5 Best Sci-Fi Books From Recent Years – The Medical Futurist

Good science fiction always makes us think. And great science fiction entertains the hell
out of us while doing so. So here are the five best sci-fi books of
recent times that I enjoyed. Number one: Ready Player One Okay, it’s a low hanging fruit, but Ready
Player One does deserve all the praise. Ernest Cline’s novel gained a cult status
immediately after release because of its 80’s and 90’s nostalgia. It’s basically a love letter to the childhood
of many of us. And it came at a right time. I mean there are new Predator, Jurassic Park
and King Kong movies coming up. We’re living a zero-lite version of the
past. But the greatness of Ready Player One goes
beyond style and tone. It’s not just about the past. It’s about an accurate prediction of the
future as I’ve seen. Virtual reality will change our lives more
than Apple and Facebook combined. The barrier between the real world and the
virtual will slowly vanish. And it’s not necessarily a dystopia. It will create a new kind of social network
between people, and bring them closer through their shared experience. And unlike how it was presented in Wall-E,
gamers are probably going to be the most athletic people. Oh, and one more thing; the film is fun, but
the book is the real deal. Number Two: Six Wakes This one was nominated for both the Hugo and
the Nebula award for Best Novel. The story is set on a generational starship,
taking humans to their new home. But the crew is made up of clones. In this future, people take backups of their
minds, and when they die, those backups are restored into new, young bodies cloned from
their own DNA. It’s an interesting way of solving aging
and mortality, and the question is obvious: Is a copy of you, really you? But it wouldn’t be good sci-fi without a
fast-paced plot. So when six clones wake up from restored and
outdated backups, we have a murder mystery on our hands. One of them killed the others, but nobody
remembers anything. So basically, this is a closed room, whodunnit,
murder mystery, in space, with clones. It’s a recipe for greatness. Number three: The Themis Files
Well, technically this is a trilogy of books, but it’s one big story. And it’s another debut from a previously
unknown writer who writes as pragmatically as Arthur C. Clarke, and as thrilling as Michael
Crichton. In the story, a girl named Rose discovers
a giant metal hand, buried under the Earth. It’s a thousands of years old, made out
of unknown metal and has strange symbols inscribed in it. This bizarre artifact remains a mystery seventeen
years later, but Rose became obsessed with it. When she realizes that it has various other
components scattered around the world, the hunt begins to assemble this creature. And the hunters are so obsessed whether they
could, they never stop asking whether they should. It’s also about what happens if we have
to bend our biological features to adjust to new technologies. Say no more. Number Four: Artemis It’s a new novel from Andy Weir. If his name rings a bell, he took the literary
world by storm a few years ago with his novel: The Martian. A year after that, it was turned into a movie
that became a blockbuster hit. He became an overnight success, but there
was a little doubt whether he’s a rising star or a one-trick pony. Well, the answer is kinda both, but in a good
way. In Artemis we get the same tricks he used
in The Martian but in a fresh new way. This time we’re in for a heist story on
the Moon. But it’s the same kind of highly detailed
scientific puzzle, and it takes you by force all over again. Number Five: Annihilation Jeff VanderMeer’s book is a gamechanger
in sci-fi. It doesn’t just turn everything on its head
in the genre, it’s also something unprecedented in literature. We follow an expedition of investigators tasked
with exploring Area X, a mysterious dome that has popped up out of nowhere. Area X defies explanation: nobody knows its
origins or what happened to the people who lived in there. But instead of focusing on characters, VanderMeer
doesn’t even give them names, and instead of focusing on a story, he’s more interested
in mood. What’s new in Annihilation, and what makes
it great, is that it strips away objectivity as nobody in the team can agree what they
see. It seems like Area X presents itself differently
to everyone. And that feeling of reality slipping away
and our perception is being unreliable sets the tone for the horror of the uncanny. Annihilation is a spiritual sci-fi like never
before. I hope you will enjoy these and if you have
any suggestions for me, I can’t wait to hear your favorite sci-fi books.


  1. I stumbled upon a gem of a sci fi trilogy at my local book store recently. Remembrance of Earth's Past by Chinese author Cixin Liu. I had no prior knowledge of the author or his masterpiece prior to buying it that day on a whim. After cruising through the first book, The Three Body Problem in a matter of days I immediately went back to the bookstore and bought the other two books in the series.

    Cixin Lius' take on first contact with another intelligent species is refreshing in it's pragmatism and embrace of "hard" science fiction, while stretching it to it's limits. He explores what the long game of survival as a species might look like, and the ever changing and evolving challenges that come with that struggle. I found myself thinking about the books and it's characters long after I had finished the series, which for me is always a sign I'll read through it again eventually. 😀

  2. Area X in Annihilation is a reference to the female genome, The Great Mother, that history has buried. The dome is simply a womb, the Great Mother's womb. From womb to tomb, we are born and reborn, over and over and over again. It is a simple story highlighting the fact that we have strayed so far from the Great Mother (Nature) and her ways, that the only, and last, salvation for the Patriarchal System will be Artificial Intelligence. After AI, the world, as we know it, will fall into a deep despair – there will be massive suicides, and then a restructuring back to the original blueprint of the system, a universal and global order centered around the Matriarchal Science and the code of conduct which personifies "Order out of Balance" instead of the universally-accepted "Order out of Chaos" system that we have been living and allowing for the last 7,000 years. There will still be contrast in order for humans to grow and evolve as individuals; however, once the world returns to a garden state, then the body shall be set free. Many blessings and thank you so much for your innovative wisdom and thoughtful considerations concerning the advent of the coming future! Great books and Great reads!

