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Best Science Fiction Book Ever: New Summary and Reviews
My thoughts, emotions, thoughts, impressions and judgements on the top 100 science fiction stories of all times (as chosen by Sci Fi Lists). I' m not interested in getting into a dispute about where each book is on the mailing lists or how the ranks were grouped. Enthusiastic readers could have been arguing about the league table of certain titles for thousands of years - and each of them will have their own opinions on their favourite novel.
Do not hesitate to leave a remark, whether you want to approve, not approve or just want to discuss the book! Featuring its high-profile inter-stellar conflicts, threatening extraterrestrial threats, congenial kid characters and a twin-track ending that would make The Sixth Sense envious, Ender's Game is an immediate and one that has caught the imagination of both sci-fi enthusiasts equally.
It is debatable whether it is worthy of number 1 on this mailing lists, but it certainly has a place in my head as one of the most conspicuous, inventive and strange textbooks I have ever been to. Ender's game review: Similar to Golding's Lord of the Flies, Ender's Game revolves around a group of kids who, in the course of the novel, become full-fledged grown-ups in our heads, whose feelings and acts are in contradiction to their age.
While evident resemblances can be made to our own present state of martial law and paradox (and links to earthbound policies, rivalry and warlike fractions are made everywhere), the book focuses not so much on the general consequences of the Bugger menace as on Ender's battles with his own skills and the aftermath of his deeds.
I regretted the most about this book that I didn't see it when I was younger. I' ve quite literally met someone who has been telling me about this book since I was 14, but it was only about 5 years ago that I got to do it. Ender's Game Movie: For years rumors have been spreading about a movie of Ender's Game, in which various authors, producers and celebrities are involved.
I would be the first to see an Ender's Game film, but I also have serious doubt that Hollywood could satisfactorily revive the film? Only a few more culturally influential than Frank Herbert's 1965 work.
Quoted as the best-selling sci-fi novel of all times (over 10 million books sold), it is also often discussed as possibly the best novel ever made. With innumerable installments (only 5 of which were created by Herbert himself), premels, films, TV adaptions and even a videogame, the Dune story is present in every debate about the top sci-fi franchise of all times.
SUMMARY: Dune recounts the tale of young Paul Atreides and House Atreides as they take command of the Arrakis deserts from their hateful rival House Harkonnen. In spite of the rugged weather, unkind indigenous populations and enemy fauna (e.g. Killer Worms), Arrankis is also the only known resource in the cosmos of "spice melange" - an habitant capable of prolonging lives and giving users greater consciousness - which includes the capacity to unfold space-time for inter-stellar journeys.
It is enough to say that the Spice is the motor that drives the whole imperium and makes Arrakis the most strategic planetary unit in the world. Paul is a member of the House of Atreides, but it also shows that he is the result of a centuries-old Bene Gesserit Sisterhood breed programme, a shady group whose aim is to create a superhuman with previous scientific skills - also known as Kwisatz Haderach.
While with the Fremen, Paul completed his metamorphosis from a new kingly successor to the vindictive Muad'Dib Christ - he wanted to bring back Arrakis from the Harkonnens and spread the Jihad throughout the world. Be it the generation of Bene Gesserit's selected cultivation and quiet influences or Paul's own jihad vision, which he has carried out unrestrainedly into the cosmos for hundreds of years, the larger-than-life natures of dune legend serve to increase the use of what at first glance may appear to be a pettifogging dispute between feuuding noble families. At the same times, Paul's own vision of the jihad, which he has carried out unrestrainedly into the cosmos, has been used to increase the use of what may at first sight appear to be a pettifogging dispute between feudding noble and feudding family.
So, as you become hooked on the spiced subtleties of the dune world, you'll be glad to know that there's no lack of more adventure and intrigues to help you find your solution. Admittedly, when I first reading Foundation (probably sometime at the tender age of fifteen ), I didn't really know much about what was going on.
Perhaps it was because it was one of the first true sci-fi stories I'd ever seen, and I just wasn't used to the specifics of the game. That part of the book that fascinated me most (I was reading it both times) was the psychohistory concept: a fictitious twist of the sciences that used mathematical, historical and sociological features to forecast people' s behaviour over long period of years.
The notion that one could look to the present with the help of statistic principals and man's psychological research was not quite correct, but it was a intriguing notion. To reduce the gap between the collapse of the Reich and the ascent of a second Reich, Seldon set about creating a compilation of all mankind's know-how (the Encyclopedia Galactica) - assembled and sheltered by an organisation known as the Foundation.
