And on this note, it leaves us with the moral that if you take away all of the unpleasantness from life, how can you know what is pleasurable and enjoy it? A successful venture capitalist with billions in the bank, Mike Cohen has it all figured out.
Brainocytes transform the human experience, making you smarter, faster, and more powerful. With enemies at every turn, Mike must use his newly enhanced capabilities to save his family, his friends, and ultimately, the world. Blade Runner. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep ranks number 4 on this list because of the insane popularity this novel and its film adaptation, Blade Runner, enjoyed.
I blame this book entirely for my childhood belief that when I was an adult, I'd be driving a hover car. Come , and I'm not exactly filled with confidence that in less than a decade, society will: a have advanced technologically enough to develop a hover car; and b advanced socially enough to figure out how to drive upwards and downwards, when they can barely even figure out how to drive straight on a road.
The world Phillip K Dick creates in this novel spans sci-fi, dystopias, and post-apocalyptic society. The world suffers the ravages of World War Terminus.
Animals are endangered or extinct due to radiation poisoning, and owning a pet is a status symbol. A bounty hunter, Rick Deckard, must "retire" six escaped androids, while John Isidore assists the androids. The novel explores what it means to be human, contrasting humans with the androids, who lack the ability to empathize. In some ways, the present is a disappointment because of the vividly brutal and simultaneously beautiful way Phillip K Dick painted it to be. We have no robots, let alone robots that we're disappointed with because of how starkly non-human they are.
If you think you know all about this novel because you've seen Blade Runner, you're wrong. Blade Runner shows a sympathetic point of view, while the novel shows a distinctly anti artificial intelligence sentiment, with robots being deplored for their inability to feel and think like humans.
This novel prevented its writer from bombing Monte Cassino in WW11 at least, that's what I make of his background on Wikipedia. Is it defamatory to make that assumption online after someone's passed away? Needless to say, it won.
Miller's novel spans thousands of years, and is set in a Catholic monastery in the desert of the southwestern United States as civilization rebuilds itself after suffering the Flame Deluge, a devastating nuclear war. In their monastery in the Utah desert, the monks of the Order of St.
Leibowitz the Engineer preserve the information and relics of their founder, - the blessed blueprint, the sacred shopping list and the holy shrine of Fallout Shelter. The novel successful addresses a horribly bleak theme of mankind's' endless self-destruction with humor and a light touch. Unlike most religious science fiction and Christian writers, ahem, CS Lewis this novel is so clever with its multifaceted layers of discourse regarding man, God, science, religion, death, and despair, and its written in a strangely warm manner, that you don't feel like you're being lectured at about the divine ways of Christianity.
Worried it's going to be too preachy?
There's a two headed woman, an immortal Jew and rocket ships. Now who wouldn't be entertained by that? Believe it or not, Stephen King didn't only write hokey horror novels that weren't particularly scary, with completely convoluted "why the fuck did the clown turn into an alien-spider" plots. He also wrote one of the most important and seminal dystopian science fiction novels under the pseudonym Richard Bachman. The Running Man was written in , but makes King look like a clairvoyant when you think about contemporary society.
The novel is set in dystopian United States in , the economy is in ruins, and violence is on the rise sound anything like the current United States? I know I'm scared. Ben Richards is unemployed, and his wife forced into prostitution to keep the family surviving. Ben participates in a game show called the Running Man.
Contestants are declared enemies of the state, and to win billion "New Dollars" they must survive being chased by Hunters trying to kill them for 30 days. Ben Richards turns out to do the best job of running from the Hunters in the history of the show. Common to almost all dystopian science fiction, themes of a corrupt government are heavy, with Ben's messages to the public altered by the government in power. The book is set out in a countdown format, starting with the first chapter "Minus and Counting" with the numbers decreasing until the last chapter "Minus and counting.
The Running Man is the novel that everyone should be reading in place of the Hunger Games. If you ever feel the compulsion to read that trilogy, please get a Bachman fix instead - dirtier, grimier, and scarier in a realistic way. Warning: do not read the introduction by King that comes with some versions of this book, it gives away the ending!
