The novel “The Sinful Ones” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1953. Its protagonist Carr Mackay lives a very normal life until one day he meets a girl who looks upset and asks him strange questions. All of this happens in a few minutes and initially he dismisses the event but then he begins to feel increasingly estranged from his daily routine.
The novel “The Santaroga Barrier” by Frank Herbert was published for the first time in the magazine “Amazing Stories” between October 1967 and February 1968. It was published as a book for the first time in 1968.
The novel “Halting State” by Charles Stross has been published for the first time in 2007. It was a finalist for the Hugo and Locus awards in 2008 as the best novel of the year.
The novel “Who?” by Algis Budrys was published for the first time in 1958. It’s set during a Cold War which evolved differently from what really happened since the ’60s. It’s Algis Budrys most famous novel as it was made into a film with the same title.
The novel “Gather, Darkness!” by Fritz Leiber was published for the first time in 1943 in the magazine Astounding. It’s set at the beginning of the XXIV century in a theocracy that took power on the Earth and the space colonies after a terrible nuclear war which took place a few centuries earlier. Humanity is ruled by the Hierarchy of the Great God, whose priests exploit religious beliefs to keep ordinary people in a state of ignorance and submission.