Whether you love science fiction, you’re fascinated by all things outer space, or you can’t get enough of reading alien theories, these books are must-reads that will take you away from Earth and into the great unknown of space.
1. The Martian by Andy Weir
This book follows Mark Watney, an astronaut, who wakes up on Mars after getting seriously injured and knocked unconscious during a sandstorm. At the beginning of the book, he realizes that the rest of his crew aborted the mission because of those events and they’re heading back to Earth – no one knew that he survived and is still alive and alone on Mars. Made into a movie featuring Matt Damon, this is a fantastic read that will have you turning pages constantly until you’re done.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This is a space classic that every space lover must read at least once. It follows the adventure of Arthur Dent, a human who gets dragged away from Earth by his best friend Ford Prefect just moments before the total destruction of Earth. As Mary Woods, a blogger at Write My Paper, explains, “Arthur is thrown into the universe and accompanies Prefect through the galaxies in a series of ridiculous and hilarious adventures where they meet the president of the galaxy, his girlfriend, and an unforgettable depressed robot.”
3. The Abyss Beyond Dreams by Peter F. Hamilton
In the year 3326, Nigel Sheldon is roped into a crazy plan to infiltrate the Void. The Void is a dark structure set in the middle of the galaxy that threatens everything and everyone around it. Nigel realizes pretty quickly once he’s inside that there aren’t only humans trapped in there – there’s also an ultra intelligent and dangerous alien race living in there. Unfortunately, these aliens may be the ones who hold the answers for saving everyone endangered by the Void and destroying it forever. This is a great read that really delves into these alternate alien races.
4. Dune by Frank Herbert
Dune is a classic science fiction novel and no list about space would be complete without it. Set far in the future, we find out that mankind has settled planets all over the universe, and each one is managed by caretakers – noble families. Robert Donovan, a tech journalist at Student Writing Services and UKWritings, shares that “our protagonist in this book is Paul Atreides, a mysterious man also known as Muad’Dib, as he embarks on a quest for revenge for his family as well as the planet they are the caretakers of, Arrakis. You’re sure to be absolutely immersed in this futuristic world from the very first page.”
5. Out of Orbit by Chris Jones
This book is set after the tragic disintegration of the Columbia shuttle at the end of space mission, when American astronauts Donald Pettit and Kenneth Bowersox as well as the Russian flight engineer Nikolai Budarin remained in Earth’s orbit. This account by Jones puts readers behind the scenes in the perspectives of mission control in a terrifying and harrowing attempt to save these three men who have no way of getting home. We’re not exaggerating when we say this is a life-changing story and you’ll never look at space the same way again.
6. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Another classic science fiction story, this is a trilogy by Asimov which detail the story of Hari Seldon, a psychohistorian. Conor McNulty, a book reviewer at State Of Writing and Boomessays, explains that “Seldon has inside information about the future of humans and he attempts to save as much as he can of mankind’s knowledge and history during the fall of the Galactic Empire. He leads a group of people in a mission to the very edge of the galaxy to carry human legacies through the dark times ahead.”
7. Red Rising by Pierce Brown
This book throws us into a world where humanity is divided by castes, and Reds are the ones who are responsible for mining Mars to make it habitable to humans. Readers will follow Darrow, a Red who is proud to shoulder such a burden, but whose world comes crumbling down when he realizes that the Reds are being exploited and Mars is actually already habitable. Darrow sets out on a quest to make it to the top of the caste system and get justice for the Reds.
Aimee Laurence, a tech blogger at Best Essay Services and Academized, shares tips and insight about technology and communication. She also works in HR on a freelance basis at Top Writing Services Victoria. Her passion is science fiction and reading, and many of her articles are on this topic as well.