Sciene fiction books about space

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.  Jessamyn West, a writer.

Why do people read?Image: Candida Hofer

Reading science fiction people escape out of their own worlds into places and times that do not exist nor ever will. When they read, their brain begin to build a world from the ground up. They read because sci-fi is a genre full of ideas, optimism and inspiration. You are what you read. Sci-fi is one big playground. You can learn astronomy, blow up planets and stars, mass thousands of spaceships, change both the past and the future, and even cheat the end of the universe. It can make you think. Sci-fi is all about “what if?”. Stories can explore the possibility of time travel, teleportation in cosmos, contacts with aliens, moving faster than light. Sci-fi is written by smart,  intelligent and forward-looking writers. And so will you be when you read it.

66 must read science fiction books about space

HG Wells. The War of the Worlds (1898)

Edgar Rice Burroughs. A Princess of Mars (1912)

David Lindsay. A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)

Olaf Stapledon. Star Maker (1937)

C S Lewis. Out of the Silent Planet (1938)

Ray Bradbury. The Martian Chronicles (1950)

John Wyndham. Day of the Triffids (1951)

Isaac Asimov. Foundation (1951)

Arthur C Clarke. Childhood’s End (1953)

Isaac Asimov. The End Of Eternity (1955)

Arthur C Clarke. The City and the Stars (1956)

Alfred Bester. The Stars My Destination (1956)

John Wyndham. The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)

Robert A Heinlein. Citizen Of the Galaxy (1957)

Brian W Aldiss. Non-Stop (1958)

Kurt Vonnegut. Sirens of Titan (1959)

Robert Heinlein. Starship Troopers  (1959)

Algis Budrys. Rogue Moon (1960)

Walter M Miller Jr. A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)

Robert A Heinlein. Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

Harry Harrison. The Stainless Steel Rat (1961)

Stanislaw Lem. Solaris (1961)

Madeleine L’Engle. A Wrinkle In Time (1962)

Clifford D Simak. Way Station (1963)

Philip K Dick. The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch (1964)

Frank Herbert. Dune (1965)

Robert A Heinlein. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)

Samuel R Delaney. The Einstein Intersection (1967)

Roger Zelazny. Lord of Lig (1967)

Arthur C Clarke. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Samuel R Delany. Nova (1968)

Vladimir Nabokov. Ada or Ardor (1969)

Larry Niven. Ringworld (1970)

Poul Anderson. Tau Zero (1970)

Isaac Asimov. The Gods Themselves (1972)

Arkady & Boris Strugatsky. Roadside Picnic (1972)

Arthur C Clarke. Rendezvous With Rama (1973)

Joe Haldeman. The Forever War (1974)

Ursula Le Guin. The Dispossessed (1974)

Niven & Pournelle. The Mote in God’s Eye (1975)

Frederik Pohl. Gateway (1977)

Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle. Lucifer’s Hammer (1977)

Douglas Adams. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (1979)

Gene Wolfe. The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)

Robert L Forward. Dragon’s Egg (1980)

Brian Aldiss. Helliconia Spring (1982)

L Ron Hubbard.  Battlefield Earth (1982)

Orson Scott Card. Ender’s Game (1985)

Greg Bear. Eon (1985)

Carl Sagan. Contact (1985)

Michael Crichton. Sphere (1987)

Greg Bear. The Forge of God (1987)

Iain M Banks. Consider Phlebas (1987)

Iain M Banks. The Player Of Games (1988)

Dan Simmons. Hyperion (1989)

Sheri S Tepper. Grass (1989)

Vernor Vinge. A Fire Upon the Deep (1991)

Kim Stanley Robinson. Red Mars (1992)

Jack McDevitt. The Engines of God (1994)

Peter F Hamilton. The Reality Dysfunction (1996)

Alastair Reynolds. Revelation Space (2000)

M John Harrison. Light (2002)

Dan Simmons.  Ilium (2003)

Jed Mercurio. Ascent (2007)

Neal Stephenson. Anathem (2008)

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