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Unlikely Heroes of Science Fiction

Behan "J."
 
The Gods Themselves
The Gods Themselves
"Dua is a nebulous jellyfish-thing of indescribable gender, who fends off the expectations of society to become a physicist, and tries to save our universe from her home in another. A must-read."
Tower Of Glass (Gollancz SF collector's edition)
Tower Of Glass (Gollancz SF collector's edition)
"Thor Watchman is a sturdy kind of a guy; a strong, intelligent android, grown in a vat, born to serve his master, friend and God, Simeon Krug. But things change, and Thor must learn to be his own man."
Mockingbird (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Mockingbird (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Spofforth is sick of his existence, but being a robot, he is programmed to avoid his own suicide. He is haunted by the fragments of another man's memory, and seeks only to know love, then die."
Galapagos
Galapagos
"Leon is the ghost of a welder who sticks around to take a cruise, watch the apocalypse, and to see the last vestiges of mankind evolve, shedding the silly big brains that made Man into dinosaurs."
Stranger in a Strange Land (Hodder Great Reads)
Stranger in a Strange Land (Hodder Great Reads)
"Jubal Harshaw is getting on in years and a bit of a relic. You may think he's a misogynist, but really he's just old-fashioned. I like the cantankerous old coot; you might not."
Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Mission Of Gravity: Mesklinite Book 1 (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Barlennan is the very definition of "plucky"; a foot-long centipede privateer on a quest that shakes all he ever believed, that will change the very nature of his world."
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1/5 (Hitchhikers Guide 1)
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: 1/5 (Hitchhikers Guide 1)
"Arthur Dent is a refugee; Earth is gone, his travelling companions are lunatics and not all of the galaxy is "mostly harmless". If he had forgotten to bring a towel, he would be in real trouble."
Speed Of Dark: A Novel
Speed Of Dark: A Novel
"Lou is one of the last people to grow up autistic. Through his eyes, living alone, surviving office politics, taking up fencing, making friends and enemies and going for lunch are all heroic exploits."
The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future
The Dark Lady: A Romance of the Far Future
"Leonardo is a humble, self-sacrificing art expert from a rather neurotic alien race. He simply isn't cut out for chasing over the galaxy, searching out mysterious paintings in dangerous places."
Riverworld: Including to Your Scattered Bodies Go & the Fabulous Riverboat
Riverworld: Including to Your Scattered Bodies Go & the Fabulous Riverboat
"Richard Francis Burton is dead, or undead, or in Hell. He's a victorian polymath stuck on a bizarre planet with Hermann Goering and he'll find out what's going on if it kills him... 777 times!"
Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
Flowers For Algernon (S.F. MASTERWORKS)
"Algernon is a mouse. Charlie is not so bright. Together, they face a bizarre and tragic destiny..."