Summer is here and as life takes on a more leisurely pace, it is the perfect time to catch up on all those books or science magazines that you have been meaning to read. Why not reach for a science fiction novel and immerse yourself in the rich, captivating worlds that authors have created? Perhaps you will even find inspiration from these novels that can help you take your research to the next level. To assist with this endeavor, we have compiled a list of our favorite science fiction books to keep you entertained this summer.
Dune is the first book in a series written by Frank Herbert and is frequently chosen as one of the best science fiction books ever written. This book follows a boy and heir, Paul Atreides, and his noble family as they leave their home planet Caladan for the dry, desert wasteland planet of Arrakis. After a betrayal to House Atreides, Paul’s life is set on a path to fulfill his destiny and become the prophesied Muad’Dib.
The Atlantis Gene by A.G. Riddle is the first novel in The Origin Mystery trilogy and a fan favorite science fiction thriller. As a group of people called the Immari seek to induce an evolutionary breakthrough at the cost of humanity, Dr. Kate Warner makes a huge genetic discovery and must work together with Agent David Vale to uncover a global conspiracy and save the human race.
You may have seen these pop-culture favorite films, but did you know that Jurassic Park was an equally if not more impressive book before the movie adaptation? Written by Michael Crichton in 1990, this book follows the course of what happens when humans make a scientific breakthrough that allows scientists to recover and clone dinosaur DNA and use this technology to create a park where dinosaurs can roam. What could possibly go wrong with that idea? Read along to find out!
From the author of The Dead Ring, which is the basis of television series, The Blacklist, comes Spliced, Jon McGoran’s first book for young adults. Follow sixteen-year old Jimi as she tries to save her friend Del from possibly becoming a chimera—a human with animal genes spliced into their DNA. What does it mean to be human when you have the choice of genetic modification in front of you? Ruminate over that and more in this thriller that is rapidly gaining popularity.
Last but certainly not least, our list wouldn’t be complete without the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. This novel is the first in the comedy science fiction series and explores the story of Arthur Dent, who is saved by his friend Ford Prefect, right before the earth is scheduled to be destroyed to make room for a galactic freeway. Follow these characters as they embark on a whimsical journey and hitch hike through the galaxy.
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