My schedule allows for significant free time and since high school I’ve filled that schedule with a voracious appetite for books.
It started with churning through the Modern Library’s Top 100 Books of All Time list and progressed to an ever-expanding catalog spanning a century and several genres. I devour the occasional business, self-help book, nonfiction or best-seller, but my two favorite genres are SciFi (futurist and dystopian) and Epics (books over 800 pages).
I’ve read so many SciFi books and Epics that their plots start to merge together in my mind. Earlier this year, I spent weeks obsessively trying to rediscover a book I’d read about an artificial intelligence computer named James and a programmer who runs a biological nanobot company, only to discover that it was, in fact, two separate books. My mind had twisted the plots together into a new story, hence the difficulty finding the title of the book.
But after reading several hundred SciFi books, several have stood out as the best and most memorable. Here are my top picks for best SciFi books for men.
7 Best SciFi Books for Men
1. Myst Trilogy
Based on the computer game from the 90’s, this trilogy is about the story of an ancient extinct race of people who lived underground. Called the D’ni, these people created special books that allow transport between worlds known as Ages.
2. Spin Trilogy
One night while stargazing, three children witness all the stars simultaneously disappear. An opaque black “spin membrane” has been placed around Earth. The membrane has slowed time so that approximately 100 million years pass on the outside for every year within. A simulated sun on the inside of the membrane allows for a largely normal life cycle to continue. However, the passage of time outside the membrane means that all life on earth will end in a few decades when the sun’s expansion makes that region of the solar system uninhabitable.
3. World War Z
This story is told in the form of a series of interviews conducted by the narrator, Max Brooks, an agent of the United Nations Postwar Commission. Although the exact origin of the plague is unknown, a young boy from a village in China is identified as the plague’s official patient zero. Ten years after the official end of the zombie war, millions of zombies are still active.
In a ruined and hostile landscape, in a future few have been unlucky enough to survive, a community exists in a giant underground silo. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect them. The silo is about to confront what its history has only hinted about and its inhabitants have never dared to whisper: uprising.
James Keats is the smartest man on the planet in a world where everyone has equal intelligence and equal abilities, thanks to a wonderful computer system known simply as ‘The A.I.’ With very few exceptions, everyone on the planet is hooked up to the system and reaps the rewards: no real aging, no sickness and unlimited potential to do anything, including flying. When the latest planet-wide update is delivered with the intention of making everyone as smart as James Keats, something goes wrong and everyone on the planet dies instantly. Returning from a mission to Mars, where work was interrupted by a system-wide blackout, James and his small crew of scientists stumble upon a tragedy of untold proportions and must search for the cause of the deaths while evading a now-hostile system that they discover has been turned against its human creators.
6. Silver Ships
Explorer-tug captain Alex Racine detects a damaged alien craft drifting into the system. What enfolds is a story of the descendants of two Earth colony ships, with very different histories, meeting 700 years after their founding and uniting to defend humanity from the silver ships.
7. Sand Omnibus, Parts 1-5
The old world is buried. A new one has been forged atop the shifting dunes. Palmer wants to prove his worth, not only to his family, but to himself. And in the barren, dune-covered landscape of his home, there is only one way to earn respect: sand-diving. Plunging deep below the desert floor in search of relics and scraps of the old world, he is about to embark on the most dangerous dive of his young life, aiming to become the first to discover the rumored city below.
Do you love SciFi books? What are your top choices for SciFi books for men?
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