Here’s a list of 10 sci-fi books that you’ve got to read!
1. Frankenstein- Mary Shelley
A competition for who can tell the best horror story? Sounds like something most of us have done around a campfire. It was something like this that drove Shelley to create her monster. The story of a science student who creates life only to be horrified by his creation later on. Must read.
2. The Martian – Andy Weir
Got yourself stuck on Mars alone? Mark Whatney shows you just how it’s done. Improvisation, a sharp mind and sheer force of will can ensure you survive on Mars. A brilliant read.
3. Pattern Recognition- William Gibson
What could be the possible risks of trying to find patterns in meaningless data? Are humans as a race obsessed with detecting patterns and meanings? This postmodern science fiction unfolds like a thriller.
4. The Neuromancer – William Gibson
The first book in the Sprawl trilogy sees a hacker with a damaged central nervous system being hired to pull off the ultimate hack. Sounds interesting? Read it then.
5. The Man in High Castle – Philip K Dick
What if the Axis powers won the Second World War? And, what if there was a power struggle between Imperial Japan and Nazi Germany. Yep, an alternate history novel. Who can say no to this one?!
6. The Beast of Cretacea – Todd Strasser
Now, imagine a set up where humans land on the faraway planet of Pequod to hunt deep ocean-dwelling creatures. And, here’s the kicker, they send back their harvest to a resource-depleted Earth and get paid handsomely. Sounds familiar? Yep, Moby Dick with some cool science thrown in.
7. Aurora – Kim Stanley Robinson
So, we humans manage to travel beyond the solar system. That’s a story that needs to be told. And it has, in this brilliantly imagined and beautifully told novel. Our voyage from Earth began generations ago. Now, we approach our new home. Wow.
8. The Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlein
Military science fiction. War between mankind and alien arachnoids called “the bugs”. Who can give this a miss? Word of advice: skip the movie!
9. I, Robot – Isaac Asimov
Think the Will Smith movie is great? Try the book. The nine-story collection will redefine amazing.
10. 2001: A space odyssey – Arthur C Clarke
Brain-boggling. Mind blowing. Enough said.