The literature of change and discovery is speculative fiction. But then there comes a book that completely changes the rules of science fiction and fantasy for all of us. These books are so great that they inspire score of writers to create something new. Here is a list of 8 books that you must read at least once. Click on the Next button to read about these books
1) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
This is one and only (probably) science fiction combined with comedy and multimedia. Hitchhiker was a radio drama before it was turned into a book. In its first three months, the book sold more than 250,000 copies. The Guardian declared it among the 1000 novels that everyone must read. The BBC poll ranked it fourth out of 200.
Ted Gioia commented on this book by saying “No book better epitomizes the post-heroic tone of sci-fi than Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’. As the name indicates, a certain louche bohemianism permeates its pages. This is star-hopping on the cheap, pursued by those aiming not to conquer the universe, but merely sample its richeson fewer than thirty Altairian dollars per day. You can trace the lineage of many later science fictions books, with their hip and irreverent tone, back to this influential and much beloved predecessor.”