Category:2009 science fiction novels
Pages in category "2009 science fiction novels"
The following 69 pages are in this category, out of 69 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 69 pages are in this category, out of 69 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. The Forest of Hands and Teeth – The Forest of Hands and Teeth is a New York Times best-selling post-apocalyptic zombie novel by first-time author Carrie Ryan that is marketed to young adults. It was published in 2009 by Random House Delacorte Press in the United States, and by Hachette Gollancz in Australia and the United Kingdom. This is the first volume of a trilogy, the book in the series, The Dead-Tossed Waves, was released on March 9,2010 and The Dark. As the story opens, a disaster has turned much of the human race into mindless. They roam the forest of the title, seeking to destroy a band of survivors barricaded inside a village deep in the woods. However, the fence that protects these villagers also imprisons them within a society marked by violence, secrecy. The forest thus profoundly influences all the action of the novel, Mary lives in a town ruled by the Sisterhood and the Guardians. The village is surrounded by fences, beyond lies only forest, there are only three ways through the fence, gates that open on paths that are themselves enclosed by fencing, expelling those whove been infected. Where the two lead, no one knows, for the Sisterhood says the village is the only human habitation left on Earth. Mary has been raised on stories passed down from her great-great-great-grandmother about life before the coming of zombies and she is especially fascinated by the ocean and believes if she could reach it, she would be free. Her adventure starts when there is a breaching in the fence, Mary must escape, find true love, and friendship while figuring out the mystery behind the other gates and fences. After a sad, hectic, twisted turn of events she finds the ocean, the Forest of Hands and Teeth debuted in the US to critical acclaim, receiving starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publishers Weekly, which described the book as fresh and riveting. MTV called it a pretty amazing, empowering and absolutely thrilling young-adult post-apocalyptic zombie love story. She is in love with Travis She is very curious about the ocean, jed blames her for their mothers death and expels her from their home, leaving her no choice but to join the sisterhood. Though he returns her feelings, he wont marry her because his brother is in love with her, instead, he asks Marys best friend, Cass, to become his wife. He injures his leg one day, and later in the book is infected while trying to save Mary, Harry Traviss brother, who is in love with Mary though the feeling is not reciprocated. Nevertheless, Mary agrees to wed him to escape the Sisterhood and he soon develops feelings for Cass while Travis is recovering from his broken leg. Beth Jeds wife and the sister of Harry and Travis, while trying to escape from the village she is turned and later dies
2. 1Q84 – 1Q84 is a dystopian novel written by Japanese writer Haruki Murakami, first published in three volumes in Japan in 2009–10. The novel quickly became a sensation, with its first printing selling out the day it was released, an excerpt from the novel, Town of Cats, appeared in the September 5,2011 issue of The New Yorker magazine. The first chapter of 1Q84 has also read as an excerpt at Selected Shorts. The novel was published in Japan in three hardcover volumes by Shinchosha. Book 1 and Book 2 were both published on May 29,2009, Book 3 was published on April 16,2010. In English translation, Knopf published the novel in the United States in a volume on October 25,2011. The cover for the box-set, featuring a transparent dust jacket, was created by Chip Kidd, in the United Kingdom the novel was published by Harvill Secker in two volumes. The first volume, containing Books 1 and 2, was published on October 18,2011, followed by the volume, containing Book 3. Murakami spent four years writing the novel after coming up with the opening sequence, the title is a play on the Japanese pronunciation of the year 1984 and a reference to George Orwells Nineteen Eighty-Four. The letter Q and the Japanese number 9 are homophones, which are used in Japanese wordplay. Before the publication of 1Q84, Murakami stated that he would not reveal anything about the book, 1Q84 was noted for heavy advance orders despite this secrecy. A verse from the 1933 song Its Only a Paper Moon by Harold Arlen, E. Y. Harburg and Billy Rose, in addition, Murakami refers to more contemporary artists such as Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus and The Rolling Stones. The text also quotes a passage about the Gilyak people from the travel diary Sakhalin Island by Anton Chekhov. In accordance with many of Murakamis novels, 1Q84 is dominated by religious, 1Q84s plot is built around a mystical cult and two long-lost lovers who are drawn into a distorted version of reality. 1Q84 serves as a culmination of many of his prior works, 1Q84 draws a connection between the supernatural and the disturbing. Readers are often cited as experiencing a religious unease that is similar to postmodern sensibilities, religious othering is a major theme in 1Q84, as Murakami places sacred ideas as existing separately from everyday reality. The book opens with a character named Aomame as she catches a taxi in Tokyo on her way to a work assignment. Aomame makes her way to a hotel in Shibuya, where she poses as an attendant in order to kill a hotel guest
