10 Books Like Frankenstein
Frankenstein book tells the story of Frankenstein, a young scientist who, in pursuit and use of the biological knowledge of his time, obtains organs and tissues of different human bodies from morgues and other places, puts together a human body, and uses lightning to bring this body to life.
The giant, despite his good nature, desire for beauty and affection, was seen as a monster by society and treated as a great threat due to his ugly appearance, and ran into walls everywhere. He asks Frankenstein to create a femate for him, promising to keep both of them away from the earth when the deed is done. Frankenstein initially promised the monster, but when he was close to success, he feared that the monster race would then become a danger to society and destroyed the female monster. The bitterly awaited monster goes on a rampage of revenge, killing several of his relatives, including his fiancée. Voyager vows to destroy his work and tracks the monster all the way to the Arctic, where he dies of illness and the monster burns itself to death.
The story of the monster was as said a surprising one, and you kinda get why this tender and nice mind turns from good to evil in an instant. Just as we all have experienced how short the road from love to hate can be.
10 Books Like Frankenstein (Science Fiction Reviews)
Mary Shelley, the second wife of the famous English Romantic poet Shelley, is a famous novelist and is known as the mother of science fiction for her writing of Frankenstein , the first science fiction novel in the history of literature in 1818. So do you want to read more science fiction? I know that you are here to find some books like Frankenstein. So here I will review 10 books similar to Frankenstein. Let’s go!
1. The Windup Girl
The story in The Windup Girl book takes place in Thailand. Thanks to its isolated geographical location, this small and insignificant country has managed to maintain its unique advantage of biological resources and has escaped annihilation. The royal family and the government have managed to maintain their rule, and seemingly assertively, as a counterweight to the multinational corporations that covet the biological resources of the land. There was a fragile balance between government and company, company and company, nationals and foreign refugees. But no one expected that the balance would be upset by a genetically modified human being who had been turned into a plaything. This “windup girl”, together with an ambitious franc, a refugee with a lot to lose, and a law enforcement official of dubious origin, has created a ripple effect in the country.
In The Windup Girl, Paolo Bacigalupi creates a relatively near future and projects where our world may end up if we continue rampaging down the paths we have chosen (and from which we refuse to deviate). Fossil fuels will be depleted, genetically modified foods will corrupt our food supplies, and other genetic modifications will result in new types of bigotry and slavery. It is a harsh world, and existence is bleak. The divide between the “haves” and the “have nots” has expanded to an absurd level. For all but the very few, existence is a struggle.
As I read this book, I was able to transport myself into the author’s vision. I felt like I was there, I could hear, feel, smell, and taste what was going on. I was an impartial observer, though, as except for the windup girl herself, I did not feel too much for any particular character. I was just there, reading, absorbing, the entire story.
Neuromancer follows its protagonist Case, an unemployed computer hacker who is hired by a mysterious new employer called Armitage. He’s teamed with Molly, a cyborg, and Peter Riviera, a thief and illusionist, to carry out a series of crimes that set the stage for the group’s ultimate purpose, which is played out on the orbiting space station called Freeside, home of the wealthy Tessier-Ashpool family.
The family has created two artificial intelligences (AIs), Wintermute and Neuromancer, they are so powerful that they can only be connected at a single point. Case and his cohorts learn that they had been hired by Wintermute to break the separation between the AIs. Case and Molly overcome the interference of cybernetic law enforcement and an attempted double-cross by Riviera to merge Wintermute with Neuromancer, and the novel ends with Case living in a brave new world wherein the merged AIs possess nearly limitless power.
The settings in this Neuromancer novel (including the resort in space) are fantastic. Especially with the benefit of hindsight, Gibson’s imagining of the future is amazing. Even the concept of cyberspace, what it looks like and how one travels through it, is mind-blowing, and it even has a huge impact on the way the internet is developed.
In my opinion, Neuromancer is without a doubt one of the best books I have ever read. It is full of amazing detail in terms of setting, characters and plot, and has many interesting inventions specific to its universe. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in science fiction, especially cyberpunk, it’s almost certainly the granddaddy of the genre. It’s an exciting novel with a lot of depth and definitely worth reading.
3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
After the nuclear war, radioactive fallout left the animals on Earth endangered and the planet was no longer fit for human habitation. To encourage the remaining population to emigrate, the government promised to automatically equip each person with an android to help them live, as long as they emigrated to an alien planet. Not content with being enslaved by humans, the android finds a way to escape back to Earth. The main character, Rick Deckard, is a bounty hunter who specialises in hunting down escaped androids. During a chase, Rick encounters a new type of android that has never been challenged before. In his encounters and battles with the android, Rick finds his views and attitudes towards the androids have changed dramatically. Will this change be a blessing or a curse?
