There’s a reason why science fiction has captivated the minds of many over the years. It involves creating an imaginative future with the inclusion of all the latest scientific and technological advancements. You’ll also come across several sub-divisions of this genre, such as astrophysics, time travel, and astronomy.
Here, we’ve got a list of some of the best science fiction books that’ll never fail to amaze you. So, let’s go through them and see what they have to offer to the science fiction aficionados:
1. The Time Machine
It’s not so difficult to guess that this book is about a time machine. The story is about a time traveler who creates a time machine. He then travels through different times in history. The author HG Wells then takes you thirty million years ahead after making a few stops.
While traveling with the protagonist, you’ll be delighted to experience the author’s whimsical world. Although this science fiction book was published in 1895, it continues to fascinate readers even today.
The book’s story takes you 20,000 years into the future. Dune Leto is its main character. The book’s plot is full of exciting twists, which will keep you hooked. Dune’s plot involves an interstellar society, which is feudal in nature. It has several noble houses that have control over planetary fiefs.
Frank Herbert, the author of this book, also gives you an ending that’s a cliff hanger. This will certainly make you want to keep on reading.
Upon hearing the name of this book, you might dismiss it as yet another Frankenstein monster story. You can quite expect this because there have been many Frankenstein stories in circulation worldwide since decades. However, this novel from Mary Shelley will always remain a classic.
The book’s first edition was released in January, 1818. Mary Shelley was 20 at the time. She began writing this novel when she was 18 years of age and traveling through Europe. Frankenstein is about a young scientist, Victor Frankenstein. He accidentally creates a monster during his experiment.
4. The Foundation Trilogy
This science fiction book series comprises the books Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation. Author Isaac Asimov added the sequels Foundation’s Edge and Foundation and Earth. He also added the two prequels Prelude to Foundation and Forward the Foundation later on.
The trilogy is about a future galactic empire. Hari Seldon, a mathematician, is developing a theory of psychohistory in its waning days. This mathematical sociology is relatively new and highly effective. It carries the ability to predict the future of large populations.
5. The Left Hand of Darkness
This book was a massive success after its release in 1969. It raised Ursula K. Le Guin’s status as one of the prominent authors in the science fiction genre. Set in the fictional universe called Hainish, the novel is a part of the Hainish Cycle. It is a series of short stories and novels from Le Guin.
The book tells the story of Genly Ai, who is sent to the planet Gethen. Ai is an envoy of Ekumen, which is a loose confederation of planets. The book can now be considered as a part of the ‘feminist science’ fiction genre.