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Attack of the ’90s!

Posted on June 14th, 2019

book cover imageRemember the ’90s?  If you don’t now, you soon will!  The 1990s arguably gave us some of the greatest films ever produced, and we’ve put together a handsome collection of them up here on the 4th floor, ready to be checked out.  20 years since it came to a close, the ’90s is a decade that continues to resonate and influence popular culture, and rightfully so.  Where would we be without Jurassic Park?  And perhaps more importantly, where would we be without Space Jam?  Certainly nowhere near as excited about this display.

Do we seem to be missing a classic ’90s gem from our collection?  Let us know via this convenient form, and we’ll do our best to abide.


Therapy Dogs visit Booth Library for Finals Week

Posted on April 23rd, 2019

May is Mental Health Month, and Mental Health America is highlighting Animal Companionship as a central topic this year.

Photo courtesy of Mental Health America.

Help us welcome certified therapy dogs from All Things Pawsitive as they again visit Booth Library during Finals Week. Ease your mind by visiting with these dogs on Monday, April 29 and Tuesday, April 30 from 2:00-6:00 p.m. in the Library Quad. In case of inclement weather, dogs will be in the library’s South Lobby.

Want more comfort? Nestle in with these books about stress management and animal companionship, on display in Booth Library’s main hallway through the end of May 2019:

  • Being with Animals: Why We Are Obsessed with the Furry, Scaly, Feathered Creatures Who Populate Our World
  • King, Barbara J., 1956-
  • QL751 .K5175 2010
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  • Boy Who Talked to Dogs: A Memoir
  • McKenna, Martin,
  • SF422.82.M39x A3 2014
  • summary | details
  • Chicken Soup for the Cat & Dog Lover’s Soul: Celebrating Pets As Family with Stories About Cats, Dogs, and Other Critters
  • SF445.5 .C47 1999
  • summary | details
  • Creature Comfort: Animals That Heal
  • Graham, Bernie, 1959-
  • RM931.A65 G73 2000
  • summary | details
  • How to Deal with Stress
  • Palmer, Stephen, 1955-
  • RA785 .P344 2010
  • summary | details
  • Learn to Relax: Proven Techniques for Reducing Stress, Tension, and Anxiety–and Promoting Peak Performance
  • Walker, C. Eugene (Clarence Eugene), 1939-
  • BF575.A6 W34 2001
  • summary | details
  • Made for Each Other: The Biology Of the Human-animal Bond
  • Olmert, Meg Daley.
  • QL85 .O46 2008
  • summary | details
  • Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift Of an Ordinary Cat
  • Dosa, David.
  • RA1000 .D67 2010
  • summary | details
  • Power Of the Dog: Things Your Dog Can Do That You Can’t
  • Krantz, Les.
  • SF426.2 .K73 2009
  • summary | details
  • Saved: Rescued Animals and the Lives They Transform
  • Winegar, Karin.
  • SF416 .W56 2008
  • summary | details
  • Smart Student’s Guide to Healthy Living: How to Survive Stress, Late Nights, & the College Cafeteria
  • Smith, M. J. (Margaret Jane), 1955-
  • RA777.3 .S63 2006
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  • Street Cat Named Bob: And How He Saved My Life
  • Bowen, James, 1979-
  • SF442.82.B68 A3 2013
  • summary | details
  • Stress Less. Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life
  • Bernstein, Aimee.
  • RA785 .B4845 2015
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  • Taking the Anxiety out Of Taking Tests: A Step-by-step Guide
  • Johnson, Susan.
  • LB3060.6 .J65 1997x
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  • What’s a Dog For?: The Surprising History, Science, Philosophy, and Politics Of Man’s Best Friend
  • Homans, John.
  • SF426 .H63 2012
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  • When Fraser Met Billy: An Autistic Boy, a Rescue Cat, and the Transformative Power Of Animal Connections
  • Booth, Louise, 1974-
  • RJ506.A9 B6575 2015
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Movies From Space!

Posted on February 18th, 2019

Did you know there’s a space exhibit happening at the Booth Library right now?  There is, and it’s great!  Here on the fourth floor, the best way we could manage to express our excitement is to put together a theme-appropriate movie display.  But these aren’t just any regular old movies.  They’re movies… FROM SPACE!

