Out of This World! (non-dystopian science fiction)



 Out of This World!

(non-dystopian science fiction)



Academy 7 by Anne Osterlund

Aerin Renning and Dane Madousin struggle as incoming students at the most exclusive academy in the Universe, both hiding secrets that are too painful to reveal, not realizing that those very secrets link them together.


Bloodchild and Other Stories by Octavia Butler

This collection of literary science fiction short stories explore issues of the contemporary world through the future.

Bloodchild and Other Stories


The Dark Side of Nowhere by Neal Shusterman

Fourteen-year-old Jason faces an identity crisis after discovering that he is the son of aliens who stayed on earth following a botched invasion mission.


The Dingilliad series by David Gerrold

This exciting series follows the Dingillian brothers, who leave Earth to find freedom but find themselves the subject of an interstellar manhunt.

Jumping Off the Planet   Bouncing Off the Moon   Leaping to the Stars

Jumping Off the Planet (#1)

Bouncing off the Moon (#2)

Leaping to the Stars (#3)


Dream Park series by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes

For fifteen virtual reality gamers undertaking a four-and-half day quest, the fantasy slaying of monsters is suddenly interrupted - by murder.

Dream Park   The Barsoom Project   The California Voodoo Game   The Moon Maze Game

Dream Park (#1)

The Barsoom Project (#2)

The California Voodoo Game (#3)

The Moon Maze Game (#4)


The Dune Chronicles by Frank Herbert/Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

Set in the far future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary dynasties are controlled by noble houses that owe an allegiance to the imperial House Corrino, Dune tells the story of young Paul Atreides as he and his family accept control of the desert planet Arrakis, the only source of the "spice" melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe.

Dune   Dune Messiah   Children of Dune   God Emperor of Dune   Heretics of Dune   Chapterhouse: Dune   Hunters of Dune   Sandworms of Dune

Dune (#1)

Dune Messiah (#2)

Children of Dune (#3)

God Emperor of Dune (#4)

Heretics of Dune (#5)

Chapterhouse: Dune (#6)

Hunters of Dune (#7)

Sandworms of Dune (#8)


Ender's Saga by Orson Scott Card

This masterful series follows Ender Wiggin, who was recruited by Earth's military to stave off an alien invasion when he was a child.

Ender's Game   Speaker for the Dead   Xenocide   Children of the Mind

Ender's Game (#1)

Speaker for the Dead (#2)

Xenocide (#3)

Children of the Mind (#4)


Hell's Cross series by David Macinnis Gill

On Mars, a planetary version of the Wild West, Durango and his crew of mercenaries for hire try to prevent a feral band of marauders from stealing the settlers' most valuable resource.

Black Hole Sun   Invisible Sun   Shadow on the Sun

Black Hole Sun (#1)

Invisible Sun (#2)

Shadow on the Sun (#3)


The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams

Follow Earthling Arthur Dent and his free-wheeling alien companion on this hilarious romp through time and space.

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy   The Restaurant at the End of the Universe   Life, the Universe and Everything   So Long and Thanks for All the Fish   Mostly Harmless

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy (#1)

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (#2)

Life, the Universe and Everything (#3)

So Long and Thanks for All the Fish (#4)

Mostly Harmless (#5)


Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington series by David Weber

12-year-old Stephanie Harrington’s friendship with a sentient alien pits her against her xenophobic government.

Beautiful Friendship   Fire Season  

A Beautiful Friendship (#1)

Fire Season (#2)


The Klaatu Diskos series by Pete Hautman

After thirteen-year-old Tucker Feye's parents disappear, he suspects that the strange disks of shimmering air that he keeps seeing are somehow involved, and when he steps inside of one he is whisked on a time-twisting journey trailed by a shadowy sect of priests and haunted by ghostlike figures.

The Obsidian Blade   The Cydonian Pyramid

The Obsidian Blade (#1)

The Cydonian Pyramid (#2)


Losers in Space by John Barnes

Hoping to find a better life, Susan, her almost boyfriend Derlock and seven fellow students stow away on a ship to Mars, unaware that Derlock is a sociopath with bigger plans.

Losers in Space


The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson

This epic series chronicles mankind's efforts to colonize Mars.

Red Mars   Green Mars   Blue Mars

Red Mars (#1)

Green Mars (#2)

Blue Mars (#3)


The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

In this series of short stories, the tranquility of Mars is disrupted by the earthmen who have come to conquer space, colonize the planet, and escape a doomed earth.

The Martian Chronicles


The Pluto series by Naoki Urasawa

  In this manga series set in a distant future where sentient humanoid robots pass for human, someone or some thing is out to destroy the seven great robots of the world. Europol's top detective Gesicht is assigned to investigate these mysterious robot serial murders; the only catch is that he himself is one of the seven targets.

Naoki Urasawa x Ozamu Tezuka, Band 001 


The Ringworld series by Larry Niven

This exciting and mysterious series follows the exploration and subsequent interspecies relations after the discovery of a giant, artificial world. 

Ringworld   The Ringworld Engineers   Ringworld's Children

Ringworld (#1)

The Ringworld Engineers (#2)

Ringworld's Children (#3)


The Robot series by Isaac Asimov

This futuristic series features robots with positronic brains - and the ability to turn against their creators.

I, Robot   Robot Visions   The Caves of Steel   The Naked Sun   The Robots of Dawn   Robots and Empire

I, Robot (#1)

Robot Visions (#2)

The Caves of Steel (#3)

The Naked Sun (#4)

The Robots of Dawn (#5)

Robots and Empire (#6)


Space Odyssey series by Arthur C. Clarke

This classic science fiction novel that changed the way we looked at the stars and ourselves. This allegory about humanity's exploration of the universe and the universe's reaction to humanity was the basis for director Stanley Kubrick's immortal film, and lives on as a landmark achievement in storytelling.

2001: A Space Odyssey   2010: Odyssey Two   2061: Odyssey Three   3001: The Final Odyssey

2001: A Space Odyssey (#1)

2010: Odyssey Two (#2)

2061: Odyssey Three (#3)

3001: The Final Odyssey (#4)


Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein 

With Earth embroiled in a vast interplanetary war with the "Bugs," a young recruit in the Federal Reserves relates his experiences training in boot camp and as a junior officer in the Terran Mobile Infantry.

Starship Troopers