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CBHD often receives requests from educators and other individuals for popular resources that engage bioethics through various media (fiction, film, and television). In this resource, we offer an overview of relevant materials in fictional books and series. Readers are cautioned that these works represent a wide variety of genres and may not be appropriate for all audiences. For more information on each work, please visit the individual topic pages. If there is a work you think we missed, email us at info@cbhd.org.

Biotechnology | Cloning | Disability Ethics | Emerging Technology | End-of-Life | Genetic Ethics | Global Bioethics | Healthcare | Human Dignity / Personhood | Human Enhancement | Neuroethics | Organ Donation & Transplantation | Public Health | Public Policy | Reproductive Ethics | Research Ethics | Stem Cell Research | Transhumanism

 

Biotechnology

  • Anderson, Poul. Genesis (Tor, 2001)
  • Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Series.
    • Foundation and Empire (1952; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Second Foundation (1953; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Foundation's Edge (1982; repr., Bantam Spectra, 1991)
    • Foundation and Earth (1986; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Prelude to Foundation (1988; repr., Bantam, 1989)
  • Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky (1950; repr., Tor, 2008)
  • Attwood, Margaret. The Heart Goes Last (Nan A. Talese, 2015)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Baciagalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl (Nightshade Books, 2010)
  • Berry, Max. Machine Man (Vintage, 2011)
  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)
  • Bova, Ben and Eric Choi, eds. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (Tor, 2014)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • China, Mieville. Perdido Street Station (Del Rey, 2011)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Pearson, Mary. The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Square Fish, 2009)
  • Perry, Steve. The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars (Ace, 2012)
  • Rajaniemi, Hannu. The Quantum Thief (Tor, 2011)
  • Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb Series
    • Fever Crumb (Scholastic, 2009)
    • Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011)
    • Scrivener's Moon (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra, 1992)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robogenesis (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

Cloning

  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)

 

Disability Ethics

  • Lowry, Louis. Gathering Blue (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

 

Emerging Technology

  • Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Series.
    • Foundation and Empire (1952; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Second Foundation (1953; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Foundation's Edge (1982; repr., Bantam Spectra, 1991)
    • Foundation and Earth (1986; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Prelude to Foundation (1988; repr., Bantam, 1989)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Bova, Ben and Eric Choi, eds. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (Tor, 2014)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • China, Mieville. Perdido Street Station (Del Rey, 2011)
  • Berry, Max. Machine Man (Vintage, 2011)
  • Gibson, William. The Peripheral (Berkley, 2015)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Pearson, Mary. The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Square Fish, 2009)
  • Perry, Steve. The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars (Ace, 2012)
  • Rajaniemi, Hannu. The Quantum Thief (Tor, 2011)
  • Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb Series
    • Fever Crumb (Scholastic, 2009)
    • Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011)
    • Scrivener's Moon (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Roth, Veronica. The Divergent Trilogy (Series)
    • Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)
    • Insurgent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
    • Allegiant (Katherine Tegen Books, 2013)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Diamond Crash: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra, 1995)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra, 1992)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robogenesis (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

End-of-Life

  • Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky (1950; repr., Tor, 2008)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • Lowry, Louis. Gathering Blue (Houghton Mifflin, 2000)
  • Morgan, Kass. The 100 Series
    • The 100 (Little, Brown, and Co., 2013)
    • Day 21 (Little, Brown, and Co., 2014)
  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)

 

Genetic Ethics

  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Baciagalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl (Nightshade Books, 2010)
  • Bova, Ben and Eric Choi, eds. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (Tor, 2014)
  • Brown, Dan. Inferno (Doubleday, 2013)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Card, Orson Scott and Kathryn Kidd. Lovelock (Tor Books, 2001)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga. (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb Series
    • Fever Crumb (Scholastic, 2009)
    • Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011)
    • Scrivener's Moon (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Richards, Douglas. Wired (Paragon, 2012)
  • Wells, Dan. Partials Sequence Series
    • Partials (Balzer & Bray, 2013)
    • Fragments (Balzer & Bray, 2014)
    • Ruins (Balzer & Bray, 2014)

