15 awesome Sci-Fi and Fantasy books every man should read no matter what his age

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I’m a huge nerd.

I love fantasy books, sci-fi books, calculus and fitness. Not only that, but I want others to share in my love for these things.

I believe that it’s easy to get caught up in our lives and become too consumed by the things around us that we forget about the endless possibilities of what could be.

That is why I love sci-fi and fantasy books. They help people to escape the confines of this world and allow their minds to explore the mysteries of the unknown. Sure, some of it might be far fetched, but who cares. The fact that you get to use your imagination should inspire you. It does for me.

Even though there are tons of sci-fi and Fantasy books available, not all of them are quality, which is why i wrote this post. I have read some great ones, and some not so great books, but I have narrowed it down to a few that I believe are worth reading.

Remember, some of these are series, and not just one book.

I hope that you can escape the stress of the day while you immerse yourself into a space adventure in the year 4306.

In no particular order, here we go!!

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The Expanse Book Series

If you liked Firefly, or Battlestar Galactica then you will love this series which is also a TV series on Amazon Prime called The Expanse.

I’ve watched one episode and thought it was great!

This follows a ragtag crew of the Rocinante as they adventure around space and use their expertise to accomplish the most dangerous missions.

 

Game of Thrones Book Series

I’ve never watched the series on HBO, but I doubt that it has the detail the books have.

This is just straight up hardcore.

Everyone want’s the throne and they will do whatever it takes to get it.

Death, War, Love, Lust, Debauchery, Treason, Bribery and Awesomeness!

 

I am Legend

This book is about as bleak as it gets.

One man left in the entire world. That’s it.

Imagine life without anyone else around, and no hope of them ever coming. Oh and also, being hunted by something less than human every night.

Just a warning. There is no happy endings, the movie was a joke.

 

Sword in the Storm

I first read this when I was 19 years old while on deployment. One of my co-workers let me borrow it when I asked him for something to read.

It was either this or Harry Potter, and I chose this. So glad I did. This book opened up my eyes to what a hero was, and what kind of man I could be.

The Hero in this story is a man named Connavar Demonblade and follows him from his birth to becoming a leader of the Rigante people.

He has to face the enemies that are pressing in on the Rigante people as well as face the darkness within himself.

 

The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings Series

My dad read this to our family when I was around 7 years old. I remember my imagination just taking off.

Fast forward to high school and I read them again, and then again when I was in the Navy.

It is the unlikely hero’s journey which is why it is so relatable. Get lost with Frodo as he completes the ultimate quest.



The Time Machine

This book was written in 1895, which is exactly ten years before Einsteins theory of relativity. (I like to believe that it helped Einstein)

Thus proving time travel is possible.

Want to know what’s even crazier…This book doesn’t seem that far fetched, and the way that H.G. Wells writes, it almost sounds like a firsthand account of something that actually happened.

Who knows, maybe it did.

 

The Martian

The book is about a team of astronauts that have gone to Mars for research. They get caught in a windstorm or dust-storm.

During this storm all of the astronauts escape the planet and are earthbound, unfortunately Mark Watney (Botanist), gets left behind after being presumed dead.

Then he has to survive. The movie is about will, hope, grit, skill, and perseverance.

Maybe you will learn to live like a martian.



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Starship Troopers

Johnnie Rico never really intended to join up—and definitely not the infantry. But now that he’s in the thick of it, trying to get through combat training harder than anything he could have imagined, he knows everyone in his unit is one bad move away from buying the farm in the interstellar war the Terran Federation is waging against the Arachnids.

Because everyone in the Mobile Infantry fights. And if the training doesn’t kill you, the Bugs are more than ready to finish the job...

 

Enders Game

I read this in one sitting on flight to China.

Could.not.put.it.down.

Ender is a genius strategist and leader.

Well written and exciting, this one will keep you turning the page.

 

Sphere

I read this in the 8th Grade instead of actually going to class, I slipped into the library and read it there.

Not only is this book very detailed about underwater exploration but it is very eerie.

I loved this book, and the movie doesn’t do it justice.

 

Silent Running

Good luck finding this one. (There is a movie starring Bruce Dern)

I read it when I was around ten or so. Found it in an attic of a ladies house I was cleaning out for her.

Lowell Freeman, is a biologist on the freighter Valley Forge. He has spent the last 8 years working on the project in deep space caring for the ecosystems in the domes.

He loves his work and what he calls his forest in dome 1. A coded message is sent recalling all ships and the destruction of the domes before they go home.

Lowell is upset that no one cares anymore, he then makes it his mission to stop the destruction.

 

Planet of the apes

When I stayed at my grandparents house as a kid, the only movies that they had were the planet of the apes.

I must have watched them about 100 times.

However, this book is excellent, and is much better than any movie that was made.

First published more than fifty years ago, Pierre Boulle’s chilling novel launched one of the greatest science fiction sagas in motion picture history.

In the not-too-distant future, three astronauts land on what appears to be a planet just like Earth, with lush forests, a temperate climate, and breathable air. But while it appears to be a paradise, nothing is what it seems. 

 

Earth Abides

Found this one during college while I was avoiding the couples making out in the reference book area.

I just happened to see this gem in the post apocalyptic genre. It was written decades ago, but still holds up well.

A young man (Ish) goes on a solo mountain trip in northern California for some quiet time to finish his college thesis.

After several weeks of isolation, he gets bit by a rattlesnake. He gets deathly sick and after about a week of fever and delirium in his cabin, he finally gets well enough to drive down off the mountain…..

only to find that some kind of virus has wiped out nearly all of mankind .

 

The Scions of Shannara

Want to take on an impossible task?

No one ever does.

Par is our hero in this story, and he accidently brings a mythic horror to life. A man named Cogline delivers a mesage to Par and the other Scions telling them to venture to Hadeshorn.

All of the 4 lands will soon be destroyed.

In order to prevent this, Par has to recover long-lost Sword of Shannara.

Good luck.

 

Conan the Barbarian (The complete Collection)

What is best in life?

To crush your enemies, see them driven before you in battle, and to hear the lamentations of their women! 

He was born on a battlefield and is the son of a village blacksmith. Conan matured quickly as a youth and, by age fifteen, he was already a respected warrior who had participated in the destruction of the Aquilonian outpost of Venarium.

As he grew older, he began commanding larger units of men and escalating his ambitions. In his forties, he seized the crown of the tyrannical king of Aquilonia, the most powerful kingdom of the Hyborian Age, having strangled the previous ruler on the steps of the throne. Conan's adventures often result in him performing heroic feats, though his motivation for doing so is largely to protect his own survival or for personal gain.

EXCELLENT BOOK FOR EVERY MAN

 
 

Hope these books bring you as much joy and imagination as they brought me. Also, if there is a book you think should be added to this list, or one that you just want to tell me about. Post it in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

###Stephen


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