Today as part of sci-fi month I’m posting ten sci-fi books at the top of my TBR list. I’ll be honest, narrowing it down to ten was really difficult! One thing I did to narrow it down was leave off any sci-fi sequels I’m looking forward to, so each of these ten is either a standalone or the first in a series. I’ve tried to include a mixture of both old and newer releases.
Putting in full blurbs for all ten made this post truly enormous, so I’ve just included a short section from those with very long blurbs – basically the sections that made me say ‘this one HAS to go on the list’! Hopefully that should be enough to give you the gist and potentially intrigure you. If you want to know more, each title leads to goodreads for the full blurb.
Virtual Reality: Ready Player One – Ernest Cline
“Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune–and remarkable power–to whoever can unlock them.”
A Classic Dystopian: 1984 – George Orwell (Blurb from Amazon.co.uk)
“Hidden away in the Record Department of the sprawling Ministry of Truth, Winston Smith skilfully rewrites the past to suit the needs of the Party. Yet he inwardly rebels against the totalitarian world he lives in, which demands absolute obedience and controls him through the all-seeing telescreens and the watchful eye of Big Brother, symbolic head of the Party. In his longing for truth and liberty, Smith begins a secret love affair with a fellow-worker Julia, but soon discovers the true price of freedom is betrayal.”
“No species has ever reached for the stars without the guidance of a patron–except perhaps mankind. Did some mysterious race begin the uplift of humanity aeons ago? Circling the sun, under the caverns of Mercury, Expedition Sundiver prepares for the most momentous voyage in history–a journey into the boiling inferno of the sun.”
Classic sci-fi books adapted into films
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick
“A final, apocalyptic, world war has killed millions, driving entire species into extinction and sending the majority of mankind off-planet. Those who remain, venerate all remaining examples of life, and owning an animal of your own is both a symbol of status and a necessity. For those who can’t afford an authentic animal, companies build incredibly realistic simulacrae: horses, birds, cats, sheep . . . even humans.”
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton
“An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaur DNA has been discovered. Creatures once extinct now roam Jurassic Park, soon-to-be opened as a theme park. Until something goes wrong…and science proves a dangerous toy.”
Zombies: Feed – Mira Grant
“The year was 2014. We had cured cancer. We had beaten the common cold. But in doing so we created something new, something terrible that no one could stop. The infection spread, virus blocks taking over bodies and minds with one, unstoppable command: FEED. Now, twenty years after the Rising, bloggers Georgia and Shaun Mason are on the trail of the biggest story of their lives – the dark conspiracy behind the infected. The truth will get out, even if it kills them.”
Dystopian: Enclave – Ann Aguirre
“In Deuce’s world, people earn the right to a name only if they survive their first fifteen years. By that point, each unnamed ‘brat’ has trained into one of three groups–Breeders, Builders, or Hunters, identifiable by the number of scars they bear on their arms. Deuce has wanted to be a Huntress for as long as she can remember.
Post-Apocalyptic: Not a drop to drink – Mindy McGinnis
“Regret was for people with nothing to defend, people who had no water.
Lynn knows every threat to her pond: drought, a snowless winter, coyotes, and, most importantly, people looking for a drink. She makes sure anyone who comes near the pond leaves thirsty, or doesn’t leave at all.”
Alien Animals!: Zenn Scarlett – Christian Schoon
“When you’re studying to be exoveterinarian specializing in exotic, alien life forms, school… is a different kind of animal.”
Medical Dystopian: Unwind – Neal Shusterman
“The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child “unwound,” whereby all of the child’s organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn’t technically end.”