Read a Book, Save the World

June 20, 2008 at 9:10 am Leave a comment

I’ve always been a Science Fiction fan, although I’ve noticed that the older I get the less tolerance I have for the more frivolous Sci-fi and the more I appreciate “hard” Sci-fi. For those of you not familiar, “hard” Sci-fi is based out of current scientific theory, attempting to remain as close as possible to what can reasonably be thought possible based on that theory. This is not escapist Sci-fi, this is Sci-fi that really makes you think about where we’re headed and what life will be like in the future.

So I was pleased to discover that in a recent poll by the Sci-fi channel, other fans of the genre came down firmly on the side of hard Sci-fi, especially with regards to books. Not only that, but the number one thing you can do to save the world? Read.

1. 1984 by George Orwell
2. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
5. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
6. The Stand by Stephen King
7. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
8. 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke
9. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
10. The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

I’ve read all the books in the top ten except The Andromeda Strain (Sorry Crichton, I’ve had a hard time liking your stuff since Jurassic Park, and I didn’t read The Andromeda Strain first), and they will certainly change your outlook, if not the world. So if you haven’t yet, give them a try. If you have, think about what you are doing right now to bring about the good and prevent the bad that they depict. And remember,

“Now they can see us.”


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