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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 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 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 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 8: Leap Ships by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and Lin go on an exploring mission and meet Leapers - descendants of people who escaped from the abuse and slavery of First Civ. Leap ships travel vast distances in a few heartbeats by slipping through the fabric of space and time. Journeys of years with Spacer pilots take days on Leap ships. Captain Lorian and the crew of the Estal'es'cai have come to see if anything remains of their galaxy and the civilization where their ancestors originated. What Lin and Bain do on meeting the Leapers could affect the future of the Commonwealth.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 7: University by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    A researcher was attacked, his laboratory ransacked and deadly cultures stolen. With the possibility of a plague being loosed under the domes of Centralis, Bain and Gorgi knew they had to help. But it could cost them their lives.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 9: Aramar by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Trouble is brewing, and the crew of "Sunsinger" is asked by the Commonwealth Council to go to Aramar and assist the Commonwealth's ambassadors. And help them escape if the trouble erupts into civil war.

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 6: Fever by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Sunsinger's crew joins the Rangers on a mission of mercy where time is the enemy -- along with a plague created by the alien Mashrami. Bain and Lin help to deliver medicine to hopefully prevent and cure the plague. When they come to a planet where the colonists are uncooperative, they start to unearth secrets better left buried.

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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 3: Volume 5: The Lady and the Order by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and Lin meet up with Sister High Scholar Marnya, a member of the Order of Kilvordi - the Church scholars and scientists who brought civilization back from the destruction of the Downfall and took Humans back into space. Marnya needs their help on a very important mission: She needs to travel in disguise, to see if the conditions on the colony worlds match the reports that she receives. Plus, someone is trying to kill members of the Order, and Marnya is the most important target of all. Bain's dreams of having the power and resources to help the helpless come a little closer to reality as he learns from Marnya and her bodyguard, Jax.

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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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    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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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 4: Dead World by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction/Young Adult)
     
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    Bain and Lin meet up with Ranger Captain Gilmore again. Gil has an important mission for Sunsinger's crew: helping test a new device to protect ships from the alien Mashrami. The only problem is, Lin has to get Sunsinger very close to the aliens in order to test it!

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    Commonwealth Universe, Age 3: Volume 20: Virtually Dead by Michelle Levigne (Science Fiction)
     
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    For six hundred years, the Khybor scientists on Ayvystal slept, through the destruction of their civilization. Now the new civilization built on the ruins above them threatens their existence.

    Caspya is their Sentinel, their guardian. She must make contact with the living, waking world above them, find allies, and recover their life tubes before any more members of their virtual reality Community are killed. Or worse, found by the heirs of the enemy who sent them into hiding long ago.

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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 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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    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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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