The best alien invasion books

2 authors have picked their favorite books about alien invasions and why they recommend each book.

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They Walked Like Men

By Clifford D. Simak,

Book cover of They Walked Like Men

This story of alien invasion is hauntingly realistic and frighteningly fun. It has one of the most original plots I have ever seen and, despite the absurdity of the events recounted in it, this book has a ring of truth to it. You read something utterly preposterous and murmur to yourself, “this might happen!” After reading it, you will start looking at events around you differently.

Who am I?

As an author who is also a patent attorney and an engineer, I often deal with projects that are the closest thing to science fiction. That is one of the driving forces behind my urge to write science fiction. However, I very much prefer realistic stories that may potentially come true to hard science fiction with intergalactic travel, robots all over, and time machines (although I have written space opera and a few other hardcore SF tales, and must admit having had fun with them). Still, I like realistic science fiction much more. It leaves more room for character development, and I find myself engrossed in it more easily.

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By Kfir Luzzatto,

Book cover of Chipless

What is my book about?

The chip in your brain is the source of your happiness and the key to your health. It guides you, it looks after you...and it turns you into a complacent slave.

When Kal, a young scientist, accidentally discovers how the chip is playing with his mind, his life is in danger. Amber is a chipless girl from afar with a problem of her own. They flee the city together. Amber is more important to the city rulers than Kal imagines. They must reach a safe destination, but time is running out for Kal. If they fail to get there in time, both his life and the hope of fighting the city tyrants will be lost.

Martians Go Home

By Frederick Brown,

Book cover of Martians Go Home

Brown was another author who mixed SF and humor. Here he stood the alien invasion premise on its head. Instead of spaceships from an advanced civilization laying waste to our great cities, Brown wonders how we’d react if the invaders weren’t interested in mass murder or enslaving humanity but simply annoying the hell out of us. His little green men from Mars enjoy insulting and pestering Earthlings. After a while, “War of the Worlds” might be a preferable encounter.

Who am I?

While doing a college humor column I was hoping to be the next Art Buchwald, but instead ended up first as a lawyer, then a film critic and college professor. When I finally got around to writing fiction, the blending of science fiction and comedy was a natural fit (with occasional forays into horror and fantasy). I’ve done four novels and a couple of dozen published stories to date and when readers tell me they’ve enjoyed them I answer, “If it made you laugh, I did my job.” When I came up with the mashup title of “Father of the Bride of Frankenstein” I said, “I have to write this.”

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Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

By Daniel M. Kimmel,

Book cover of Father of the Bride of Frankenstein

What is my book about?

Phil Levin knew his daughter Samantha would marry someday. He wasn’t even surprised that it was another graduate student in her bioethics program. The surprise was it was Frank, a reanimated corpse who not only wants to grapple with the issues his creation raises, but also wants to convert and make a Jewish home with her… which is more than Phil and his wife ever did.

This sets Phil off on a journey that will include wedding planning, media intrusiveness, Jewish practice, a legal battle over whether Frank even has a right to exist, and whether “The Munsters” theme is appropriate for the reception.

The Taking

By Dean Koontz,

Book cover of The Taking

I highly recommend The Taking because it continues to haunt me with existential terror—I have never been as frightened by a horror novel in my life. The struggles of a young couple in the face of an apparent alien invasion are frightening enough, but the imagery is overwhelmingly frightening and powerful. When the reveal comes at the end, the surprise was almost too scary to bear, since it concerns entities in which I truly believe. This book lingers with me… and lingers…. and lingers….

Who am I?

I was a fraternal twin, and my brother died about two hours after birth from a bilateral pulmonary hemorrhage. Knowing this as a child, I became fascinated with death, thinking of it as annihilation. Later, I feared my religion (Christianity) might be false and I would be annihilated at death. Thus I became fascinated by all things philosophical and theological, including theological horror. The works I like most center on themes of the truth of religion and life after death while avoiding preachiness and the trap of telling rather than showing.

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Unpardonable Sin

By Michael Potts,

Book cover of Unpardonable Sin

What is my book about?

A teenage boy is terrorized by a being pretending to be a demon, but who is really a being of cosmic horror from outer space who came to earth millions of years ago. This entity seeks to torment the boy using the boy’s own dark desires to drive him into despair and suicide. The entity has succeeded in the past, but this boy tries to fight back.

With the help of his friends, an old man, and a mysterious manuscript, the boy must find a way to stop the entity from tormenting him before it is too late.

Opening Moves (The Gam3 Book 1)

By Cosimo Yap,

Book cover of Opening Moves (The Gam3 Book 1)

An excellent Litrpg sci-fi series. The protagonist goes out beyond earth to discover new races and worlds, slowly gain power, and unearth the secret of the ancient race that started it all. He’s just a human, but he’ll change the galaxy in his quest for knowledge.

