Instant To-Read

instant to-read; the sci-fi edition

I generally enjoy science-fiction stories. Fantasy is my favourite, and a blend of sci-fi and fantasy even more so – but science-fiction is pretty high up on my list of ‘genres I like to read’.

But while I was putting this list together, I realised there were fewer ‘instant’ buttons than ‘handle with care’ ones, so this post is going to be pretty short.

  • Space, the final frontier*. Books set in space, with humanity spread among the stars is almost always a draw for me. Spaceships and traveling from planet to planet, with survival and life being the goal. Give them to me. Bonus points for any books involving space pirates.
  • Another thing I have enjoyed is time travel! Give me books where time travel is based on science, where there are rules and consequences, where it mixes history and science and technology.
  • A subset of traveling through time is traveling through dimensions! I’ve not seen as many books regarding parallel dimensions as I would like, and if I have they usually are more fantasy than science-fiction, but more about the consequences of messing with time and the fabric of space, and just – more please?

*I don’t actually know much about Star Trek but I love the quote.

What science fiction tropes are your favourites? And recommend me some diverse science fiction books you absolutely adored!

I’m Ara, a Southeast Asian writer who someday hopes to have published a novel, and who is currently losing herself in the worlds created by others. I love books and food and television and blogging and I get distracted and sidetracked easily.


  • Olivia Roach

    Time travel and parallel universes always excite me and make me want to keep reading more science fiction as well. I realise how much I love the genre but don’t read it enough DD: That needs to change!

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