With so many science fiction books making it onto the shelves of bookstores every month, it may be difficult to find the perfect read. Revisiting a historical masterpiece may brighten your horizons and challenge a reader to try a newly published author.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is a novel by Frank Herbert. Written and published in 1965, it won many awards for its outstanding value and popularity. Dune won, among other awards, the Hugo Award of 1966 and the inaugural Nebula Award for best novel.
In 2003 it was voted as the best-selling science fiction novel of all time.
The Time Machine by H.G Wells
Written by H.G Wells and published in 1895 by William Heinemann (UK) and Henry Holt (US), the book was one of H.G Wells’s most popular releases but took his career to new heights with more great science fiction novels released in later years.
The Novella’s premise is seen in modern times as an explanation of the increasing inequality and class divisions of the Victorian England period and a time travellers’ journey into the far future.
Journey to The Center of The Earth by Jules Verne
The Journey to the Center of the Earth is part of the Extraordinary Voyages series by Jules Verne and is seen as one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time. The book was written in French and published in 1867 but republished in English in 1871.
The story’s premise revolves around a professor who is a German scientist who believes volcanic tubes are reaching for the earth—published by Pierre-Jules Hetzel publishing which saw a major increase in book sales with the edition of Jules Verne’s sci-fi masterpiece.
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
The Foundations is a science fiction trilogy written by Isaac Asimov, who first published the series as short stories in 1942. He then released another three collections of the story between 1951 and 1953. The trilogy won the Hugo Award for Best All-Time Series Novel and still stands as one of the most insightful, engaging science fiction stories ever written.
The premise of the story revolves around a mathematician who spends his life developing a theory of new mathematical sociology. He uses statistical laws of mass action that can predict the future of large populations.
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
A Clockwork Orange was published in 1962 by William Heinemann Publishing and fell under a few genres, including science-fiction, dystopian fiction, satire, and comedy. The novel was written by Anthony Burgess and is set in a near-future where the youth is extremely violent.
The protagonist of the story narrates his violent exploits and his experiences with state authorities trying to reform his actions. The book made Time Magazine’s list of one hundred best English-Language novels written since 1923.
With this list of legendary, best-selling science fiction novels, any reader and fan of science fiction can get reinspired to read older and newer novels in science fiction.