Top 10 Most Futuristic Books

It is pretty easy to put together some good futuristic books when the period being written about is merely 50 years away. You can expect cyborgs, self-driving cars and genetic engineering kits to be abound in all parts of the world. Yet some of the most futuristic books take us thousands of years to the future – some as far as 10,000 years – to give us a glimpse as to how life will be – assuming the human race would of course be having some recognizable form of existence by then. With that being said we have prepared a list of some good futuristic books to read. These list of most futuristic books are selected based on their creativity, ingeniousness and value that the book adds to society. So, here are the good futuristic books to read here.

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10. Hyperion by Dan Simmons

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How could a book with a structure as archaic as The Canterbury Tales still pull off a sci-fi classic placing it as one of the most futuristic books of all time. Foretelling a universe at war, a creature in control whom many worship, some fear and a few are avowed to have it destroyed, this book is an epic tale of Armageddon. Transporting you to a future that if at all may come to pass is certainly thousands of millennia away.

9. I have no mouth and I must scream by Harlan Ellison

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Harlan is on this list not just because his book is one of the few good futuristic books to read but also as a result of how his novel came about – a night of writing in 1966 without making any changes to the draft. This is a pretty annoying fact to all sci-fi writers everywhere making us ask the all important question – what was he on? Considering he won a Hugo for his book, it is extremely imperative that we know.


8. Foundation by Isaac Asimov


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This is an incredibly brilliant work of art by a brilliant mind. Most futuristic books simply create entirely based on imagination but Asimov writes using a combination of psychology, statistics and history to predict the behavior of groups of people accurately. Despite the fact that his characters seem one-dimensional that can easily be forgiven given Asimov’s brilliant narrative and entertaining stories.

7. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

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All four books in this quartet won at least an award. That should say something for the quality of Gene’s writing. This book serves as a signature classic of Gene Wolfe a perfect blend of sci-fi and fantasy in such a manner that you will have no intention of pausing between books.


6. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

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Possibly gaining inspiration from World War II this book tells the tale of invading aliens called Overlords who peacefully put the world in order, forming a single government for the world and creating a utopian-like environment for earthlings. Yet the fundamental questions they refuse to answer and the manner in which they rule over our world keeps the book a mystery from start to finish.


5. Blindsight by Peter Watts


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This book by Hugo award finalist Peter Watts should keep you on the edge from cover to cover. When a bunch of weirdoes – worthy of being called aliens in their own right – are sent on a hunt for alien life, they end up finding a lot more than the planet bargained for. Now they must face the consequences. Blindsight is clearly amongst the good futuristic books to read as it tells a tale of alien life should it be discovered and the drastic consequences it may have on our existence in a realistic manner worthy of recognition.


4. Dune by Frank Herbert


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Dune was a classic 50 years ago. It remains a classic today. No one can actually get enough of it. How so, when carefully crafted villains, vistas, heroes and scary creatures battle it out for political power and control of the universe. We feel only the original Dune should be on the list of good books to read. This is so as the sequels written by Frank’s son Brian Herbert alongside Kevin Anderson are woefully watered down in comparison to the epic classic the original was.

3. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

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Vince takes you on a trip thousands of years away from now to a universe inhabited by many races whose location in the universe determines their mind’s potential. Vernor succeeds where most futuristic books fail keeping you hooked from the moment you read the first words.


2. Accelerando by Charles Stross

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Charles Stross is simply incredible, taking us to a post-human era in which artificial intelligence has surpassed human intellect and humans are as a result, more or less extinct. In this struggle to succeed in a rapidly technologically advancing world with increasingly imminent contact with extraterrestrial life is a family of humans.


1. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson


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Robinson’s creative technological inventions stand out. Whilst opinions about Kim’s keenness to portray characters as a representation of the planet in which they come from vary, it comes off to us as a more realistic creation. 2312 competes with the best futuristic books out there.

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