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Book To The Future: Top picks for Libraries Week

11 October 2019

This Libraries Week we’ve been looking at the role of libraries in the digital world and so it’s the perfect opportunity to look delve into the stacks and select our top picks of futuristic books. From those that are set in the future to those that accurately predict it, allow yourself to be transported away with one of these other-worldly reads:

I, Robot

by Isaac Asimov 3945

The three Laws of Robotics ensure that humans remain superior and the robots are kept in their rightful place. But an insane telepathic robot results from a production error, and logically deduces its superiority to non-rational humanity.

Fahrenheit 451

by Ray Bradbury 9019

Fahrenheit 451 is the temperature at which a book will burn. Montag is a fireman whose job is not to put out fires but to burn books. The penalty for any fireman who tries to read or hide away a book is death by the fangs of a mechanical blood-hound - and Montag has begun to doubt the wisdom of the all-powerful system…

Ready Player One

by Ernest Cline 12489

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. When the creator of a virtual reality world called the OASIS dies, he challenges all OASIS users, with a series of fiendish puzzles, to find his Easter Egg, which will give the finder his fortune. Wade Watts finds the first clue and the race is on – and the only way to survive is to win...

I am Legend

by Richard Matheson 9067

By day, Robert Neville, the last living human being, hunts the sleeping undead vampires. By night he barricades himself in and prays he'll survive. How long will it be before he joins the undead too?