12 Sci-fi riveting novels about pandemics


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For some people, the scariest science-fiction books involve alien attacks, rebellious robots, and malevolent technology. For others, sci-fi is truly at its best when it introduces an unseen killer: a deadly disease. While fictitious pandemic novels hit a little bit closer to home than tales of time travel and parallel universes because — unlike most anything written by Nnedi Okorafor or Octavia Butler — they reflect a very possible reality, even if the stories are a little more fantastical. Novels about inexplicable viruses and devastating pathogens definitely shouldn’t be overlooked by sci-fi-lovers (or really anyone), and these 12 books about pandemics are some of the best out there.Related:These 21 Sci-Fi Movies on Netflix Will Make Your Nerdy Little Heart Go Pitter-Patter
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Severance by Ling Ma
The Dreamers by Karen Thompson Walker
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
The Book of M by Peng Shepherd
Zone One by Colson Whitehead
Wilder Girls by Rory Power
The Dog Stars by Peter Heller
A Beginning at the End by Mike Chen
California by Edan Lepucki
The End of October by Lawrence Wright
Blindness by José Saramago

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