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The 20 Best Sci-Fi Albums: From Radiohead to Misfits

on September 11, 2013, 12:03am
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“Individual science fiction stories may seem as trivial as ever to the blinder critics and philosophers of today – but the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all.”
–Isaac Asimov

“I grew up obsessed with science fiction,
and when I was really young, I wanted to be a scientist.”


Since the age of reason, science fiction has bloomed inside our inquisitive minds — from ancient mythology to xenomorphs to The Age of Spiritual Machines. Over the last few decades, however, modern science and various technological breakthroughs have broadened the genre’s creative sandbox, bringing us startlingly advanced CGI graphics, headlines about cloning, the oddball resurgence of (gulp) steampunk fashion, and, of course, those “breathing” sex dolls that look like something straight out of Tales From the Crypt. Sometimes, it’s next to impossible to draw the line between fiction and reality.

Music’s no stranger to such a genre, of course. This week alone, Janelle Monae has twisted our minds with more of her metaphorical tales of future societies and androids with her latest album, The Electric Lady. In light of the occasion, we decided to mull over other science fiction-related albums and put together a list of the top 20. From Radiohead to Misfits, Pink Floyd to Iron Maiden, you’ll no doubt be shocked by some of our choices. So, set your phasers to stun and buckle up for the ride of your life.

–Allison Franks
Staff Writer

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