Top ten science fiction books of all time

Posted: March 18, 2009 in All Categories, Science Fiction

After a quite a time i am back writing on one of my favourite topics, Yup ‘Science Fiction’ I thought let me make this intresting by giving you the “list of top ten science fiction books” I think which are legendary and the best of best all time, I thought about why I read science fiction. Most of the time, I want the fantasy – a belief in another world so strong that I feel certain that I’m learning something about myself, society, future, the world, universe and so on. If I haven’t learned something from a book, I tend not to remember having read it afterward. These books will stand the test of time because they meet that criteria. Because the list is so short, it doesn’t include all my favorites or all the authors I like to read. It merely acknowledges existing research and long-range understanding put into fiction form and an enjoyable read.

I always love the quote from Quin “”Did you ever happen to think… that… there might be other people who dream the way I do?”

Yes there are many who think the same way I do so the list may not be great in your minds ;), but defnitely there are so many astounding science fiction books out there that this has been one of the hardest lists for me to put together. I have added and culled but finally I have a list of the best 10 Science Fiction Books of all time

So without wasting any time here we go….

1) “Ender’s Game” by Orson Scott Card:

Taken from home at the tender age of 7, surrounded by enemies, with no hope and impossible odds, he is Earth’s last hope. Ender excels in the field of combat. The invasion of the alien insects ‘buggers’ looms over the Earth. Ender is put to the test when he leads Earth’s defensive and retailitory attack against the aliens. The dialogue, visuals, and details bond you to the characters and make this story incredible. This is still my favorite by Orson Scott Card but I typically read his books because I’m sure to have presented some issue about morality and society embedded inside his work

2) “The Time Machine” H G Wells

Love this one 🙂 The Time Machine was first published in 1895, making it the oldest book on this list. Considered by many to be one of the greatest science fiction novels of all time, this book coined the term “Time Machine” which is almost exclusively used to refer to any device that allows humans to move through time. The book’s main character is an amateur inventor who lives in London. He is never identified, instead being referred to simply as “The Time Traveller”. Having demonstrated to friends that time is a fourth dimension, and that a suitable device can move back and forth in this fourth dimension, he completes the building of a larger machine capable of carrying himself and me 🙂

3) “The Mind Parasites” by Colin Wilson

Elise – Scientists discover that alien parasites have infiltrated the minds of humans, creating self-doubt, depression, anxiety, and robbing humans of their powerful, innate creative abilities. The search to understand and destroy these aliens is a dangerous one, driving insane almost all who attempt it. I don’t know why this book is out of print. It’s a classic. The spookiest thing is that the symptoms described for alien occupation of one’s mind are emotions that we all have, and are the thoughts and ideas that keep us from stepping into our own power. What if there are alien beings taking up residence in our unconscious? Trippy, great book.

4) “The Foundation Series” Isaac Asimov

Yuppy, The term ‘Foundation Series’ is often used to include the Robot Series and Empire Series, which are set in the same fictional universe. In total there are fourteen novels and dozens of short stories written by Asimov, and six novels written by other authors after his death. The series is highly acclaimed, deservedly winning the one-time Hugo Award for “Best All-Time Series” in 1965. The premise of the series is that scientist Hari Seldon spent his life developing a branch of mathematics known as psychohistory, a concept devised by Asimov. Using the law of mass action, it can predict the future, but only on a large scale; it is error-prone for anything smaller than a planet or an empire. Using these techniques, Seldon foresees the fall of the Galactic Empire, which encompasses the entire Milky Way, and a dark age lasting thirty thousand years before a second great empire arises. These books are captivating and if you start book one, you won’t stop until you finish book fourteen.

5) “The Great Dune Triology” by Frank Herbert

Dune was published in 1965, and is frequently cited as the best-selling science fiction novel in history. Dune is set far in the future amidst a sprawling feudal interstellar empire where planetary fiefdoms are controlled by noble Houses that owe allegiance to the Imperial House Corrino. The novel tells the story of young Paul Atreides as he and his family relocate to the planet Arrakis, the only source of the spice melange, the most important and valuable substance in the universe. In a story that explores the complex interactions of politics, religion, ecology, technology, and human emotion, the fate of Paul, his family, his new planet and its native inhabitants, as well as the Padishah Emperor, the powerful Spacing Guild, and the secretive female order of the Bene Gesserit, are all drawn together into a confrontation that will change the course of humanity.

6) “1984” by George Orwell
This story tracks a young man who wishes privacy and the effects invasion of his privacy by the political system has on him. Ever since George Orwell wrote this book about Big Brother watching us, the issues about the use of technology and their ability to invade our personal privacy has grown. New technology on satellites and in personal communications show this is an issue of real concern. Many oppressive political systems continue to use the same tactics that Hitler used that brought about World War I. Crime is monitored by the Thought Police, an elite and secretive government organization that can erase you and all records of your existence. cool isn’t..

7) “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula Le Guin

This story made me cry when I first read it. It tracks a alien diplomat’s entry into a world divided politically and his attempts to create a treaty. It deals with what it means to be human in the face of social differences. It also proposes a society with an alternate form of sexuality.

8) “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley

Huxley is one of my favourite writers. Brave New World is set in a dystopian future which anticipates developments in reproductive technology, biological engineering, and sleep-learning that combine to change society. The world the novel describes is a utopia, though an ironic one: humanity is carefree, healthy and technologically advanced. Warfare and poverty have been removed and everyone is permanently happy. The irony is that all of these things have been achieved by eliminating many things that humans consider to be central to their identity — family, culture, art, literature, science, religion, and philosophy. It is also a hedonistic society, taking pleasure from promiscuous sex and drug use, especially the use of soma, a powerful drug taken to escape pain and bad memories through hallucinations.

9) “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” Philip K Dick

Published in 1968, this novel, even today, is years ahead of its time. Set in the future, the World War had obliterated millions with entire species extinct. This causes the humans to look for a new home planet. However, large corporations build artificial animals, which look extremely realistic, and are successful in creating artificial humans, used for slave labor. This causes great fear amongst the human population and the androids are subsequently banned. The androids are on the run, and Rick Deckard is brought in to hunt down the escapees to “retire” them. This book was the inspiration for Blade Runner.

10) “Stranger in a Strange Land” by Robert Heinlein

Stranger in a strange land tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human raised by Martians on the planet Mars, upon his return to Earth in early adulthood. The novel explores his interaction and transformation of Earth culture. Typically of Heinlein, this book cover a variety of human taboos, including homosexuality, nudism, and cannibalism. The book introduces the character of Jubal Harshaw who is a central figure in many later books by Heinlein. It won the 1969 Hugo award and has not been out of print since the first publication. Eventually Stranger in a Strange Land became a cult classic, attracting many readers who would not normally have read a work of science fiction.

There we go some of the best science fiction novels I have read and Indeed legendary, just takes you out to another world, you have never imagined exsisted.. And my final comment if you are a great science fiction fan and you have not read this and think you have missed some really great ones… 😉

Will pItch in again with my next blog, untill then c u…

  1. vdhaval says:

    Frank Herbert & Colin Wilson is my favourite authors.

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