What are the best philosophical science fiction books?

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    #1Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)

    Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
    Ender's Game is the first book in The Ender Quintet series by Orson Scott Card which has won the Hugo and Nebula awards. This science fiction novel centers on Ender being trained in military and combat to prepare against an alien attack. 

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    Christopher Crawford
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "While I will admit that I am not the biggest Sci-Fi fan out there, this book does interesting and could go a few different ways in terms of plot development. The reviews are also very strong and I just feel Ender's Game could very much be an amusing and entertaining read, keeping my interest in what the fate our main protagonists will actually be. "
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    #2The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.


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    Anna Bates
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This book is the best representation of this category because of both science fiction and philosophy being in this book all through it. The story goes into morality and the main character has a big issue with it. This book is set in the future and I would personally recommend it."
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    #3A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz

    A Canticle for Leibowitz is a Hugo Award-winning speculative fiction novel by Walter M. Miller, Jr. Set in a post-apocalyptic world, it tells the story of a group of monks who are dedicated to enriching the relics of Saint Isaac Leibowitz.


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    Eugene Bradley
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I always had about this book everywhere and when I came across while looking for a book on my kindle, I'd thought it was a sign "now or never". And it actually turned out ok, I think it was worrth the hype. I loved the genre and I think it's the best of it's kind "
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    #4A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange

    A Clockwork Orange is a standalone 1963 classic science fiction book written by Anthony Burgess which centers on 15-year-old Alex McDowell who spread violence, but then he came back in the reality and was rejected by his parents. 


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    Brittany Welch
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "The introduction for this edition is also notable, in that it directly calls attention to the novels main flaw. Like I said, Burgess himself doesn't like this book that much, citing the fact that he felt his themes of free will and morality were to heavy handed. And they are. But I feel like the book is worth reading in spite of that"
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    #5Farnham's Freehold

    Farnham's Freehold

    Farnham's Freehold is a science fiction book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Hugh Farnham. His family was brought back in time by the nuclear war that caused the apocalypse. They will figure out how they will escape and where they will go. 


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    Ann May
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is one that's hard. The entire book is dated by it's racial aspects that is at the heart of the story. It's gotten a lot of flak for being "racist", but I don't think it is really. For the record, I am white. The book takes an (anything but stereotypical) family of the 1950's, with a black "houseboy", on an adventure through time to a future where the roles are reversed and whites are slaves to blacks. The one thing that stands out and may be the reason it's gotten so much flak is that the blacks actually eat their white slaves, and some are bred for that very purpose. I understand that this sort of thing has happened many times in history, so is not unprecedented. It is questionable, perhaps, that Heinlein actually "needed" to use this device to make his point, which is slavery is (very simply, arguably too simply) bad no matter what. It drove the point home, but also made the black slave-masters in the story far worse, in a very primal way, than the white slave-masters of more modern times. So while the book is an adventure story with the context of slavery, and ostensibly was written as and intended as a denouncement of slavery, it comes across as yet another "
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    #6Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.


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    Shaurya Mehta
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Wow! It's crazy to think that this book was written nearly 100 years ago. It's also scary to realize that so many of the predictions in this book have kind of come to pass. The whole premise is unsettling and should terrify everyone who reads it."
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    #7Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.


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    #8The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)

    The Left Hand of Darkness, the 4th book in Ursula K. Le Guin's Hainish Cycle series, is about a human ambassador sent to the planet Winter, where there is no sexual prejudice and inhabitants can change gender anytime.


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    Shirley Sullivan
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This is a very special fiction book, it is written very professionally, it tells an amazing story, and has many different characters and everyone of them has something to tell, and i can say that it is one of the best sci-fi books i have read. I have had a very good time reading this book, and i am sure that it will be the same for many of the readers."
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    #9The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is written by Douglas Adams. It depicts Arthur Dent's road trip with his alien friend Ford Prefect after his house and the Earth was demolished to create a way for a hyperspace express route. 


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    Samuel Russell
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "According to the most advanced computer in the universe, the meaning of life is 42. Does this mean you have to read the book to understand? Yes, yes it does. With many laughs throughout, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is a sci-fi classic that any sci-fi fan should read and enjoy. "
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    #10Flowers for Algernon

    Flowers for Algernon
    Flowers for Algernon is a novel written by Daniel Keyes. It tells the story of Charlie, who agrees to be a human subject for an experimental brain operation, following the success of the operation on Algernon, a white mouse.

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    Katherine Schmidt
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a book that will have you thinking. Those that are striving to be something or someone else will relate to the question of whether or not achieving to be something more will make them happy. Well written and easy to read, great for all ages."
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    #11Snow Crash

    Snow Crash

    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson is a cyberpunk, science fiction novel originally published in 1992. This book was nominated for British Science Fiction Award in 1993 and the Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1994.


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    Benjamin Shaw
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Snow Crash is an awesome book about the Metaverse with avatars and software demons. There is plenty of mind blowing science fiction technologies in the setting that make the backdrop of the story fascinating to read. "
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    #12The Forever War

    The Forever War

    The Forever War is a science-fiction novel written by Joe Haldeman. This is the first book in The Forever War series. This novel was originally published in 1974.


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    Tony Gao
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "There's a lot going on here in this book. Definitely more than meets the eye. I liked it and the sci-fi elements are more ancillary to the story than the central part. I don't know how I feel about the Vietnam War connotations though."
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    #13Lord of Light

    Lord of Light

    Lord of Light is a science fantasy novel written by Roger Zelazny. It won the 1968 Hugo Award for Best Novel and was also nominated for the 1968 Nebula Award for Best Novel. Lord of Light was originally published in 1968.


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    Chan Liu
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "If you are looking for a philosophical science fiction book I am a big fan of this book. It is worth a read by anyone that is into this kind of book. "


Best What are the best philosophical science fiction books
1Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)Books 44 Paid
2The GiverBooks 38 Paid
3A Canticle for LeibowitzBooks 38 Paid
4A Clockwork OrangeBooks 35 Paid
5Farnham's FreeholdBooks 33 Paid
6Brave New WorldBooks 31 Paid
7Fahrenheit 451Books 29 Paid
8The Left Hand of Darkness (Hainish Cycle)Books 25 Paid
9The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyBooks 24 Paid
10Flowers for AlgernonBooks 20 Paid

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