Maya Toitavna, Frank Chalmers, and Arkady Bogdanov lead a mission whose ultimate goal is the terraforming of Mars. For some, Mars will become a passion driving them to daring acts of courage and madness; for others it offers and opportunity to strip the planet of its riches. And for the genetic "alchemists, " Mars presents a chance to create a biomedical miracle, a breakthrough that could change all we know about life...and death.

The colonists place giant satellite mirrors in Martian orbit to reflect light to the planets surface. Black dust sprinkled on the polar caps will capture warmth and melt the ice. And massive tunnels, kilometers in depth, will be drilled into the Martian mantle to create stupendous vents of hot gases. Against this backdrop of epic upheaval, rivalries, loves, and friendships will form and fall to pieces--for there are those who will fight to the death to prevent Mars from ever being changed.

Brilliantly imagined, breathtaking in scope and ingenuity, Red Mars is an epic scientific saga, chronicling the next step in human evolution and creating a world in its entirety. Red Mars shows us a future, with both glory and tarnish, that awes with complexity and inspires with vision.
Nebula
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Locus Science Fiction
Arthur C. Clarke
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Endymion

by Dan Simmons

5 avg rating
Locus Science Fiction
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White Apples

by Jonathan Carroll

BSFA
British Fantasy Society
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