Best Scifi Reads for Summer

Best Scifi Reads for Summer

June 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Art & Society

RobotMan iStock_000019738831_LargeFuturist.com Think Tank authors are among the recently named “26 essential science fiction novels to get you ready for the future.” ZDNet curated the list and it includes novels by Brenda Cooper, long time colleague, and Ramez Naam, both Think Tank members. I know most of these authors, and can endorse any of the 26 recommendations. (There should be 27 on the list, as Brenda’s Edge of Dark takes us into the tech vs. humanity world of the possible future.

Here is the list…

    Vernor Vinge: True Names | Rainbows End
    John Bruner: The Sheep Look Up | The Jagged Orbit | Stand on Zanzibar | The Shockwave Rider
    Bruce Sterling: Heavy Weather | Distraction | A Good Old Fashioned Future | Islands in the Net
    David Brin: Existence | Earth
    Charles Stross: Halting State | Rule 34
    Paolo Bacigalupi: Pump 6 | Shipbreaker
    Neal Stephenson: Reamde
    Ramez Naam: Nexus | Crux
    Kim Stanley Robinson: 2312
    Laura Mixon: Proxies
    MJ Locke: Up Against It
    Brenda Cooper: The Diamond Deep
    Linda Nagata: The Bohr Maker
    Alastair Reynolds: Blue Remembered Earth
    Cory Doctorow: Little Brother

It is my experience that reading science fiction is the best way to get your mind into the possible future, and thus to challenge your notions of what is probable, and preferred. I suggest that everyone interested in the future should have a scifi novel on their active reading list.

Glen Hiemstra

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Glen Hiemstra is the founder and owner of Futurist.com. An internationally respected expert on future trends, long-range planning and creating the preferred future, Glen has advised professional, business, and governmental organizations for two decades.