Recursive Science Fiction Books

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Science Fiction about science fiction. In short, Recursive science fiction is a science fiction story about science fiction. This could be a serious mediation on the subject of some parody. But recursive science fiction features a story that acknowledges science fiction with intertexuality or some sort of intertextual reference to some work in the genre. Or maybe the science fiction story might feature the science fiction author himself, playing a role in the story (Steven King's The Dark Tower does this with Stephen King, the author, becoming a character in the story in the later books).
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Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy

by Douglas Adams

Makes fun of just about every science fiction trope in the book at some point or another

The Magic Labyrinth

by Philip Jose Farmer

Reissued to follow the Syfy Channel film of Riverworld, this fourth book in the classic Riverworld series continues the adventures of Samuel Clemens and Sir Richard Francis Burton as they travel through Farmer's strange and wonderful Riverworld, a place where everyone who ever lived is simultaneously resurrected along a single river valley that stretches over an entire planet. Famous characters from history abound.

Now Burton and Clemens, who have traveled for more than thirty years on two great ships, are about to reach the end of the River. But there is a religion, The Church of the Second Chance, that has grown up along the River and its adherents, possibly inspired by aliens, are determined to destroy the riverboats. A coming battle may destroy Burton and Clemens, but even if they survive, how can they penetrate the alien tower of the Ethicals, who created this astonishing world? What can humans do against a race capable of creating a world and resurrecting the entire human race on it?

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


Typewriter In The Sky

by L. Ron Hubbard

A classic recursive work of science fiction


by Isaac Asimov

Gold is the final and crowning achievement of the fifty-year career of science fiction's transcendent genius, the world-famous author who defined the field of science fiction for its practitioners, its millions of readers, and the world at large.

The first section contains stories that range from the humorous to the profound, at the heart of which is the title story, "Gold," a moving and revealing drama about a writer who gambles everything on a chance at immortality: a gamble Asimov himself made -- and won. The second section contains the grand master's ruminations on the SF genre itself. And the final section is comprised of Asimov's thoughts on the craft and writing of science fiction.


Dying Inside

by Robert Silverberg

In 1972, Robert Silverberg, even then an acknowledged leader in the science fiction field, published a book that was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. More than three decades later, Dying Inside has stood the test of time and has been recognized as one of the finest novels the field has ever produced. Never wasting a word, Silverberg persuasively shows us what it would be like to read minds, painting an unforgettable portrait of a man shaped by that unique power; a power he is now inexorably losing.

Acclaimed upon first publication by SF critics and mainstream reviewers alike, Dying Inside is overdue for reintroduction to today’s SF audience. This is a novel for everyone who appreciates deeply affecting characterization, imaginative power, and the irreplaceable perspective unique to speculative fiction of the highest order.

Locus Science Fiction


by Gregory Benford

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Detecting strange patterns of interference in a lab experiment, Gordon Bernstein, an assistant researcher at a California university, investigates and begins to uncover something that will change his life forever. Reprint. Nebula Award winner.
John W. Campbell
Locus Science Fiction

The Passage Of Light

by Barry N. Malzberg

The Recursive Science Fiction of Barry N. Malzberg. Contains all the author's stories written about science fiction. Cover illustration by Merle Insinga.

The Iron Dream

by Norman Spinrad

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An alternate world novel in which Hitler leaves Germany after World War I, the Nazis never take power, Hitler emigrates to the United States, where he becomes an SF writer and writes LORD OF THE SWASTIKA, the novel within the novel, his fantasy of Nazi Germany in a world where the real thing never was. With an academic afterward explainingv why such a thing as Nazi Germany could never have happen except in an heroic fantasy novel.

Published in a dozen languages, winner of the Prix Apollo, short listed for the Nationa Book Award, banned in Germany, then exonerated after 8 years of court action.

A well-known classic that went through about half a dozen printings in English editions, out of print for several years.

The Number Of The Beast

by Robert A. Heinlein

When two male and two female supremely sensual, unspeakably cerebral humans find themselves under attack from aliens who want their awesome quantum breakthrough, they take to the skies -- and zoom into the cosmos on a rocket roller coaster ride of adventure and danger, ecstasy and peril.
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