And don’t worry Westworld fans—this won’t be like every other list you read. You won’t find any basic Hitchhiker’s Guide, Ender’s Game, or Brave New World here. We go for the innovative. The following novels are presented in no particular order. Enjoy!
Don’t be afraid to check some of these titles out while we’re in a Westworld drought aka the dreadful hiatus. Anything we can do to pass the time until season 3, right?
History, science, and mathematics combine to describe and predict human behavior alongside one man’s battle to rebuild civilization in a massive classic of the genre. I also recommend Asimov’s The Caves of Steel and The Gods Themselves.
An acclaimed hard-science pick that explores the nature of human behavior on a planet orbiting three suns.
This is not to be missed by fans of Westworld’s neurocognition themes. What can AI do to expand the human brain and abilities? A lot, it seems. This exciting thriller will keep you on your toes.
Another classic. Supercomputer gains sentience and self-awareness (and a conscience) and aids humans in a revolution against their corrupt governmental system.
The director of the original Westworld gives us an underwater futuristic struggle between machine intelligence and fragile human imagination that you won’t forget. And for those who haven’t seen the 1998 film adaptation of the novel starring Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone, and Samuel L. Jackson–you’re missing out!
Inspired by a Yeats poem of the same name (and remember the history of Yeats’s poetry in Westworld), this time-travel futuristic novel deals with concepts of immortality and time itself. Is immortality worth it? What are the consequences?
One of the great novels of science fiction, Dune has everything you’re looking for. It’s a must-read.
Exploring the idea of making conscious choices and their outcomes, the award-winning 1977 Gateway is a must-read that will have readers thinking long after putting it down.
A human/AI combined society and a mysterious game will definitely quench your Westworld cravings.
Molecular nanotech, AI surpassing and overtaking the human race, and human survival in this new reality. Honestly, I recommend just about anything by Stross, including Neptune’s Brood and his Laundry Files series.
A lesser-known pick by a great author. This book takes us through eons of human history, tech advancements, and AI development all the way to humanity’s end and the world’s ultimate purpose as a machine utopia.
Machine-human hybridization, the supernatural, and interstellar warriors combine to discover the source of a mysterious signal far from Earth.
Credit: Philip K. Dick
Classic novel, classic film (Bladerunner inspiration). What does it mean to be human in a futuristic world?
In a future with cryogenic preservation, multiple lives, both true and false memories, and worldwide telepathy, are we truly alive or are we dead?
A much-loved sci-fi/fantasy novel of this century, this piece has everything you could want, from
AI, time travel, overlapping timelines, and multiple lives to navigate. Imagine having to kill a
future variation of yourself every morning just to preserve reality.