as an avid reader of SF, I just had to lock your question. I hope I
can give you a satisfactory answer, because I am not 100% sure what
you would consider a violation of established "laws of science" - for
one there are some areas of e.g. physics with two or more possible
explanations and theories of how the universe really works remain just
that - theories and not really laws. But I'll try to stay within the
realms of what we consider possible or even likely these days:
Besides answering your question according to your restriction above, I
also wanted to give you an answer that includes good books and not
just any book, plus, I tried to include works from different
subgenres. To help me with my selection I queried the Internet Top 100
SF/Fantasy Book List ( http://www.gurge.com/amd/top100/ ) and this is
what I came up with:
- Flowers for Algernon
by Daniel Keyes
Story about an experiment that raises the intelligence of a mentally
retarded individual. This has also been made into a movie called
"Charly" ( http://us.imdb.com/Title?0062794 ) and has withstood the
tooth of time (it was written 1956).
- Snow Crash
by Neil Stephenson
I'm not sure this book really matches your criteria - it's just so
weird. It is a cyberpunk novel but much unlike what you might have
seen in this genre before. I'm not sure how to discribe the book
without giving anything away.
by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle
This book is kind of an alien invasion story written long before the
days of independance day but the tone (as far as I remember) is
similar. The authors also were a little more careful with their
- The Chrysalids
by John Wyndham
As far as I know, this novel is required reading in a lot of schools
in North America. This is my suggestion for post the "post
- Rendezvous with Rama
by Arthur C. Clarke
In this story astronauts visit a gigantic space ship that passes
throuh the solar system. It's the start of a series.
- Blood Music
by Greg Bear
Near future story from the time when genetic research really started
to interest people.
- Red Mars
by Kim Stanley Robinson
Colonization novel. Start of a triology.
- Heart of the Comet
by Gregory Benford, David Brin
This story is about the idea of using an asteroid as a spaceship.
I hope this is the kind of list that you wanted. If not, or if you
want to have more recommendations (maybe you can name a subgenre?)
just request a clarification and I'll see what else I can come up
I have read every book on the list (although some of them a while
ago...) and can recommend them all. If you want further information on
any one of them, just request a clarification!
Thank you for this interesting question!
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