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The Left Hand of Darkness: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Ursula K. Le Guin, David Mitchell (Foreword by), Charlie Jane Anders (Afterword by)
ISBN: 9780441007318
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Published: Ace - July 1st, 2000

A book that changed SF. Ursula at the height of her powers. She peaked in the '60s and then just stayed perfect for decades.

A human envoy is sent to make contact on a frozen planet where permanent gender does not exist. Perfectly realized and perfectly paced.

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All Systems Red: The Murderbot Diaries Cover Image
ISBN: 9780765397539
Availability: Get It In 1-5 Days
Published: - May 2nd, 2017

I picked this up because I couldn't resist the series title - THE MURDERBOT DIARIES. It promised campy SF action and fun, and that's what it delivers, but it also features the most human cyborg I've ever read about. Open this novella and read the first paragraph. You'll love it.

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Her Smoke Rose Up Forever Cover Image
ISBN: 9781892391209
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Published: Tachyon Publications - November 1st, 2004

The first story in this collection is 7 pages long. Pick up this book, take it to the couch downstairs, and read that story.

Vivid, fast-paced, and bleak, it's a good example of James Tiptree Jr.'s work, the best stories of which are collected in this anthology.