Science-fiction or Sci-Fi as it is famously known, is one genre of literary writing that has modernized with time due to the nature of writing in this genre. Whether it is book writing or films, this genre remains always popular. It begun to be explored later than other genres of novel writing and it continues to be explored even today. The nature of Sci-Fi novels is about the predictions of how the future would be as per the vision, observation and imagination of the author. This is the main element that holds the interest of the reader. To select and list 10 books would be unfair to the other brilliant books that have been written in this category. Yet, here are the must read books under this group which should be a part of every reader’s bookshelf.
Science-fiction has been a genre that began to evolve quite early in literary writing. It began to be written as early as Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” where the young girl had created Victor Frankenstein as a scientist who makes his attempts in creating life. The canon was created and thereafter the books written under the genre increased. A few famous books under this heading include “Starship Troopers”, “The Invisible Man”, “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress”, “Farenheit 451”, “A Clockwork Orange” etc. There are many more that can be added to the collection and the 5 best among them are:

  1. 1984 (1949) : George Orwell’s work, often categorized as Dystopian fiction, owing to its thematical content, the fact can not be ignored that it is set in a time which is ahead of the time it was written in. The book also becomes an introduction to the far-sighted thinking of the writer and it puts the work in the category of classics.
  2. The Handmaid’s Tale (1985)
    Just like 1984, Margaret Atwood’s remarkable book is also put in the genre of dystopian fiction due to the nature of ts content. Like Atwood’s every other book, “The Handmaid’s Tale” is also a milestone in her writings. which is about women struggling for their position in a patriarchal society.
  3. Dark Matter (2016)
    Blake Crouch’s science-fiction work is a different version of the dimensions of human mind its creations. The book is about a man who lives peacefully with his wife and son. But after a series of a few events he realizes that all that he believed so far is not true and the reality is something else.
  4. Time Guard: The Awakening (21st Century) (2018)
    This science-fiction by Anmol Batra has elements of mystery, suspense, time travel in the past and at the same time exploration of human relationships. The book is one compact whole despite its short length (comparatively). Also, the author has clever time divisions for the reader to keep track of every event.
  5. The Time Machine (1895)
    H.G.Wells books are a classic when it comes to science-fiction. They all are a part of the canon and rather define the canon on their own. As the name appropriately suggests, the book is about travel in time. The fact that films have been made on the book is enough to highlight the importance of the book.
  6. The War of the Worlds (1897)
    H.G. Wells was one of the early experimenters in the genre of Sci-Fi and every time he did it, a new marvel was created. “The War of the Worlds” is one example where the readers get to see the interaction, conflict and friction among the human race and the extraterrestrial race.
  7. Stranger in a Stranger Land (1961)
    The subject of the book was a fascination back in the days when it was written and so does it continue to be even now. Robert A. Heinlein’s book is the story of a human who comes to Earth from Mars after being born there and raised by the Martians.
  8. Dune (1965)
    Frank Herbert’s “Dune” is a 5 sequel novel which also has computer game and also prequels which appeared later. The legendary nature of the novel can be understoof that a film is scheduled to release in 2020. The basic plotline is about human beings taking control of the universe and colonizing the planets. It is set 20,000 years into the future from the year it is written.
  9. Doomsday Book (1992)
    Connie Willis uses the reference of doomsday book of 1086 completed on the order of King William the conqueror and develops it into a science fiction work. It is the story of a history student who travels back in time to the 14th century England when it was hit by the epidemic of black death.
  10. Ready Player One (2011)
    Ernest Cline’s futuristic novel which at the same time has ideas relatable for present day people is set in 2045 when the consequences of present day problems are shown. These include energy crisis, fossil fuels depletion, global warming, overpopulation and also economic stagnation.
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