These books are by their very nature complex. These authors are dealing with imagining up technological advances in human society and the potential danger that can erupt from them. From accidents to schemes, humans must fight against their own creations to save themselves and save the world. Spanning from 1949 to 2014 you can see the difference and similarities of what kind of technological futures writers over time have seen for us.
By George Orwell
In this classic novel by renowned author George Orwell, we see a dystopian society of control and manipulation. Set in Airstrip One, formally Great Brittan, we see a human society that is under the constant omnipresence of government surveillance. Under the control of Big Brother, humanity is no longer allowed individual thought. Orwell tackled this terrifying future, when 1984 still was the future, publishing this book in 1949.
By Michael Crichton
A billionaire has created a technique to clone dinosaurs. With his group of scientists, he extracts DNA and populates on an island with the prehistoric creature, creating somewhat of a theme park. When a group of scientists comes to see this amazing work things begin to go terribly wrong, starting with a rogue employee turning off the power. This book was written by Michael Crichton in 1990.
By Daniel Suarez
The modern day world is one that has technology control almost every aspect of our lives. These autonomous computer programs that make this all possible are referred to as daemons. Matthew Sobol thrives in this world as a legendary computer game designer and his death is a terrible tragedy. But when his obituary is posted online a dormant daemon activates and initiates a chain of events that are intended to unravel the modern world. Written by Daniel Suarez, this book was published in 2006.
By David Haskell
This novel was written by David Haskell and published in 2013. This story takes place in an era of terrorism and pandemics, but a new technology seems to be the perfect solution, Thermo-Magnetic Imaging machines. The only argument against it comes from activists worried about want this means for privacy and health. But behind all of this are forces trying to conceal secret agendas and they have the power to reach people’s innermost secrets.
By Andy Weir
Written by Andy Weir in 2014, this book follows the incredible journey of Mark Watney. Mark is one of the first people ever to walk on Mars, unfortunately, it seems likely that he will be the first person to die there. When a dust storm hits, his crew are forced to abandon the planet, believing Mark to be dead. Now Mark must service on his own. With constant battles against the climate, failing machinery and finding nourishment, Mark still refuses to give up.