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Best Science Fiction Novels!

  • May 25, 2010
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Thank you Scotman for your list which inspired me to come up with this list.
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Ender's game cover
I agree with Scotman on this one. Ender is put in a military like school where he is required to play simulated video war games which turn out to be not so "simulated." Difficult to put this book down
See the full review, "What a Great Book!".
2
Foundation
Asimov is the best of the classic Science Fiction writers and his Foundation series are the best works he produced. Here is the introduction to the fall of the Galactic Empire and the predictions of Hari Seldon.
3
Mindscan
The best book to date from Robert J. Sawyer, in my opinion the best science fiction writer around. Explores important legal issues that might arise from uploading copies of your mind to an android body.
See the full review, "Possibly Sawyer's Best Yet!".
4
Planet of the Apes (Signet)
The book was far better than any of the movies. Could apes possibly have original thoughts or can they really only copy things that they have seen or experienced?
See the full review, "Read it One Sitting".
5
Calculating God
There are so many wonders of science that are too "perfect" to have happened by chance. Even aliens know this concept. A wonderful tale by a science fiction master.
See the full review, "Does this Prove Divine Existence?".
6
The Giver Lois Lowry
In the near future, youths are given their 'careers" when they reach twelve years old. What happens to those who don't want those positions and the elderly? An updated version of Logan's Run.
See the full review, "Don't Miss This Young Adult SciFi Tale!".
7
Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven
One of the best tales of human survival after a world holocaust.
8
Childhood's End (book)
Aliens invade Earth and enslave the population. The best tale from one of the best science fiction writers of all time.
9
Time and Again
There have been several tales of this genre (ex. Somewhere in Time). This is the best of the lot. Using ones mind to believe we can travel back in time can make it happen.
See the full review, "A Modern Classic".
10
The Last Days of Krypton
Can a book based on a comic make my list? The answer is a resounding yes! If you did not ever hear of Superman or any other comic book you could easily read this thriller story and think that it is a regular science fiction book. Arguing political factions on a dying planet prevent any meaningful action to be taken to save the planet. Very relevent with what happens in our government today.
See the full review, "Excellent Science Fiction Tale!".
11
The Unincorporated Man (book)
A powerful look 300 years into the future where poverty and war have been virtually eliminated because individuals are incorporated. Thus, many people have a monetary incentive to see that all individuals thrive. Justin Cord survives from another time and fights being incorporated as he believes it is a form of slavery. Wonderfully, written and sure to be a classic!

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September 18, 2010
I'm 6 for 10 on this list. And, while I might have been tempted to dismiss THE LAST DAYS OF KRYPTON with a rather disdainful sniff, your comments prompt me to give it a definite look-see. Thanks for the idea.
 
May 25, 2010
Good one - I need to read more books! Krypton was great, and am looking to read Anderson's Friends & Enemies next in that group. I've never read the Apes books, just seen the movies. I just today finished re-reading Foundation after some years between readings. Will need to write a review now. Hopefully you will add more to this list!
 
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