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(Some Of) My Favourite Science Fiction

Science fiction has always been a genre that fascinates me with imaginative worlds, mind-bending concepts, and compelling characters. As an avid reader and enthusiast of the genre, I have read some remarkable science fiction books that have left an indelible mark on my literary journey. In this post, I’ll delve into a list of some of my favourite science fiction books, each offering a unique and thrilling reading experience. 

A Sandbox of Intrigue, Adventure and Mystery 

Frank Herbert’s “Dune” takes the reader on an epic journey to the desert planet of Arrakis, a world enigmatically laced with political intrigue, religious fanaticism, and transformative powers. In Dune, set in a distant future where advanced technology is the norm, Herbert masterfully weaves elements of politics, ecology, and mysticism. The intricate world-building and complex societal dynamics make this book a fascinating and immersive read. The definition of a page-turner!

Powerful Characters and Themes

The story is full of richly developed characters. From the enigmatic Paul Atreides to the strong Lady Jessica, the main characters have great depth and nuance. Moreover, the themes of control, destiny, and the consequences of human actions resonated and left a lasting impact long after I finished.

Robot Revolution and Ethical Dilemmas

Isaac Asimov’s “I, Robot” offers a collection of interconnected short stories that explore the relationship between humans and robots in a world governed by the famous Three Laws of Robotics. Asimov’s meticulous attention to detail and exploration of the ethical dilemmas surrounding artificial intelligence make this book an essential read for science fiction enthusiasts.

The Three Laws and Their Consequences

At the heart of “I, Robot” are the Three Laws of Robotics, which dictate how robots interact with humans. As the stories unfold, we witness the complex consequences that arise when these laws get tested. From thought-provoking scenarios involving autonomous decision-making to questions of robot psychology and morality, Asimov’s work challenges our understanding of what it means to be human.

A Post-Apocalyptic Thrill Ride

Richard Matheson’s “I Am Legend” introduces us to a world ravaged by a vampire pandemic, where the protagonist, Robert Neville, finds himself as the last known survivor. Matheson skillfully combines elements of horror, science fiction, and suspense to create a gripping narrative that kept me on the edge of my seat.

Exploration of Loneliness

“I Am Legend” delves into themes of isolation, the will to survive, and the fragility of one’s identity in the face of an apocalyptic world. Neville’s struggle to maintain his sanity and humanity while surrounded by bloodthirsty vampires is a haunting exploration of the consequences of solitude and the darkness potentially lurking within a person. The sense of lingering dread never leaves you as you read about a man struggling with loss and loneliness. I highly recommend this one. 

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), arguably the first science fiction tale, is a literary masterpiece that explores themes of creation, responsibility, and the impacts of playing god. The novel follows the journey of Victor Frankenstein, a brilliant scientist who brings a creature to life but then abandons it out of fear and disgust. Shelley’s gothic writing and examination of human ambition and societal rejection make Frankenstein a timeless tale that continues to resonate with readers today. Quite simply, literary perfection. 

George Orwell’s dystopian masterpiece, 1984, presents a haunting vision of a totalitarian society where Big Brother monitors everything its citizens do. Orwell’s exploration of themes like government surveillance, manipulation, and the erosion of individuality has never felt more relevant than in today’s modern world.

Through the eyes of the protagonist Winston Smith, we witness a journey of resistance and rebellion against a tyrannical regime. 1984 is a stark warning about the dangers of unchecked power and the importance of preserving our freedom. Unchecked power and diminished freedom are fiercely debated subjects as I write this in early 2024, nearly 75 years since Orwell first wrote 1984; scary times. 

Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? is an intriguing examination of what it means to be human. Set in a post-apocalyptic world where androids roam among humans, the story follows android bounty hunter Rick Deckard as he questions the nature of his humanity while tracking down rogue androids. Dick’s thought-provoking analysis of the blurring lines between man and machine has made this novel a part of the science fiction canon and a book that should be on everyone’s shelves (no matter how overflowing!). 

The link (in title above) leads to a particularly nice version of the novel, printed by SF Masterworks.

Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park takes us on a thrilling adventure to an island where dinosaurs are alive and kicking and biting! As a team of scientists and investors visit the park, they soon discover playing god with genetic engineering can have horrific consequences. Crichton’s meticulous research and ability to blend science with gripping storytelling make Jurassic Park an exhilarating read. The novel raises important ethical questions about genetic manipulation and the responsibility of scientists. Jurassic Park is a timeless classic for sure. 

Yes, I snuck one of mine in here – I loved writing it but I also loved and continue to love reading the thing! My novel, The Rain is a gripping science fiction nail-biter set in a dank and dark city, New Hampton, soon to be consumed by a deadly rain. As the raindrops change, humanity must find a way to survive amidst the constant threat of the falling sky and what lurks on the streets and beneath the city. I’m told I have an atmospheric writing style with vivid descriptions that paint a chilling picture of a society on the brink of collapse. I hope the Rain is an engaging and heart-pounding read that will keep readers on the edge of their seats! 


The never-ending possibilities of science fiction offer a vast array of captivating tales that push the boundaries of one’s imagination. From the intricate political landscapes of “Dune” to the ethical dilemmas of “I, Robot” and the harrowing isolation portrayed in “I Am Legend,” each of these books stands as a testament to the genre’s ability to both entertain and provoke deep thought. So, whether you’re a seasoned science fiction fan or new to the genre, these exceptional works should leave a memorable mark on your reading journey. As always, stay safe and happy reading!

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