Maybe you just watched The Martian or maybe you love Firefly. Either way, now your in the mood for Sci-Fi, but don’t know where to start.
I’m here to help.
Sci-Fi is not my typical genre, so I can’t pretend this is the best list out there. BUT, and there’s always a but, this may be a good list for someone who would like to dabble in Sci-Fi without going all in. That describes my experience with it. It’s not a genre I’ve real a lot of, but it is one I certainly enjoy. I love a good space opera and I’m quite fond of aliens, so that is what this list focuses on. Although aliens invading earth and abduction are always fun (or scary) too…
So, never mind, this list had a little bit of everything. In no particular order:
10. Fortune’s Pawn // Rachel Bach
09. The Universe in Miniature in Miniature // Patrick Somerville. One of the short stories in this one reminds me of Pixar’s Lifted.
08. The Martian // Andy Weir. A space pirate colonizes Mars (a strange, but true summary).
07. Armada // Ernest Cline. Not as good as Ready Player One, but solid enough for a space adventure.
06. The 100 // Kass Morgan. Humans living in outer space and returning to earth. Very Lord of the Flies… (TV is better than the book, in my opinion).
05. Dune // Frank Herbert. Enough has already been said without me adding to it.
04. Invasion of the Body Snatchers // Jack Finney. A classic! That doesn’t make it stellar, mind you, but important nonetheless.
03. The Tommyknockers //Stephen King. A bloated, overwritten (yet compulsively readable) brick of a book, but still a Stephen King novel. So…
02. Communion: A True Story // Whitney Strieber. Okay, so this one scared me (abductions).
01. Slaughterhouse-Five // Kurt Vonnegut. Listen: Billy Pilgrim has come unstuck in time. A worthy classic.
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