3. Abyss (Star Wars novel) – Abyss is novel by Troy Denning released on August 18,2009. It is the novel in the Fate of the Jedi series. Galactic Alliance Chief of State Natasi Daala continues her P. R. war with the Jedi Order as two more Jedi Knights, Yaqeel Saavetu and Bazel Barv Warv, fall under the mysterious Force psychosis. So the Solos and some of their own mentally-stable Jedi allies manage to take the delusional Knights that they have over to the Jedi base on Shedu Maad, therefore, whatever the cause of the psychosis was had originated within The Maw. The Mind Walkers are a collection of Force-users who try to leave their physical forms in order to join the Force. The Skywalkers ask the Mind Walkers what Jacen was doing them. As a result, Luke decides to perform Mind Walking in order to not only contact Jacen from the great beyond, Ben joins him in this task. Meanwhile, the Sith squadron of the Eternal Crusader, one of its members being Vestara Khai, the survivors of the Sith squad are rescued from these plants by a mysterious being named Abeloth. However, Vestara comes to find out that Abeloth is not all that she seems, then, with Abeloth staying behind on her planet, the Sith proceed to complete their previous mission of killing Luke Skywalker. Back in Sinkhole Station, Luke and Ben Mind Walk to the place that the Mind Walkers call beyond shadows, there, the Skywalkers meet the late-Anakin Solo, as well as their dead wife and mother, Mara. But in the end, their meeting with Jacen is the most important, Jacen tells the Skywalkers that his motivation for wanting to unify the galaxy during the Second Galactic Civil War was to prepare it for a great threat that he sensed on Sinkhole Station. With that information they got from Jacen, the Skywalkers return to real life, however, as individual members of the squad turn on each other, it becomes easy for Luke and Ben to kill nearly every one of them in combat. The only survivor of the group is Vestara Khai, who Luke uses a Dathomiri blood mark on so that she could lead the Skywalkers back to the Siths homeworld, abyss on Wookieepedia, a Star Wars wiki
4. And Another Thing... (novel) – And Another Thing. is the sixth installment of Douglas Adams The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy trilogy. The book, written by Eoin Colfer, author of the Artemis Fowl series, was published on the anniversary of the first book,12 October 2009. It was published by Penguin Books in the UK and by Hyperion Books in the US, Colfer was given permission to write the book by Adams widow Jane Belson. Twenty minutes after admitting hes lost the argument, prior to his death, Adams had felt the need to continue the story, I suspect at some point in the future I will write a sixth Hitchhiker book. And People have said, quite rightly, that Mostly Harmless is a bleak book. I would love to finish Hitchhiker on a more upbeat note, so five seems to be a wrong kind of number. In referring to the Dirk Gently book he was working on, Adams said. Before he died, Adams had planned on salvaging some of the ideas that I couldnt make work in a Dirk Gently framework, and for old times sake I may call it The Salmon of Doubt. They are then rescued by Zaphod Beeblebrox in the Heart of Gold, during a debate, Ford accidentally freezes Left Brain and it seems they are doomed, until an immortal named Wowbagger brings them to safety. Meanwhile, Prostetnic Vogon Jeltz, assigned to all humans, hears rumours of a colony of Earthmen. On the Earth colony Nano, the excessively stereotypical Irish leader, Hillman Hunter, is seeking applicants to be the planets god, meanwhile, Prostetnic Jeltzs son, Constant Mown, is having rather un-Vogonly thoughts, including an enjoyment of poetry and sympathy for humans. Wowbagger and Random start arguing, and Wowbagger drugs and imprisons Random, afterwards, Trillian and Wowbagger fight, but they share a kiss at the end of the argument. Random is less impressed with her mothers and Wowbaggers actions. During this conversation, Random steals Fords company credit card, back on Asgard, Zaphod has managed to gain access to Valhalla and finds his old acquaintance Thor. After some negotiations, Thor agrees to help Zaphod by becoming Nanos god, things on Nano are not going as planned, and Hillman is struggling to find his god and keep order among his own populace, as well as trying to control the Magratheans who built the planet. Hillman recalls creating a cult for the rich, which preached of a coming apocalypse, having received an offer from the otherworldly Zaphod, Hillman and his followers relocated to their haven, the planet Nano. The Tyromancers and the Nanites enter into a war, and during one of the wars battles, Wowbaggers ship lands on Nano and is met by the Tyromancers. Zaphod negotiates for Thor to be Nanos god and reveals that Aseed and Hillman are actually the same being from parallel universes and it is revealed that this is what brought him to Earth, saving Arthur and the rest
