Gift Guide: For The Nerdy Type

WORD has lots of nerdy people who love games and science fiction and immersive stories, so you're bound to have some of them in your life, too.

(You could also check out the reading list from our Space Truckers book club and would find some other winners there)

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Game Wizards: The Epic Battle for Dungeons & Dragons (Game Histories) Cover Image
$24.95
ISBN: 9780262542951
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Published: The MIT Press - October 12th, 2021

The story of the arcane table-top game that became a pop culture phenomenon and the long-running legal battle waged by its cocreators.


The Actual Star: A Novel Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9780063002890
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Published: Harper Voyager - September 14th, 2021

David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas meets Octavia Butler’s Earthseed series, as acclaimed author Monica Byrne (The Girl in the Road) spins a brilliant multigenerational saga spanning two thousand years, from the collapse of the ancient Maya to a far-future utopia on the brink of civil war.


Fan Fiction: A Mem-Noir: Inspired by True Events Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250274366
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Published: St. Martin's Press - October 12th, 2021

Brent Spiner’s explosive and hilarious novel is a personal look at the slightly askew relationship between a celebrity and his fans. If the Coen Brothers were to make a Star Trek movie, involving the complexity of fan obsession and sci-fi, this noir comedy might just be the one.


A Psalm for the Wild-Built (Monk & Robot #1) Cover Image
$20.99
ISBN: 9781250236210
Availability: Backordered
Published: Tordotcom - July 13th, 2021

In A Psalm for the Wild-Built, Hugo Award-winner Becky Chambers's delightful new Monk and Robot series gives us hope for the future.

It's been centuries since the robots of Panga gained self-awareness and laid down their tools; centuries since they wandered, en masse, into the wilderness, never to be seen again; centuries since they faded into myth and urban legend.


Project Hail Mary: A Novel Cover Image
$28.99
ISBN: 9780593135204
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Published: Ballantine Books - May 4th, 2021

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • From the author of The Martian, a lone astronaut must save the earth from disaster in this “propulsive” (Entertainment Weekly), cinematic thriller full of suspense, humor, and fascinating science—in development as a major motion picture starring Ryan Gosling.


All of the Marvels: A Journey to the Ends of the Biggest Story Ever Told Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780735222168
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Published: Penguin Press - October 12th, 2021

The first-ever full reckoning with Marvel Comics’ interconnected, half-million-page story, a revelatory guide to the “epic of epics”—and to the past sixty years of American culture—from a beloved authority on the subject who read all 27,000+ Marvel superhero comics and lived to tell the tale


In the Quick: A Novel Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525511250
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Published: Random House - March 2nd, 2021

GOOD MORNING AMERICA BUZZ PICK • A young, ambitious female astronaut’s life is upended by a love affair that threatens the rescue of a lost crew in this brilliantly imagined novel “with echoes of Station Eleven, The Martian, and, yes, Jane Eyre” (Observer).


The Desert Prince Cover Image
$29.99
ISBN: 9781984817082
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Published: Del Rey - August 3rd, 2021

A brand-new epic fantasy adventure set in the beloved world of the Demon Cycle, following a new generation of heroes, from New York Times bestselling author Peter V. Brett
 


Gideon the Ninth (The Locked Tomb Series #1) Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781250313188
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Published: Tordotcom - July 14th, 2020

15+ pages of new, original content, including a glossary of terms, in-universe writings, and more!

A USA Today Best-Selling Novel, and one of the Best Books of 2019 according to NPR, the New York Public Library, Amazon, BookPage, Shelf Awareness, BookRiot, and Bustle!

WINNER of the 2020 Crawford Award


A Master of Djinn (Dead Djinn Universe #1) Cover Image
$27.99
ISBN: 9781250267689
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Published: Tordotcom - May 11th, 2021

A 2021 NEIBA Book Award Finalist!

Nebula, Locus, and Alex Award-winner P. Djèlí Clark goes full-length for the first time in his dazzling debut novel


Questland Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780358346289
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Published: Mariner Books - June 22nd, 2021

"Questland is a thrill ride…Richly imagined, action-packed, maximum fun."
—Charles Yu, New York Times bestselling author of Interior Chinatown

YOU FIND YOURSELF IN A MAZE FULL OF TWISTY PASSAGES...
 
Literature professor Dr.


The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2021 (The Best American Series ®) Cover Image
By Veronica Roth (Editor), John Joseph Adams (Editor)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780358469964
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Published: Mariner Books - October 12th, 2021

The best science fiction and fantasy stories of 2021, selected by series editor John Joseph Adams and guest editor Veronica Roth.

This year’s selection of science fiction and fantasy stories, chosen by series editor John Joseph Adams and bestselling author of the Divergent series Veronica Roth, showcases a crop of authors that are willing to experiment and tantalize reader