There are many great sci-fi Novels. Sci-fi novels show readers the compelling vision of the future. The books range from cyberpunk and galactic space to dystopian worlds. Reading science-fiction novels is a great way to escape the everyday mundane life. Here are 10 best science-fiction books.
List of 10 Best Science-Fiction Books:
- Dune by Frank Herbert
- 1984 by George Orwell
- Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
- Foundation by Isaac Asimov
- The War Of The Worlds by H. G Wells
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood
- The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is an iconic and best sci-fic novel by Frank Hebert. The book was first published in 1965. It is the first installment in the eight series of books. Dune is set on a desert planet called Arrakis. It is the story of Paul Atreides, heir to a noble family who is tasked with ruling a hostile world where one of the most valuable things is the spice ‘melange’, it is a drug that has the ability of extending life and enhancing consciousness. When House Atreides is betrayed it results in the destruction of Paul’s family. This sets Paul on a journey towards a destiny greater than he could ever have imagined. Dune is the story of Paul Atreides as he evolves into the mysterious man known to all as Muad’Dib, who will fulfil the humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.
1984 by George Orwell
1984 by George Orwell is a political satire. It is a nightmarish vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and of one poor man named Winston Smith’s attempt to find individuality. It is set in a dystopian world, where humankind has become the victim of government surveillance and public manipulation. The novel by Orwell is brilliant because of his clairvoyance of modern life such as the ever-present television, the distortion of the language and his ability to construct a thorough version of hell. In 1984 readers are presented with a vision of a haunting world that is captivating from the beginning to end.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Brave New World is a dystopian novel by the author Aldous Huxley. The book is mostly set in a futuristic World State, that is inhabited by genetically modified citizens and there is an intelligence-based social hierarchy. In this world reproduction is controlled through genetic engineering, and people are bred into a strict class system. As they become adults, they are conditioned to be happy with the roles that society creates for them. The rest of their lives are dedicated to the pursuit of pleasure through sex, recreational sports, having material possessions, and taking a drug called Soma.
In this world concepts such as family, freedom, love, and culture are considered outrageous. However, the society is soon challenged by the story’s protagonist, known as John the Savage. The novel pre-empts huge scientific developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation and classical conditioning that are combined to make a dystopian society. Brave New World by Aldous is frightening but thought-provoking.
Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Foundation by Isaac Asimov reimagines the fall of the Roman Empire and takes place on a galactic scale. Galactic Empire has ruled supreme for over 2000 years and now it’s ending. Only Hari Seldon who is the creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future of dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last over thirty thousand years. Sheldon gathers the best minds in the Empire to preserve knowledge and save humankind. He brings them to a desolate planet at the edge of the Galaxy to serve as a beacon of hope for future generations and he calls this sanctuary the Foundation. However, soon the emerging Foundation finds itself at the mercy of corrupt warlords rising in the wake of the receding Empire. Their last best hope is to either submit to the barbarians and be overrun or fight them and be destroyed.
The War Of The Worlds by H. G Wells
The War of Worlds by H. G Wells is a classic tale of alien invasion. The book chronicles the story of when an army of invading Martians landed in England. Everyone is seized with panic and terror. As the aliens cross the country in huge three-legged machines, destroying all in their path with a heat ray and spreading noxious toxic gases. When the narrator sees the monstrous Martians, he tries to evade their destructive mechanized vehicles and must stay on the run to avoid detection. As he meets other desperate humans, he becomes more skeptical about any chance of survival. The people of the Earth must come to terms with the possibility of the end of human civilization and the beginning of Martian rule.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Frankenstein is a Gothic novel by Mary Shelley. It tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist, who discovers the secret of reanimating the dead and brings a creature to life, only to reject his hideous creation, as he creates a monster. Frakenstein’s monster is left tormented and in isolation and soon the innocent creature turns on his creator Victor. Through her novel Frankenstein, Mary Shelley shows her readers the dangers of science and human judgment.
Oryx And Crake by Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is the first volume in the MaddAdam trilogy by Margaret Atwood. It is an unforgettable love story and a riveting vision of the future. The story follows Snowman who was known as Jimmy before mankind was affected by a plague. He is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human, and also mourning the loss of his best friend, Crake, and the beautiful and evasive Oryx whom they both loved. Snowman, in search for answers, sets out on a journey with the help of the green-eyed Children of Crake, through the rich wilderness that recently was a great city, until a powerful corporation took mankind on an uncontrolled genetic engineering ride. Margaret Atwood in Oryx and Crake takes her readers into a near future that is both all too familiar and beyond imagining.
The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
The Sparrow is the first volume of the science-fiction duology by Maria Doria Russell. The book is set in 2019, when mankind finally finds the proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up magnificent singing from a planet known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats debate about the possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition. The Jesuits discover a world beyond their understanding and it will lead them to question what it means to be human.
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Neuromancer by William Gibson is a cyberpunk, science fiction novel. The novel follows Henry Dorsett Case who was the sharpest data-thief in the business, until some vindictive former employees crippled his nervous system. He is recruited by a very mysterious employer to target an unbelievably powerful artificial intelligence that is orbiting the Earth in service of the sinister Tessier-Ashpool business clan. Soon Case goes on an adventure of lifetime. Neuromancer set in a dystopian Japanese underworld is a thought-provoking and exciting read.
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick is a dystopian science fiction novel. Set in the year 2021, the World War Terminus has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending mankind off-planet. The book follows Rick Deckard who has a license to kill. Deckard’s assignment is to find androids and then “retire” them. The government fearful of the havoc artificial humans could wreak had banned androids from Earth. The unauthorized androids go into hiding and live among human beings, undetected. The complication of Rick’s assignment is that the androids all looked exactly like humans, and they don’t want to be found. When the androids are cornered they fight back with lethal force.