We’ve assembled only the best of our collection for your perusal: Informative documentaries, thrilling sci-fi classics, and that one movie where a bunch of dogs put on dog-sized space suits and go to the moon all by themselves.  You’ll love it.

Did you also know that the fourth floor is the highest floor in the library, which makes it closer to outer space than all the other floors?  How fitting!  Float on up and check out our fantastic display!

  • Fantastic Planet = [la Planète Sauvage]
  • PN1997 .P525x .DVD
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  • From the Earth to the Moon
  • PN1992.77.F76 .F766x .DVD
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  • Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • PN1997 .H5835x .DVD
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Celebrating Darwin Day

Posted on January 30th, 2019

Charles-Darwin-31A portrait of 31-year-old Charles Darwin
by George Richmond in 1840. [Public domain]

Darwin Day recognizes the achievements and contributions of Charles Darwin to science and humanity each year on his birthday, February 12. Events commemorating Darwin take place internationally, including at Eastern Illinois University. This year at EIU, events will be held Feb 10-12 and will include a film and panel discussion and two guest lectures. All events are free and open to the public.

The DNA Tale of Where We Came From and Who We Are
Film and panel discussion
Sunday, February 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Paleogenomics, Community Engagement and the Evolutionary Histories of Indigenous Peoples of North America
Guest lecture by Dr. Ripan Malhi, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Monday, February 11 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

Ten Thousand Years of Evolution: What Ancient DNA Has Taught Us about Ancestry and Natural Selection in Europe
Guest lecture by Dr. Iain Mathieson, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Tuesday, February 12 at 7:00 p.m.
Doudna Fine Arts Center Lecture Hall

The mission of International Darwin Day is to inspire people throughout the globe to reflect and act on the principles of intellectual bravery, perpetual curiosity, scientific thinking, and hunger for truth as embodied in Charles Darwin. Are you inspired?

The following books are on display throughout the month of February in the main hallway of Booth Library and are available for check out.

  • Brief History Of Everyone Who Ever Lived: The Human Story Retold Through Our Genes
  • Rutherford, Adam,
  • QH445.2 .R88 2017
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  • Dna Usa: A Genetic Portrait Of America
  • Sykes, Bryan,
  • GN290.U6 S95 2012
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  • Dna Is Not Destiny: The Remarkable, Completely Misunderstood Relationship Between You and Your Genes
  • Heine, Steven J.,
  • QH447 .H45 2017
  • summary | details
  • Deep Ancestry: Inside the Genographic Project
  • Wells, Spencer, 1969-
  • QH371 .W45 2006
  • summary | details
  • Exploring Personal Genomics
  • Dudley, Joel T.
  • QH447 .D83 2013
  • summary | details
  • Human Genetics: The Basics
  • Lewis, Ricki.
  • QH431 .L41857 2010
  • summary | details
  • In Pursuit Of the Gene: From Darwin to Dna
  • Schwartz, James, 1955-
  • QH428 .S24 2008
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  • Invisible History Of the Human Race: How Dna and History Shape Our Identities and Our Futures
  • Kenneally, Christine,
  • RB155 .K458 2015x
  • summary | details
  • Modern Humans: Their African Origin and Global Dispersal
  • Hoffecker, John F.,
  • GN281 .H625 2017
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  • My Beautiful Genome: Exposing Our Genetic Future, One Quirk at a Time
  • Frank, Lone, 1966-
  • QH447 .F73x 2011
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  • Seven Daughters Of Eve
  • Sykes, Bryan.
  • GN289 .S94 2001
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  • Social Life Of Dna: Race, Reparations, and Reconciliation After the Genome
  • Nelson, Alondra,
  • E185.625 .N45 2016
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  • Who We Are and How We Got Here: Ancient Dna and the New Science Of the Human Past
  • Reich, David (Of Harvard Medical School),
  • QH431 .R37 2018bx
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  • Charles Darwin
  • Desmond, Adrian J., 1947-
  • QH31.D2 D467 2007
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  • Charles Darwin’s Notebooks from the Voyage Of the Beagle
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882,
  • QH365.Z9 C436 2009x
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  • Darwin: A Very Short Introduction
  • Howard, Jonathan, 1943-
  • QH31.D2 H775 2001
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  • Darwin Reader
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365.D25 D37 1996
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  • Darwin’s Backyard: How Small Experiments Led to a Big Theory
  • Costa, James T., 1963-
  • QH31.D2 C668 2017
  • summary | details
  • Descent Of Man, and Selection in Relation to Sex
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .D2 2004x
  • summary | details
  • How to Read Darwin
  • Ridley, Mark.
  • QH31.D2 R475 2005
  • summary | details
  • On Natural Selection
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .O2 2005
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  • Origin Of Species by Means Of Natural Selection, Or, the Preservation Of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life
  • Darwin, Charles, 1809-1882.
  • QH365 .O2 1985x
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On the Shoulders of Giants, 50 years since the Moon landing

