Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness - Follow an envoy on a cold hostile planet as he tries to convince many factions to join the interplanetary federation. Philip K Dick - The Man in the High Castle - Alternate reality where the Axis won WWII not the Allies. Verne - 20,000 L Under the Sea - Classic story of Captain Nemo and his submarine Nautilus as seen from the perspective of Professor Pierre Aronnax. Written in 1869. Poul Anderson - Tau Zero - Tau Zero follows the crew of the starship Leonora Christine, a colonization vessel crewed by 25 men and 25 women aiming to reach a distant star system in a ship that is not capable of FTL travel. Stephenson - Snow Crash - A smart cyberpunk novel, Hiro Protagonist discovers a new pseudo-narcotic called "Snow Crash" and follows it through the real world and Metaverse and discovers a complex web of mystery surrounding it.