Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
Welcome to OASIS – a 3D hyper-realistic internet and video game culture that has become reality. Our earth is disintegrating due to overpopulation, unemployment, and energy insufficiencies. Most people log into OASIS daily, as an escape from the world we have created. Wade Watts is one of these people. Using his avatar, Parzival, he attempts to find an “Easter egg” hidden by the notorious creator of OASIS, James Halliday. Filled with tons of 1980s pop culture and dystopian adventure, Parzival journeys through corruption to hopefully rescue the world from political domination.
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
A story of the future that is familiar, yet beyond ourselves. A story of love for the same woman. Snowman may be the last human, due to a worldwide plague. He mourns the loss of his best friend Crake and the beautiful woman they both loved, Oryx. He embarks on a journey through a city, now taken over by the wilderness, where mankind once employed powerful corporations and lost control of genetic engineering. Atwood says the novel questions “What if we continue down the road we’re already on? How slippery is the slope? What are our saving graces? Who’s got the will to stop us?”
Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand by Samuel R. Delany
Set in the distant future in a galaxy with over 6,000 planets various species of beings, two humans find each other and attempt to make worlds come together through love. The characters all have a technological advancement, called General Information, located in their brain stems. In short, the beings in this novel are mental cyborgs. Delany introduces a main conflict of the novel called “cultural fugue”: a state of incurable escape of cultural and technological complexity that destroys all life on a world via a singularity. Through cultural politics and extraterrestrial travel the workings of transhumanism take shape.
A Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
An ideal civilization has been created by the World Controllers and its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned since conception. Government-sanctioned drugs and recreational sex ensure that everyone is a happy, unquestioning consumer; messy emotions have been anesthetized and private attachments are considered obscene. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for.