Science Fiction

 

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

This book is set in a dystopian future where private businesses suffer under increasing regulation. This would later lead to Rand developing the philosophy of Objectivism.

 

Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

Set 700 years in the future, Earth is at war with a race of giant bugs known as Arachnids.

 

Dune by Frank Herbert

Set in the distant future on the planet Arrakis, a barren desert planet but the only source of a powerful drug called melange, or “the spice”.

 

1984 by George Orwell

In a dystopian future where “Big Brother is Watching You”, any sign of individualism can land you in the torture room.

 

The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

A collection of short    stories about the colonization of Mars by humans fleeing an unstable Earth, and the conflict that arose between them and the Aboriginal Martians.

 

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

A collection of Short    Stories following Dr. Calvin, a robopsychologist working for U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc.

 

Contact by Carl Sagan

Humanity gets a message from Aliens with plans to build a machine which none have seen before.

 

The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons

A book series about a group of travelers on a pilgrimage to the Time Tombs on Hyperion.

 

The Minority Report by Philip K. Dick

The Department of Precrime has cut crime down by almost 100 percent by   looking in the future to prevent future crimes.

 

The Martian by Any Weir

When a dust storm causes Mark Watney to be stranded with no radio, his team leaves him behind believing he is dead.

 

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

Earth is invaded and, soon, taken over by Martians.

 

Ringworld by Larry Niven

In 2850 Louis Wu gets a mission to investigate to an enormous artificial ring roughly the size of Earth’s orbit.

 

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

An English scientist develops a machine that can travel through time.

 

Brave New World by Aldous Huxly

A dystopian future where your social class is determined at birth based on intelligence, and genetic modification is a reality.

 

Neuromancer by William Gibson

Washed up computer hacker Henry Case is hired by master criminal Armitage, and cyborg Molly Millions for one last job.

 

Ender’s Game by Orson Card

Mankind is readying itself for a third invasion by the Formics, a race of insectoids, by training children in increasingly difficult games.

 

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

The story follows a human raised by Martians moves to Earth for the first time, and his interactions with Earth’s culture.

 

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick

Set in the distant future of 1992, this story follows two plots involving six escaped androids.

 

Slaughterhouse–Five by Kurt Vonnegut

A Man believes he experienced time travel and was held in an alien zoo.

 

2001: A Space Odyssey by   Arthur C. Clarke

Humans find three monoliths of alien origin.