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10 acclaimed science fiction novels


Many believe that science fiction has exhausted itself as a genre. Technological advances have outdone all expectations of science fiction of the past. It is not surprising that even experienced writers give up.

But there are authors, proving that a fantastic storehouse of ideas is far from empty. The works of these writers literally shaking the world and revive the interest of the reader to the genre of science fiction.

10. Robert Charles Wilson Spin (Spin, 2005)

What happens if we lose the stars? If in the night sky without a single point, inviting the imagination? In addition, the time in Space began leaking millions of times faster than the earth, and until the death of the Sun with only one human life. People feel cheated, they have stolen the future of faith and previous knowledge.

Faith can invent a new; of knowledge will appear (after all, you have to learn a new world); hope will become a guiding star.

9. Max Brooks "world War Z" (World War Z, 2006)

It's hard to surprise the reader with something new in the genre postapokalipsis. Michael Brooks did it. Habitually, zombies taking over the world, but the statement is unusual.

In the book there is no protagonist and a single plot. In a "documentary sketches" describes the individual events from the point of view of different participants, each of whom saw the events differently.

Even in the face of total disaster, the person continues to cling to petty selfish interests and outdated worldview. Who is actually in the "Day Z" started to fight mankind?

8. Peter watts "False blindness" (Blindsight, 2006)

Are we ready for the meeting with extraterrestrial intelligence? Usually I suppose. Even if humanity fails to understand "the other", then you can at least make war with them.

But what tools we can learn so alien that it literally "boggles the mind"? Raises an interesting question: how much do we know about his own head? As a man thinketh? Can one body lives harmoniously complete, but conflicting personalities? Can we at least understand ourselves?

7. Andy Weir "The Martian" (The Martian, 2011)

People left Mars alone, without supplies of air and water. The link does not work, the fate of the crew unknown, help from the Ground should not wait. It remains to bite the bullet and show the wonders of ingenuity.

The rational mind and encyclopedic knowledge of the protagonist can masterly use for survival crumbs and remaining supplies after the disaster equipment. Strength of character and perseverance help to overcome a truly fantastic difficulties.

The novel closely echoes the classic work of Jules Verne's "Mysterious island." But the main character left all alone, and it outdid even the Robinson Crusoe of the same name by Daniel Defoe.

6. China Mieville "Embassy city" (Embassytown, 2011)

It is rather "linguistic" fiction than "science". Master challenging subjects, Mlevel invites the reader to reflect on how we communicate, and really see what's really going on.

Suppose there are aliens who speak in complex language, consisting of two inextricably linked and simultaneously executed movements of the mind. It is natural for them, and these intelligent beings can even understand people. But to understand them the person will be difficult.

And not even because the vocabulary and the symbolism is unclear. One of the problems is that the language-based descriptions of personally observed phenomena (not abstract concepts) physically does not allow you to lie and to fantasize.

5. Neal Stephenson's "Anathemas" (Anathem, 2008)

In the earth's history have been the times when science was happening behind the stone walls of the monastery, and idle society indulged in the usual Patriarchal calm lifestyles.

But there are times when only the help of progressive and alternative-minded scientists can save humanity from unexpected and terrible threat. Gonna have to break stereotypes and find a way of harmonious cooperation.

4. Paolo Bacigalupi "Clockwork" (The Windup Girl, 2009)

Find trouble it's easy enough to forget about the environment and don't keep track gone horribly wrong mutations of organisms. Difficult to know how to handle people who want to survive.

Maybe stable social system will be a monarchy? What about people that do not fit into the rigid framework of classes and clans? Is it possible to save the conscience and remain Human?

3. Ernest Kline "the First player to get ready" (Ready Player One, 2011)

The planet is in crisis, depleted resources, the economy goes into meltdown, a natural disaster destroys the remnants of the infrastructure. It is tempting to hide from the horrors of the real world in the virtual — and most of the life of humanity flows "across the screen".

When its apparent Isutoshi of the plot, the book is written in captivating language. Bright the characters are well drawn, and the main intrigue of the plot will be revealed only at the very end.

2. John Love's "Faith" (Faith, 2012)

"A ship that thinks," is far from new fantastic story. Also an old idea in artificial intelligence, designed for war.

What if the "thinking" of the ship with such a specific education to find a crew of people proper temperament? More precisely, the team will consist simply of psychopaths and antisocial personalities?

Get the fascinating story space Thriller, in which the sudden turns of the plot will capture the reader's attention to the last line.

1. Ann Leckie "Servants of justice" (Ancillary Justice, 2013)

Can a "thing" to act human "real" people? Ann Leckie decided to look at the problem from another perspective.

What ethical issues can arise for artificial intelligence, brought up as a full member of the human collective, but faced with the concepts of "villainy", "deceit", "betrayal"? How to overcome the complex "things" and become a productive member of society?

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