Posted on January 24th, 2019

The most recent exhibit and program series here at Booth Library will officially open on January 24, 2019. On the Shoulders of Giants is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Moon landing in 1969. The NASA 50th anniversary website provides pictures, videos and audio of the Apollo mission. Check out an interview from the New York Times, held with the three astronauts, a week before the launch. Be sure to come and check out the exhibits and program series here at Booth Library to find out more about this historic event.

The following list of books, currently on display in Marvin Foyer are available for you to check out.


  • Apollo: The Definitive Sourcebook
  • Orloff, Richard W., 1948-
  • TL789.8.U6 A5124 2006x
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  • Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects
  • Muir-Harmony, Teasel E.,
  • TL789.8.U6A5 M85 2018x
  • summary | details
  • Destination Mars: New Explorations Of the Red Planet
  • Pyle, Rod.
  • TL799.M3 P95 2012
  • summary | details
  • Destination Moon: The Apollo Missions in the Astronauts’ Own Words
  • Pyle, Rod.
  • TL789.8.U6 A575 2005
  • summary | details
  • Dreams, Hopes, Realities: Nasa’s Goddard Space Flight Center: The First Forty Years
  • Wallace, Lane E., 1961-
  • TL862.G6 W35 1999
  • summary | details
  • Far Side Of the Moon: A Photographic Guide
  • Byrne, Charles J., 1935-
  • QB595 .B97 2008x
  • summary | details
  • First Men on the Moon: The Story Of Apollo 11
  • Harland, David M. (David Michael), 1955-
  • TL789.8.U6 A53846 2007x
  • summary | details
  • Flight: My Life in Mission Control
  • Kraft, Christopher C.
  • TL789.85.K7 A3 2001
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  • It’s a Question Of Space: An Ordinary Astronaut’s Answers to Sometimes Extraordinary Questions
  • Anderson, Clayton C., 1959-
  • TL793 .A51486 2018
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  • Last Man on the Moon: Astronaut Eugene Cernan and America’s Race in Space
  • Cernan, Eugene,
  • TL789.8.U6 A52435 2009x
  • summary | details
  • Marketing the Moon: The Selling Of the Apollo Lunar Program
  • Scott, David Meerman.
  • TL789.8.U6 A58156 2014
  • summary | details
  • One Giant Leap: The Extraordinary Story Of the Moon Landings
  • Furniss, Tim.
  • TL799.M6 F87x 1998
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  • Pioneering the Space Frontier
  • United States. National Commission on Space.
  • TL789.8.U5 U565 1986
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  • Right Stuff, Wrong Sex: America’s First Women in Space Program
  • Weitekamp, Margaret A., 1971-
  • TL789.85.A1 W45 2006x
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  • Rocket Ranch: The Nuts and Bolts Of the Apollo Moon Program at Kennedy Space Center
  • Ward, Jonathan H.,
  • TL789.8.U6 A6643 2015x
  • summary | details
  • Space Exploration for Dummies
  • Phillips, Cynthia, 1973-
  • TL793 .P47 2009x
  • summary | details
  • Space Shuttle: The First 20 Years
  • TL795.5 .S63 2002x
  • summary | details
  • Turning Dust to Gold: Building a Future on the Moon and Mars
  • Benaroya, Haym, 1954-
  • TL795.7 .B46 2010
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  • U.s. National Debate Topic 2011-2012: American Space Exploration and Development
  • TL789.8.U5 U514 2011
  • summary | details

Back to School Movies @BoothLibrary

Posted on January 8th, 2019

Welcome back, everyone!  Or, if you’re brand new, welcome aboard!  We at the Booth Library are glad you’re here, and to show our appreciation, we’ve gathered up a collection of only the finest school-related films to get you into the spirit.  Kick off the semester in style with a comedy, musical, drama, or… whatever category The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom falls into.  There are no wrong decisions.

book cover image

TEEN MOVIES: American Youth On Screen

Interested in doing a little reading up on the side while you’re at it?
  We’ve got that covered, too.

