When Dr. Ransom, a Cambridge professor of philology, prevents physicist Dr. When he regains consciousness, Ransom finds himself in a spacecraft en route to Malacandra Mars. Ransom escapes, explores the planet, and is befriended by a tribe of hrossa. Pursued by Weston, who aims to help humankind colonize the universe exploiting its resources, and Devine, who is just trying to get rich, Ransom seeks out Oyarsa, a spirit-like creature who rules Malacandra.
Lewis claimed that the Radium Age sci-fi novel Arcturus , by David Lindsay , gave him the idea of using planets less as places than as spiritual contexts. A Magneto-like mutant, that is to say, whose ultimate goal is to eradicate all of humankind…. Because he knows that this conflict would usher in the Dark Ages, Padway attempts to alter the course of history. There is some Robinsonade action, at first, as Padway begins distilling brandy, expanding his business, and getting involved in politics. He teaches his clerks Arabic numerals and double entry bookkeeping; he develops a printing press, issues newspapers, and builds a long-distance semaphore telegraph system.
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Oh, and he emancipates the Italian serfs! Fun fact: A shorter version was first published in Unknown December Lest Darkness Fall is considered one of the most influential early alternate-history yarns. It turns out that the heat is caused by the approach of a meteorite on a collision course with Earth. Luckily, the experts have miscalculated. And once they find it, what weird properties will its alien metal reveal?
Serialized during the German occupation of Belgium; this, and the anti-Semitic portrayal of the villainous financier Bohlwinkel, have made The Shooting Star a controversial installment in the Tintin series.
When I published a list of Science Fiction Adventures at io9. I did not include a single Isaac Asimov title; and readers were outraged.
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That said, I like it! Fun fact: Originally a series of stories published in Astounding Magazine between May and January Clifford D. When a human spaceship meets an alien one — both are on exploratory missions, far from their respective homes — neither group knows how to react.
The aliens are humanoid bipeds who communicate via microwaves emitted from an organ in their heads; so the first problem to be overcome is one of awkwardly sending and receiving messages, then translating them. The two crews do begin to communicate, and discover that they have much in common; but both sides realize that they may have to try to destroy one another. Neither can leave, that is, without ensuring that the other crew cannot track them to their home planet.
Fun fact: Published by the pulp magazine Astounding , First Contact is now considered one of the most important Golden Age science-fiction stories, the template for innumerable subsequent first-contact stories.
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The first astronauts to land on Mars are killed by the jealous husband of Ylla, a Martian woman whose telepathic abilities allow her to predict their arrival. The second expedition discovers that Martians regard them as insane hallucinations. A member of the fourth expedition realizes how wonderful Martian civilization is, and turns against his fellow Earthlings. Back on Earth, a hardware store owner attempts to prevent an African American man who owes him money from emigrating to Mars. A settler opens a hot dog stand, even as a devastating atomic war breaks out back on Earth.
The episodes are thrilling and chilling, funny and sad, and always poetic and powerful. Alise resorts to drastic measures to prevent Partre from publishing anything else. Tragedy strikes when Chloe develops a water lily in her lung; in the face of her impending death, how will Colin choose to live? Our narrator, the psychologist Dr. Burris, brings Dr. Castle, a philosopher colleague, and others to visit Walden Two, an experimental community — founded in the s by T.
Over four days, the visitors marvel at a community where nobody works more than four hours per day; children are raised by the collective and incentivized, through a system of rewards and punishments, to behave well ; advanced technology has been developed to facilitate domestic chores; and everybody gets along. Fun fact: The author was an esteemed behavioral psychologist at Harvard.
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Oceania is perpetually at war with one of the other two superstates. Winston and Julia are apprehended by the Thought Police: Will their love, idealism, and critical thinking survive, or will they crack? It has given us such terms as Big Brother , doublethink , and thoughtcrime ; and a real-life or fictional political order characterized by official deception is often described as Orwellian. George R. Ish Williams, a student of ecology and geology, survives a plague that wipes out most of America.
Making his way home first to Berkeley, Calif. Their children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are more interested in hunting than learning how to read, much less study science or medicine; the men and women who built the infrastructure which the younger members of the tribe view as marvels are regarded as semi-mythological beings. What irony! Winton, you see, is a science fiction editor in the John Campbell mold — that is, he despises Space Opera, which he considers corny.
A YA adventure set on Mars. Aided by the Martians, the colonists rebel against the Corporation and proclaim their independence. But what will become of Willis? They inhabit two planes of existence simultaneously; revere freedom; and possess terrible powers. Carse becomes a galley slave, then leads a mutiny. Arriving at the realm of the Sea-Kings, Carse discovers that his mind has been possessed by Rhiannon himself, who seeks atonement for his ancient crimes. For those who enjoy science fantasy, this is entertaining stuff complete with a reluctant villainess: Ywain, the fierce warrior princess-heir of Sark, who sorry longs to be dominated by the manly Carse.
Navigating a London gone haywire, Masen rescues Josella Playton, a wealthy novelist, from a blind man who has forced her to serve as his guide… and the two of them plan to join a colony of the sighted outside London. Instead, they are kidnapped by a group that chains sighted men and women to groups of the blind, and forces them to scavenge for food and supplies. Masen eventually escapes and helps establish a self-sufficient colony in Sussex… which, unfortunately, is menaced not only by hordes of triffids but by a militarized rival colony!
Even as the Old Man directs government efforts to combat the invasion of these body-snatchers, Sam is puppetized by a slug!
Limbo is: a sometimes tedious, aggravating work of genius; a post-apocalyptic antiwar treatise that is skeptical of pacifism; and a serious novel of ideas written by an inveterate punster. The disarmament movement has split into two factions: one remains helpless; the other replaces the missing limbs with powerful artificial ones. During WWIII, while the American male workforce was fighting overseas, out of necessity American engineers made tremendous strides in automating most manual labor.
Today in the near future , most Americans are either busy and fulfilled engineers and managers, on the one hand, or discontented idlers, on the other. An anthropologist and Episcopalian minister, Reverend Lasher, persuades Paul that life without meaningful work is boring and inhuman; Paul begins to fantasize about quitting his job and living off the grid. What will transpire when the revolution begins? Spoiler alert: So are the detectives Thomson and Thompson, and a spy working for a foreign power! The rocket-landing artwork is superb.
Someone will have to die, if the others are to survive. A thrilling, semi-serious, semi-humorous sci-fi adventure. Jacobs, who had recently enjoyed success with a sci-fi comic, The Secret of the Swordfish. PS: Elon Musk is a fan. In the final section of the book, Lt.
Barrows, a gifted engineer who worked for the US Air Force until he apparently went insane, discovers that he was a victim of the gestalt — who wanted to prevent him from discovering the secret of their antigrav device, not to mention their very existence. Will Hip fight back against the mutants… or join them? A cartoonish but gripping police procedural. Fun fact: Winner of the first Hugo Award.
His application was denied. Frederik Pohl and C. Not so. Venus, meanwhile, is a hellhole — it will take generations before colonists can live there in anything but harsh conditions. What will Courtenay do?
A gentle teenager, who loves to walk everywhere, in a car-dominated culture, and who asks probing questions, is killed senselessly, by a speeding driver. Once his own wife betrays him, Montag goes on the run. Fun fact: Fahrenheit is often described as the first sci-fi novel to cross over from genre writing to the mainstream of American literature. Arthur C. A Stapledonian epic in which an alien invasion is merely the prelude!
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The aliens, who call themselves the Overlords, and who decline to reveal their physical forms, announce that they have arrived to usher in an era of peace and prosperity for all humankind. Fast-forward five decades, and Earth truly is a peaceful and prosperous place.
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But some curious souls demand to know what the Overlords look like, where they come from, and what their ultimate purpose really is. Visiting Earthmen lose a valuable scientific probe, somewhere on Mesklin, so Barlennan, an adventurous Mesklinite sea trader, is recruited to go on a dangerous voyage in order to retrieve it; they are guided in their quest by the god-like voice of the Earthmen, orbiting above them.
As the action proceeds, Clement, a high-school science teacher, rather unsubtly reminds readers of the importance of the scientific method. Father Ruiz-Sanchez, a biologist, doctor, and Jesuit priest, is one of four astronauts sent on a reconnaissance mission to the planet Lithia; the team is tasked with studying the native population and determining whether the planet is suitable for human colonization. It turns out that the Lithians, a race of high intelligent kangaroo-like reptiles, have developed a peaceful, rational society. In fact, Ruiz-Sanchez decides that the planet is a snare, set by the Devil, in order to tempt humankind to abandon any religious framework.