FallenKingdomReads’ list of 6 First Contact Science Fiction Books That Will Leave You Thinking About Our Place in the Universe.
Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart by Steven Erikson
In this thought-provoking novel, an extraterrestrial intelligence arrives on Earth, seeking to save humanity from its own destructive tendencies.
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds
After a mining crew discovers an alien artifact in the Kuiper Belt, they are thrust into a journey across the universe that forces them to confront their own limitations and the possibility of intelligent life beyond Earth.
Contact by Carl Sagan
When humanity receives a message from extraterrestrial intelligence, a team of scientists must decipher the message and decide how to respond.
Dawn by Octavia E. Butler
In this novel, a group of humans is saved from the brink of extinction by an alien race, but at a cost that raises questions about the nature of identity and free will.
Pandora’s Star by Peter F. Hamilton
As a massive alien artifact appears in the sky, humanity must navigate a web of political intrigue and scientific investigation to uncover the truth behind its arrival.
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
After humanity discovers a mysterious alien station filled with advanced technology, a group of explorers must risk everything to uncover its secrets and the fate of those who came before them.