His second novel, Stiftung und Reich, poses another danger to the foundation: Seldon' s prediction failed to take account of The Mule - a mutated conquerer whose unparalleled capacity to change people' s emotions and which finally led to a clash with the Foundation. The last book of the initial triology, Second Foundation, as the name implies, tells of the revelation of a foundation at the other end of the world.
Review of the Foundation: Whereas it would be difficult to call the Foundation action-packed (most of the real battles and wars take place off-screen), there are just enough intrigues and tensions to keep the plot going. However, even if it has its amusing features, I would still suggest this book to a good reader as a novel of "ideas".
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams is a perfect example of how the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy format's singular qualities can be used for comedy. Featuring comical UK humour and an absurd vein that suits everyone in the galaxy, Adams is able to take us on an exciting journey through history and place that not only gives us a real smile (maybe even laughter) but also gives us an impressive image of the world ( "and an ultimate question about life, the world and everything").
Hitchhiker's Guide Summary: After Arthur Dent's adventure, who tries to outlive ( and grasp) the odd expanse of the cosmos after the Earth was quickly demolished to make way for an inter-stellar highway, the first novel in the show also leads the viewer into a colorful mix of personalities,
The first book focuses on Dent, who accompanies Zaphod and the others in their search for the mythical world of Magrathea, while the following titles (and theatre pieces, films and comics) help to further extend the world. Though most of the followers probably most likely identified the show with the 6 major ledgers, the guide began out as a BBC broadcasted comedies, the first parts of which finally became a novel.
This makes perfect sense, because the book has a slightly epiphany character. In addition to the novels and radioseries, it was also adopted as a number of comics, a TV show, a computer gadget and even a film with Martin Freeman from 2005. Whilst I really loved the book (and even the continuation The Restaurant at the End of the Universe), I couldn't find the engergy or passion to continue.
Perhaps it's just difficult for me to appreciate the UK humour (wait, it can't be.... Red Dwarf is one of my favourite shows of all time). The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a must if you're a sci-fi or humour or absurd stuff. It is another novel I've wanted to study since I was young, but only recently.
Knowing what the underlying assumption was, I knew many of the ideas surrounding the book (Big Brother, ThoughtCrime and using the words Orwellian to describe a repressive, totallyitarian state), but I hadn't really been sitting down to see what the whole vortex was about.
There is no other book I have ever been reading that comes anywhere near the consistent levels of panic, angst, claustrophobia and angst that I was able to maintain in 1984. To Summarize: If you don't already know the main plots, 1984 will tell the tale of the bourgeois official Winston Smith in the fictitious superstate of Oceania - a country completely under the control of the governing Ingsoc and its flagship dictator:
We are not distracted by the mere visa effect of the less subtle consequences and warning of the dangers of uncontrolled totalitarism and state control from our strong affection for Winston and the emotive and mental torments he must bear in the hand of the Party for Violations, which seem to us to be the fundamental prerogatives of every person.
Although 1984 may not be easy to peruse, it is still a strong, captivating book that has retained the effect it had when it was first released in 1949. In 1984 film: Only a few of these deserved the book of Robert Heinlein's 1961 novel "Cult Classic" about a man brought up by Mars, who returned to planet Earth and ultimately profoundly changed the way people lived.
Though it began as a small smash in the sci-fi scene, Stranger in a Strange Land finally became a cross-over victory, drawing a loyal following among the 1960er?s counter-cultural movements for his accentuation of free charity, freedom and common ground. The novel is about Valentine Michael Smith, the descendants of the first humans to arrive on the Mars Earth.
While there, he acquired a number of characteristics of Marsian civilization, among them the capacity to literate thoughts and manipulate material in a curious and uncommon way. Finally, when he is found on a second mission to Mars and taken back to Mars, he becomes a famous person as the only known person who has made contacts with the Martians and has come back to Mankind.
Valentin's accustoming to the habits and habits of man (as well as the earth's gravitational force and bodily constraints) is sluggish and unpleasant - supported by a nurse called Gillian Boardman, who accidentally becomes Smith's first "water brother". SUMMARY: The novel is set in a past where literacy has been banned by a people who value the quest for enjoyment of the known.
"Illegals" are collected and burnt by "firefighters" for the good of mankind (the novel's name relates to the temperatures at which the book burns paper). Guy Montag, our hero, is a fireman who questions the book incineration practices after an event in the house of a lady whose book was to be incinerated.
He accidentally reads a line in one of her book and chooses to take it. Finally, when the wife allows herself to be burnt to death with all her book, Guy begins to rethink his faith that book has no value. With the novel progressing, Guy begins to become more and more involved in the collection and memorization of the book and begins to find related minds who have tried to keep as many as possible (often as far as possible to remember their content before they burn it in order not to be discovered).
