Science fiction is a narrative genre that tends to have many fans. Science fiction books usually set the main action in space-time coordinates that are different from our own. This genre, characterised mainly by imaginary situations, often raises reasonable doubts about scientific and/or social developments and their impact on our society. And this is, perhaps, what makes them so interesting, their capacity to seek answers to the doubts raised about, for example, the future of humanity or what new scientific advances will be discovered.
In short, science fiction is a perfect genre for opening up debate. In this sense, we could establish certain parallels with philosophy, making it an excellent genre to share in a book club. We review 5 books you can’t miss if you love science fiction. One of the genres that has mutated and diversified the most since its creation.
Which books to read if you like science fiction?
Blade Runner, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?(Philip K. Dick, 1968)
Perhaps most readers are more familiar with this work from its film adaptation Blade Runner (The 1982 film, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford, quickly became a hit with the public and one of the must-see works for science fiction film lovers. But the truth is that the film is merely inspired by an excellent literary work written by Philip. K. Dick much earlier, in 1968. The novel is still a benchmark of the science fiction genre and a valid critique of today’s society, where man is increasingly mechanised and machines are becoming more and more humanised. A story of androids and bounty hunters set between Mars and Earth after a nuclear war.
Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton, 1990). One of the best science fiction books
Jurassic Park remains Michael Crichton‘s most celebrated novel. And Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation, made just five years later, was partly to blame. However, the most enthusiastic fans of the most famous dinosaur saga should not miss out on reading the novel that inspired it. Crichton masterfully portrays the unbridled ambition to commercialise genetic engineering. A gripping work that you won’t tire of reading. Highly recommended for readers who love science fiction.
Fahrenheit 451(Ray Bradbury, 1953)
Guy Montage belongs to a strange fire brigade whose main task is to burn books. Because in the society in which the protagonist lives it is forbidden to read. It is forbidden to think. Burning books is a social task that the firemen carry out because reading can fill us with bad thoughts that can generate anguish and suffering. And in the world in which Montage lives, it is obligatory to be happy. Thus, by fostering ignorance, the leaders who govern can better control what the population should and should not learn Fahrenheit 451 tells the story of a bleak and horrific future: that of conformity.
1984 (George Orwell, 1949)
Set in London in 1984, George Orwell’s novel depicts a grim city in which the Thought Police stiflingly control the lives of its citizens. The protagonist, Winston Smith, is a simple pawn in this perverse machinery until he decides to rethink the truth of the party that governs and subjugates them 1984 is a novel capable of making one’s hair stand on end, which will make the reader ask himself many questions. It is certainly an essential work to develop critical thinking.
The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood, 1985)
Terrifying. Especially because at some points in the novel, the reader may wonder whether such a thing could actually happen. In a horrifyingly convincing way, the Canadian writer portrays a dystopian, totalitarian, post-apocalyptic society where women are forced into sexual slavery. A work that will also stir up controversy about issues such as machismo, the power of women, empathy and the power of union. A splendid, cruel and terrifying play.
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