If your favorite school movie isn’t there, make sure to suggest-a-purchase and we’ll do our best to buy it for the collection.

Cheers, and good luck this spring!





    • 10 Things I Hate About You
  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • PN1997 .B54552x .DVD
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Spooky Halloween Movies

Posted on October 11th, 2018

It’s terrifying what a good time you can have with our monster collection of Halloween-y movies @boothlibrary ! We’ve got the Universal and Hammer monsters, recent hits like The Babadook, and Get Out, and classics like Friday the 13th and Alien. Oh, and let’s not forget about the zombies

  • Bud Abbott, Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein
  • PN1997 .B862x .DVD
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  • Creature from the Black Lagoon: Complete Legacy Collection
  • PN1997 .C7335x .DVD
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  • Dracula: The Legacy Collection
  • PN1997 .D78913x .DVD
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  • Frankenstein: The Legacy Collection
  • PN1997 .F692x .DVD
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  • It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown
  • PN1997.5 .C53x .DVD
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  • Monster Of Phantom Lake: The Musical!
  • PN1997 .M65469x .DVD
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  • Simpsons Treehouse Of Horror
  • PN1992.77.S567 T74 2003x .DVD
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Posted on September 27th, 2018

Several Astronomy and Stargazing titles available at Booth for clear nights!


  • 4th Rock from the Sun: The Story Of Mars
  • Jenner, Nicky,
  • QB641 .J46 2017x
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  • 50 Best Sights in Astronomy and How to See Them: Observing Eclipses, Bright Comets, Meteor Showers, and Other Celestial Wonders
  • Schaaf, Fred.
  • QB63 .S389 2007
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  • Astronomy for Dummies
  • Maran, Stephen P.
  • QB63 .M38 2013
  • summary | details
  • Backyard Astronomer’s Guide
  • Dickinson, Terence.
  • QB64 .D513 2002
  • summary | details
  • Big Bang in a Little Room: The Quest to Create New Universes
  • Merali, Zeeya,
  • QB981 .M465 2017
  • summary | details
  • Chandra’s Cosmos: Dark Matter, Black Holes, and Other Wonders Revealed by Nasa’s Premier X-ray Observatory
  • Tucker, Wallace H.
  • QB472 .T8114 2017
  • summary | details
  • Discovering Pluto: Exploration at the Edge Of the Solar System
  • Cruikshank, Dale P.,
  • QB701 .C78 2018
  • summary | details
  • Eclipse: Journeys to the Dark Side Of the Moon
  • Close, F. E.,
  • QB541 .C56 2017
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  • Exploring the Night Sky with Binoculars
  • Moore, Patrick.
  • QB63 .M6523 1986
  • summary | details
  • Field Guide to the Stars and Planets, Including the Moon, Satellites, Comets, and Other Features Of the Universe,
  • Menzel, Donald H. (Donald Howard), 1901-1976.
  • QB64 .M4
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  • Lights in the Sky: Identifying and Understanding Astronomical and Meteorological Phenomena
  • Maunder, Michael J. de F.
  • QB64 .M28 2007x
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  • Little Book Of Black Holes
  • Gubser, Steven Scott, 1972-
  • QB843.B55 G83 2017
  • summary | details
  • Nightwatch: A Practical Guide to Viewing the Universe
  • Dickinson, Terence.
  • QB64 .D533 2003x
  • summary | details
  • Planet Factory: Exoplanets and the Search for a Second Earth
  • Tasker, Elizabeth,
  • QB820 .T373 2017x
  • summary | details
  • Reading Galileo: Scribal Technologies and the Two New Sciences
  • Raphael, Renée Jennifer, 1979-
  • QB36.G2 R2155 2017
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  • Star Theatre: The Story Of the Planetarium
  • Firebrace, William,
  • QB70 .F57 2017x
  • summary | details
  • Star Watch: The Amateur Astronomer’s Guide to Finding, Observing, and Learning About over 125 Celestial Objects
  • Harrington, Philip S.
  • QB63 .H319 2003
  • summary | details
  • Stargazer’s Handbook
  • Sparrow, Giles, 1970-
  • QB63 .S63 2007x
  • summary | details
  • Stargazing: A Group Leader’s Guide
  • Nickelsburg, Janet.
  • QB63 .N57
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  • Summer Stargazer: Astronomy for Absolute Beginners
  • Claiborne, Robert.
  • QB64 .C57 1975x
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  • Through the Telescope: A Guide for the Amateur Astronomer
  • Barnes-Svarney, Patricia L.
  • QB64 .B37 2000
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  • Totality: The Great American Eclipses Of 2017 and 2024
  • Littmann, Mark, 1939-
  • QB541 .L694 2017
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  • Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World.
  • QB43.3 .U566 2017
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  • Walk Through the Heavens: A Guide to Stars and Constellations and Their Legends
  • Heifetz, Milton D., 1921-
  • QB63 .H374 1996
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Back to School Movies

Posted on August 20th, 2018

Listed below is a finely curated selection of films to help usher in the new semester. Inspiring true stories, musicals, outrageous ’80s comedy — there’s something here for everyone. Revisit an old classic, discover a new favorite, or just watch “Mean Girls” again for the 27th time. We won’t blame you. Welcome back, Panthers!


  • Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure
  • PN1997 .B54552x .DVD
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  • National Lampoon’s Animal House
  • PN1997 .A6837x .DVD
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  • Positively True Adventures Of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-murdering Mom
  • PN1997 .P6765x .DVD
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  • Stand and Deliver Lean on Me: Drama Double Feature.
  • PN1995.9.T4 S83x 2007 .DVD
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Great Summer Sci-Fi Reads

Posted on June 27th, 2018

Are you a Sci-Fi fan? Or maybe you have always wanted to try the genre but don’t know where to begin? Let Booth Library feed your imagination with some of the most essential works from the genre. We’ve got thousands of pages from the best writers just waiting to be discovered!

Has it been a few years since you last read one of these favorites? Let us take you back in time as you reconnect with all time Sci-Fi favorites!


  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008.
  • PR6005.L36 A615 1968x
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  • American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956-1958
  • PS648.S3 A572x 2012
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  • American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-1956
  • PS648.S3 A57x 2012
  • summary | details
  • Brave New World
  • Huxley, Aldous, 1894-1963,
  • PR6015.U9 B65 2006x
  • summary | details
  • Collected Stories Of Arthur C. Clarke.
  • Clarke, Arthur C. (Arthur Charles), 1917-2008.
  • PR6005.L36 A6x 2001
  • summary | details
  • Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
  • Adams, Douglas, 1952-2001,
  • PR6051.D3352 D5 1987
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  • Earthsea Quartet
  • Le Guin, Ursula K., 1929-2018.
  • 813 L527ea
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  • End Of Eternity
  • Asimov, Isaac, 1920-1992.
  • PS3551.S5 E5 2011x
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  • Fahrenheit 451
  • Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012,
  • PS3503.R167 F3 2013x
  • summary | details
  • Have Space Suit–will Travel
  • Heinlein, Robert A. (Robert Anson), 1907-1988.
  • 813 H364h 2003
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  • Heir to the Empire
  • Zahn, Timothy.
  • PS3576.A33 H45 1991
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  • Martian Chronicles.
  • Bradbury, Ray, 1920-2012.
  • PS3503.R167 M37 1963x
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  • Minority Report
  • Dick, Philip K.
  • PS3554.I3 M46 2002
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  • Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
  • Heinlein, Robert A. (Robert Anson), 1907-1988.
  • 813 H364mo
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  • Neuromancer
  • Gibson, William, 1948-
  • PS3557.I2264 N48 2004
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  • Nineteen Eighty-four
  • Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
  • PR6029.R8 N49 1992
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  • Red Mars
  • Robinson, Kim Stanley,
  • PS3568.O2893 R44 1993X
  • summary | details
  • Selected Stories Of Philip K. Dick
  • Dick, Philip K.
  • PS3554.I3 A6 2002
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  • Slaughterhouse-five, Or, the Children’s Crusade: A Duty-dance with Death
  • Vonnegut, Kurt.
  • PS3572.O5 S55 2009x
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  • Time Machine.
  • Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.
  • PR5774 .T5 1964x
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For the hardcore fan of some of the lesser known 20th Century Sci-Fi, take a look at this list of electronic and print titles from Booth from American Science Fiction author Alfred Bester. Jad Smith, Professor of English at EIU published Alfred Bester in 2016 for the book series “Modern Masters of Science Fiction”.

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