This tale about Gulliver's travels to all kinds of fantastic locations (including a flying island) represents the beginning of the sci-fi genre.
Here comes the dude with the green face and the knobs sticking out of his neck. Ok, so maybe the monster doesn't actually look like that in Shelley's novel. But he's still pretty creepy looking.
The protagonists of this novel are shot out of a giant cannon that's so powerful that it propels them all the way to the moon. Oooh, can we try it?
The electric submarine the Nautilus—one of the coolest sci-fi gadgets ever dreamed up, IOHO—is at the center of this fantastic voyage under the oceans.
Thanks to H.G. Wells, the Time Machine is introduced into our collective imagination.
Uh-oh. Martians want to take over planet Earth. And these are not cute n' cuddly Martians, either.
That's much catchier than "scientifiction," the other term that Gernsback came up with.
It would become Astounding Science Fiction. And then Analog Science Fiction and Fact. Despite the name changes, this is the most influential magazine in the history of sci-fi.
Be afraid, be very afraid, of the future society depicted in this dystopian novel.
If we want to know what colonizing Mars would be like, we need look no further than Bradbury's book.
How do we save the Galactic Empire from total destruction? Hari Seldon, the protagonist of Asimov's novel, has the answer.
Everybody wants to get their hands on mélange, the spice mined on the planet Arrakis that can keep us living forever.
Ok. So we know we're talking primarily about sci-fi literature. But how can we not mention Star Wars? It's just so cool.
Yet another sci-fi classic about the colonization of Mars. We just love colonizing Mars, don't we?
Cloud Atlas became an instant classic when it was first published. But we not only visit the future in this book, we also go back to the past.