From robots to triffids: exploring sci-fi beyond the dystopian
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For book lovers, Huxley is a household name. It’s guaranteed that almolst everyone owns a copy of Brave New World as it’s arguably one of the best dystopian novels written in the 20th century, along with Orwell’s 1984 (1949) and Zamyatin’s We (1924). To celebrate Huxley’s 124th birthday, we’re rounding up the best sci-fi sub-genres outside of dystopia that you need to explore.
Image courtesy of DasWortgewand on PixabayBioengineering Cheating natural order with risky science experiments is a hit for sci-fi stories. That’s why John Wyndham’s Day of the Triffids is our top bioengineering trial gone wrong. When Bill Masen wakes up in hospital after being temporarily blinded by a Triffid, he is deafened by the silence that surrounds him. In the distance, he hears screams and the faint shuffling of passers-by, but silence soon envelopes him again. What he doesn’t yet know, is that the plants he used to tame (the Triffids) have now revolted against their captors after an unlikely meteor shower blinds the Earth’s population. The Day of the Triffids is a story of love, survival, and the potential dangers of a world dangling by a thread in a Cold War. Lost worlds
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