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The best sci-fi books to read this Christmas – including one about the PARALLEL universe

HAVE YOU been captivated by the freaky Apocalypse? Does AI fascinate you? If you answered ‘yes’, we’ve got you covered with this must-read.

With a mix of sci-fi classics and newer bestsellers, you’ll want to add these to your cart the next time you see Barnes and Noble.

Do Frankenstein and Android dream about electric sheep?  considered two of the most famous science fiction books.

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Do Frankenstein and Android dream about electric sheep? considered two of the most famous science fiction books.

1. Does Android dream of electric sheep? – Philip K. Dick

Released in 1968, Androids Do Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick? considered one of the most influential science fiction books of all time, and the founding document of the new wave science fiction movement.

The book is set in post-apocalyptic San Francisco, and follows bounty hunter Rick Deckard on his quest to capture and kill six fugitives.

The text became so popular that it was eventually adapted into the critically acclaimed film, “Blade Runner,” starring Harrison Ford.

2. Doctor Moreau Island – HG Wells

This little-known text from War of the Worlds author HG Wells is a gripping tale featuring a shipwreck, human-animal hybrid, and of course, a mad scientist.

Wells himself called the novel “an exercise in blasphemy of youth”.

The novel deals with several philosophical themes, including pain and cruelty, moral responsibility, the human condition, and man’s relationship with nature.

3. Dark Matter – Blake Crouch

Dark Matter was published in 2016 and is therefore a much newer sci-fi book than our previous recommendations.

However, that doesn’t make the novel, which is based on a multi-world interpretation of quantum physics, any less evocative.

The plot follows a professor who wakes up one day to a completely different life, which could have been his reality if he had followed a different path in the past.

The text, described by NPR as a “jet science thriller,” raises the key question, “what if I made different choices when I was younger?” but in a really digestible way (almost against Stephen King).

4. A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams

This novel, the first of seven, was labeled a “sci-fi comedy”.

The series are also among the most successful films in the sci-fi genre as they have been widely released around the world in more than 30 languages ​​and have also been successfully adapted into films.

In particular, this text follows the adventures of Englishman Arthur Dent as he navigates life after an alien race known as the Vogons destroy the Earth.

5. The Martian – Andy Weir

The Martian is Andy Weir’s debut novel, and for its debut, let’s just say, it was a hit.

It’s so good, it was turned into a movie of the same name starring Matt Damon (you’ve probably seen it).

It’s basically a gripping survival story that follows an American astronaut, Mark Watney, as he becomes desolate on Mars in the year 2035.

6. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley

We wouldn’t be able to end our list without the most popular sci-fi novel among them: Frankenstein by Mary Shelly.

The book, sometimes called The Modern Prometheus, was first published anonymously in 1818, and then again in Paris in 1821 – then in Shelley’s name.

The novel follows Victor Frankenstein, a young scientist who creates a healthy organism in the laboratory for an unorthodox science experiment.

The book covers all the major themes in life including birth and creation, family, God and nature.

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