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep book has almost everything a classic science fiction novel needs: advanced technology, an existential crisis, and a protagonist who feels more like an anti-hero than a hero. While Rick Deckard allows himself to think about difficult issues, he is also a man who kills for a living. He often makes decisions that will affect others without taking their opinions into account. However, this character trait saved his life several times during his work.
The characters in this Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep book are flawed, with both strengths and weaknesses that make them human, even if they are not really human in reality. It suggests that society as a whole is truly robotic, living mundane lives like sheep, following what the authoritarians ask them to do, even though they are born human. So, what makes us human? Is it innate or is it created? Is it flesh or is it synthetic? Or does it have the capacity to think for itself, to feel emotions and to voluntarily choose the path we want to follow?
4. Ender’s Game
The alien bug race known as Formic is a serious threat to the security of the Earth, but the nations of the planet are spending a lot of money and materials on building space game bases for teenagers and constantly selecting youngsters to play against each other in space. The games get harder and harder, people are eliminated, instructors deliberately isolate the top achievers, and the best gamers compete… All just to pick out the most mentally stable and conscious game genius who will lead the Earth fleet in the final battle with the Formic. Ender Wiggin is this game genius, he just couldn’t imagine that the war would start this way and end this way.
Ender’s Game book is about war, about leadership, and about the qualities that make certain people powerful or admirable individuals. In this book, children are both kind and cruel to each other, as only children know how to be. This is not an easy book for anyone who understands that childhood is a happy period of innocence.
I would recommend this Ender’s Game book to intelligent children. They don’t like to be talked down to or treated like children. Here is a book that doesn’t talk down to them, but understands and empathises with them. Also, I recommend it for adults who were once those kinds of kids, even if science fiction isn’t your usual interest. Those purist science fiction fans will find it interesting, as will those who enjoy exploring human nature and the philosophy of war.
5. The Martian Chronicle
At the turn of the century, Mars was mankind’s last hope, at a time of conflict and crisis on Earth. Although the first three groups of Martian explorers all died at the hands of Martians who had magical powers, the indomitable human race was finally able to settle on Mars. The Martians have disappeared and Mars has become another Earth. Conflicts on the planet’s old homeworld are growing, and a devastating nuclear war is on the horizon. The Martian settlers return to their homelands and join the war. Earth and Mars are both in decline.
What makes The Martian Chronicles so good is not the technology, nor the plot, which can succeed just as well without suspense or climactic scenes. The author doesn’t seem to be interested in writing a conspiracy or a bloody war scene, and doesn’t seem to be interested in Tolkien’s style of overwhelming armies. What he depicts in the text is a contradiction, a contradiction between different races, a contradiction between good and evil in human nature, a contradiction between reality and ideal, a contradiction between people, a contradiction between time and space.
Throughout the book, the perfection of sci-fi romance is perfectly reflected in this The Martian Chronicle novel. Especially at the end of many chapters, the kind of scenes that make you feel a bit like a dream, so real and yet so small. It is also because of Ray Bradbury’s hard-boiled poet’s It is also because of Ray Bradbury’s poetic skills that the novel has a strong mainstream feel, allowing us to see something philosophical in the novel, something that is more than the words themselves.
6. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
Earth was destroyed because a hyperspace fast track was to be built where it was. The main character, Arthur Dent, survives because he has a friend named Ford Grand Master. This friend, ostensibly an actor who can’t find a job, is actually an alien, a researcher sent to Earth by the famous book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. The two embark on an adventure across the galaxy, with only the infinite wisdom included in the book The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy to help them. On their journey, they meet a very interesting group of companions, and these characters form a small team that will uncover a big, horrifying secret.
It’s science fiction with outrageous technology, alien races, space travel, time travel and other stuff! If you can get beyond the understanding of aliens and spaceships then you will see the brilliance of the story. The actions and thoughts of the aliens actually portray the various shortcomings of humans.
The author reminds everyone that we are not just thrown into the world to face all the absurdities of the universe without any support, but that we also have an irrational function such as optimism, which works well despite the lack of logical support. That is to say, in the face of any difficulty, at least we can still console ourselves – it is simply a gift that deserves a toast.
7. Stories of Your Life and Others
What if people built a tower from earth to heaven and broke through to the other side of heaven? What if we discovered that the fundamentals of mathematics are arbitrary and inconsistent? What if there was a science of naming things that called forth life from inanimate matter? What if contact with an extraterrestrial language changed our view of time forever? What if all the beliefs of fundamentalist Christianity were true, and the sight of sinners being swallowed into pits of fire was a regular event on city streets? These are the kinds of outrageous questions that Ted Ciang’s story raises. Stories of your life and the stories of others.