Why, oh WHY do authors insist on doing this?
Another childhood favorite; I felt slightly ripped off that I didn't have any telepathic abilities, despite how hard I tried to communicate to my sister solely using our minds. The Chrysalids, also published as "Re-birth" in the United States, is a science fiction dystopia set in a post-apocalyptic world a few thousand years in the future.
The inhabitants of Labrador are vaguely aware of a technologically advanced race before them, the "Old People". They practice a form of fundamentalist Christianity and believe that to prevent another Tribulation which we assume was a nuclear war , they need to preserve normality in life. Humans with minor mutations are considered "Blasphemies"; the devil's work, and are either killed or sterilized and banished to the lawless Fringes. David, the ten year old son of a religious figure, becomes friends with Sophie, a mutant who has concealed her 6 toed feet all of her life.
David keeps her secret, harboring his own mutation his telepathic abilities. When Sophie is discovered and her family tries to escape, David wonders at the persecution and cullings.
Eventually David and his group of telepaths are exposed and sent to the Fringes, pursued by villagers intent on capturing and interrogating them. David's sister Petra's abilities are extremely advanced, and through her they contact an advanced society. If there was ever a case made for why fundamentalism in any religion is evil, this is it. Something different?
Oooh, quick, let's kill it! We can't kill it? Let's ban it!
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This book is my example of a dystopia - a world so ignorant that it will outlaw and destroy anything that is different to what's considered the norm. If you've seen the cheesy Warehouse 13 on the SyFy channel and for those who aren't familiar with Warehouse 13, imagine if NCIS had slightly more realistic and personable characters, came with an Indiana Jones steampunk feel, and was about collecting supernatural artifacts that were dangerous to humans.
G Wells is a super attractive, bisexual, lethal, yet proper English woman. Why is Wells cool, aside from the sexy English woman connotations?
He coined the concept of time travel and the term "time machine", his story is credited with making these concepts popular, and he's responsible for an idea that is still popular in modern literature - using a vehicle that allows the operator to selectively travel through time. The narrator, "the Time Traveler" invents a time travelling machine that he tests out with a journey to , AD, where he meets the Eloi, a society of simple adults.
His time machine is stolen in this world by the evil Morlock, who live underground in darkness and only surface at night. He discovers machinery in the Morlocks' quarters that assists the above-ground paradise the Eloi live in. Exploring their tunnels he finds out they feed on the Eloi, and use them as livestock.
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The Morlock try to bait the Traveler with his machine, but he escapes with it, and jumps 30 million years from his own time. He sees some horrible scenes, the last living things on Earth dying, and the Earth's rotation ceasing as the sun dies out with all living things.
Overwhelmed he returns to his lab, arriving three hours after he left. This novel is also one of the earliest examples of the dying earth subgenre - sci-fi that takes place towards the end of earth's existence, the end of time.
Gibson, the King of Cyberpunk, deserves this position on this list with Neuromancer, a satirical comment on multinational corporates and the negative effect the MNCs and technology have on life. This novel is the first and most important cyberpunk novel - the vibrant, complex imagery of contemporary technology set new standards for science fiction, and invaded cultural references with terms like Cyberspace and the Matrix borrowing from Gibson's Neuromancer. Aside from being cyberpunk royalty, Gibson has a sharp, discerning wit, and has been quoted with some of the most amusing lines to ever come from a writer: "Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, just surrounded by assholes.
Neuromancer is the first novel in the Sprawl trilogy Count Zero, the second book, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, the final installment.
A suicidal, unemployable, drug addicted hacker, an "interface cowboy", called Case, is hired by a mysterious detective, Armitage, who offers a cure in exchange for his services as a hacker. Only problem is, Case doesn't know what the job is or who or what Armitage is. This novel packs a punch, with strong themes about corporate power, artificial intelligence, and what it means to be human.
A book with those qualifications should make our nerdy little hearts sing. A decadent life, then voluntary euthanasia at 21? Brave New World's offering legal highs and encouraged orgies, I think I'll stay in that dystopia, thanks!