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Shocking Depictions of the Future from Sci-Fi and Fantasy

From dystopian fantasy worlds to apocalyptic science fiction, sometimes books give us a very disturbing look at a possible future.

We love a good science fiction and fantasy book, and if that book is action packed and involves characters fighting for their survival we’re sure to be engrossed for hours. From alien invasions to apocalyptic plagues, there’s no telling what science fiction and fantasy has in store for us next. We've rounded up some of the greatest stories to help you explore these dire predictions.

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Joe Haldeman The Forever War
Although considered a classic today, The Forever War was at first deemed unpublishable—partially because it dared to include female characters.
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Thirty years after it first came out, Philip José Farmer's Dayworld continues to resonate with modern readers.
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These nine novels made unsettlingly accurate predictions about our modern world.
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These under-the-radar books will get under your skin.
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In Andre Norton’s The Time Traders, tensions between the United States and Russia are heightened when time travel is introduced into the equation.
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Earth is ruined. Humans are nearly extinct. A mysterious race can restore and repopulate the planet—but their aid comes with a price.
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They're coming...
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Philip Wylie’s 1971 classic science fiction novel predicted a dark future for the year 2017…
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You may regret saving everything to the Cloud after reading these books…
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Space and suspense combine to create thrilling adventures.
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Better undead than unread.
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These terrifyingly realistic books will make you want to live in a bubble, permanently.
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Step one: Don't panic. Step two? Eat bugs.

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Encouraged reading from the Ministry of Literature...
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On a Tuesday afternoon in February, the world suddenly shifts, trapping all women on a different plane—forcing them to live apart from the men who are left behind.
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Published on 14 Sep 2017

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