Top 11 Science-Fiction Books You Should Pick up Today

Science fiction is my favorite genre for novels and for movies. As it happens to be, the best sci-fi novels often times are turned into some of my favorite movies. Here, I provide a list of 11 science fiction books that one should read either by my opinion or the opinion of the masses. While talking about the books, I will also referee my dislike or my love for their corresponding movies.

#1 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

Do Androids dream of Electric Sheep by Phillips K Dick  inspired the classic movie Blade Runner. The sequel to Blade Runner has just recently hit the theaters and has received raving reviews.  In short, the book is set in a future society where androids are built in incredible human likeness. It raises the moral question of, what does it mean to be human?

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#2 The Book of Strange New Things

The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber was a book I had never heard of until I watched the Amazon Prime pilot for "Oasis". As I finished the episode, I was hooked on the idea of a catholic preacher with a shady background being sent to a recently colonized planet to communicate with the native life forms. I re-watched the credits and found the show was based on a book. Prime shipping had the book to me in two days. It's a great read that I would recommend to any book lover. To the non-book lovers, I would suggest checking out the pilot.

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#3 A Clockwork Orange

A Clockwork Orange a novel by Anthony Burgess and a movie done by Stanley Kubrick. This is a book I have not read, but a movie I have watched. The movie is featured on the IMDB top 250 all time list which is an impressive accomplishment.  A man with sociopath tendencies finds himself set up for an experiment where he is re-wired to where he can do no wrong and is released back into society. A movie that one should see, but it is not for the feint of heart, and a book I need to read myself.

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#4 Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury is a classic science-fiction novel. When I first went to pick it up, I was expecting a lengthy story, but was surprised with a short read. The book clearly covers the idea of censorship and politics.  What would push a society to where firefighters are men who start fires to burn books? What would that society look like?

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#5 The Handmaid’s Tale

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood was recently drawn to my attention by Hulu's break out tv-show that swept the awards. I am currently in the process of digging through the book. Although the novel is not long, it is dense with material that is of serious nature. What type of future society would reduce womens' rules to simply child-birthing?

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#6 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is one of the most well known sci-fi works. It provides a shorter, easy going story that is sure to bring out out a smile. A book that takes every genre cliche and combines them into one.

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#7 The War of the Worlds

The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells is a timeless classic. H.G. Wells is regarded as many as the father of science fiction. The novel published in 1891 still has appeal to the masses and the ability to cause panic as seen by the 1938 radio ploy. All science fiction should read this classic.

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#8 A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle is a childhood favorite of mine. I remember reading the novel as a child and proceeding to watch the movie. As always, the movie was a let down. Many years later, I have hope once again as Disney begins their advertising for the 2018 remake. A classic science fiction movie that deserves a proper movie to pair with. I'd suggest everyone read the book before seeing the movie.

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#9 Dune

Dune by Frank Herbert is regarded my many as the pentacle of science-fiction writing. I have actually never heard of Dune until I began my research on the highest regarded science fiction books. It has been bumped to the top of my need-to-read list.

Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck -

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#10 Ender’s Game

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is one of my personal favorites. You can tell it's my favorite by my beaten down paper-back copy that has been read countless times. I read the book first as a child, again in high-school, and once again in college. Each time, the detail and dilemmas of the book are seen in clearer detail. As the theme goes, the movie was below par and failed to do justice to the story of a boy tasked with saving the world before he understand it himself. Is it wrong to raise a child to become a cold, calculating machine? What if the world's fate rested on him? How would this child turn out?

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#11 The Martian

The Martian by Andy Weir is a novel that I had never heard of until the movie trailer released. To be honest, I was wary of seeing the movie. Interstellar trained me to not trust Matt Damon in space... I did purchase the book. I may have said this a few times by now, but this is one of my favorite books. If you were to only pick up one of the books off this list, I would push you towards this one. The writing and accuracy are spot on. As a bonus, the movie does justice to the novel (for once). The story of a man forgotten on mars simply trying to survive.

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