Actually posting on time this week, YEAH. Top Five Futuristic Books ahoy!
5. Ready Player One by Ernest Klein
I have a feeling this one is going to make everybody’s list due to its recent popularity (which is not undeserved, of course). This book is set in the near future where society has become dominated by a virtual reality program to the point where students will just log in on their computers to go to school on assigned ‘school planets’ in the virtual universe. The plot sets off when the creator of the game dies, leaving hints to find his fortune somewhere in the virtual universe. And the race is on. This book is full of the 80s, nerdy things and awkward teenager crushes. I loved it!
4. Snow Crash by Neil Stephenson
With how popular ‘Ready Player One’ is, I’m surprised this book doesn’t have more fuel behind it. I’ve heard a good deal of buzz about this one, but not nearly as much as Klein’s book. And personally, I like this one a good deal more. The plot in this one is a lot more involved than just ‘find the treasure’. This book takes place, again, in a society dominated by a virtual world. The real world has devolved into something that people strive to escape from, hence the virtual one. The plot of this book revolves around a mysterious substance, object, secret, etc, known as ‘Snow Crash’. What it is is unknown at the beginning of the book, so I won’t say, but whenever exposed to it, users find themselves brain fried from the inside out. The main protagonist throughout the book tries to find the source of Snow Crash and what it’s being used for. This book is awesome – it has action, comedy… romance? ish? I guess? And I think my favorite part is how it delves into the origins of linguistics in almost a biblical sense. This book is deep, dense, and highly recommended. Need something after ‘Ready Player One’? Read this.
3. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I just finished reading this recently, and it’s become one of my favorite books of all time. I have to warn you though – you’ll either love this or you’ll hate it. It all depends on whether or not you like the humor it has. This book focuses on Arthur Dent, one of the last known survivors after the Earth is destroyed to make way for an interstellar highway. The plot (if you want to call it a plot) follows Arthur and his friend Ford as they traverse the galaxy, stowing away on alien space crafts and talking to depressed robots. This book is hilarious. If you need a laugh, read it.
2. Relic Master by Catherine Fisher
For this one, I’m linking the whole series, because I find it difficult to break them apart. And as for futuristic, I can’t exactly say why it is so without spoiling, so just trust me. This series focuses on a Relic Master and his apprentice as they travel along their land looking for ancient, mysterously powered relics all while hiding from the regime that has established itself as ruler of the planet, outlawing the possession and practice of the spritiualism that comes with relic master magic. This series is wonderful. I don’t think it’s talked about nearly enough. I read it last year and I still think about it.
1. Trigun by Yashuhiro Nightow
If you grew up watching Toonami, then you already know the awesomeness that is Trigun. Trigun is set on a planet a hundred or so years after it is colonized by Earth, the last remaining Earthlings arriving to populate it. It follows the outlaw Vash the Stampede with a 60 billion double dollar on his head. Yep, that’s right. It’s a western. A space western. So one, if you like Firefly, read this. Two, if you like classic anime and manga, read this. Three, if you are a living breathing human, read this. Trigun has been as much a part of my childhood as Harry Potter has. It’s going to stay with me until I’m old and moldy. One thing I warn of though – in the manga, Trigun is split into two editions: Trigun and Trigun Maximum. Read vol 1 and 2 of Trigun first, then picked up vol 1 of Trigun Maximum where it picks up where vol 2 of Trigun left off. Otherwise you’ll be super confused. If you read this, I hope you love it (or watch it! I think it might still be on netflix).
And that’s it for my list! Hope you enjoyed. I really liked this one. On the one hand, it allowed me to delve back into the worlds of more than a few favorites, and on the other hand, it reminded me how little sci-fi I’ve actually read. I need to get on that, man.
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