  3. Love science-fiction? I have just read a new novel from a
    new writer called Mark Hall. The book is called The Epsilon Syndrome. It's a
    sci-fi thriller that’s a mash-up of Minority Report and Altered Carbon. It is
    set in the future, where the FBI utilise DNA so their agents can alter their appearance
    to look like crime-lords, allowing them to go undercover easier and break the
    criminal syndicates from the inside. It's fast-paced, packed with conspiracy, with
    fabulous dialogue, futuristic scenes, with geeky well-thought out technology
    and has a wicked twist at the end. I recommend it and you can check out more on
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  4. Great, I'd suggest you add R.Scott Lemriel's books to your list. He's an awesome sci-fi writer.

  5. Thank you for taking the time and presenting the books.
    Perhaps some other viewers of your channel may be interested in "Empire of Silence" by Christopher Ruocchio

  6. Anything from Daniel Suarez. Excellent researched near futur sci fi. Most recent "Change Agent" and my most favorit is Daemon and Freedom. There is a great Google Talk from the Author on youtube.

  7. About six wakes, actually blockchain could help on how to access data, avoid corruption and addition on fresh memories to the "new bodies" and avoid all of them waking up together… ha!

  8. Great video, I’m a huge fiction reader and I want to branch to sci fi. I’m not sure I want to try any of these books but I enjoyed the video

  9. Check out the POST-HUMAN series by David Simpson. Based on trans humanism. Very good series, ( based on 1-4, I haven’t read book 5 yet).

  10. Annihilations, Artemis and RP1 were all splendid reads, adding Six Wakes and The Themis Files to my TBRL. Are you on Goodreads?

  11. I went to high school with Mur Lafferty! So cool to see you picked one of her books. She also wrote the Solo: A Star Wars Story novelization.

  12. Isn't anybody gonna talk about how one of the books is wrong? Instead of Ready Player one, he has All our Wrong Todays.

  13. I started reading a great Sci Fi book in 2005 and I lost it on the subway. I've been trying to find the book, but it is very hard when one does not know the name or the author of the novel. Can anyone please help me? Please read the details below.

    During a time (maybe 100 years in the future) in Earth’s technological advancements where major factions (Most of Asia, North America, for example are choosing to relocate homogeneously on their “own” private asteroids) are relocating to the Asteroid Belt as a response to world-wide hunger and over-population. The people living Earth are the richest, smartest, most successful, and most powerful people withing each faction. Each asteroid has its own government, military, and science directives.

    The United Nations – the official world government – is 100% in charge in all things ON Earth is trying to stop mass off-world migrations, but…. Scientists have spotted a rogue red dwarf sun set on a collision course through our solar system. EVERYTHING will be destroyed – in 5,000 years. Is there enough time to evacuate the entire earth? Are there enough resources for such a mission? Does anyone or any government have the tech to pull this off? The answer to all the above questions is no. Until… One of the largest and richest private-asteroid-governments (I believe it’s the North American Faction) has discovered faster-than-light travel that will move their entire asteroid to a new solar system that has a few planets that can be colonized. The trip will take many, many years and they chose to not tell the U.N., or any of the other major factions about their new technology. They leave in the middle of the night and abandon the rest of earth to die in 5,000 years as the rogue sun rips everything apart.

    The faction arrives at their new system after one, or two generations and they need to stay in/on their asteroid until all the necessary plans/action can happen for relocating to one of the planets. A few years after they left, the Asian Faction discovered the same tech for faster-than-light travel, and they leave for the same system. The journey will take 50 years and somehow, the N.A. Faction knows of the Asian Factions departure and has fifty years to build up it’s military and get ready for the conflict.

    That’s all I know about the novel. I believe it has about three other books in a series and this was the first one.

  14. Ugh Sleeping Giants… Hated it. The ultra obnoxious murder love story in the first quarter of the book had me rolling my eyes over and over. Meh. Not interested in finishing but I'm a hater.

  15. My only real issue with Ready Player one is the world its set in. VR requires reasonable high tech and investment, so to have this take off in a poverty stricken ghetto makes no sense. The world has many poverty stricken ghettos around the world today and if we look at the ghetto’s I am familiar with in Bombay, there were few people playing any form of computer game. People were lucky if they had power.
    If the world was more like Brave New World it would make more sense. A high tech world which simply had no need for large number of people, so working out how to entertainment them would be a major issue.
    A much better “in a computer game story” is sword art on line, where the real world is more realistic although the method you enter the VR world more of a stretch.
    My best novels from the 90’s are; The Time Ships by Baxter, Stephen, The Worthing Saga by Card Orson Scott, Their Masters War by Farren Mick and A Bridge of Years by Wilson Robert Charles

  16. Six Wakes can not primarily be about clones if they are digital backups. Then they are AI. You can not make a «Back-up» of a naturally born human. You can clone and keep cloning. Or you can possibly make a digital approximation and put it in a cloned body, but then itˋs an AI.

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