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5 Underappreciated SciFi Novels You Must Read

Not all great work takes the spotlight. Hidden from the popular eye, they wait to be picked up by the few intensely curious minds.

If you’re a devout Sci-Fi reader looking for a voice outside the mainstream, here’s your ultimate list:

1. House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

Dyson spheres. Sun-spitting wormholes. Advanced starships. If space operas intrigue you, House of Suns is one of the best you can find.

The prolific astrophysicist author spins a tale of a multi-cloned woman whose “shatterlings” travel the vastness of the galaxy in search of valuable information every 200,000 years. The action starts when most of her thousand clones are ravaged and destroyed by an unknown attacker.

While the central mystery keeps the reader thoroughly enthralled, the author’s storytelling and his use of absolute sciences of distance and time makes the novel absolutely phenomenal.

Its great ending puts every twist and turn in place.

2. Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

Last Year’s take on time travel and its multiple realities introduces an intriguing moral perspective to the Sci-Fi genre.

With characters that bond over different time zones, the author evokes powerful emotions to connect the brutal 19th century USA with the future.

The book consists of many original themes of time travel and questions about our own ethics through time, since each passageway into the past creates a “throwaway” world that does not affect our present. Or can love find a way? And should it?

Gripping until the end.

3. The Dragon in the Sea by Frank Herbert 

Written by one of the godfathers of science fiction—Frank Herbert himself—The Dragon in the Sea is as relevant today as yesterday. If your interests extend to psychological thrillers, this book will make a great, introspective addition.

Using the Cold War that raged during the mid-’90s and the evolution of nuclear weapons, particularly nuclear submarines, as the backdrop, the author spins a powerful tale of war, greed, and their psychological impact on its direct participants. What’s particularly interesting is the tone of the novel and the life-and-death emotions in the claustrophobic setting of a Hell Diver submarine a mile underwater.

The Dragon in the Sea is a pure classic in all its timeless glory.

4. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

Inspired by her autistic son, Elizabeth Moon weaves a thriller from the point of view of a man with autistic conditions and extraordinary potential.

In a future where genetic defects are treated for and cured in the womb, the narrator is one of the few autistic people left. By attempting to “correct” him, unwillingly and by force, society threatens his very identity.

The worldview and emotions of the fascinating autistic protagonist may stick with you for a long time.

5. Beyond Hercules by Paul Bussard

If your love for high-tech hardcore science fiction and outer space knows no bounds, we recommend cracking open a copy of Beyond Hercules by Paul Bussard.  

The story erupts with a groundbreaking anti-gravity scientific discovery that can solve the world’s energy crisis—or result in total planetary destruction.

As the scientist tries to ward off uninvited interest from various governments, there’s another party coming for his anti-grav machine. But this attraction’s from outer space—from a species no one on Earth knows anything about.

This novel will keep you on the edge of your seat.

January 30, 2021

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