This story contains more of the elements we naturally consider when we hear the science fiction. Aliens visit Earth and a team of linguists and physicists, among others, communicate and learn from these so-called jigsaw puzzles. This is the stuff that really interests the reader. So much of our human communication is not communicated correctly, misunderstandings abound and there is always disharmony between cultures and nations. If we make contact with an alien race, how on earth are we supposed to truly understand them?
The question that this Stories of Your Life and Others novel wants to explore is: if you already know your destiny and know that you cannot change it, are you simply a puppet? Is it necessary for you to go through this fate again? The author’s answer is: it is necessary. Because knowing in advance is not the same as having achieved it. Even if you know everything, you still need to do it yourself for it to become real. You may not be the predeterminer of your destiny, but you are still the realiser of your destiny.
Everything in the story has happened, more or less. At least, the part about the war is quite true. Billy is abducted by aliens and he is thus taken out of the time chain. He goes to bed as an old widower and wakes up on his wedding day. He went in through the same door as in 1955 and came out through another door in 1941. He said he saw himself born and die many times, he saw himself getting rich and having children and grandchildren, and he saw himself becoming a prisoner of war and experiencing the disaster of Slaughterhouse Five over and over again.
In Slaughterhouse-Five book, the alien race of Traphamadorians are not only god-like in their ability to traverse the universe, they are also collective gods in their power over time and existence itself. The book is a subtle and very clever theology with radical implications for morality and ethics.
Billy Pilgrim is the recipient of an important revelation from the sacred Trafamadorians. He speaks of science fiction, such as flying saucers, in his discussion of whether the novel has come to an end, because in science fiction one is able to reinvent oneself and the world. Significantly, Slaughterhouse-Five is not science fiction in the traditional sense; it is a postmodernist text in which reality and fiction are intertwined and life and death are fused into one. Vonnegut’s attitude towards death is not one of avoidance or fear, but of subjective yearning. Vonnegut uses “death” as an indictment of the chaotic times in which he lives, and sees “death” as a necessary path to reinvention and regeneration.
9. The Stars My Destination
In the 25th century AD, mankind mastered a skill that could move instantly by thought – Thinking Motion, which not only revolutionised human society, but also pushed the entire human-dominated solar system to the brink of upheaval and crisis. It is against this fiery backdrop that Gulliver Frey, an unproductive mechanic, is abandoned in space for six months, struggling daily to survive on the edge of life and death. When he finally gets the help he’s been waiting for, the ship, the Volga, passes him by and takes off. A burning rage transforms this lazy wreck into a demonic machine and sets him on a gruelling, madcap quest for revenge.
Among the groundbreaking science fiction settings described in the book, the sharpest is the “Thinking Motion” setting, which relies on certain conditions for physical teleportation, which was quite an avant-garde idea in those days. It is also worth mentioning the setting of the timeline, parallel, past and future, seeing oneself in the past and meeting oneself in the future, and imagining that everything happens according to some unknowable and terrifying code of time and space. These settings have brought infinite room for fantasy in the creation of some later films and novels, and the existence of this novel definitely has an important meaning that cannot be ignored.
The title of the book The Stars My Destination is like my journey is the starry sea. It is both the end and the beginning, with a strong sense of immersion, the extension of a hidden dream, the catharsis of a young man’s feelings. Only the sky is my limit, only the stars are my home. First I feel small, then I feel tall, a magnificent feeling is stirring, an unruly undercurrent is surging.
On a planet beyond the reach of galactic law awaits a creature called the Shrike. Some worship it, some fear it, some vow to destroy it. In the tomb of the Valley of Time, huge, contemplative structures moving backwards through time, Shrek awaits them all. On the eve of Hamigildon, with the whole galaxy at war, seven pilgrims embark on their final voyage to Hyperion, in search of answers to the unanswered questions of their lives. Each carries with him a desperate hope and a terrible secret. One man may take the fate of humanity into his own hands.
In this Hyperion book you will find space opera, time travel, cyberpunk, military science fiction, bio-viruses, singularities, artificial intelligence and other subjects you would find in normal science fiction, you will also find unheard of settings such as the immortal Bikura, the Burrow that comes against the clock, the light mound and the reverse entropy field.
Hyperion is not a hard science fiction, but belongs to the realm of science fiction literature. It is beautifully written and finely crafted, with many historical allusions and philosophical musings. The inner struggles, cries and pains that one goes through will eventually give way to a fearless march forward. This, too, is intrinsic to the novel’s claim to be a classic, and has become a constant theme in both historical, and even science fictional, conceptions. It is precisely because the author’s focus is on people that, 30 years after the birth of Hyperion, it still does not feel dated.
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