Classic Science Fiction Novels

Science fiction is a relatively new genre in literary history. Up until the 1800’s few science fiction works were published. That all changed with Jules Verne. Because of his many classic science fiction novels, he has earned the title of “Father of Science Fiction”. That is a title that he shares with HG Wells. Below are some of the most exciting science fiction novels in literary history.

“War of the Worlds”, by HG Wells (1898): At the dawn of the century, Martian machines begin landing in England. As a matter of fact, they begin landing all over the world. An invasion of Earth has begun by Martians. The Martian invaders possess powerful machines called the Tripods because they travel on three legs. Read about the mighty Tripods and the outmatched defenders in this classic novel.

“20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, by Jules Verne (1870): Jules Verne predicted the advent of the submarine in this novel. The Nautilus, under the command of the mysterious Captain Nemo takes three unlucky passengers aboard. Read about Ned Land, Professor Aronnax and Conseil as they travel the world in Nemo’s strange vessel.

“Mysterious Island”, by Jules Verne (1875): A sequel to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, this is a story about a small group of Union soldiers during the American Civil War. They escape a Confederate prison camp, but due to a storm are forced out to sea. Eventually, they land on an island that they thought was uninhabited. After some mysterious events, they come to learn that the island is indeed inhabited by the dreaded Captain Nemo.

“Dracula”, by Bram Stoker (1897): This well known story is about the evil vampire, Count Dracula. Dracula moves to England and immediately begins to cause mischief. He is responsible for several deaths and some of the local residents are seen after they have been killed. A long chase and battle between Dracula and his pursuers follow. This story has been adapted to film countless times.

“Frankenstein”, by Mary Shelly (1818): A scientific genius, studying all aspects of life, creates a life form known simply as Frankenstein’s monster. Victor Frankenstein brings to life a powerful creature from spare parts of various dead bodies. Unfortunately, the brain of a criminal was implanted in the creature. The creature, deformed and confused is an outcast and unable to function in society.

“The Invisible Man”, by HG Wells (1897): Mr. Griffin is a scientist who developed a serum that renders a subject invisible. He used the serum on himself and became invisible. Unfortunately, he did not develop the antidote and remains invisible. Slowly, Griffin goes mad because of his predicament.

The above are just some of the best classical science fiction stories ever written. All of them have been adapted to film at least several times each.

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