Science fiction books are filled with stories about technology, space exploration, and alien life. Some of these stories take place in completely imagined worlds while others are rooted in scientific fact.
Science fiction is very well suited to asking philosophical questions; questions about the nature of reality, what it means to be human, how do we know the things that we think we know.
- Ted Chiang
WeBy Yevgeny Zamyatin
“We” takes place hundreds of years into a bleak future, where the citizens live under the total control and surveillance of a police state, called One State.
FrankensteinBy Mary Shelley
A literary classic that asks us to question our own conceptions of what it means to be human, what makes us human, and what creatures do we create with each of our actions.
War of the WorldsBy HG Wells
H. G. Wells’ classic tale of alien invasion has to this day never been out of print.
The Time MachineBy HG Wells
This great science fiction novel gave us the concept of a “time machine,” fully fleshing out the concept of a device that can send a person backwards and forwards in time with complete precision.
BintiBy Nnedi Okorafor
Her name is Binti, and she is the first of the Himba people ever to be offered a place at the finest institution of higher learning in the galaxy. She must travel between the stars among strangers who do not share her ways or respect her customs.
The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBy Douglas Adams
Seconds before the Earth is demolished for a galactic freeway, Arthur Dent is saved by Ford Prefect, a researcher for the revised Guide. Together they stick out their thumbs to the stars and begin a wild journey through time and space.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?By Philip K. Dick
A masterpiece ahead of its time, a prescient rendering of a dark future, and the inspiration for the blockbuster film Blade Runner.
DuneBy Frank Herbert
A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction.
Oryx and CrakeBy Margaret Atwood
Oryx and Crake is at once an unforgettable love story and a compelling vision of the future. Snowman, known as Jimmy before mankind was overwhelmed by a plague, is struggling to survive in a world where he may be the last human.
The Fifth SeasonBy N. K. Jemisin
At the end of the world, a woman must hide her secret power and find her kidnapped daughter in this twisted Hugo Award winning fantasy novel of power, oppression, and revolution.