I had a father and an elder brother who were crazy about science fiction. Naturally, I grew up reading Arthur C. Clarke and Isaac Asimov. As I grew up, along came all the other greats – Hugo award winners, Nebula award winners. So here are 5 all-time favourites that every sci-fi lover must read!
1. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
This is among my all-time favourites. An absolutely fascinating read, It has all the elements of classic sci-fi: Aliens who never let themselves be seen, children with weird dreams and it features the story of a couple set against an alien invasion, the reason for which stays hidden almost till the end. It has the most amazing description of planets from different solar systems ( as part of the dreams) and is as much a social commentary on human beings with a grimly prophetic ending… wow! gasp, gasp.
2. Space Cadet by Robert Heinlein
I love this one for its simple narrative and style yet the story is phenomenal. Set in a time when space travel is accepted and humans are settling all over the Universe… it’s part Lord of the Flies, part sci-fi tale of adventures in another world and part life lesson about survival and fear. To become a space cadet you have to pass a survival exam and sometimes, things go wrong; very, very wrong. What do you do then is what this book is about. I love it!
3. I, Robot Collection
The definitive sci-fi Robot collection of short stories from the man who started it all – aapro Asimov! I’m a diehard Asimov fan and will stay so… this one blew my mind as a pig-tailed, bespectacled voracious reader of a girl whose best friends were her books! And I still go back to it for solace and comfort when the world deals me a completely crazy hand. My advice: Read it!
It’s available on Bookadda!
4. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
What was he thinking! Wow. Horrifying, completely believable and scary. Eerily prophetic? Read it to find out. I love most of what Huxley wrote, the guy was brilliant. Love many of his other books too.
5. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Phenomenal! The descriptions of the alien spaceship, its amazing construct and the implied commentary on puny human fears and aspirations. We are taught a lesson or two about scale and grandeur. And about alien fantasies and invasions where realise how wrong we are when we put ourselves centre-stage.
More Sci-fi Reading:
Just in case five titles are not enough for you, here are four more utterly compelling sci-fi titles. Warning: You may not be able to put them down once you begin!
8. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov Available on Bookaddda.
9. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein Available on Bookaddda.