15 Sci-Fi Books To Read If You Need A Break From Dystopian Novels


Dystopia novels seem to be more popular than ever these days. Between The Handmaid's Tale and The Hunger Games and the disturbing resurgence of 1984, the dystopia is dominating science fiction on both page and screen (and IRL, kinda.) Dystopian YA novels are widely read enough to inspire parody Twitter accounts. And let me be clear: I get it. Dystopias help us sort out our values and our fears. They allow us to express anxieties about where the world is headed right now, and inspire each other to keep on fighting back against forces of oppression. Dystopias are important. That's why we all need a break from them.

I mean, look, if you want to read devastating literature about fascist futures 24/7, I'm not going to stop you. But sometimes, it's OK to read just for fun. It's OK to read science fiction that doesn't depict the future as a horrific wasteland full of human rights violations. You might even find that quite a lot of non-dystopian sci-fi can still be politically relevant. Sci-fi can run the gamut from dark and brooding to actually positive and funny. So if you're looking for aliens and space adventures and science fictional worlds that are not set on Earth in the dismal future, here are a few books to get you started: