Science Fiction Detective Books

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If you are a regular visitor to Detectivebooks.org, than there is little doubt that you like detective novels and mysteries, in general. But maybe you are also a fan of Science Fiction stories. Then you are really in luck, because many authors have ventured into the small, but very entertaining genre of the Science Fiction Detective or Science Fiction Mystery.

Many detectives have used the scientific method to solve crimes. One need only look to Sherlock Holmes to find examples. But this specialized genre refers to private eyes that have worked in a world not like the real world, but not a fantasy one either. Of course, Holmes stories have been set in the future and he has faced aliens like the Martians of the War of the Worlds... See my sister site Sherlock Holmes Pastiches, for an example.

But besides such exceptions from regular detectives, I think such novels as "The Caves of Steel" by Isaac Asimov is more representative. The novel takes place way in the future when all of earth's cities are under steel domes. A "spacer" ambassador is killed and a New York Police detective and a robot must solve the murder.

I would also recommend you check out the Asimov's Robot stories featuring Dr. Susan Calvin, robot psychologist. While the Doctor* is not a real private investigator, Dr. Calvin does solve mysteries that sometimes involve crimes and, always, the breaking of Robotic Laws. *(Another well known "Doctor" is Doctor Who who is his own sub-genre in the science fiction field.)

Not surprising, when it comes to Sci Fi, it is hard to pin down what a particular novel is going to be about. Some will be satirically humorous like "Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency" by Douglas Adams (1987) or fast paced action like 1968 novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?" by Philip K. Dick - you may have seen the film adaptation of the novel entitled "Blade Runner" starring Harrison Ford.

One thing that is great about both science fiction and mysteries is how well they work in the short fiction format. Look for any number of future crime or private eye anthologies such as "Future Crimes" (1999, Paperback) edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, a collection of short stories about con men and criminals of the day after tomorrow.

Don't expect all of the detectives to be human - they can be aliens or robots or even a velociraptor as in the novel, "Anonymous Rex" by Eric Garcia (1999), where the private eye working the case is a dinosaur.

So if you are ready to stretch your imagination and your deductive skills. And want to solve a mystery while you travel into outer space or the distant future. Then get ready to meet extra terrestrial suspects and robotic victims and a few odd detectives as you enter the world of Science Fiction Detective Books...


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Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science
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Jay Williams Danny Dunn Scientific Detective Arch Science Fiction 827706
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Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science Cambridge Studies in Ninete
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Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science by Ronald R Thomas Paperback
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Detective Fiction and the Rise of Forensic Science by Ronald R Thomas Hardcover
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Adam Quirk 1 The Master Must Die A Science Fiction Detective Story by John R
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VI Warshawski Novel Book Lot of 4 by Sara Paretsky Detective Mystery PB
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Robert Rankin Eddie Bear Private Detective GIFT QUALITY Toyminator
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THE BLACK STAR BY LIN CARTER 1ST PRINT 1973
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Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Ellery Queen Fantasy Science Fiction Magazines
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Science Fiction Pint Size Heroes Mystery Mini Figure Marty McFly
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Science Fiction Pint Size Heroes Mystery Mini Figure Zoidberg
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Science Fiction Pint Size Heroes Mystery Mini Figure Martian Mars Attacks
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Funko Science Fiction Series 1 Mystery Minis Judge Dredd figure
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The mystery Science fiction ExLibrary
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Funko Science Fiction Mystery Mini Series 1 Xenomorph Alien 1 24 Rarity
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Lot of 6 Assorted Fiction Novels Mystery Science Fiction Adult Contemporary
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1949 SCIENCE FICTION PRIVATE EYE BOOK BY LEWIS PADGETT GOOD CONDIT TUB Q
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Psychotronic Sci-Fi II 31: Dirk Gently's Hollistic Detective Agency by Douglas Adams (1987)

Number 31 in my second history of Science Fiction, today we're looking at the interconnectedness of all things. Music: Who are you? By the Who.

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