Sci-Fi Books: Popular Choices
Science Fiction or Sci-fi books have been popular for many, many years now. As is the case with other forms of art, the classics are a great place to start. Bearing that in mind, here are some of the more time-proven examples of the Sci-Fi genre.
Under the sub-category of humorous satire, there is the popular 1979 novel, Hitch-Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Written by Douglas Adams, this successful work spawned a series of sequels and a major motion picture. The guide is written as a segue device to educate the reader on the realities of the universe and to tell the tale of Arthur Dent, the last living human, as he travels through the galaxy. Fans of English will especially appreciate the book and even the harshest literary critic admits that the jokes don’t even begin to wear thin until book four of the “trilogy”.
One of the more popular sci-fi books that focuses on social structure is the 1949 classic 1984 by George Orwell. This book is taught in many schools and was also made into a movie. Author Orwell never expected his book to still be popular in 1984 and simply chose the title 1984 by reversing the last two numbers of the year he actually wrote the book.
Considered by some critics to be the greatest “anti-utopian” satire, the plot focuses on a little bureaucrat in a totalitarian state who chooses to rebel against the ruling Party and its (now famous) near-mythical head, Big Brother. The book was so influential it added new words to the English language including such terms as Thought Police, Newspeak and Doublethink. These are but two of the top science fiction books available to readers today.
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