We have a solar system of Science Fiction stories for you to explore today on BorrowBox.  Sci-Fi, like other genres, has many facets and not everything is futuristic and space orientated! To help you boldly go forth, Andrew has gathered together a small selection to appeal to your sense of adventure.

Why not give these suggestions a try and see what you think? Maybe you’re already a fan and have some suggestions for us, or perhaps you’re in a reading rut and need some inspiration? Let us know in the comments!

If you want to start at the beginning and leap straight into the quintessential Sci-Fi then we have just the book for you – The First Science Fiction Megapack. This tome is a compendium of classic science fiction stories from some of the genre’s most renowned authors and if you find you enjoy this first collection, we have a second waiting for you too.

Ball Lightning by Cixin Liu  – A stand-alone science fiction novel from Cixin Liu, the bestselling and award-winning author of ‘The Three-Body Problem’ trilogy. When Chen’s parents are incinerated before his eyes by a blast of ball lightning, he devotes his life to cracking the secret of mysterious natural phenomenon.

Neuromancer by William Gibson – One of the best-known works in the cyberpunk genre of science fiction, this was Gibson’s debut novel and the beginning of the ‘Sprawl’ trilogy. Set in the future, the novel follows Henry Case, a washed-up computer hacker who is hired for one last job, which brings him up against a powerful artificial intelligence.

Brightly Burning by Alexa DonneScience fiction with a difference, this is Jane Eyre set in space! In this romantic mystery, seventeen-year-old Stella Ainsley wants just one thing: to go somewhere—anywhere—else. When a private ship hires her as a governess, Stella jumps at the chance. The captain of the Rochester, nineteen-year-old Hugo Fairfax, is notorious throughout the fleet for being a moody recluse and a drunk. But with Stella he’s kind.

The Last Policeman by Ben. H. Winters – The first book in ‘The Last Policeman’ trilogy. In a pre-apocalyptic USA, Detective Hank Palace is trying to solve a murder as the end of the world is nigh thanks to a looming asteroid. It seems that as global disaster approaches, he is the only cop who cares.

The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury – A classic collection of eighteen science fiction short stories by the Master framed around the concept of a man decorated from head to foot in tattoos. Yes, you’ve guessed it, each tattoo is a story! Futuristic and fantastical stories to make you think. Enjoy the feast.

Year Zero by Rob Reid – A side-splitting science fiction novel with the premise that the entire cosmos has been hopelessly hooked on American pop songs ever since “Year Zero” (1977 to us), resulting in the biggest copyright violation since the Big Bang and bankrupting the whole universe.

The Last Day by Andrew Hunter Murray – A science fiction crime thriller set in a dystopian Britain of 2059 where the world has literally stopped turning. One half of the world is in frozen darkness and the other blistering sun. Scientist, Ellie Cooper, receives a letter from a dying man with a secret she must bring to light.

Angelmaker by Nick Harkaway – A comical and quirky novel which sees the teaming up of a clock repairer and a retired secret agent to save the world! When Joe is given a strange device to repair, he is catapulted into a dimension of mad monks, psychopathic serial killers, scientific geniuses and threats to the future of conscious life in the universe.

The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Green – Kit is a phenomenaut, her consciousness projected into the bodies of lab-grown animals for the purpose of research. She always thought that she was helping humans better understand the other species living alongside them until a jump into a fox ends in disaster and she starts to suspect the very people that she has always trusted.


I definitely am going to read Brightly Burning by Alexa DonneJane Eyre, set in Space! Sounds like my cup of tea. I have a couple of suggestions for your foray into Sci-Fi also. Whereas I love the Fantasy genre, I am always a little leery of Sci-Fi but there are some gems in our collection and many of the Classics are well worth a read, regardless of your bias!

Here are my BorrowBox recommendations:

The Quiet at the End of the World by Lauren JamesFrom the BorrowBox blurb: How far would you go to save those you love? Lowrie and Shen are the youngest people on the planet after a virus caused global infertility. Closeted in a pocket of London and doted upon by a small, ageing community, the pair spend their days mudlarking and looking for treasure – until a secret is uncovered that threatens not only their family but humanity’s entire existence. Now Lowrie and Shen face an impossible choice: in the quiet at the end of the world, they must decide what to sacrifice to save the whole human race…

The Mortal Engines Quartet by Philip ReeveFrom the BorrowBox blurb: In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.

Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer – I am not ashamed to admit that this is one that I watched before I read! I enjoyed the Netflix adaptation so much that I immediately read the book, and it is not one that I would have picked up otherwise…

HCP_603850_M_HCP_603850_COVER_MEDIUMFrom BorrowBox: For thirty years, Area X, monitored by the secret agency known as the Southern Reach, has remained mysterious and remote behind its intangible border– an environmental disaster zone, though to all appearances an abundant wilderness. Eleven expeditions have been sent in to investigate; even for those that have made it out alive, there have been terrible consequences. ‘Annihilation’ is the story of the twelfth expedition and is told by its nameless biologist. Introverted but highly intelligent, the biologist brings her own secrets with her. She is accompanied by a psychologist, an anthropologist and a surveyor, their stated mission: to chart the land, take samples and expand the Southern Reach’s understanding of Area X. But they soon find out that they are being manipulated by forces both strange and all too familiar. An unmapped tunnel is not as it first appears. An inexplicable moaning calls in the distance at dusk. And while each member of the expedition has surrendered to the authority of the Southern Reach

The Vanishing Deep by Astrid Scholte – I must confess that I haven’t actually read this one yet, but I am including it because I really, really want to! I have to believe it is good…

Seventeen-year-old Tempe was born into a world of water. When the Great Waves destroyed her planet five hundred years ago, its people had to learn to survive living on the water, but the ruins of the cities below still called. Tempe dives daily, scavenging the ruins PGC_01716461_M_PGC_01716461_COVER_MEDIUMof a bygone era, searching for anything of value to trade for Notes. It isn’t food or clothing that she wants to buy, but her dead sister’s life. For a price, the research facility on the island of Palindromena will revive the dearly departed for twenty-four hours before returning them to death. It isn’t a heartfelt reunion that Tempe is after; she wants answers. Elysea died keeping a terrible secret, one that has ignited an unquenchable fury in Tempe: Her beloved sister was responsible for the death of their parents. Tempe wants to know why.


This is the end (or is it just the beginning?) Happy Reading everyone! (or listening, if you prefer).

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