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Science Fiction Fanatics, Don't Miss These Books About Aliens

Country Living Logo By Ashley Leath of Country Living | Slide 1 of 21: Alien stories, and science fiction as we currently know it, have a long history. American publisher Hugo Gernsback is often credited with creating the genre (the famous Hugo Awards are named for him!) in 1920, meaning we've been crazy for scientific wonderment for at least the last hundred years. And while science fiction itself has lots of subgenres—space opera, steampunk, Westerns, and more—there's a special place in American pop culture for aliens. Whether we're talking about benevolent beings like E.T. or the horror-inducing thrill ride of Alien, extraterrestrials are a common theme of science fiction, and the well of inspiration doesn't seem to be drying up any time soon. From dressing up in alien-themed Halloween costumes to binging alien movies deep into the night, we can't get enough of this particular thrill. And much of that inspiration comes from our books. So we rounded up 20 can't-miss alien books for the extraterrestrial obsession in all of us. From new favorites like Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary to the forever-classic Alien, these alien-focused books will help feel your craving for all things interstellar. Whether you prefer to binge hard science fiction or humorous escapes, this list is sure to have an alien book for everyone.

Alien stories, and science fiction as we currently know it, have a long history. American publisher Hugo Gernsback is often credited with creating the genre (the famous Hugo Awards are named for him!) in 1920, meaning we've been crazy for scientific wonderment for at least the last hundred years. And while science fiction itself has lots of subgenres—space opera, steampunk, Westerns, and more—there's a special place in American pop culture for aliens.

Whether we're talking about benevolent beings like E.T. or the horror-inducing thrill ride of Alien, extraterrestrials are a common theme of science fiction, and the well of inspiration doesn't seem to be drying up any time soon. From dressing up in alien-themed Halloween costumes to binging alien movies deep into the night, we can't get enough of this particular thrill. And much of that inspiration comes from our books. So we rounded up 20 can't-miss alien books for the extraterrestrial obsession in all of us. From new favorites like Andy Weir's Project Hail Mary to the forever-classic Alien, these alien-focused books will help feel your craving for all things interstellar. Whether you prefer to binge hard science fiction or humorous escapes, this list is sure to have an alien book for everyone.

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