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Sci-Fi is Making a Comeback: Science Fiction Recommendations to Get You Started

 

science fiction recommendations

 

Ever since The Force Awakens released in 2015, science fiction books have slowly been increasing in popularity. You find them more easily amongst YA books and thrillers, rather than having them strictly confined to the one Sci-Fi/Fantasy shelf in a bookstore. As someone who loves science and who loves fiction – the comeback of science fiction makes me so excited! There are so many great books around, so I thought I’d share some of my science fiction recommendations that are easy to start with.

Science fiction is so much more than just space-ships and time travel. “Hard” science fiction (much like “epic fantasy”) is usually the most intimidating type of sci-fi. I generally classify something as science fiction if the plot includes strong elements of science (including biology!), non-magical time-travel, is set in the future or in space. It’s a really broad genre that isn’t well-represented.

My Science Fiction Recommendations

The Classics

I’m slowly picking up science fiction classics, but there are two books/series I have to recommend. The first is the very popular The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It’s absolutely hilarious and there are so many pop culture references to it. In this series, Earth is destroyed to make way for an intergalactic highway and a totally average human named Arthur Dent survives by hitchhiking on a spaceship with the help of his (alien) friend, Ford Prefect. It has some satirical elements and the best descriptions you will ever read. If you enjoy Terry Pratchett’s books, you’ll love this.

If you’d like something more serious and thought-provoking, then the works of Isaac Asimov are for you. He is one of the most famous authors of all time. I would start with his short stories and essays before diving into his masterpiece – the Foundation series. I’m currently on the third book in this series and it’s set in the future where the great, Galactic Empire is slowly collapsing. A man named Hari Seldon predicted the collapse and created a Foundation deep in space to preserve the galaxy’s knowledge for the future. Everything happens on such a large scale, but the key “character” is the Foundation. It’s amazing.

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Young Adult

Science fiction in YA has been on the side-lines, but is picking up in popularity. With the *Ready Player One movie about to release, how could I exclude it from this list? It’s set in the future where most people spend their lives in a virtual-reality game called the Oasis. But, the Oasis is under threat. There is a challenge to find easter eggs within the game – whoever finds the easter eggs first, will inherit the entire Oasis and will control it. The main character is searching for these easter eggs but it will put his life at risk. I flew through this book and would highly recommend it. I’m also looking forward to the movie!

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Another book that you might be interested in is The Loneliest Girl in the Universe. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I though I would, but it was still interesting. This book is about a girl who was born on a spaceship travelling to a distant star – and she’s the only person who has survived the trip so far. It’s mysterious and has some thriller/adventure aspects too it, but it’s not as introspective as I would have liked it to be. It had a lot of missed opportunities but was still a really good read.

I’m not entirely sure if The Lunar Chronicles can be classifies as science fiction – but it’s such an enjoyable YA series I have to recommend it. It’s a series of science-fiction, fairy tale retellings. The main character is a cyborg, there are androids, a hot prince and some kickass female characters.

General Science Fiction

With Elon Musk threatening to send people to Mars every now and then, of course a book titled *The Martian would be popular. This is one of my favourite science fiction books (possibly of all time). It’s hilarious, thrilling and answers the very important question of what it would be like to be the only person on Mars. It’s also one of the few cases where the movie was equally as good (arguably better) as the book. Mark Watney is such an iconic character – if you haven’t read or watched The Martian yet you need to.

Andy Weir, the author of The Martian, recently released a book called *Artemis. This one is set on the moon and follows a young woman named Jazz who gets caught up in a conspiracy and criminal activity in the lunar city of Artemis. It wasn’t as good as The Martian, but it was still good!

Dystopias

After The Hunger Games, dystopian reads rose and fell. But, some survived. My recommendations? Station Eleven if you’d like a more literary read, and Red Rising if you want action and gore. I enjoyed both of them for very different reasons, but what they had in common was that they represented the most interesting aspects of dystopias.

 

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Red Rising was quite similar to The Hunger Games and is set on Mars. It’s difficult to explain because so much of the plot is dependent on the world-building – but it was definitely thrilling. Station Eleven is a tale where most of the population has been killed by a disease and how humanity tries to go on. It isn’t gory, everyone-is-bloodthirsty science fiction and you’re introduced to a cast of characters who are connected in some way. I found it to be one of the most thoughtful books I’ve read in a long time.

I consider dystopia a sub-genre of science fiction, but some people might argue that it’s a genre all of its own. What do you think?

 

What are your science fiction recommendations?

Do you think that sci-fi is making a comeback? What have you read on this list and how did you find the books? Did I miss any books or categories? Let me now in the comments! Don’t forget to follow my instagram to see what books I’m reading and follow my blog by email in the sidebar so that you’ll never miss a post. Happy reading!

xx Munira

 

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2 Replies to “Sci-Fi is Making a Comeback: Science Fiction Recommendations to Get You Started”

  1. I’ll be reading a few of these, especially Red Rising. I am into a little Sci Fi Humor at the moment. I’m reading the book series of Doctor How. Right now I have just started the 2nd one called Doctor How and the Deadly Anemones. The series is by Mark Speed, it’s hilarious and so fun to read. Info here http://doctorhow.tv/series/ on the books. I recommend them!

    1. Hi Jackie! Thank you so much for your comment. I haven’t even thought about science fiction humour aside from A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy! I hope you enjoy your reading!
      xx Munira

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