Boost Your Immune System with These 10 SFF Medical Thrillers

One of the best things about science fiction and fantasy is the malleability of genre: practically anything can be combined to make a fun and credible subgenre. One of our favorites is the SFF-tinged medical thriller. After all, the only thing more frightening than a runaway virus is a runaway virus from space… or maybe a runaway virus that’s actually vampirism?

Yeah, that’s definitely scarier.

We’ve rounded up ten examples of medical sci-fi, fantasy, and horror, but we’re sure we missed some classics, so let us know your favorites in the comments!


I Am Legend—Richard Matheson

I Am Legend by Richard MathesonThis existential horror classic revolves around Robert Neville’s fight for survival in a world that has been transformed by a pandemic. After a terrible war, people began exhibiting signs of an illness that seemed to bring the worst myths about vampires to life. Neville’s wife and daughter both die from the ...

EarthChild by Sharon Webb
The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Beginning Operations by James White
Dreamsnake by Vonda N. McIntyre
The M.D.: A Horror Story by Thomas Disch
Chldren of the Night by Dan Simmons
The Changeling Plague by Syne Mitchell
The Time of the Fourth Horseman by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro