Sci-fi novels you should definitely add to your reading list

Aanchal Mohta
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Add these sci-fi novels to your list if you're interested in galaxies, time travel, future and a lot more.

Books are everyone’s best friend. No matter how much the technology has evolved with the introduction of e-reading and kindles, books are always treasured. For a bookworm, books are no less than diamonds and they’d never want to get rid of their books even if it gets a thousand years old. Among the many genres, Sci-fi novels are one of the most read ones as they provide a reader the space to travel into future or a fantasy world. Sci-fi novels typically deal with science and tech, space travel, time travel or extraneous life. Though it is mostly fictional, the fanbase of this genre is wide and there’s no comparison. If you like the sound of that then, check out this list of sci-fi novels that are a must read.

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Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

One of the oldest sci-fi books but most loved. It is a classic gothic thriller with themes like the nature of life and death, immortality and genetic engineering.

Divergent Triology by Veronica Roth

There are three parts of this series, Divergent being the first one. This novel explores young adult dystopian world in a divergent universe.

Gideon the Ninth by Tamsyn Muir

This wildly adventurous fantasy novel set in mysterious and ancient castle. This book is engrossing and exceptionally interesting to read.

This is How You Lose the Time War by Amal el-Mohtar and Max Gladstone

This is a short and beautiful epistolary novel. It’s about two time-travelling agents from future working their way through the past.

Exhalation by Ted Chiang

This book is actually a collection of short stories. It is about the second law of Thermodynamics.

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This week’s #PunchcardPicks features Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang. The book is divided into nine stories that explore various issues in humankind’s place in the universe. ⠀ ⠀ "When I'm searching for something lighter, I've lately been grabbing Exhalation by Ted Chiang. Chiang's vision in 'The Story of your Life' (the basis of the movie Arrival), combined with director Dennis Villeneuve's unique visual style made a smashing movie, but Exhalation is equally captivating. I'm not sure if any of them will turn into big-budget Hollywood films, but they're fascinating and thought-provoking reads nonetheless."⠀ - Ian Phillipchuk (@protagorist) Developer and Team Lead at Punchcard

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Future of Another Timeline by Annalee Newitz

Another time travel novel yet very different from the rest. This novel depicts a world where time travel is real and a group of women use technology to protect female autonomy and rights.

Recursion by Blake Crouch

An action packed novel that combines time travel along with it. The fantasy science in this novel is out of the world.

Wanderers by Chuck Wendig

One of the sci-fi novels that are far apart from the usual. It is about the near future wandering sleepwalkers who start roaming the country due to an unknown pandemic.

Empress of Forever by Max Gladstone

This novel accounts an inventor and entrepreneur who flungs for far future where the entire galaxy is under iron-fisted ruler.

Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear

This is a universe-spanning war novel with a. lot of science. It’s far from reality and all about space travel.

The City in the Middle of the Night by Charlie Jane Anders

Another far from reality novel in another planet. It’s about a place where half the place is frozen and half of it burning under the sun.

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Currently reading The City in the Middle of the Night for a buddy read with @simoneandherbooks . I absolutely love love love All The Birds In The Sky and so far I’m loving this one too! . I think this is an interesting pick for quarantine. January’s (the planet) light does not change, with half of the planet in permanent daylight and the other in permanent night. The city, Xiosphant, is structured around time with chimes throughout the day alerting citizens to when shutters will rise to block out light so they can sleep. No one can leave their homes during curfew, they all must sleep at “night”. No one can sleep during the “day”. Actually, the book only uses “day” and “night” to refer to the two sides of the planet, not for the time in or out of curfew. This aspect of the book has really struck me because lol hi, my sleep schedule has been all over the place while home and is VERY different than what it used to be. . Of course there’s more going on in the book than just the crafted/artificial circadian rhythms, but I love this twist in the world building! . . . . . #thecityinthemiddleofthenight #charliejaneanders #bookish #bookstagram #speculativefiction #scifi #reading #quarantinereading #amreading #currentlyreading #bookster

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