7 Science Fiction Books for Curious Minds
Whether it’s multiversal travel, virtual reality, dystopian futures, UFOs/UAPs and Aliens or Genetic Engineering, science fiction has no shortage of strange and exciting topics to explore. The good news is, this list has them all! It is barely an exhaustive list and it doesn’t include the most popular titles, but it’s a good place to start. The stakes are high: the course of history, the fate of the universe, the survival of the human species…You’re in for an eye-opening if not chilling read.
“Clever characters, surprise twists, plenty of action, and a plot that highlights social and racial inequities in astute prose.”—Library Journal
Multiverse travel is finally possible, but there’s just one catch: No one can visit a world where their counterpart is still alive. Enter Cara, whose parallel selves happen to be exceptionally good at dying—from disease, turf wars, or vendettas they couldn’t outrun. Cara’s life has been cut short on 372 worlds in total.
On this dystopian Earth, however, Cara has survived. Identified as an outlier and therefore a perfect candidate for multiverse travel, Cara is plucked from the dirt of the wastelands. What once made her marginalized has finally become an unexpected source of power. She has a nice apartment on the lower levels of the wealthy and walled-off Wiley City. She works—and shamelessly flirts—with her enticing yet aloof handler, Dell, as the two women collect off-world data for the Eldridge Institute. She even occasionally leaves the city to visit her family in the wastes, though she struggles to feel at home in either place. So long as she can keep her head down and avoid trouble, Cara is on a sure path to citizenship and security.
But trouble finds Cara when one of her eight remaining doppelgängers dies under mysterious circumstances, plunging her into a new world with an old secret. What she discovers will connect her past and her future in ways she could have never imagined—and reveal her own role in a plot that endangers not just her world but the entire multiverse.
“…reads like a superior collaboration between Dan Brown and Michael Crichton.”
—The Guardian on Pandemic
In the near future, a new ice age has begun. Humanity stands on the brink of extinction. Desperate for answers, scientists send probes into the solar system to take readings. Near Mars, they identify a mysterious object drifting toward the Sun. Is it the cause of the ice age? Or could it be humanity’s only hope of survival?
With time running out, NASA launches a mission to make contact. But the object isn’t what anyone thought. In the dark of space, alone, the team makes a discovery that will change the course of human history—and possibly end it. Filled with real science, Winter World will forever change the way you look at our planet and humanity’s future. Its flawless pacing will keep you up late turning the pages until the final, mind-blowing revelation at the end—a twist you’ll never see coming.
Before the Great War, battles were fought and won with magic. In a world where magic courses through the veins of every single human being, a single mage could take on an army of thousands,
and a single family could conquer an empire. But even magic could not hold back the tides of science and industry, and modern warfare was born. Since then, the imperial powers of Russia and Great Britain have begun amassing weapons of both magic and science in an arms race against each other. A tenuous peace has remained thanks to the efforts of Bastion, a global diplomatic organization of mages dedicated to maintaining order across the world.
It is eighteen-year-old Kibo Kozlov’s dream to join Bastion, just like his father before him. But some dreams aren’t meant to be, as Kibo had never been able to control the weave of magic. He had nearly given up hope, that is until he stumbled upon a bizarre artifact that might change the course of history—both his and the world’s.
It is 2059 and the world has crashed. Forty years ago, a solar catastrophe began to slow the planet’s rotation to a stop. Now one half of the globe is permanently sunlit, the other half trapped in an endless night. The United States has colonized the southern half of Great Britain—lucky enough to find itself in the narrow habitable region left between frozen darkness and scorching sunlight—where both nations have managed to survive the ensuing chaos by isolating themselves from the rest of the world.
Ellen Hopper is a scientist living on a frostbitten rig in the cold Atlantic. She wants nothing more to do with her country after its slide into casual violence and brutal authoritarianism. Yet when two government officials arrive, demanding she return to London to see her dying college mentor, she accepts—and begins to unravel a secret that threatens not only the nation’s fragile balance, but the future of the whole human race.
It’s an average work day. You’ve been wrapped up in a task, and you check the clock when you come up for air—4:44 p.m. You check your email, and 44 unread messages have built up. With a shock, you realize the date is April 4—4/4. And when you get in your car to drive home, your odometer reads 44,444. Coincidence? Or have you just seen the edge of a rabbit hole?
Rabbits is a mysterious alternate reality game so vast it uses the entire world as its canvas. Since the game started in 1959, ten iterations have appeared and nine winners have been declared. The identities of these winners are unknown. So is their reward, which is whispered to be NSA or CIA recruitment, vast wealth, immortality, or perhaps even the key to the secrets of the universe itself.
But the deeper you get, the more dangerous the game becomes. Players have died in the past—and the body count is rising. And now the eleventh round is about to begin.
Enter K—a Rabbits obsessive who has been trying to find a way into the game for years. That path opens when K is approached by billionaire Alan Scarpio, rumored to be the winner of the sixth iteration. Scarpio says that something has gone wrong with the game and that K needs to fix it before Eleven starts, or the whole world will pay the price.
Five days later, Scarpio is declared missing.Two weeks after that, K blows the deadline: Eleven begins. And suddenly, the fate of the entire universe is at stake.
Novel Problems is a humorous science-fiction story about a book that causes its author unexpected grief. It starts when the author uses confidential information to write a novel about alien spies. The book falls into the hands of an ambitious admiral who mistakes it for a real document. He launches a manhunt for the aliens, with the author as his prime suspect.
The truth is out there somewhere, but neither of these characters is likely to find it! The author’s friends must help him clear his name, while the admiral’s inept minions try to put him away for good. All unaware that real aliens are watching the situation and deciding the fate of humanity!
From Michael Crichton, the #1 bestselling author of Jurassic Park comes an astounding, eye-opening look at the world of genetics: Next.
Is a loved one missing some body parts? Are blondes becoming extinct? Is everyone at your dinner table of the same species? Humans and chimpanzees differ in only 400 genes; is that why a chimp fetus resembles a human being? And should that worry us? There’s a new genetic cure for drug addiction—is it worse than the disease?
Devilishly clever, Next blends fact and fiction into a breathless tale of a new world where nothing is what it seems, and genetic ownership shatters our assumptions.
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