What are the best science fictions about society?

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    #11984

    1984

    1984 is a utopian and dystopian fiction written by George Orwell. First published in 1949, it is included in the NPR Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books.

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    Pablo Seefoo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "Well, 1984 is a classic and as pertinent today as ever (perhaps even more so today than when it was written). George Orwell was a true visionary for his conception of "Big Brother" and how, if the technical means to spy and manipulate the popoulation are available, governments will not hesitate to use them to their advantage. An absolute must read in our day and age."
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    #2The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is a science-fiction novel written by Robert A. Heinlein. The story occurs in the year 2076 in which there is a threat regarding an environmental apocalypse.

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    Ai Xu
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "It was easy to imagine the activities that take place on the moon in this novel. Although I found the revolution and war to be quite complex for me, it is full of action and keeps you wanting to find out what will take place next."
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    #3Neuromancer

    Neuromancer

    Neuromancer is science fiction book written by William Gibson. Published on July 1, 1984 by Ace Books, Neuromancer is an award-winning book following the adventures of Case in a dangerous digital world.

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    #4A 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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    Aaron Bell
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a very interesting storyline. I was hooked from the start. I read it in one sitting because it was so entertaining."
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    #5Snow 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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    Brian Murphy
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This plot for this novel sounds exciting and engaging. I think that I can read this novel front to back."
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    #6The Road

    The Road
    The Road is a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Cormac McCarthy. It tells the story of a father and son walking through post-apocalyptic America to reach the coast. This is an ultimate story of survival in a desolate world.
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    #7The Time Machine

    The Time Machine

    Time Machine is a science fiction novel written by H. G. Wells. First published in 1895 and written as a frame narrative, it centers on an inventor identified as the Time Traveller. This novel popularized the concept of time travel.

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    Laura Rice
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "This is a small but classic book. It is an enjoyable and easy to read story."
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    #8The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)

    The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)
    The Dispossessed, the 5th book in Ursula Le Guin's Hainish Cycle is about Shevek, a physicist out to reunite the people of Uras and the utopian anarchist people of Anarres, who have long been divided because of ideology.
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    Ann Gu
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I don't usually like stories with flashbacks (thankfully, the flashbacks are chronological), but this is one where the technique really pays off. Two planets rotate around each other, one has a rich biosphere and lacks many resources while the other is barely able to produce enough food for a rather small population, but is rich in resources the other planet needs. The former planet has a strict authoritarian government and unlimited luxuries for the rich and rather austere lives for the poor who have no freedom at all. This contrasts with the austere second planet where everyone is at least theoretically free in a human/computer organized anarchy, but some people manage to have more power than others despite a system that should not favour anyone over another (everyone usually works together for the common good)."
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    #9The 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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    Karen Russell
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "If you love fantasy and sci-fi you will like this book. This book follows a young boy who is trying to find his way in a very strange and strict society. "
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    #10The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)

    The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)
    The Meat Market is a dystopian science fiction and the first book in Jonathan Harkon Adventures series written by James Chalk. It was published in 2013 by JRH Publishing. 
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    Michelle Meyer
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book is very interest to read."
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    #11Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land

    Stranger in a Strange Land is a book by Robert Heinlein that tells the story of Valentine Smith. He is raised by Martians and as he arrived on Earth to live as a human the whole world will change because of him.

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    Eugene Owens
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is a re-read for me. I am a big science fiction fan, but old ones, mostly. No fantasy. Just not my thing. Read this first at 19. It reads differently now that I am nearly 64 ( will you still need me, will you still feed me...) This is a classic. No sci-fi fan can claim to be well-read without this book under her belt. It’s pretty good, and stands the test of time. I recommend it. Not the BEST sci-fi novel, but pretty damn good. "
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    #12Ender'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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    Kathy Carlson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "A must read book that is so much better than the movie! It checks all the boxes in my book for a great science fiction book. Aliens-check and dystopian society-check here too! A real page turner about overcoming obstacles."
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    #13Dune (Dune Chronicles)

    Dune (Dune Chronicles)
    Dune by Frank Herbert is the story of Paul Atreides who becomes Muad'Dib and embarks on a journey to avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family, thus bringing to fruition humankind's most ancient and unattainable dream.
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    #14The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale

    The Handmaid's Tale is an original Hulu series based on the novel by Margaret Atwood. The story is set in the near future where America is under a theocratic rule that forces fertile women to be impregnated by men from wealthy families. 

