Best First Contact Books

1. Dune by Frank Herbert (1965): A science-fiction epic set in a distant future, Dune follows the adventures of Paul Atreides as he rises to power in a universe of political intrigue and religious fanaticism. The novel’s intricate plot and evocative world-building has made it a classic of the genre and won it multiple awards.

2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (1979): This hilarious science-fiction romp follows the adventures of Arthur Dent and his alien friend Ford Prefect as they traverse the universe in search of the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Full of absurdist humor and creative twists, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a beloved classic.

3. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (1898): This classic science-fiction novel follows an unnamed narrator as he witnesses an invasion of Earth by martians. The War of the Worlds is an influential work that has been adapted numerous times and inspired a generation of science-fiction writers.

4. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin (1969): This groundbreaking novel presents an alien world where gender is fluid and the characters must confront their assumptions about the nature of gender. The Left Hand of Darkness is a classic of the genre and has won multiple awards.

5. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (1985): A science-fiction classic, Ender’s Game follows the story of Ender Wiggin, a child genius who is recruited to lead Earth’s defense against a hostile alien race. The novel is a thrilling and thought-provoking exploration of the consequences of war.