You probably have your own list of science fiction must-reads. While I am pretty sure that our lists will have some common titles, differences are also to be expected. And if you are still looking for suggestions on what science fiction title to pick up next, here is something that you might want to check out: science fiction suggestions from a futurist.
A futurist is a scientist who attempts to predict the future in a systematic manner. Yes, it is a real profession which focuses both on human society and life on earth. And no, I don’t think that fortune tellers are considered futurists.
You may not have heard of Brian David Johnson, but he just might have one of the coolest jobs on earth today. He is a futurist in the employ of Intel. While that may not be on your bucket list of jobs to try out in your lifetime, it still is one heck of a job! Imagine being at a bar and being asked “So what do you do?”
Bill Chappell of NPR1 recently talked to Johnson and asked him what his favorite sci-fi books are. We may very well find a cool suggestion or two.
- Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
- Robot Novels/the Caves of Steel/the Naked Sun/the Robots of Dawn by Isaac Asimov
- The Sentinel by Arthur C. Clarke
- Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
- Halting State by Charles Stross
- Rainbows End by Vernor Vinge
So have you read all of the books in the list? I know what I am going to do after this post!