5. Ark (novel) – Ark is a 2009 hard science fiction novel by English author Stephen Baxter. It is a sequel to his 2008 novel Flood, Ark deals with the journey of the starship Ark One, and the continuing human struggle for survival on Earth after the catastrophic events of Flood. The series continues in three pendant stories, which are described in the summary below. Being hard SF, Ark contains many references to unrealised or hypothesised technology, physics, Baxter credits several books and academic works in an afterword, See Scientific background below. Skeptical of the viability, the U. S. The plan is to fly Ark One to an Earth-like exoplanet, the nature of Ark Two is top secret. Ark One requires 80 humans, of maximum genetic diversity to prevent inbreeding among their descendants and they train in an Academy in Denver, Colorado, repurposed as the U. S. capital after the flooding of Washington, D. C. Progress on the Arks construction is slow, so the military takes over the Project, initial plans to assemble the Ark in space are scrapped in favor of a Project Orion-style nuclear drive which will send the ground-built Ark towards Jupiter. Mere weeks before the launch, some Candidates are forced out to make room for gatecrashers, Grace Gray, protagonist of Flood, is one of them. In addition, military mutineers force their way onto the ship, nevertheless, the launch is successful and by 2042 they have gathered more than enough antimatter and head for a promising Earth II planet in the 82 Eridani system. During transit, it emerges that Zane has dissociative identity disorder due to parenting and sexual molestation by his Academy tutor. A pregnant Grace gives birth to a daughter, Helen, Kelly loses respect when she amputates the instigator as punishment, which increases Wilsons power. Nine years later, they arrive and discover that Earth II is sub-optimal, its axial tilt creates temperature extremes on either side of its equator. It is also poor in minerals, presumably exhausted by a previous civilisation which has left ruined buildings behind. The crew are of three minds over what to do next, Wilson, Holle, and Grace join a majority deciding to push on to Earth III, Kelly leads a group returning to Earth, while a minority colonise Earth II. Once the colonists land, the remaining passengers split up the two hulls and the warp drive to go their separate ways, losing simulated gravity in the process. When Kellys group water land on the flooded Earth, they make contact with scientist Thandie Jones. She in turn contacts Edward Kenzie, who despatches a submarine to take them to Ark Two, Edward berates his daughter for failing him, and Kelly learns that former Candidate Don Meisel and Ground Control commander Gordo Alonzo have both died battling angry displaced persons
6. Arrival (novel) – The Phoenix Files, Arrival is a Science fiction/young adult/adventure written by Australian author Chris Morphew. It was first released in Australia on June 1,2009, in Arrival, 15-year-old Luke Hunter and his mother Emily move to Phoenix, a town no one has heard of with no cars, no phones and no internet. He soon discovers the Shackleton Cooperative, the cooperative running town are plotting to end the world in 100 days, Luke Hunter moves with his mother, Emily, to Phoenix, are greeted by Aaron Ketterley and Bruce Calvin and escorted to their new house. Luke discovers there is no phone or internet reception and bicycles are the mode of transportion. The next morning, Luke is taken to his new school, given a laptop and introduced to Peter Weir, Peter shows Luke to his locker. The order of the lockers is done by the order of arrival of students, in their first class of the day, Luke is introduced to Mike, Cat and Tank who were Peters old friends and Jordan, the last person to move to Phoenix. When Luke gets home, he finds a USB flash drive inside with the initials JB etched onto it and he opens it on his new laptop and sees a random code of letters. There is only one suspect he can think of with those initials, Luke is viciously confronted by Jordan who was also given a USB with the initials LH etched onto it. Peter suspects the number combinations from both USBs are a two parts of a bigger file and they go to Jordans house and she discusses with them that she is pregnant. They go on a trip to the Xs on Crazy Bills map. The next morning, Crazy Bill comes and bashes Luke up and he wakes up in the medical center by Dr Montag, the towns doctor, and Calvin informs him Bill has been arrested. Jordan, Luke and Peter find a warehouse of the towns supplies and they find a three story-high, two-meter thick concrete wall that surrounds Phoenix. They climb over and see the land is a baron wasteland, Reeve finds them and taken back to town to be interviewed by Calvin, Reeve says they were lost. Crazy Bill escapes the security center, the next day Luke, Peter and Jordan hear a phone ringing in the town square. Luke Hunter is the 15-year-old main protagonist of Arrival who moved to Phoenix from Sydney and his and his mothers arrival in Phoenix triggers the hundred-day countdown to the end of the world as they are the last citizens to arrive. He is resentful of his mum divorcing his dad, Peter Weir is among the first of Phoenixs citizens and the first Luke meets at Phoenix High. He is falling in love with Jordan, Jordan Burke one of the newest citizens to Phoenix and her feelings toward Peter are neutral, despite his attraction to her. She serves as the groups glue whenever disagreements arise, Emily Hunter is Lukes recently divorced mother who is much more keen to move to Phoenix than he is
