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5 Underappreciated SciFi Novels You Must Read

Not all great work end up taking the spotlight. Hidden from the public 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. And advanced starships. If space operas intrigue you, House of Suns is one of the best you’d ever find.

The astrophysicist author spins a tale of a cloned woman who travels the vastness of the galaxy in search of valuable information every 200,000 years. The mystery takes form when the entire line of clones is found ravaged and destroyed.

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

It also has a great ending that puts every twist and turn in place.

2. Last Year by Robert Charles Wilson

The Last Year’s take on time travel and its multiple realities introduces a novel 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.

Gripping until the end.

3. The Dragon in the Sea by Frank Herbert 

Written by one of the godfathers of Sci-Fi Frank Herbert himself, The Dragon in the Sea is as relevant today as it was 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-nineties and the emergence of nuclear weapons, particularly nuclear submarines, as the backdrop, the author spins a powerful tale of war, greed, and the psychological impact on its direct participants. What’s particularly interesting is the tone of the novel and the psychological elements in the claustrophobic setting of the submarine.

The Dragon in the Sea is in fact 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 science thriller of a man with autistic conditions and extraordinary potential.

The book reflects a future where genetic defects are treated for and cured in the womb. The protagonist is one of the few autistic people left, and by attempting to “correct” him, unwillingly and by force, he faces a heartbreaking threat to his very own identity.

The book is narrated in first person through the fascinating autistic protagonist, whose worldview and emotions 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 brings to light a groundbreaking anti-gravity scientific discovery that can solve the world’s energy crisis—or destruct it altogether. As the scientist tries to ward off uninvited interests from governments, there’s another party on the lookout for the very same machine. But this interest comes from outer space, from a species we know nothing about.

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

Shafeeka Hafeez

Shafeeka Hafeez grew up escaping into a world of books where she discovered a love for writing and a fascination with trees. When she’s not taking up a new marketing skill, or typing out a blog post, you can find her Googling the best therapy for abandoned cats.

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December 31, 2020

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