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5 Best Sci-fi Novels You Must Read

By Bhadra Kamalasanan

Reading is a great pass time which unfortunately the present generation of men and women have long forgotten. Today we do not like reading lengthy books, fiction or non-fiction; we do not even like reading the magazine anymore! There are different genres of books, much like there are various genres of films.

The genre which has divided readers into two halves, people those who like and people those who dislike is the genre of science fiction. Science fictions aren’t just for science geeks or the super intelligent for to read, they are for everyone. If you can read, you will enjoy a good science fiction. The whole idea of a science fiction is futuristic.


It is based on creative and imaginative content, dealing with the future world of technological advancement, and yes, these novels can be very thrilling. If you are a newbie in the field of science fiction, then here is your list of top 5 sci-fi novels to read.

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The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy

You must have heard this title a few times here and there, and that is because it is very famous! Written by Douglas Adams, this trilogy is actually a collection of five books. It follows the adventure of Arthur Dent from the planet earth with his extraterrestrial friends. They reach space and time after Earth is destroyed to make way for a hyperspatial express route. This is a must read in the list of top 5 sci-fi novels to read.

The Giver Quartet

The Giver by Lois Lowry is a take on dystopian future and comes in a series of novels. Each of this book features a protagonist who is unique, while certain characters, themes and events tend to recur throughout the collection. Remember George Orwell’s 1984? Now imagine that in a futuristic set up with lots and lots of adventures.


Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Here is another really interesting one in the list of top 5 sci-fi novels to read. This is an absolute classic by author Philip. K. Dick, and was his base for his other classic titled, Blade Runner. The novel is set in post apocalyptic future and follows bounty hunter Rick Deckard who hunts down six escaped androids. The novel is great in many ways because it explores themes of empathy and what is means to be human.

His Dark Materials

This novel written by Philip Pullman is set in a series of parallel universe and follows Lyra and later starts to follow Will. Their journey is marked by one common interest and that is to search for their respective families. The series that is incredibly famous amidst sci-fi readers, it deals with coming of age, death, religion and also the necessity of challenging conventions.

I Am Legend

The name must be very familiar for most people. This novel by Richard Matheson deals with zombies, and truth be told has no resemblance to the movie that was made. This book explored the question of how long an ordinary man can survive in a hostile world. It also has deeper themes of normalcy and being part of a minority. This is definitely a popular one in the list of top 5 sci-fi novels to read.

Read, because it transports you to some place unknown, some place better.

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Story first published: Thursday, March 13, 2014, 5:04 [IST]
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