Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Despite its huge popularity on the screen, readers often shy away from science-fiction, but it’s not all aliens, technobabble and space battles. I would say I am a fan of science fiction but I don’t tend to read that hard SF that everyone thinks of when the genre is mentioned, there is so much scope in it. So here are ten books I would recommend to reluctant genre readers…

The Machine by James Smythe

This is one of my favourite books but you wouldn’t go wrong picking up any of James’ books. They are very much character driven but with plenty of thought-provoking themes. This one is particularly good if you like books about memory.

The Book of Phoenix by Nnedi Okorafor

African centred science fiction, you must read Nnedi Okarafor, especially if you’re interested in reading about the effects of exploitation.

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers


It’s just the most wonderful, comforting, fuzzy feeling of a book. Honestly the description didn’t do it for me when I first heard about it but I was swayed by so many positive things and I beg you to read it!

The Thing Itself by Adam Roberts

One for those of you who like philosophy or want to exercise your brain.

The Fireman by Joe Hill

The science of oxytocin at play in a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by a self-combusting spore.

Annihilation by Jeff Vandermeer

Weird and biological science fiction, the first instalment of the Southern Reach trilogy is also on the eery side.

Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood

Or any of Margaret Atwood’s speculative fiction works. There’s this one called The Handmaid’s Tale too…

The Mad Scientist’s Daughter by Cassandra Rose Clarke

The most feelings I’ve ever felt for a robot.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughan +Fiona Staples

(Contains graphic imagery) A tale of two parents from opposing sides of an intergalactic war trying to raise their mixed race child whilst running for their lives. It’s THE best comic out there.

The Humans

Warm and funny, with a serious message at its heart.