Guy's supervisors at the fire brigade begin to assume his tendency to hoard textbooks and finally compel him to torch his whole family. This is all happening as news broadcasts are warning of an impending conflict predicted throughout the book. Whilst many reviewers have called the book a criticism of state-sponsored censure and suppression, Bradbury himself has found that it is societies themselves that have instigated and permitted censure by turning away from it.
Whilst intellectually censored is still taking place with alarmingly high incidence around the globe, recent technological progress has also given the opportunity for novels, thoughts and thoughts to journey around the globe in an instance and experience independence from the bodily sides that keep them tied...... While Kubrick's singular premonition does not give the observer much insight into what is happening, Clarke's novel provides a much more clear view of the relation between the dark monomer that seems to the group of early humans' forefathers and the possible first encounter between civilisation and a foreign way of being.
Abridged and interpreted in 2001: Whilst the film is much more subtle, the book makes it clear that the monomer has contributed to the intellect in these savage beings, giving them the capacity to chase down nourishment and shield themselves from beasts. Then the book leaps into the year 1999 (still in the futures, when the book was written), where we met a researcher on his way to examine a magnetical perturbation on the lunar - what turns out to be the same old dark one.
And when the rocks are dug up and see the sun for the first case, they emit a wireless message attached to one of Saturn's crests. Our next leap leads us 18 month into the futures aboard a vessel on a quest to reach Saturnian to explore the sources of the wireless communication and hopefully encounter the creators of the beast.
It would be a great exaggeration to say that this book covers some sublime topics. Of the dangers of smart technologies and the landscape of man's history to the origin of our race and our destiny in the universes, the year 2001 is more a novel of great thoughts and concepts than actions and adventures.
So if you are someone who likes your sci-fi to be quick and thrilling, you should jump over it. Just like the film, the book approaches its narration constantly and consciously. Whilst the overall history may be grand, Clarke spends a lot of effort describing the details of astronautics and the mechanical aspects of astronautics.
Asimov' s second book on this book is set in the same fictive world as the first, albeit a thousand years earlier. Many years before Hari Seldon began to prepare the foundation, the robot shows us a period in which humanity is taking its first step into the cosmos with the help of smartbots.
Whilst these bots are able to carry out functions that no man could do, they also show some unanticipated behavioural and behavioural trends that are threatening to disrupt the overall use of them. First and foremost from the point of view of robotic psychologist Dr. Susan Calvin, the book consists of 9 seperate shorts, which describe the early story of the robotic and the different phases of the robotic evolution.
Because of the increasing intelligence and challenge of Robotics, the uniqueness of its psychological nature (especially through Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics) takes many different shapes that its humans have to face. Me, robotic review: Whereas most fictional representations of the fictional nature of automata were previously of the "Frankenstein Complex" type (in which a robotic turns against its master), Asimov's robotic narratives provide a much more complicated view of the interaction between humans and the thought machine.
The three robotic rules contained in each smart robotic create complicated ethical equivocations and situation, as man is compelled to demand more and more of his mechanic work. Whilst some of the tales taunt our conventional fear of the use of the robotic (including one in which a political man is blamed for being a robotic or another in which a robotic person can interpret thoughts), the causes of the robot's malfunction are never considered malevolent or offensive - just the result of a ghost who is not able to think beyond its pre-set parameter.
In addition to providing a blue print for all prospective sci-fi authors (and some real scientists) working with bots, Asimov also gives the readers 9 easily engrossing mystery novels in which Dr. Calvin (or the Powell and Donovan team) are compelled to gamble Sherlock Holmes to find out the cause of a particular robot's unpredictable behaviour.
With Asimov' s customary scathing humour and humour, Robot presents a convincing (and entertaining) case for the idea that the robot is often just a moral conflict and like the people who work it. Me, Robot Movie: This latest adaptation (only in the name) of I, Robot, with Will Smith in the lead, really has nothing to do with the book from which it has stolen his name.
Using the fundamental assumption of increasing caution and suspected robotics, the film turns them into a boring, formulistic act film with the villains in the role of evildoers and Smith as heroes. Every subtility or analyzing of the robotic psychology is rejected in favour of ridiculous pursuits as a mere moral sermon.
Robots must not hurt a person or cause damage to a person by inactivity. Robots must follow all orders given to them by humans, unless these orders would contradict the First Law. Robots must safeguard their own livelihood as long as such safeguards do not contravene the First or Second Law.