10 Great Science Fiction Books for People Who Don’t Read Sci-Fi

Gun, With Occasional Music, Jonathan Lethem

If you love your hard-boiled detective fiction but don’t know about all that spaceships and moon men nonsense, or if you’ve grown to love Lethem in his realist phase (Motherless Brooklyn/The Fortress of Solitude) but haven’t delved into his earlier works, we suggest the Brooklyn-based author’s very first novel, which follows the escapades of tough-guy Conrad Metcalf in a futuristic San Francisco populated by scientists, kangaroo thugs, and artificially-evolved children known as baby-heads. Yes, it’s as awesome as it sounds.