Reading science fiction literature in quarantine .. Nominations for international novels, some of which were translated into Arabic


Because of the quarantine procedures after the Corona pandemic spread across the world, including in the Arab countries, many find time to read to pay boredom, break the daily routine, and also have fun knowledge.

And if you are looking for the next science fiction book that you should read, here are some wonderful optimistic and pessimistic novels, some rational and some frighteningly imaginative, but all provide convincing visions about our potential future, and the American magazine “Wired” in its report provides a list of some nominations for reading Most notably:

“The Jurassic Park,” by Michael Crayton (1990)
The report cited the magazine “Jurassic Park” as a fictional classic and smart novel written by doctor and writer Michael Crayton, before it turned into a well-known huge movie. In fact, Creighton’s novel is still a great example of the dangers of genetic engineering, and dinosaurs have been proficiently described in their events as well.

The Jurassic Park, turned into a movie, recounts the return of dinosaurs to life in Costa Rica (Al Jazeera)

The translator Nader Osama, who is interested in cinema and artistic writing, conveyed the wonderful nineties of the twentieth century to Arabic, and the translation preserved the visual richness and scientific knowledge and its philosophical dimensions that include the ambition of science in controlling nature, and many readers prefer to enjoy reading literature instead of watching it in the cinemas that closed its doors With an outbreak of Corona pandemic.

“Frankenstein,” by Mary Shelley (1818)
The magazine reported that the English writer Mary Shelley began writing the classic “Frankenstein” Gothic novel when she was 18 years old, and two centuries later, the novel was the main reference for all kinds of science fiction and horror, as it addressed important topics such as the nature of life, death, immortality and genetic engineering. It is a pro-science fiction, in which Dr. Frankenstein appears in her heart as the cruel villain who created an object but refused to take responsibility for his actions.

Frankenstein’s novel tells the story of a terrible and terrifying creature in a farewell rural environment (Al Jazeera)

The novel has been translated into Arabic, and its translator, Hisham Fahmy, says in the introduction to the novel that it raises bold and new ideas for her age about creativity when he transcends the limits of nature and feels a bitterness of disappointment.

The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Webster (1957)
This historical narrative begins with a simple suggestion, “What if humans can achieve an immediate transition?” Then it extends to a story about new creation and revenge in the solar system. The novel is centered on the character of Julie Foel, a violent, uneducated person who spends six months locked in a vast space. As for the rest of the book, it follows Foyle’s journey based on his desire for revenge.

Solaris, by Stanislav Lem (1961)
This short novel, written by Polish writer Stanis لaw Lamm in 1961, is based more on philosophy than telling a tale. In the book, a team of humans on a space station tries to understand the mysterious living ocean on Solaris, but in reality, the book explains how humans fail to understand something that is not from their world.

Although some readers criticized the quality of the translation of the novel into Arabic, the idea of ​​the “living planet” presented by the novel makes it one of the most fascinating literary works that mix philosophy with science fiction.

“The Dunes,” by Frank Herbert (1965)
The “Dunes” series is one of the best-selling science fiction novels of all time. It takes place in the distant future in lingering galaxies in feudal times, where computers are banned for religious reasons and noble families rule entire planets.

The Dunes depicts a great feudal world and empire in distant space (Al Jazeera)

In the novel, the focus is on Arakis, which carries matter used as a currency throughout the universe for its rarity and its metamorphosis capable of enhancing the mind, The novel, which has been translated into Arabic, takes place in the future after more than twenty thousand years, where the feudal lords and the nobility who control individual planets and owe allegiance to an empire in space live.

“The Moon Is A Cruel Mistress” by Robert Anson Heinlein (1966)
This is a favorite novel by American businessman Elon Musk, and it presents a picture of life on the Earth’s satellite, three years before the first arrival of man on its surface, and lists the challenges of life in orbit and human ingenuity in solving the problems facing it.

In the novel “The Moon is a Cruel Mistress”, exiles from Earth establish a free society on the moon (Al Jazeera)

In the novel, some people are exiled from the earth to the moon, and they establish a free society there. In 2076, a group of that lunar colony that includes a giant computer called “Mike” and a computer technician with one arm, is revolutionizing against the rulers of the earth, and the novel is translated into Arabic by Ali Tariq Atef.

“Ice”, by novelist Anna Kavan (1967)
The British science fiction novel Anna Kavan provides a haunting and suffocating view of the end of the world, where the ice shelf slowly covers the entire Earth and kills everything standing in its way, while the anonymous protagonist continues to chase a young woman dodgy to the end.

The novel is a sophisticated version of Alice’s story in Wonderland, where the author takes you on an exciting journey between hallucinations and anxiety, without indicating whether the narrator dreams or is awake. In fact, the book’s true genius lies in its style, as Cavan displays the pain of addiction, loneliness, and mental illness that will captivate your attention.