The best scfi-fi litrpg in my opinion, the character growth is very visible and keeps you glued to the pages as the protagonist struggle to raise himself. Through his eyes, I got to experience unearthing ancient, hidden cultures, find ancient relics, and uncover galactic-wide schemes that blew my mind away.

Who am I?

I’ve been a huge fan of D&D and RPG games since I’ve been old enough to play them. The idea of grooming a character, growing it in terms of strength and levels until it becomes powerful enough to take on gods always captured my imagination. LitRPG is a relatively new book genre, and reading it (the good ones at least) makes you feel like you’re playing those games yourselves. Following a new protagonist growth and journey, often illustrated by actual numeric values you can easily keep track of (like skills and levels) is so much fun, and I think more people should be aware it exists.

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Life Reset (New Era Online: Life Reset)

By Shemer Kuznits,

Book cover of Life Reset (New Era Online: Life Reset)

What is my book about?

Insurmountable odds...hidden powers maneuvering behind the scenes...all culminating in a final, titanic, clash.

The mighty city of Everance lay in the GreenPiece clan’s path, but as Oren soon discovers, he’s got even bigger obstacles to overcome before reaching his final goal.

The Sound of Stars

By Alechia Dow,

Book cover of The Sound of Stars

This review perfectly summed up this book but neglected to mention it has a spectacular cover, which I’ll admit was the first thing that drew my eye. The story also features a bi-racial main character, and since my children are multi-racial, I love seeing this representation. Because I’m an unapologetic book nerd, I adored the many literary references. And I always love a good road trip! All in all, this is one character-driven YA novel you won’t want to miss.

Who am I?

I am a former book editor turned writer and a lover of literature in all forms. Young adult literature will forever be my favorite. Though I’m no longer “young,” I have two teenagers who love YA as much as I do and we bond over these stories. Since one prefers contemporary & urban fantasy, and the other likes dystopian & epic fantasy, I read a lot of everything! I particularly enjoy books with characters who triumph over extreme adversity, and if you do too, then you'll like the books on this list.

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Lock Down

By Aella Black,

Book cover of Lock Down

What is my book about?

Phoebe Atkinson has always felt different, but in the typical angsty way most teenagers do. She had no idea just how different until that fateful day she died—and then came back to life. It appears that sort of thing is frowned upon because Phoebe awakens to find herself locked up in Leavenworth, a notorious prison that now holds teens with supernatural abilities.

Behind bars, some are welcoming and others are… not. Although Phoebe’s life before being imprisoned was far from perfect, she wants it back. And she will… if they don’t find a way to kill her first. Regardless, she’s no longer going to stand by and be the rule-follower she’s always been. Look where that got her.

All You Need Is Kill

By Hiroshi Sakurazaka,

Book cover of All You Need Is Kill

Translated from Japanese, this is the novel that inspired the blockbuster movie Edge of Tomorrow starring Tom Cruise. While fighting on the front lines during an alien invasion, Keiji Kiriya finds himself stuck in a time loop after his death. He finds that every time he “dies”, he comes back twenty-four hours earlier with all his memories intact. It follows the formula of a player “dying” and then respawning, retaining all the knowledge gained up to their death with a chance to use that knowledge to prevent it. Learning from your mistakes is vital in any video game, and for Keiji, the fate of the world relies on him to learn from their mistakes and keep fighting.

It can get bloody and brutal, but it’s so thrilling and fun to see the action unfold. The movie honestly doesn’t do it justice, as they rarely do. You’d be doing yourself a…

Who am I?

I’m a young writer who loves many genres such as mystery, romance, horror, and most notably Sci-Fi. My two greatest passions have always been writing and gaming. I’ve logged in thousands of hours across multiple platforms of gaming, specifically RPGs. My recent novel, Welcome to LEGEND, tells the story of two people finding love through their mutual obsession with video games. Right now, I’d like to introduce to you my top picks for books that are heavily inspired by the video games I love so much.

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Welcome to LEGEND

By Michael Loring,

Book cover of Welcome to LEGEND

What is my book about?

Cole Matheson has dealt with depression and isolation his whole life, making it from one day to the next the best he can. The only escape he's ever had were video games, and when the largest VRMMORPG LEGEND was first released, he was immediately smitten.

It's on the LEGEND's servers that he meets Lady Oracle, another passionate gamer just like him. When they play together, Cole—in the form of his virtual alter-ego Castellan—feels a completeness he's never felt before. When he's with her he feels like everything isn't so bad. But Cole is not very good with romance and has many obstacles to face before he can admit his true feelings. He's going to need to level up his own game before he can advance any further in life.

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