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Science Fiction ebooks Great definition of Science Fiction as per http://www.fantasy-magazine.com/non-fiction/is-it-science-fiction-or-science-fantasy/:

According to the Henderson Institute of Knowing Knowledge, there are three general levels of science fiction.

  • Hard Science Fiction
  • Soft Science Fiction
  • Science Fantasy
  • The three levels are not to be confused with definitions like cyberpunk, steampunk, space opera, social scifi, military scifi, etcetera scifi. Those are science fiction subgenres, not levels, and all of the subgenres can potentially fall into any of the three levels. Hard science fiction has science or technology that is central to the plot, and all of the key science or technology is explained and entirely possible given currently known scientific laws, theories and constraints. It involves no magical or supernatural elements.

    Soft science fiction is like hard science fiction, but not as scientifical. Perhaps the plausible science or technology is not explained — they have hyperdrive spaceships that work by pushing a big shiny button. Or the explanation is pseudo-science that sounds plausibly whiz-bangy but doesn’t really explain anything. Also, stories whose scientific elements are the "soft sciences" – sociology, psychology, anthropology – would likely be considered soft science fiction no matter how detailed and possible. There are still no purely impossible elements involved.

    Science fantasy is like hard or soft scifi but mixed with magical or supernatural elements, or that uses alternate or imaginary science and technology that is simply impossible given all known scientific laws, theories and constraints.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 1: KHYBORS: In the Beginning by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Go far back in Commonwealth history, before the Downfall of First Civ, when the galaxy-spanning civilization called itself the Central Allied Worlds. Three novellas in one volume explore the birth of the Khybors, whose descendants will impact the Downfall, the rebirth of civilization, the return to the stars, and the Commonwealth far into the future.

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    Future Magic Novella 1: Seven Swanns by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Struck mute by an alien plague that has killed most of her colony and mutated her seven brothers into swanns, Aileen seeks a cure. She is found by Regis, ruler of a colony that regressed into a feudal state generations ago.

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    Future Magic Novella 2: North to the Sun, South to the Moon by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Maia grew up in the Downbelow, a Borer, born to a life of labor so the arrogant Stocrats could live in luxury in the Above. She made friends with a Metalman, who taught her things that the people in the World had forgotten. But even those marvels paled in comparison to what she discovered when she entered the Virtual world and learned the danger that threatened them all.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 2: Sunsinger by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    The alien Mashrami have invaded sectors of space occupied by Humans. They won't communicate and they won't share -- there is nothing the Commonwealth Fleet can do other than fight, and evacuate the colony worlds that lie in the path of the Mashrami fleet.

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    The Mystery of the Third Seal by Margaret Pearce (Young Adult: Science Fiction)
     
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    Shockingly, Tadworthy discovers the Shepherds' horrific and closely guarded secret and uncovers a world of violence and intrigue. He desperately launches on a quest through the dark and dangerous underground to discover what really waits beyond the third seal.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 10: The Saddle and the Sleuth by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance Novella)
     
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    On a remote colony world, the daughter of the Talon, the defender of the people, takes over her father's mask and identity. At the same time, an investigator comes to the colony in search of the Set'ri, to stop them from hastening the disintegration of the galactic civilization.

    Can the two work together for the sake of the future, or will their necessary deceptions push them apart forever?

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 7: The Pirate and the Professor by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance Novella)
     
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    As captain of the legendary pirate ship, Nova Vendetta, she makes her homeworld a haven for the downtrodden. Then the scholarly representative of a neglected colony comes as a peace envoy and makes her think of more than just surviving. When the two of them are shot down in the badlands of her planet, they become partners to survive, then friends, then maybe something more.

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    A Muse of Fire by Sean O'Brien (Science Fiction)
     
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    Tyr Yllen could not be educated--at least, not by the ultramodern techniques Earth teachers used. But when Horace Mann, Earth educator, arrived at the Terran base on the conquered planet of the Mnemosyneans, Tyr allowed himself to feel hope. He could not begin to imagine where Mann would lead him...

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    Alien Thought by Dan Donoghue (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Dave Duggan's jaunt into the mountains with a couple of girls from school is at first uneventful, but when they get into the mountains and enter an area of rainforest without warning things began to die around them. At first they believe that they have come in contact with poison from misdirected aerial spraying, but that theory soon becomes untenable and far more sinister possibilities take shape...

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    Angels' Watch Series Book 1: Chimes of Light by J.M. Dubry (Science Fiction)
     
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    "Be careful what you ask for, you just might get it," was an old saying of Ev Rykoff, locomotive engineer...until Jenine entered his life. When her enigmatic voice entered his mind -- everything changed.

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    Angels' Watch Series Book 2: Chimes of Seeking by J.M. Dubry (Science Fiction)
     
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    Janet Newman was the first female brakeman on the Great American. It was not an easy life to lead, but the arrival of her Silicrys just made it seem easy by comparison. With her friends Ev Rykoff and Rig Dawson, she fights the insidious Drasberg Device that threatens their lives. She sets out on a search for a way to defeat the device. What she finds changes their lives forever.

