Category Archives: Alien Contact

#8 – 2001: A Space Odyssey Review – Arthur C. Clarke

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy While most people know 2001: A Space Odyssey from the classic Stanley Kubrick-directed film, the original story and novel were developed by Arthur C. Clarke, based on a short story called The Sentinel. … Continue reading

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#10 – Starship Troopers Summary – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy This is the first book on the list that could legitimately be classified as “Military Science Fiction,” in that it examines the nature of war, conflict and military service in the future (usually … Continue reading

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#13 – Ringworld Review – Larry Niven

Summary | Review | Buy Any book that begins with the main character teleporting to different time zones in order to prolong his 200th birthday party is worth giving a chance. And while Ringworld doesn’t exactly live up to its … Continue reading

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#14 – Rendezvous With Rama Review – Arthur C. Clarke

Summary | Review | Buy It’s fitting that Rendezvous with Rama comes directly after Ringworld on this list, as both books deal with mysterious mega-structures built by unknown alien civilizations and our attempts to understand their purpose and meaning. But … Continue reading

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#18 – Childhood’s End Review – Arthur C. Clarke

Summary | Review | Buy Childhood’s End shares many similarities with Clarke’s first novel on this list, 2001, in that it describes a jump in human evolution brought about by an advanced alien species. But while the aliens of 2001 … Continue reading

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#23 – Slaughterhouse Five Review – Kurt Vonnegut

Summary | Review | Buy I should probably be clear about this from the very start: Kurt Vonnegut is one of my favorite writers of all time and Slaughterhouse Five is probably the best book he’s ever written in my … Continue reading

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#25 – The Mote in God’s Eye Review – Niven & Pournelle

Summary | Review | Buy This is going to be a tough one. Rarely do I ever leave a book half-finished, but with this one I nearly came close. Although I did eventually finish The Mote in God’s Eye by … Continue reading

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#27 – Speaker for the Dead Summary – Orson Scott Card

Summary | Review | Buy Speaker for the Dead is the sort-of sequel to the #1 book on this list, Ender’s Game, although the books share very little in terms of themes, setting and characters, except for the main character. … Continue reading

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#32 – Gateway Review – Frederik Pohl

Summary | Review | Buy Gateway is without a doubt one of the most entertaining and readable books on this list. It’s a page-turner in the best sense of the word, with an ingenious set up, a relatable main character, … Continue reading

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#40 – The Gods Themselves Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Buy While it may not be one of Asimov‘s most famous books, The Gods Themselves is a uniquely ingenious and prescient yarn that touches on the issue of our civilization’s insatiable need for cheap, plentiful energy … Continue reading

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