“The Left Hand of the Dark” by Ursula K. Le Gwen (1969)
The major part of the story takes place in the winter in a distant planet that looks like the Earth but its weather remains cool throughout the year, inhabited by people of the same sex, and the events of the novel are portrayed through the lens of the heroic soldier i.e., a visitor from the earth is struggling to understand this strange culture .

“Darker Scanner” by Philip K. Dick (1977)
The novel is a hallucinogenic autobiography, depicting the author’s struggle with drug addiction. This novel takes place in California in the near future, where Deputy Police Bob Arktor lives in disguise with a community of drug addicts who use a type of drug with a devastating psychological effect. However, Arctor, who needs to wear a “stealth suit” to disguise his face and voice when meeting fellow policemen, must deal with a gradual loss of his sense of self.

Neuromancer by novelist William Gibson (1984)
Henry Kayes is the lead character in William Gibson’s “Newurnser”, a man who has turned into a computer hacker. The novel takes place in the miserable Japanese criminal world, where it addresses all kinds of future technology, from artificial intelligence to cryptography, and is characterized by a group of creative personalities that will be entrenched in your imagination for a long time even after you have finished reading the entire story.

“Concider Flipas”, by Line Banks (1987)
After four famous fictional novels, Line Banks published in 1987 his first scientific book, called “Concider Flipas”, a kind of real space opera that includes a fictional society consisting of human-and-foreign robots and sensory machines powered by artificial intelligence.

Hyperion by the American novelist Dan Simons (1989)
Hyperion won the Hugo Prize for Best Novel, an epic science fiction where humanity spreads in thousands of worlds, but Hyperion was the most dangerous and interesting of them. Hyperion is the home of the time graves, and is one of the eternal structures through which it can mysteriously travel back through time, guarded by the terrifying creature known as Shrayak. This creature kills anyone who dares to attack time graves.

Snow Crash by American novelist Neil Stevenson (1992)
The novel is centered on a professional hacker who tries to stop the spread of a dangerous virus spread by a religious sect. This novel combines linguistics, ancient myths, and computer science, and strangely predicts the coming of social networks, cryptocurrencies, and Google Earth.

“Metro 2033,” by Dmitry Glochowski (2002)
The magazine stated that the events of the novel take place in 2033, in which the nuclear end of the world forced the remaining humans in Moscow to flee to a maze of tunnels located under the city. In this area, survivors form independent tribes at every metro station, trade in goods and fight each other, but mutants of meat eaters hide in tunnels between stations and make a sound that drives people crazy.

Oryx and Crick, by Margaret Atwood (2003)
The magazine reported that while describing “The Nation of the Nation” describes a world that seems more logical day in and day out, “Oryx and Crick” of Canadian writer Atwood tells the story of the “biologically designed end of the world,” as one critic described it. It is worth noting that a number of television works have been cited from this novel.

“The Three Body Dilemma” by Liu Sixen (2008)
Liu Sixen is the most famous science fiction writer in China, while “The Three Body Dilemma” published in China in 2008 is one of his most famous works. It is noteworthy that Barack Obama and Mark Zuckerberg are among the fans of this novel, and it is said that Amazon is about to convert the novel into a billion-dollar television work.

The events of the story revolve around humankind’s contact with a civilization from space that prefers the climate to our planet, so these creatures decided to go to Earth to conquer it. But it will take them hundreds of years to reach the planet, so the people of Earth have time to prepare.

Like Frank Herbert’s “Dunes”, “The Three Body Problem” is unique because it narrates events from 1967 to 18000 and the like.

“The Heart Is Finally Going” Posted by Margaret Atwood (2015)
The magazine stated that the story “The Heart Goes Finally” is a mixture of bitter technical reality, irony and the usual style of Atwood. The novel describes a grim version of the United States, where the lovers Charmaine and Stan live a miserable life and sleep in their car, but their status changes when they get an offer to move to the positron project, a closed community designed to resemble a 1950’s suburb of the United States. However, all pairs of this project should spend every month working in a prison, and they will share homes with another couple who are temporarily called “alternatives”.

“The Martian” Posted by Andy Weir (2015)
The magazine pointed out that Andy Weir’s first novel uses science to tell a science fiction story, as it contains many well-studied details about life on Mars. There are also descriptions of how to fertilize potatoes using human excrement, and the novel has been translated by Arab Science Publishers.

“Al-Meraikhi” turned like many science fiction novels to a movie that achieved high visions (Al Jazeera)

“Born” by Jeff Vandermeer (2017)
“Bourne” tells the story of an unknown scavenger who extracted something from the fur of a giant bird in the city after the end of the world, and the novel becomes stranger when the main character establishes friendship with an intelligent creature similar to the sea anemones, which is called Born. Ultimately, the novel is a story in which biotechnology causes Earth’s corruption.


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