Category Archives: Soft Science Fiction

#4 – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Review – Douglas Adams

Summary | Review | Quotes | Buy While the genre of Science Fiction isn’t particularly known for its sense of humor, the The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams is a prime example of how the format’s unique characteristics … Continue reading

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#6 – Stranger in a Strange Land Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Quotes | Buy Few books deserve the title of “Cult Classic” more than Robert Heinlein’s 1961 novel about a Martian-raised human who returns to earth and ends up transforming human culture in profound ways. Although it started out … 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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#36 – A Winkle in Time Review – Madeleine L’Engle

Summary | Review | Buy To be honest, I read A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle a long time ago – so some of the finer details of the plot and themes may escape me. But like a lot … Continue reading

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#43 – The Day of the Triffids Review – John Wyndham

Summary | Review | Buy With a premise that seems like it was taken from a SyFy channel original movie, John Wyndham’s 1951 post-apocalyptic novel The Day of the Triffids is a singularly unique and terrifying take on the fall … Continue reading

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#50 – Frankenstein Review – Mary Shelley

Summary | Review | Buy While most readers think of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as the quintessential Gothic Horror story, many literature scholars have pointed out that it’s also one of the first examples of Science Fiction in modern literature. And while … Continue reading

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#80 – The Puppet Masters Review – Robert Heinlein

Summary | Review | Buy A cross between a James Bond adventure and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Robert Heinlein’s 1951 novel The Puppet Masters is a fast-paced alien invasion thriller that combines secret agent intrigue and sexual politics with … Continue reading

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#81 – A Princess of Mars Summary – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Summary | Review | Buy Much like it’s protagonist, Civil War veteran John Carter, Edgar Rice Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars is a big, bold, testosterone-soaked piece of pulp fiction and adventure fantasy. Containing elements of science fiction, planetary romance … Continue reading

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#22 – The Martian Chronicles Review – Ray Bradbury

Summary | Review | Buy Told in a series of short story vignettes (much like Asimov’s I, Robot), The Martian Chronicles recounts mankind’s first efforts at colonizing the Red Planet and their interactions with the native Martians. At times serious, … Continue reading

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