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...


Science Fiction Detective Books For Sale




MANGA DETECTIVE RITUAL Bd 1 6 KOMPLETTE REIHE Tokyopop Science Fiction
MANGA DETECTIVE RITUAL Bd 1 6 KOMPLETTE REIHE Tokyopop Science Fiction EUR 24,95
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+ BLADE RUNNER Aufnher Patch REPLICANT DETECTIVE
+ BLADE RUNNER Aufnher Patch REPLICANT DETECTIVE EUR 8,99
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The Last Detective by Robert Crais Compact Disc Book English
The Last Detective by Robert Crais Compact Disc Book English EUR 16,99
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DVD Filmpaket Mystery Thriller Science Fiction 11 Filme inkl Versand
DVD Filmpaket Mystery Thriller Science Fiction 11 Filme inkl Versand EUR 20,00
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery Literatur
Russisches Buch   Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery  Literatur EUR 7,09
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery
Russisches Buch    Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery EUR 11,79
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery
Russisches Buch     Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery EUR 8,49
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery
Russisches Buch     Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery EUR 10,59
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery
Russisches Buch    Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery EUR 7,49
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery lesen
Russisches Buch  Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery  lesen EUR 12,89
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery lesen
Russisches Buch   Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery  lesen EUR 13,69
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Russisches Buch Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery Literatur
Russisches Buch  Fiction Fantasy Action Science Mystery  Literatur EUR 8,99
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