47 Fiction Every AI Scientist Should Read


1. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky

SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2016 ARTHUR C CLARKE AWARD FOR BEST NOVEL WHO WILL INHERIT THIS NEW EARTH? The last remnants of the human race left a dying Earth, desperate to find a new home…


2. The Martian by Andy Weir

The Sunday Times Bestseller behind the major new film from Ridley Scott starring Matt Damon and Jessica Chastain. I’m stranded on Mars. I have no way to communicate with Earth. I’m…


3. Provenance by Ann Leckie

Following her record-breaking debut trilogy, Ann Leckie, winner of the Hugo, Nebula, Arthur C. Clarke and Locus Awards, returns with a thrilling new story of power, theft, privileg…


4. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

In the near future, enormous silver spaceships appear without warning over mankind’s largest cities. They belong to the Overlords, an alien race far superior to humanity in technol…


5. Distraction by Bruce Sterling

It’s November 2044, an election year, and the state of the Union is a farce. The government is broke, the cities are privately owned, and the military is shaking down citizens in t…


6. The Difference Engine by Bruce Sterling

The computer age has arrived a century ahead of time with Charles Babbage’s perfection of his Analytical Engine. The Industrial Revolution, supercharged by the development of steam…


7. Contact by Carl Sagan

In 1999, a multinational team of astronauts ventures deep into outer space, where they come face to face with an advanced alien civilization, in a tie-in to the new blockbuster fil…


8. Martians Abroad by Carrie Vaughn

A great new stand-alone science fiction novel from Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville series. Well-known for her bestselling series Kitty Norville, Carrie Vaughn moves to…


9. Makers by Cory Doctorow

Perry and Lester invent things — seashell robots that make toast, Boogie Woogie Elmo dolls that drive cars. They also invent entirely new economic systems, like the “New Work,” a New…


10. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

The ultimate tale of teen rebellion — one seventeen-year-old against the surveillance state….


11. Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez

When her research is being used to run unmanned drones, Lindsey McKinney and Odin, a Special Ops soldier with an insight into the faceless enemy, must slow the advance long enough…


12. Freedom by Daniel Suarez

The Daemon is now firmly in control and moving towards its endgame, using an expanding network of real-world, dispossessed darknet operatives to tear civilization apart and build i…


13. The Circle by Dave Eggers

The Circle is the exhilarating new novel from Dave Eggers, best-selling author of A Hologram for the King, a finalist for the National Book Award. When Mae Holland is hired to work…


14. The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return She is the girl with the dragon tattoo — a genius hacker and uncompromising misfit. He is a crusading journalist whose championing of the…


15. The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster

The Machine Stops is a short science fiction story. It describes a world in which almost all humans have lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual lives…


16. Aztec by Gary Jennings

The epic tale of an Aztec survivor of the Spanish conquest and his times as a warrior, scribe, travelling merchant, confidant of Motecuhzoma II, and envoy to the invading Spaniards…


17. Hull Zero Three by Greg Bear

A starship hurtles through the emptiness of space. Its destination — unknown. Its purpose — a mystery. Now, one man wakes up. Ripped from a dream of a new home — a new planet and t…


18. The Berlin Project by Gregory Benford

New York Times bestselling author Gregory Benford creates an alternate history about the creation of the atomic bomb that explores what could have happened if the bomb was ready to…


19. The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi

Jean le Flambeur is a post-human criminal, mind burglar, confidence artist, and trickster. His origins are shrouded in mystery, but his exploits are known throughout the Heterarchy…


20. The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse

Set in the 23rd century, The Glass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht, who has been raised in Castalia, the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to…


21. The Mechanical by Ian Tregillis

My name is Jax. That is the name granted to me by my human masters. I am a slave. But I shall be free. Set in a world that might have been, of mechanical men and alchemical dreams,…


22. Time And Again by Jack Finney

Si Morley is marking time: he’s bored with his job as a commercial artist, and his social life doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. So when he’s approached by an affable ex-football…


23. Persistence Of Vision by John Varley

A collection of short stories from “the wildest and most original science fictional mind” (George R.R. Martin) of Hugo and Nebula award-winning author John Varley. The Persistance…


