Doctor Who 50th Anniversary

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In honor of the upcoming 50th Anniversary episode of the hit science fiction show, Doctor Who, we’ve created a list featuring a plethora of books on aliens, and travelling through space and time. 

Doctor Who

character encDoctor Who Character Encyclopedia

Jacket Notes:

Meet all the most important characters from the entire history of Doctor Who, including every Doctor and companion. Packed with fascinating facts and statistics for characters from the Absorbaloff to the Zygons, and with large cut-out poses and stunning stills from the program, this is the ultimate compendium of Doctor Who characters.

timelessTimeless Adventures: How Doctor Who Conquered TV

Goodreads Summary:

Opening with an in-depth account of the creation of the series within the BBC of the early 1960s, this investigation tackles each decade of the show through a unique political, pop cultural, and historical viewpoint, exploring the links between contemporary Britain and the stories Doctor Who told, as well as how such links kept the show popular.

who isWho Is The Doctor?: The Unofficial Guide to Doctor Who: The New Series by Graeme Burk 

Goodreads Summary:

Penned by the authors of the famed sci-fi series’ fanzine collections, this entertaining combination of episode guides and essays is a must-have for all Doctor Who aficionados.

The handbook explores all facets of the six most recent seasons, providing an essential companion for the show’s avid fans and casual viewers alike. The history of everything related to Doctor Who is touched upon, from Daleks and Cybermen to the eight Classic Series Doctors.

Delving into a top-rated series that has made stars out of its actors, gained fame internationally, and encompasses the genres of horror, science fiction, comedy, action, and historical adventure, this all-inclusive guide also features behind-the-scenes tidbits and in-depth analyses of the series’ latest installments.

Time and Space Travel

Non-Fiction

wormholeSo You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler’s Guide to Time Travel by Phil Hornshaw & Nick Hurwitch

Goodreads Summary:

Welcome, intrepid temporal explorers, to the world’s first and only field manual/survival guide to time travel!
DON’T LEAVE THIS TIME PERIOD WITHOUT IT!

Humans from H. G. Wells to Albert Einstein to Bill & Ted have been fascinated by time travel-some say drawn to it like moths to a flame. But in order to travel safely and effectively, newbie travelers need to know the dos and don’ts. Think of this handy little book as the only thing standing between you and an unimaginably horrible death-or being trapped forever in another time or alternate reality.

time machineHow to Build a Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel by Brian Clegg

Jacket Notes:

Brian Clegg provides an understanding of what time is and how it can be manipulated. He explores the remarkable possibilities of real time travel that emerge from quantum entanglement, superliminal speeds, neutron star cylinders and wormholes in space.

With the fascinating paradoxes of time travel echoing in our minds, we will realize that travel into the future might never be possible? Or will we realize there is no limit on what can be achieved, and take on this ultimate challenge. Only time will tell . . .

Fiction

warriorThe Warrior’s Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold

Goodreads Summary:

Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father’s legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.

Shortly after his arrival on Beta Colony, Miles unexpectedly finds himself the owner of an obsolete freighter and in more debt than he ever thought possible. Propelled by his manic “forward momentum,” the ever-inventive Miles creates a new identity for himself as the commander of his own mercenary fleet to obtain a lucrative cargo; a shipment of weapons destined for a dangerous warzone.

outlanderOutlander by Diana Gabaldon

Goodreads Summary:

In 1945, Claire Randall, a former combat nurse, is back from the war and reunited with her husband on a second honeymoon, when she innocently touches a boulder in one of the ancient stone circles that dot the British Isles. Suddenly, she is a Sassenach — an ‘outlander’ in a Scotland torn by war and raiding border clans in the year of our Lord . . . 1743.

Hurled back in time by forces she cannot understand, Claire is catapulted into intrigues and dangers that may threaten her life…and shatter her heart. For here she meets James Fraser, a gallant young Scots warrior, and becomes a woman torn between fidelity and desire…and between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

clockworkThe Clockwork Scarab by Colleen Gleason

Goodreads Summary:

Evaline Stoker and Mina Holmes never meant to get into the family business. But when you’re the sister of Bram and the niece of Sherlock, vampire hunting and mystery solving are in your blood. And when two society girls go missing, there’s no one more qualified to investigate.