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    Randy Webb
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "The Handmaid's Tale is a wonderful TV shoes that dis compel me and its very interesting.It might have a sad story but the general bit of it kept me entertained.I loved the soundtracks too."
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    #15Brave 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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    Roger Hudson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Do NOT bother with the Kindle version. Specifically the one with the picture of the eggs and blood. There IS a kindle version that is the correct text (with the title in red banner) listed for $10+. But the eggs and blood version is completely different, simplified, dumbed down version of the physical book. The paperback format as pictured on the product page is what I have for my physical copy and they are vastly different. I read the kindle version while at work on my computer during slow periods and then came home and attempted to read the book version where I left off, only to find that chapters didn't line up, there were entire pages of conversation missing towards the end of the book between Mustapha Mond and John, the Savage. ENTIRE. PAGES. Very upsetting to learn this. It shouldn't be on the same product page listed as a kindle version. It's a completely different version"
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    #16Fahrenheit 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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    Pablo Seefoo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book really impressed me when I was younger. And it still resonates today - a society lost in mindless entertainment where critical thinking is not only disencouraged, but feared and loathed. One of the top classic science fiction novels of all time. "
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    #17The Martian Chronicles

    The Martian Chronicles
    The Martian Chronicles is a record of human activity on Mars and their encounters with Martian lifeforms. The 28 stories are divided into three acts, with each act focused on a pivotal human accomplishment.
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    Mark Gonzalez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "The Martian Chronicles is written by Ray Bradbury. It is a collection of vignettes about life on the red planet. "
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    #181984

    1984
    1984 is a dystopian novel by George Orwell that tells the story of Winston Smith, who lives under the rule of the tyrannical government ruled by the omnipresent Big Brother. It is a bleak portrayal of how society might become in the future.
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    Ronald James
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I find myself reading 1984 once again, and I want again I'm in shock at the realism almost prediction quality of the work. Orwell is like a savant in that which of the book has come true in our current life he was far ahead of his time."
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    #19The Songs of Distant Earth

    The Songs of Distant Earth

    The Songs of Distant Earth is a standalone science fiction novel written by Arthur C. Clarke which is set in the 39th century around 200 years after the Earth's sun has gone nova. 

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    Timothy Bennett
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "I feel like this is a fantastic solution. The book has a great rating and the author is one of the best science fiction writers. "
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    #20Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy (Legends of the Riftwar)

    Honoured Enemy is a science fiction book that belongs in the Legends of the Riftwar series written by Raymond Feist and William Forstchen that tells the story of war, love, and vengeance. 

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    Brenda Bennett
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "This book was a real page-turner. This is the story of rivals and their ability to get along to face a common enemy. I found the end to be a little lackluster though. It seemed like they could have done more with it. Otherwise, it was a great read. "
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    #21Warbound (Grimnoir Chronicles)

    Warbound (Grimnoir Chronicles)
    Warbound is the third and last book in Larry Correia's dieselpunk and action series for young adults, the Grimnoir Chronicles. It was released in 2013. It is an alternate history of America in the 1930s, just after the Depression. 


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    Mary Dixon
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a must-read follow-up to the last two novels in the series. As a fan of fiction of the 1930s and 1940s, this book fits the genre halfway between comic book and sci-fi culture."
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    #22The Last Book In The Universe

    The Last Book In The Universe
    The Last Book in The Universe is a children's science fiction book by Rodman Philbrick, originally published in 2000. Set in a dystopian world, it tells the story of a teenager named Spaz as he learns about the Earth's past.
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    Randy Ramirez
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "This is a pretty interesting story for kids to read up on. It's got a lot of lessons that kids can learn and the story will keep their attention. Be warned though, the book isn't really made for children under the age of 7. I think a lot of parents try to force more mature books on their kids and this is not one you should force. Other than that great book!"
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    #23Sent (The Missing)

    Sent (The Missing)
    Sent is a young adult science fiction novel written by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This novel was originally published in August 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books. It belongs to Haddix's The Missing series.
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    Carl Williams
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I love science fiction books, and the one is just spectacular. I like the fact that I can read this and my child can too. It's a total plus to check up what they are reading and know that it's a positive book they are reading too. I can't say this is definitely one of the best science fiction books I have read"

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Best What are the best science fictions about society
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
11984Books 46 Paid
2The Moon Is a Harsh MistressBooks 41 Paid
3NeuromancerBooks 41 Paid
4A Canticle for LeibowitzBooks 38 Paid
5Snow CrashBooks 36 Paid
6The RoadBooks 31 Paid
7The Time MachineBooks 30 Paid
8The Dispossessed (Hainish Cycle)Books 27 Paid
9The GiverBooks 21 Paid
10The Meat Market (Jonathan Harkon Adventures)Books 18 Paid
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