7. The Ask and the Answer – The Ask and the Answer is a young-adult novel by Patrick Ness, published in May 2009 by Walker Books. It is the book in the series Chaos Walking and events continue immediately from The Knife of Never Letting Go. It is succeeded by Monsters of Men, resuming directly after The Knife of Never Letting Go, Todd Hewitt is captured by the Mayors army in Haven, renamed New Prentisstown, but his only concern is for Viola. He is forced to live in the clock tower with the previous Mayor. Ledger explains that Haven discovered a cure for Noise, but Mayor Prentiss has confiscated it for use by leaders of New Prentisstown. He has also separated the males and females and imprisons all domestic Spackle who live in the town, the Mayor organises a speech as the rest of his army marches in. His expresses his displeasure at the easiness of taking over, claiming that the people will pay for the lack of war, likewise her thoughts are for Todd. She is in a house of healing, a staffed by female healers, as opposed to male doctors. She meets Mistress Coyle, the head of the facility, who also has previous political, Viola also meets the apprentices Corinne Wyatt and Maddy as she recovers. Todd is made to work with the enslaved Spackle of New Prentisstown with Davy Prentiss, Todd hopes that by complying he is ensuring Viola’s health and safety, while the Mayor hopes that Davy will become a better person with Todds influence. Todd is disgusted at the treatment of the Spackle, yet Davy is proud of his authority, as the Spackle speak via Noise, cure has been placed into the Spackles food to prevent communication. Back at the house of healing, Viola finally recovers enough to help Mistress Coyle, however, one night Mistress Coyle and many other healers disappear. They have led a group of women out of New Prentisstown to form a movement, reconvened from the time of the Spackle War, known as The Answer. Davy and Todd receive orders to brand the Spackle with numbered metal bands, though Todd is shocked by this unethical practice, he wants to ensure Violas safety. During the branding, Davy strangles a Spackle around the neck with a band, killing it, however, Todd continues the task without argument. One of several large bombings occur both in town and the Spackle reserve, Todd, trying to redeem himself, saves a Spackle banded with the number 1017, who is ungrateful. Mayor Prentiss sets up a unit called The Ask. He promotes Todd and Davy into this unit, where New Prentisstown residents are captured and tortured for information on The Answer, the next morning, Viola finds that the House of Healing is almost completely empty
8. Autonomy (novel) – Autonomy is a BBC Books original novel written by Daniel Blythe and based on the long-running British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It features the Tenth Doctor without an official companion and it was released on 3 September 2009, alongside The Taking of Chelsea 426 and The Krillitane Storm. The Doctor visits Hyperville and encounters his nemesis, the Autons, Hyperville is 2013s top hi-tech, 24-hour entertainment complex - a sprawling palace of fun under one massive roof. A place to go shopping, or experience the excitement of Doomcastle, Winterland, but things are about to get a lot more exciting - and dangerous. But what exactly is lurking on Level Zero of Hyperville, and what will happen when the entire complex goes over to Central Computer Control. Whoniverse Autonomy title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Autonomy at The TARDIS Library
9. Boneshaker (novel) – Boneshaker is a science fiction novel by Cherie Priest which combines the steampunk genre with zombies in an alternate history version of Seattle, Washington. It was nominated for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novel and it won the 2010 Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel. Early in the American Civil War, rumors of gold in the Klondike have brought would-be prospectors to North Americas Pacific Northwest, anxious Russian investors commission American inventor Leviticus Blue to create a machine which can mine through the ice of Russian-owned Alaska. A wall is erected to contain the gas within the part of the city. Leviticus Blue is nowhere to be found, sixteen years later, Leviticuss wife and son, Briar and Zeke Wilkes, live in the impoverished outskirts of the former metropolis. Life is difficult, but Briar manages to support herself and Zeke by working a physically demanding blue collar job cleaning water, one day, Zeke enters the toxic city in search of evidence proving his father is innocent of the intentional destruction. Briar intends on following, but the hole collapses in an earthquake. She then hitches a ride over the wall by a captain of an airship, meanwhile, Zeke meets Rudy, a man who claims to be a highly decorated lieutenant. Rudy tells Zeke that he can lead him to his parents former house, the pair of them encounter a Native American woman named Princess