5 Free Classic Science fiction Books on Kindle Because books are Expensive
With over 400 free public domain books on Amazon’s Kindle bookstore to choose from, this post could just as easily been titled: 20 Free Classic Sci-fi books on Kindle.
Many, if not most, of us here on Medium are writers, and most, if not all, of us are voracious readers.
Books are expensive, and I’m a starving writer.
The idea of writing science fiction has been rolling around in my head awhile. The problem is I’ve never read much science fiction. You can’t write what you don’t understand.
My quest for inspiration led to Amazon, to kindle, and then at last to the public domain books offered there in.
If you’re anything like me, you love free stuff.
This is my first post on Medium, and I’m not sure where it will go from here, but I’m excited to align myself with each of you. This post is a gift more than a beautiful piece of writing, but it will do.
5 Free Classic Sci-fi books
by Philip K. Dick
Philip K. Dick is best known for his story, “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” which was turned into the feature film Blade Runner. More recently his tale, “The Man in the High Castle” has become very popular due in part to a mini-series of the same name on Amazon Prime. In Sci-fi circles the man is a literary phenomenon.
“Mr. Spaceship” works like this, a team of scientist struggling to fight an alien invasion build a spaceship that’s run with a human brain rather than a computer. Naturally the brain goes rouge, takes control of the vessel, and completely disregards the military’s orders. What did they think was going to happen?
The Sky is Falling
by Lester Del Rey
Mr. Del Rey began his career in the 1930s and went on to write a ton of pulpy Sci-fi over a whopping 48 year run. His last story was published in 1978 with compilations of his work being published all the way up thru 2010. For many years he was the editor of Del Rey Books.
The Sky is falling tells the story of Dave Hansen, a computer scientist transported to an Egyptian-like world run with magic rather than science. The world is built beneath a giant dome, and the dome is falling down. Hansen must combine science and magic in order to save the world and find a way home.
by Kurt Vonegut
Known best for his 1964 novel “Slaughterhouse-Five,” Vonegut’s writing career spanned over 50 years and included an impressive 14 novels. If you’re looking for a unique voice and some of the most unusual science fiction storytelling, nothing beats Vonegut’s strange and imaginative work.
The title 2BR02B is the phone number one must call to request government sanctioned assisted suicide. With leaps in technology scientists have rid the world of death and disease, but are now faced with the inevitable problem of overpopulation. 2BR02B tells the story of a married couple who discover they are about to have triplets. For the triplets to be allowed to live three others must be terminated.
A Princess of Mars
by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Edgar’s literary career began in 1912 writing pulp stories under the pen name Frank Munsey. By 1917 he published his first novel, “A Princess of Mars” followed quickly by, “Tarzan of the Apes.” With over 150 books under his belt the man can be considered nothing less than prolific.
“A Princess of Mars” is the first book in the Barsoom series featuring John Carter. A confederate veteran of the American Civil war, John Carter is accidentally transported to Mars, otherwise known as Barsoom, by the planets resident species.
Due to the planets gravity, John finds he has superhuman strength and agility. He will need to muster all his courage to survive the inevitable war that he’s been thrust into.
The first five books of the series are available for free download on Kindle if you enjoy this one
The Girl in the Golden Atom
by Ray Cummings
By far Mr. Cummings is one of the more interesting fellows in this list. Not only is he considered a founding fathers of Pulp Sci-fi, but he also worked as an assistant and technical writer to Thomas Edison.
By the 1940s he began fading into obscurity writing comic book scripts for Timely Comics. His greatest literary accomplishment remains to be “The Girl in the Golden Atom.”
The story revolves around this idea that there are worlds within worlds. A chemist using a high powered microscope discovers an entire inhabited univers lives within the tiniest atom. Soon he creates a chemical that allows a human to shrink. This discovery enables passage into a miniature world hidden within the gold of his mothers wedding band, and brings him to the golden girl he has been observing from afar.
While I’ve only posted 5 classic science fiction novels, I recommend perusing the full array of books offered up. At this point in life, I’ve became another struggling new writer, so any free, inspirational or entertaining reading material is a god send.
If you would like to research the whole library simply visit Amazon.com, select Kindle Store in the search box drop down, and in the search box type the words public domain.