24. Antarctica by Kim Stanley Robinson

From the award-winning author of the Mars Trilogy comes a thrilling new novel…. Kim Stanley Robinson, author of the Hugo and Nebula award-winning Mars trilogy, is one of the most…


25. 2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

A tale set in a solar system three hundred years in the future follows the experiences of former world designer Swan, who in the wake of an unexpected death, is led into a plot to…


26. Player Piano by Kurt Vonnegut

Player Piano (1952), Vonnegut’s first novel, embeds and foreshadows themes which are to be parsed and dramatized by academians for centuries to come. His future society — a marginal…


27. Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy wel…


28. The Humans by Matt Haig

Regarding humans unfavorably upon arriving on Earth, a reluctant extraterrestrial assumes the identity of a Cambridge mathematician before realizing that there’s more to the human…


29. Jennifer Government by Max Barry

Taxation has been abolished, the government has been privatized, and employees take the surname of the company they work for. It’s a brave new corporate world, but you don’t want t…


30. The Ruin of Angels by Max Gladstone

Max Gladstone returns with The Ruin of Angels, the sixth novel in the Craft Sequence, which The Washington Post calls “the best kind of urban fantasy” and NPR calls “sharp, origina…


31. Seveneves by Neal Stephenson

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic — a grand story of annihilation and s…


32. Reamde by Neal Stephenson

Across the globe, millions of computer screens flicker with the artfully coded world of T’Rain — an addictive internet role-playing game of fantasy and adventure. But backstreet ha…


33. Interface by Neal Stephenson

From his triumphant debut with Snow Crash to the stunning success of his latest novel, Quicksilver, Neal Stephenson has quickly become the voice of a generation. In this now-classi…


34. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler

Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her twenty-sixth birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellu…


35. Pandora’s Star (The Commonwealth Saga Book 1) by Peter F. Hamilton

When the twenty-fourth-century arrival of human colonists in a faraway system unleashes a race of aliens formerly imprisoned within a giant force field, the aliens, having fought f…


36. Blindsight by Peter Watts

Two months since the stars fell… Two months since sixty-five thousand alien objects clenched around the Earth like a luminous fist, screaming to the heavens as the atmosphere bur…


37. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick

In a classic work of alternate history, the United States is divided up and ruled by the Axis powers after the defeat of the Allies during World War II. Reissue. Winner of the Hugo…


38. Ubik by Philip K. Dick

“From the stuff of space opera, Dick spins a deeply unsettling existential horror story, a nightmare you’ll never be sure you’ve woken up from.” — Lev Grossman, Time Glen Runciter ru…


39. The Lost Planet by Rachel Searles

This is what the boy is told: — He woke up on planet Trucon, inside of a fence line he shouldn’t have been able to cross. — He has an annirad blaster would to the back of his head….


40. Apex by Ramez Naam

The Explosive Conclusion to Nexus and Crux Global unrest spreads through the US, China, and beyond. Secrets and lies set off shockwaves of anger, rippling from mind to mind. Riot p…


41. Dhalgren by Samuel R Delany

Nebula Award Finalist: Reality has come unglued and a mad civilization takes root in Bellona, in this science fiction classic. A young half–Native American known as the Kid has hit…


42. His Master’s Voice by Stanislaw Lem

A pulsating stream of neutrino radiation from a source with the power of a sun has been detected on earth and a team of scientists assembled to study and decode the mysterious mess…


43. Proxima by Stephen Baxter

Planets like Proxima Centauri could be habitable and could mean the never-ending existence of humanity, but first it must be colonized and no one wants to be a settler. Since there…


44. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge

Thousands of years hence, many races inhabit a universe where a mind’s potential is determined by its location in space — from superintelligent entities in the Transcend, to the li…


45. To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf

To the Lighthouse is a 1927 novel by Virginia Woolf. A landmark of high modernism, the novel centres on the Ramsays and their visits to the Isle of Skye in Scotland between 1910 an…


46. Avogadro Corp by William Hertling

David Ryan is the designer of ELOPe, an email language optimization program, that if successful, will make his career. But when the project is suddenly in danger of being canceled,…


47. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

A startlingly original voice makes her literary debut with this wondrous coming-of-age story infused with Chinese folklore, romantic intrigue, adventure, and fascinating, dreamlike…