Angeline who lightly wounds Rudy, but they manage to elude her. Briar is attacked by rotters, which causes her to flee to the roof of a building and he takes her to a bar named in honor of her deceased father to meet people including the barkeeper, Lucy OGunning. Rotters attack the bar, forcing the occupants to retreat and it is later revealed that a man named Minnericht caused the rotter attack. Lucy takes Briar to see Minnericht, believed by some to be Leviticus Blue, unbeknownst to her, Minnericht has taken Zeke hostage. A battle breaks out between Minnerichts men and Swakhammer, Lucy, and the Indian princess and this battle attracts the rotters, complicating Briars efforts to reunite with her son and exit the dangerous area of Seattle. Swakhammer is found unconscious and in condition by Briar. She tries to make Minnericht help him, leading to an argument in which Briar renounces that he is Leviticus. Unbeknownst to Minnericht, the Indian Princess is behind him, and while Briar distracts him she comes, slits his throat, everyone reunites and escapes to the surface. Eventually Briar leads Zeke to her and Leviticus old home and tells Zeke that she killed Leviticus Blue years ago, Briar shows her son Blues mummified body, still inside Boneshaker. Zeke claims he doesnt hold any grudge against his mother for killing her husband, Boneshaker is the first novel in Priests Clockwork Century setting
10. The Caryatids – The Caryatids is a science fiction novel by American writer Bruce Sterling, published in 2009. It tells the tale of the four Mihajlovic sisters, clones of the widow of a Balkan warlord now exiled to a space station. The novels locations include the Croatian island of Mljet, a Los Angeles threatened by a supervolcano, the Caryatids title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database Review by Cory Doctorow on Boing Boing Review by John Clute on Sci-Fi Wire
11. Chronic City – Chronic City is a novel by American author Jonathan Lethem. Perkus has unconventional opinions on almost everything, especially Marlon Brando, much of the first part of the novel is pivoted upon Perkus speeches and Chases thoughts about them. On the other hand, nothing important seems to happen in the plot, with the characters living their ordinary lives. Chronic City was named to the New York Times 10 best books of the year list for 2009, review, Chronic City – The New York Times Chronic City at Goodreads
12. Closer (novel) – Closer is the fourth book in the Tunnels series, written by Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams. Released in the UK by Chicken House on 3 May 2010, Rebecca Two tends to her twin sisters bullet wound, inflicted by Will during the ambush. The Rebeccas spot in the distance a modern metropolis, with helicopters and other vehicles, Rebecca Two sees a Limiter flare, and then signals back by blowing up a gas tank at the end of the mine shaft. She then continues to carry her dying sister toward the city, the Rebeccas find the city, and realise it is well maintained and populated. They, being potentially hostile outsiders, frighten a small amount of people, the people of the city are from an expeditionary force from Nazi Germany that arrived during World War II. It turns out that during the Second World War, the Styx were allies of the Third Reich, the officer of the squad informs the other two that they are in a city called ‘New Germania’. Meanwhile, Drake wakes up in a room he does not recognize and he heads to a window, and realises that he is still Topsoil. He is then greeted by his saviour, a retired Limiter named Edward James Green and he also reveals himself to be Elliotts father. They then discuss various aspects of the Limiter, who is coined Eddie by Drake and they head for a keypad-locked cellar. Eddie and Drake enter the cellar, and Drake discovers an area akin to a briefing room and he discovers various Styx elements, including a Dark Light and the device used to incapacitate him in the Commons. Eddie then leaves Drake, giving him keys to the warehouse, Drake finds that Chester had left a call to the emergency number – and it was sent several weeks ago. Meanwhile, Chester and Martha return Topsoil, where Chester is inevitably very eager to contact his parents and she dotes obsessively on the boy, seeing him as a substitute for her dead son. This frightens Chester, who begins to make a plan to run away from her and they are walking through the night, when suddenly, Martha grabs him, and Chester panics, going as far as to hit her. When he demands an explanation, she claims she was shielding him from a Bright that has tracked the scent of their blood all the way from deep in the earth, Chesters food that Martha is feeding him makes him sick. They enter a small cottage that is unattended and they discover that it is well kept, and has various foods. Chester eats some food, and takes a shower and he then returns to the kitchen, after getting some new clothes. He begins to call his parents, when he is hit hard in the back of the head, Chester is held hostage in a cupboard by Martha, and is fed meat which Martha claims is from ‘birds’. Drake and Eddie eventually find Chester, who is revolted when he finds he was eating meat from dead mailmen, Chester tells Drake and Eddie that he wants to return to his parents