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Claustrophobic dystopia (5 stars) “There was nothing to do, no place to go, the city pressed in around him and every square foot of it was like this filled with people, children, noise, heat.” Make Room! Make Room! imagines the 1999 of the “future” – it was written in 1966 – where 35 million people…

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Paranoia and a slow descent into madness (4 stars) “Happiness, he thought, is knowing you got some pills.” A Scanner Darkly follows Bob Arctor, a narcotics undercover agent that lives among junkies trying to find the source of a drug named substance D, or slow death. He wears a “scrambler suit” when dealing with his…

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Brain-eating AIs revolt against Asimov’s laws (4 stars) Originally released in 1982, Software mainly follows Cobb, a retired scientist that created a race of sentient robots that took over the moon after a 2001 revolt, the boppers. Decades later, and old and alcoholic Cobb is contacted by the boppers with the promise of receiving eternal…

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A sad testament of the human ability to adapt (5 stars) “I am one; you are others; this is in the inevitable nature of things.” Originally from 1961, this book from anthropologist Theodora Kroeber – mother of science fiction writer Ursula K. Le Guin – tells the story of California’s last “wild” native: Ishi. He…

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Richard Adams used to make up stories about little bunnies for his daughters during long car rides in the English country. One day, infuriated at a lousy children’s book he bought, he considered: “I can do better than that”. The result is one of England’s most beloved young reader’s novels. The story of Watership Down,…

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The first sci fi book ever written! (5 stars) Published in 1818, Frankenstein is considered the first work o science fiction. It tells the story of one Victor Frankenstein, scientist that creates a living being out of dead body parts. THIS REVIEW CONTAINS MINOR SPOILERS The unnamed creature of the book – commonly called Frankenstein…

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Great premise, but barren plot and characters (3 stars) A sci fi classic, the Foundation series is set over thousands of years. In a distant future, humanity is spread all over the galaxy in an enormous empire that doesn’t even know it’s original planet anymore. Enter mathematician Hari Seldon, who develops a science called psychohistory….

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