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Sci-Fi For The Serious Scientist

Sometimes science fiction can be depressingly fictional. Filled with predictable paradoxes and little to no actual scientific content, these books’ plots center around forbidden extraterrestrial love instead of the science-fueled fun we all enjoy. Fortunately for you, we’ve scoured the galaxy and come up with a few books that might just inspire your next science experiment.

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Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game

Ender’s game is the heart-pounding tale of a war between aliens and humanity. Both sides are depending on a young boy genius with a knack for war games and a love of puzzles. Spun with a dizzying view of gravity and accurate space physics, Ender’s Game is a well-written book with an amazing plot line.

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The Risen Empire

The Risen Empire

In a world where aristocracy lives forever and the sick are sent to a world of their own, a new race of humans is threatening to overthrow the Emperor of this not-quite-utopia. Stuck in the middle are Nara Oxham, pacifist senator and Zai, a military general. Both of them are asked to make sacrifices that will rock the balance of this fragile world. This book is filled with achievements of biochemistry that will drop your jaw while immersing you in a web of undying politics.

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Anathem

Anathem

The population of Arbre is happily brainwashed, content with their drugged food and moving pictures. However, a few live in convents, living out their lives performing acrobatics of the mind. These few are denied technology and contact with the outside world, devoting their lives to mathematics, science, and philosophy. One day, a young fra discovers a speck in the sky that will twist worlds and bend dimensions, forever changing the course of the convent’s lives’. This book is jam-packed with mind-bending plot twists and an ever-changing course. You can’t help but read pages over and over again, trying to ferret out the double meanings and brain twisters hidden in each sentence. This is definitely not your average paperback space race.

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The Martian

The Martian

A wise-cracking botanist is stuck on Mars with a life-time supply of disco. Need I say more? This book is incredibly realistic and fantastically funny. It’s Robinson Crusoe on the red planet with a sense of humor that’s star-sized.

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2001

2001

A classic sci-fi filled with astronauts and space travel galore, Arthur C. Clark reveals a world of alien tablets that are responsible for the human species’ start….and now it’s end. Through the series suns are born, alien races emerge close to home, and enigmas permeate the culture of innocent Earth.

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The Sound Of Thunder

The Sound Of Thunder

Time is the playground of the rich in ray Bradbury’s classic story. Insects and presidents are closely intertwined, and a single misstep will change the course of history.