Auckland Libraries: Science Fiction 101

Science Fiction 101

Are you ready for a change? Haven’t tried Science Fiction books yet? These selected titles will ease the curious reader into the alternate dimensions, futuristic worlds and dystopian societies that make up this genre.

The topic Science fiction has been added to your favourites.

The topic Science fiction has been removed from your favourites.

The topic Science fiction will be added to your favourites. What does this mean?

Nineteen eighty-four

George Orwell

Book

Orwell's classic novel tells the story of a world where thoughts and actions are controlled by the all-seeing Big Brother. When Winston Smith rebels and searches for the truth he learns a painful lesson about his world and the people in it.

See more

The hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy

Douglas Adams

Book

One Thursday lunchtime, Earth is unexpectedly demolished to make way for a new hyperspace bypass. For Arthur Dent, this is already more than he can cope with. Sadly, however, the weekend has only just begun.

See more

Ready player one

Ernest Cline

Book

The real world in 2045 is a horror story. The only time Wade Watts feels alive is when he's jacked into the OASIS. When the creator of the OASIS dies, he leaves behind a series of puzzles, based on his obsession with the pop culture of decades past.

See more

Anthem

Ayn Rand

Book

Equality 7-2521 is a man apart. Since ‘The Great Rebirth’ it has been a crime in his world to think or act as an individual. Even love is forbidden. Yet since his childhood in the Home of the Infants, Equality 7-2521 has felt that he is different.

See more

The Martian

Andy Weir

Book

Astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive.

See more

Revelation space

Alastair Reynolds

Book

Something wiped out the Amarantin long ago. Scientist, Dan Sylveste, will stop at nothing to get at the truth. Even if it costs him everything. But the Amarantin were wiped out for a reason, and that danger is closer than even Sylveste imagines.

See more

The forever war

Joe W. Haldeman

Book

Private Mandella is a reluctant hero in an interstellar war against an unknowable alien enemy, but his greatest test will come when he returns to Earth. For relativity means that, for every few months' tour of duty, centuries have passed on Earth.

See more

Consider Phlebas

Iain Banks

Book

The war raged across the galaxy. Billions had died, billions more were doomed. Deep within a fabled labyrinth on a barren world, lay a fugitive Mind. It was the fate of Horza, and his motley crew of unpredictable mercenaries, to find it.

See more

The windup girl

Paolo Bacigalupi

Book

What happens when bio-terrorism becomes a tool for corporate profits? And when this forces humanity to the cusp of post-human evolution? This is a tale of Bangkok struggling for survival in an era of rising sea levels and out-of-control mutation.

See more

Ancillary justice

Ann Leckie

Book

On a remote, icy planet, the soldier known as Breq is drawing closer to completing her quest. Once, she was the Justice of Toren, the empire that conquered the galaxy. Having lost everything, all she has left is a burning desire for vengeance.

See more

Ninefox gambit

Yoon Ha Lee

Book

Captain Kel Cheris of the hexarchate is disgraced for using unconventional methods in a battle against heretics. Cheris's career isn't the only thing at stake. If the fortress falls, the hexarchate itself might be next.

See more

All systems red

Martha Wells

Book

In a corporate-dominated spacefaring future, planetary missions must be approved and supplied by the Company. When a neighbouring mission goes dark, it's up to a team of scientists and their Murderbot to get to the truth.

See more
Auckland Libraries:Book list Recommended reading lists about different topics and genres to help you find new books to read.