 

Global Bioethics

  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)

 

Healthcare

  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)

 

Human Dignity / Personhood

  • Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Series.
    • Foundation and Empire (1952; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Second Foundation (1953; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Foundation's Edge (1982; repr., Bantam Spectra, 1991)
    • Foundation and Earth (1986; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Prelude to Foundation (1988; repr., Bantam, 1989)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Baciagalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl (Nightshade Books, 2010)
  • Bova, Ben and Eric Choi, eds. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (Tor, 2014)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Card, Orson Scott and Kathryn Kidd. Lovelock (Tor Books, 2001)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Pearson, Mary. The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Square Fish, 2009)
  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)
  • Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb Series
    • Fever Crumb (Scholastic, 2009)
    • Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011)
    • Scrivener's Moon (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Wells, Dan. Partials Sequence Series
    • Partials (Balzer & Bray, 2013).
    • Fragments (Balzer & Bray, 2014).
    • Ruins (Balzer & Bray, 2014).
  • Wilson, Daniel. Amped (Vintage, 2013)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robogenesis (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

Human Enhancement

  • Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Series.
    • Foundation and Empire (1952; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Second Foundation (1953; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Foundation's Edge (1982; repr., Bantam Spectra, 1991)
    • Foundation and Earth (1986; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Prelude to Foundation (1988; repr., Bantam, 1989)
  • Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky (1950; repr., Tor, 2008)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Bova, Ben and Eric Choi, eds. Carbide Tipped Pens: Seventeen Tales of Hard Science Fiction (Tor, 2014)
  • Baciagalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl (Nightshade Books, 2010)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Card, Orson Scott and Kathryn Kidd. Lovelock (Tor Books, 2001)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • China, Mieville. Perdido Street Station (Del Rey, 2011)
  • Berry, Max. Machine Man (Vintage, 2011)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Perry, Steve. The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars (Ace, 2012)
  • Lewis, C. S. That Hideous Strength (Reprint Edition, Scribner, 2003)
  • Rajaniemi, Hannu. The Quantum Thief (Tor, 2011)
  • Richards, Douglas. Wired (Paragon, 2012)
  • Roth, Veronica. The Divergent Trilogy (Series)
    • Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)
    • Insurgent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
    • Allegiant (Katherine Tegen Books, 2013)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra, 1992)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Amped (Vintage, 2013)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robogenesis (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

Neuroethics

  • Asimov, Isaac. The Foundation Series.
    • Foundation and Empire (1952; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Second Foundation (1953; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Foundation's Edge (1982; repr., Bantam Spectra, 1991)
    • Foundation and Earth (1986; repr., Bantam Spectra, 2004)
    • Prelude to Foundation (1988; repr., Bantam, 1989)
  • Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky (1950; repr., Tor, 2008)
  • Attwood, Margaret. The Heart Goes Last (Nan A. Talese, 2015)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Homecoming Saga (Tor Books) (Series)
    • The Memory of Earth (1992)
    • The Call of Earth (1992)
    • The Ships of Earth (1994)
    • Earthfall (1995)
    • Earthborn (1995)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • McCarthy, T. C. The Subterrene War (Series)
    • Germline (2011)
    • Exogene (2012)
    • Chimera (2012)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Pearson, Mary. The Adoration of Jenna Fox (Square Fish, 2009)
  • Perry, Steve. The Ramal Extraction: Cutter's Wars (Ace, 2012)
  • Reeve, Philip. Fever Crumb Series
    • Fever Crumb (Scholastic, 2009)
    • Web of Air (Scholastic, 2011)
    • Scrivener's Moon (Scholastic, 2012)
  • Richards, Douglas. Wired (Paragon, 2012)
  • Roth, Veronica. The Divergent Trilogy (Series)
    • Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)
    • Insurgent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
    • Allegiant (Katherine Tegen Books, 2013)
  • Shusterman, Neal. Unwind (Simon and Schuster, 2007)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Diamond Crash: Or, a Young Lady's Illustrated Primer (Bantam Spectra, 1995)
  • Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash (Bantam Spectra, 1992)
  • Wells, Dan. Partials Sequence Series
    • Partials (Balzer & Bray, 2013).
    • Fragments (Balzer & Bray, 2014).
    • Ruins (Balzer & Bray, 2014).
  • Wilson, Daniel. Amped (Vintage, 2013)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

