The latest movie taking the world by storm is the 2021 adaptation of Dune by Frank Herbert. The science fiction film is now in theaters and streaming on HBO Max with a cast including Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, and Jason Momoa. The film (and first book) take place on a desert planet called Arrakis, about a boy named Paul Atreides who would become Maud’dib. Set to derail a plot against his family, Paul will also bring humankind’s most attainable dream to fruition.
Already binged the movie? Devour the book? Well, here are some other science fiction stories that’ll keep you busy until the sequel releases in 2023.
The Martian by Andy Weir
Less than a week ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first to walk on Mars. Caught up in a dust storm that nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate, Mark is assumed dead, but finds himself stranded and alive, with no way to communicate with Earth. With a low amount of supplies that wouldn’t last him until he’s rescued, Mark has to rely on his own skills to confront obstacle after obstacle in order to beat the odds and survive.
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
After nuclear war brings humans toward extinction, aliens have made contact and rescued the humans they can, keeping survivors in suspended animation while they rehabilitate the planet. One of those humans, Lilith Iyapo wakes to find herself chosen to revive fellow humans to introduce them to the aliens and prepare them to survive what their planet has become.
Luna: New Moon by Ian McDonald
The first in a trilogy, Luna: New Moon takes place in a dystopian world where the Moon has a desire to kill. Are you unable to pay for your allotted necessities, such as air, food or water, or you simply get in the way of a war between the Moon’s ruling corporations known as the Five Dragons? If any of this applies, you are to fight for everything you need in society, just like Adriana Corta did. Adriana fought for her family and is now the leader of the Moon’s newest dragon and finds her corporation surrounded by enemies she’s made in her battle to survive.
The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin
he dawn of the end of the world is beginning. As ash begins to spew from the sun, a great rift crosses the core of the world’s only continent called the Stillness. As the world ends, a son is murdered and a daughter is missing. Now a woman must use her secret power to find her daughter in a world where the earth is used as a weapon and mercy is something of the past.
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
A creature called the Shrike is hidden in the Valley of the Time Tombs in Hyperion, a world beyond the reach of galactic law. While some worship the Shrike, some fear it, and some want to destroy it. As Armageddon approaches and the entire galaxy is at war, seven people begin their voyage to Hyperion, each with a terrible secret—and hope as their only thing in common.
Red Rising by Pierce Brown
In a color-coded society, Darrow is a Red, the lowest caste, and works all day believing that the Reds are making Mars livable for future generations. Darrow discovers that humanity has reached the surface years ago and created cities and luxurious life across Mars, keeping this from the Reds so that they can be treated as slaves to the ruling class. With this knowledge, Darrow sacrifices it all to infiltrate the highest level, the Gold caste, and fight for his life to bring down his enemies and seek justice.
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
When a human is sent on a mission to an alien world called Winter where the aliens can change their gender, his goal is to facilitate Winter’s involvement in an intergalactic civilization. In order to complete his mission, he must find a happy medium in his beliefs and the unfamiliar culture he encounters in Winter.
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