What makes a great Science Fiction book?
If you’ve ever had the urge to travel to another planet, a great Science Fiction book will let you do so without leaving your living room. A well-written space opera or alternate history tale will keep you entertained and help you answer the question “What if?” So, if you often have a thirst for adventure, consider looking for a science fiction yarn to help you escape for a while.
A thought-provoking sci-fi novel can expand your world and let you meet alien life forms or even people from another time, all without having to actually deal with zero gravity or a lack of oxygen.
5 things to look for when choosing a book.
- Choose a book that will make you forget the world around you as it transports you to another world. As you sit in your recliner turning the pages of a great science fiction story in your book or e-reader, the walls will be replaced by whirling galaxies and nebulae.
- After you relax for a little while, make sure you have the energy to hold your own as you fight with hostile aliens. Careful with that ray gun!
- Pick a book with a strong hero or heroine, maybe Buck Rogers, that you trust enough to lead you on your mission and whose integrity you admire enough to follow them through to the end.
- Find a book that introduces you to a new perfect world (or not-so-perfect in the case of dystopian or post-apocalyptic sci-fi). Alternatively, if you’ve always felt like you should have lived in a different time, seek out a science fiction novel that’s part of the time travel sub-genre.
- If you’re interested in a particular era or historical event, or have wondered what the world would be like if a different country had won a war or if an assassinated historical figure had live, see if you can find a book depicting an alternate history on the topic.
5 great science fiction books
Although people have only been travelling to outer space since the 1960’s, science fiction as a genre has been around for a much longer time. There are classic books that were published centuries ago that are well worth reading.
- You may have read Gulliver’s Travels (published in 1726) by Jonathan Swift.
- Some would also claim Frankenstein (published in 1818) and written by Mary Shelley could be considered science fiction.
- Mark Twain is also the author of a time travel science fictions novel, Gulliver’s Travels (published in 1889).
- Another example of early science fiction includes Looking Backward: 2000-1887 by Edward Bellamy, which will tell you how someone living in 1888 imagined the world might be in the year 2000.
- Finally, H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds (originally published in 1898) was famously broadcast on the radio and has since been made into several movies and a musical
Science fiction books in the Any Subject Books library If you’re looking for something to transport you to another time or place, why not choose one of our titles? All books are available in Kindle, ePub and PDF formats.
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