Category Archives: Social Science Fiction

#2 – Dune Review – Frank Herbert

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy Few books on this list have had a bigger cultural impact than Frank Herbert’s 1965 masterpiece. Often cited as the best selling science fiction novel of all time (over 10 million copies sold), … Continue reading

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#3 – Foundation Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy I have to admit, when I first read¬†Foundation¬†(probably sometime around age 15), I didn’t really understand much of what was going on. I remember reading it partly because it was supposed to be … Continue reading

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#5 – 1984 Review – George Orwell

Summary | Review | Quotes | Movie | Buy This is another novel that I’d been meaning to read since I was young but only just recently got around to. I knew what the basic premise was, and I was … Continue reading

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#7 – Fahrenheit 451 Review – Ray Bradbury

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 shares a lot of similarities with Orwell’s 1984. Both take place in a dystopian future where intellectual freedom and free thought are suppressed. Both tell the story of a … Continue reading

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#17 – Brave New World Review – Aldous Huxley

Summary | Review | Buy While Brave New World is often compared to Orwell’s 1984 in that they both present a portrait of a disturbing future dystopia, the mechanisms in which their future societies impose control over the individual are … Continue reading

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#20 – The Moon is a Harsh Mistress Review – Robert A. Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy In many ways, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress is Robert Heinlein’s crowning achievement.¬†Carefully plotted, stylistically unique, politically sophisticated and thrilling from page one, it’s hard to imagine anyone else writing a novel that packs … Continue reading

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#26 – The Left Hand of Darkness Review – Ursula K Le Guin

Summary | Review | Buy The Left Hand of Darkness is the first novel on this list from a female author. And while it’s no secret that women are severely underrepresented in the world of Science Fiction, the ones that … Continue reading

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#29 – The Man in the High Castle Review – Philip K Dick

Paperback Best of Summary | Review | Buy The Man in the High Castle is probably one of the most famous examples of “Alternate History” in all of literature. Philip K. Dick’s vision of a world in which the Axis … Continue reading

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#30 – The Caves of Steel Review – Isaac Asimov

Summary | Review | Buy While the novel takes place in the same fictional universe as I, Robot, Isaac Asimov’s The Caves of Steel is a much more conventional novel, although one that delves a lot deeper into the relationship … Continue reading

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#45 – Time Enough for Love Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy Lazarus Long (aka Woodrow Wilson Smith) has to be one of the most fascinating characters ever to come out of the science fiction genre. In Heinlein’s hands, Lazarus is the ultimate rugged individualist; a man … Continue reading

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