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    Angels' Watch Series Book 3: Chimes of Transition by JM Dubry (Science Fiction)
     
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    Read the gripping conclusion of the Angels' Watch Series and learn what finally happens to Ev Rykoff, his friends and their symbiotic aliens, the the Silicrys. Do they survive or do their enemies finally manage to completely destroy them?

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 13: Wind Walker by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Refugees from the Downfall Wars, separated by centuries of spaceflight, clash on a far distant world. Caught between them are Tayree--native, Wind Walker, visionary, and a recent widow--and Arin, a foundling raised by the invading Colonists.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 14: Moonbirds by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Romance)
     
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    K'reeth and her sister, K'rin, were named for the moonbirds--sister raptor birds who shared parenting duties, one the nurturer, the other the hunter and defender. Orphaned by catastrophe and adopted by the High Mistrada of the T'bredi scholars, they were teachers, entrusted with all the gathered wisdom of the Ayanlak.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 2: Norbra's Children by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Before the Commonwealth, there was First Civ, and then the Downfall, an age of barbarism when the galaxy-spanning civilization shattered and colony worlds were abandoned to die or to survive by their own strength.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 3: Slipping the Weave by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Khybors fled to Norbra for a safe place to raise their children, far from enemies who wanted them declared non-Humans, and either enslave them or annihilate them entirely. Like the selfish, arrogant queen of legend for whom the planet was named, Norbra had a reputation for destroying all life. Elin and those who settled the planet believed and hoped that no one would want the planet, and their enemies would leave them in peace and wait for Norbra to destroy them.

    However, Khybors were made to survive. They made Norbra their home and used the dangers of the planet for their own defense. Then as the generations went on, they made a long-range plan for survival, because they knew their enemies would not give up. The only way for Khybors to survive as a race was to go so far away that the Set'ri and other enemies would never find them, and in time, maybe even forget about them.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 5: Nova Vendetta Part 1: The Injustice by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Despite every effort to stay focused on his first calling, healing and medicine, Niall became a leader, first on a prison planet, then on the prison space station known as the Abyss. Every time the government changed hands, he and his friends and then his allies in the prison society were labeled conspirators and sympathizers and condemned to yet more imprisonment.

    By the time the Abyss was attacked, Niall and his people had become a force to be reckoned with. Their goal: freedom, even if meant turning pirate like the falsely imprisoned nobleman who sailed the ancient seas, on a ship called the Vendetta.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 6: Nova Vendetta Part 2: The Truce by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Niall and his crew were just centimeters away from freedom, escaping in the stolen starship they had christened the Nova Vendetta. Then disaster struck, paralyzing their ship. Retaken as prisoners, they found themselves transported on the very ship that had been their ticket to freedom.

    Then the unthinkable happened: experimental technology and a risky gamble put the ship under their control. The escaped prisoners headed for the furthest reaches of known space, determined to stay free at any cost.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 1: Volume 8: The Talon...The Adventure Begins by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    When the expected revolution does erupt, Edrian's father and grandfather are taken away, accused of treachery. His older brother flees to the wilderness to lead the rebels, and Edrian and his mother become hostages.

    Edrian hides behind his false reputation of being sickly and studious, allowing him to move freely at night, freeing prisoners and striking in defence of the colony. He is only a boy on the verge of manhood, but the Talon's reputation has already taken root.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 2: Volume 1: Undying by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Marnya is a novice, traveling to a teaching enclave to expand her healing talents. But her life is changed forever when her traveling party is attacked by brigands. In defending herself and her friends, Marnya is critically injured--but she does not die. She thinks she has hidden her remarkable healing from everyone, but two of the soldiers who rescue the novices belong to the Order of Kilvordi, and they know her secret. She is one of them, an Undying.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 10: Gemar by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Gemar, a lost colony, former member of the Conclave, now a member of the Commonwealth. A world with legends of shapeshifters.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 11: Scouts by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and the first generation of Scouts go on a training flight with the first Scout ship, but it turns into their first official rescue mission. Sunsinger has been damaged. Ganfer could be destroyed. And Lin is missing.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 15: Hoven Quest by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Legend says the planet Gemar once belonged to the Hoveni, a race of shapeshifters. Hoveni and Humans lived together in peace until the Set'ri decided to exterminate anything that didn't meet their definition of what a Human should be.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 16: The Meruk Episodes I-V by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    Meruk was just an ordinary university student. A piece of Hovenu jewelry left for him by his parents when they died sparked an interest in Hovenu history and culture that became his major course of study--archaeology. A fascinating discovery on a summer dig led to strange dreams of actually being a Hoven...and when thieves attacked the dig site, Meruk learned those dreams were true--he was a Hoven, and with his secret revealed, he had to flee for his life.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 17: The Meruk Episodes VI - X by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Meruk's quest to find other Hoveni continues as he heads out into the desert, following clues and legends of hiding places deep under the shifting sands.

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