Top Five Tuesday – Books set in an alternate universe

Welcome to this week’s Top 5 Tuesday post. Top 5 Tuesday was created by Shanah at Bionic Book Worm, and it is now being hosted at Meeghan reads!! For details of all of the prompts for Oct to Dec see Meeghan’s post here

This week we’re flying off to distant suns. I’m not quite sure what’s meant by an alternate universe but I’ve taken it to mean somewhere else that humans live that isn’t in our solar system or galaxy. That means that I can include some of my favourite Science Fiction novels.

The Circus Infinite by Khan Wong

This is a book that I read this year. I really loved this novel which included lots of travel in space, a found family and a circus. My review is here

Winter’s Orbit by Evarina Maxwell

This was one of my favourite Science Fiction stories from last year although I also loved the new book, Ocean’s Echo. I love the universe that these books are set in and there is lots of scope for more books to come.

Nightfall by Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg

What would it be like if your world was never dark and then one day, night fell? Asimov’s original short story was first published in 1941 but is still brilliant. I do love the novel where he and Robert Silverberg looked at what came before and after the events of that event though.

Partnership by Anne McCaffrey and Margaret Ball

The Brain ship books were inspired by Anne McCaffrey’s short story, The Ship who Sang. This is probably my favourite of the books about spaceships that are powered by human brains. It’s an idea that has been explored by several authors recently too.

Dune by Frank Herbert

This is still one of the best books set in an alternate universe/world. Herbert’s vision of a universe powered by a mysterious spice and women who control a human breeding program to try and create psychic powers is still a great read. The latest film was good too.


Author: Janette

Recently retired Ex-Assistant Head of a large primary school in Leicestershire although I seem to be in school teaching quite a bit still.

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