Now fierce Evaline and logical Mina must resolve their rivalry, navigate the advances of not just one but three mysterious gentlemen, and solve murder with only one clue: a strange Egyptian scarab. The stakes are high. If Stoker and Holmes don’t unravel why the belles of London society are in such danger, they’ll become the next victims.

dogTo Say Nothing of the Dog* by Connie Willis

Goodreads Summary:

Ned Henry is badly in need of a rest.  He’s been shuttling between the 21st century and the 1940s searching for a Victorian atrocity called the bishop’s bird stump.  It’s part of a project to restore the famed Coventry Cathedral, destroyed in a Nazi air raid over a hundred years earlier.

But then Verity Kindle, a fellow time traveler, inadvertently brings back something from the past.  Now Ned must jump back to the Victorian era to help Verity put things right–not only to save the project but to prevent altering history itself.

*This book is hilarious – my very favorite of Connie Willis’ excellent time travel books.

yesterdaysAll Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

Goodreads Summary:

“You have to kill him.” Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

Aliens

Non-Fiction

invasionThe Alien Invasion Survival Handbook: A Defense Manual for the Coming Extraterrestrial Apocalypse by W.H. Mumfrey

Goodreads Summary:

Resistance is Your Prime Directive. Have you ever experienced a sensation of missing time? Have you ever found a metallic implant somewhere in your body? It’s likely that you’re a victim of alien abduction, and you don’t even know it.

Aliens are among us. While the true intentions of these mysterious intruders from outer space are unknown, there’s no doubt that their actions are nefarious. It’s your right – your civic responsibility – to learn the skills necessary to protect yourself, your loved ones and ultimately your planet.

ufo huntersThe U.F.O. Hunter’s Handbook: A Field Guide to the Paranormal by Caroline Tiger

Goodreads Summary:

This guide for the UFO hunter is chock-full of all the information you’ll need to become a skilled hunter of all things paranormal. Each book contains an introduction to the types of creatures you might encounter and helpful hints on where and when you might find them.

You’ll find a sampling of phrases and pictograms-to avoid any miscommunication when face to face with your subject-plus an official ID badge for use on all your adventures. Packaged to have the look and feel of real field guides, this hip, humorous spoof is sure to be a hit!

Fiction

waveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

Goodreads Summary:

After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.

Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors.

To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.

rulesThe Rules by Stacey Kade

Summary:

1. Never trust anyone.

2. Remember they are always searching.

3. Don’t get involved.

4. Keep your head down.

5. Don’t fall in love.

Five simple rules. Ariane Tucker has followed them since the night she escaped from the genetics lab where she was created, the result of combining human and extraterrestrial DNA. Ariane’s survival—and that of her adoptive father—depends on her ability to blend in among the full-blooded humans in a small Wisconsin town, to hide in plain sight at her high school from those who seek to recover their lost (and expensive) “project.”

But when a cruel prank at school goes awry, it puts her in the path of Zane Bradshaw, the police chief’s son and someone who sees too much. Someone who really sees her. After years of trying to be invisible, Ariane finds the attention frightening—and utterly intoxicating. Suddenly, nothing is simple anymore, especially not the rules…

knifeThe Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Goodreads Summary:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

But how do you escape when your pursuers can hear your every thought?

cinderCinder by Marissa Meyer (see also Scarlet and Cress (forthcoming))

Goodreads Summary:

Humans and androids crowd the raucous streets of New Beijing. A deadly plague ravages the population. From space, a ruthless lunar people watch, waiting to make their move. No one knows that Earth’s fate hinges on one girl.

Cinder, a gifted mechanic, is a cyborg. She’s a second-class citizen with a mysterious past, reviled by her stepmother and blamed for her stepsister’s illness. But when her life becomes intertwined with the handsome Prince Kai’s, she suddenly finds herself at the center of an intergalactic struggle, and a forbidden attraction. Caught between duty and freedom, loyalty and betrayal, she must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect her world’s future.(

warWar of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Summary:

When a Martian spacecraft lands on Working Common, mankind is terrorized by aliens in tall, armored capsules which stalk the countryside on three legs. The machines wreak havoc on London and the Southern Counties, and survivors are driven underground. Scientist John Nicholson tells how he was plunged into a paralyzing nightmare of stark terror, savage madness and utter destruction.

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