Nine Novels About Life On Other Planets

Foundation by Isaac Asimov: A clever and original storyline that shows how ahead of his time Isaac Asimov really was. This novel is the first in the Foundation series and set far into the future, at a time when humans have left Earth and live all throughout the Galaxy. A brilliant mathematician, Hari Seldon, develops a way to accurately predict the future by analyzing the past and trends in human history. He predicts the decline of the Galactic Empire and establishes a Foundation in order to save the knowledge of the human race and rebuild a new empire after the the current one is destroyed.

Ringworld by Larry Niven: Hugo, Nebula, and Locus award-winning novel from 1970 with a fast-paced and imaginative story. A group of travelers are sent on a mission to explore an unknown object in space. From Earth the object appears to be a perfect ring, million of times larger than Earth moving through the universe. The crew is gathered by an alien named Nessus and consists of two humans and two aliens. The four of them head out to the massive ring-shaped world 200 light years from earth to explore it and then return to earth but a crash landing forces them to stay and deal with it’s inhabitants.
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Recommended Works By Sci-Fi Author Frederik Pohl

Frederik Pohl is a bestselling and multiple award winning American science fiction author. Born in 1917, he began writing in the late 1930s and was first published in Amazing Stories in 1937 under the pseudonym Elton V. Andrews. He has written over twenty science fiction novels and is regarded as one of the greatest sci-fi writers living today. With his friend and collaborator Cyril M. Kornbluth, he has written several short stories and novels, including The Space Merchants, a dystopian satire of a world controlled by the advertising companies. Like The Space Merchants, many of his stories from the 50s and 60s satirize consumerism and advertising. He has won four Hugo awards and several Nebula awards for his novels. From the 1959 until 1969 he served as editor of Galaxy magazine and it’s sister magazine If. Continue reading

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The War Of The Worlds Novel Review

H.G. Wells’s The War Of The Worlds is the first novel that explores the idea of what could happen if an intelligent and more technologically advanced civilization decided to invade and colonize Earth. The invaders here are the highly evolved Martians, who find that their planet is cooling and will be unable to sustain life for much longer. To survive they must find a new planet on which they can rebuild their civilization. They look towards their warmer and larger neighbor, Earth – and make plans to conquer it.
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Rendezvous With Rama Summary

Author: Arthur C. Clarke

Publication date: 1972

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Rendezvous With Rama is a story about humankind’s first encounter with an alien space ship. Detected by astronomers in 2130, it is originally mistaken for an asteroid and named after king Rama, the seventh avatar of the Hindu god Vishnu. Continue reading

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15 Great World War 1 Fiction Novels

A Farewell To Arms (Ernest Hemingway) – A semi-autobiographical novel depicting Lieutenant Frederic Henry, an American serving in the Italian army during World War I. When Henry gets wounded while at the front he is sent to a hospital where he meets a nurse, Catherine. They soon fall in love and together they abandon the army.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Erich Maria Remarque) – An intense first person account of the war describing the experience of German soldier Paul Bäumer and his friends. The story is about their horrifying time in the trenches on the western front.

Company K (William March) – Written in 1933 by an American veteran of The Great War, this novel consists of 113 episodes each describing the experience of a different man in the company.

The Good Soldier Svejk (Jaroslav Hašek) – A satirical novel about the futility of war. Svejk from Prague joins the Austrian army and manages to constantly frustrate the officers with his incompetence and idiocy. If his incompetence is real or acted is not clear, and it ends with Svejk being mistakenly taken prisoner by his own troops while wearing a Russian uniform. This novel is 700+ pages long and might require some patience to get through, but it is still an enjoyable story.
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Heart of Darkness Summary

Author: Joseph Conrad

Publication date: 1899

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Narrator: The unnamed narrator is one of the men present on the boat Nellie at the beginning of the novel. It is through his point of view we learn about Marlow’s story.

Marlow: A British sailor who is the main character of the story. He captains a steamboat up the Congo river to find the mysterious Kurtz.
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