Organ Donation & Transplantation

  • Attwood, Margaret. The Heart Goes Last (Nan A. Talese, 2015)
  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)
  • Shusterman, Neal. Unwind (Simon and Schuster, 2007)

 

Public Health

  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)
  • Brown, Dan. Inferno (Doubleday, 2013)
  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)

 

Public Policy

  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)
  • Polansky, Stephen. The Bradbury Report: A Novel (Weinstein, 2010)

 

Reproductive Ethics

  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Ender Saga (Series, also referred to as the Ender's Game Series)
    • Ender's Game (1985)
    • Speaker for the Dead (1986)
    • Xenocide (1991)
    • Children of the Mind (1996)
    • Ender in Exile (2008)
  • Card, Orson Scott. The Shadow Saga (Series)
    • Ender's Shadow (1999)
    • Shadow of the Hegemon (2001)
    • Shadow Puppets (2002)
    • Shadow of the Giant (2005)
    • Shadows in Flight (2012)
  • Card, Orson Scott. Shadows in Flight (Tor, 2012)
  • Lowry, Louis. The Giver (Houghton Mifflin, 1993)
  • Lowry, Louis. Son (Houghton Mifflin, 2012)
  • Shusterman, Neal. Unwind (Simon and Schuster, 2007)

 

Research Ethics

  • Asimov, Isaac. Pebble in the Sky (1950; repr., Tor, 2008)
  • Attwood, Margaret. MaddAddam Trilogy (Series)
    • Oryx and Crake (Anchor, 2004)
    • The Year of the flood (2010)
    • MaddAddam (2013)
  • Berry, Max. Machine Man (Vintage, 2011)
  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)
  • Morgan, Kass. The 100 Trilogy
    • The 100 (Little, Brown, and Co., 2013)
    • Day 21 (Little, Brown, and Co., 2014)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Richards, Douglas. Wired (Paragon, 2012)
  • Roth, Veronica. The Divergent Trilogy (Series)
    • Divergent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2011)
    • Insurgent (Katherine Tegen Books, 2012)
    • Allegiant (Katherine Tegen Books, 2013)
  • Wells, Dan. Partials Sequence Series
    • Partials (Balzer & Bray, 2013)
    • Fragments (Balzer & Bray, 2014)
    • Ruins (Balzer & Bray, 2014)

 

Stem Cell Research

  • Bova, Ben. The Immortality Factor (Tor, 2009)

 

Transhumanism

  • Anderson, Poul. Genesis (Tor, 2001)
  • Baciagalupi, Paolo. The Windup Girl (Nightshade Books, 2010)
  • Berry, Max. Machine Man (Vintage, 2011)
  • Brown, Dan. Inferno (Doubleday, 2013)
  • Lewis, C. S. That Hideous Strength (Reprint Edition, Scribner, 2003)
  • Naam, Ramez. Crux (Angry Robot, 2013)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robogenesis (Doubleday, 2014)
  • Wilson, Daniel. Robopocalypse: A Novel (New York: Doubleday, 2011) [Interested readers who enjoy this volume may also like Daniel Wilson, How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion. (New York: Bloomsbury, 2005).]

 

 

Updated December 2016