Plz recommend SCI-FI books!!!?

I've recently rediscovered literature's sci-fi but I don't know where to start and what to start with.

Please recommend me some SCI-FI books or writers! No matter what the sci-fi topic is - space travels, new technologies, crazy socities, time travels, machinery, whatever.


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  • 1 decade ago
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    My two favorite science fiction writers are Stephen Tall and James White. Stephen Tall's real name was Dr. Compton Crook. He was an ornithologist and taught at Towson State University. He retired in the late 1970's and unfortunately died soon after his retirement. The few novels and short stories which he wrote are out of print.

    James White lived in Ireland and wrote science fiction for about 40 years until his death in 1999. He tackled the medical problems that would arise if doctor, nurse, and patient were of three different life forms. (I've worked several years in nursing homes and hospitals.) His works include:

    Beginning Operations: A Sector General Omnibus includes: Hospital Station, Star Surgeon, and Major Operation. ISBN 9780312875442

    Alien Emergencies: A Sector General Omnibus includes: Ambulance Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer. ISBN 9780312877705

    Double Contact (about the Cinrusskin, Dr. Prilicla) ISBN 9780812568608

    General Practice (includes Code Blue - Emergency and The Genocidal Healer) ISBN 9780765306630

    Mind Changer ISBN 9780812541960

    The Watch Below

    The Silent Stars Go By

    Madeleine L'Engle:

    A Wrinkle in Time *

    A Wind in the Door *

    A Swiftly Tilting Planet *

    Many Waters *

    E. E. "Doc" Smith:

    Triplanetary *

    First Lensman *

    Galactic Patrol *

    Gray Lensman *

    Second Stage Lensman *

    Children of the Lens *

    The Vortex Blaster (a.k.a. Masters of the Vortex) *

    The Skylark of Space series *

    Andre Norton:

    Starman's Son *

    Galactic Derelict *

    The Time Traders *

    Solar Queen

    Ursula K. Le Guin:

    The Telling *

    The Word for World is Forest *

    The Dispossessed: An Ambiguous Utopia *

    The Left Hand of Darkness *

    City of Illusions *

    Planet of Exile *

    Rocannon's World *

    The Lathe of Heaven *

    Jules Verne:

    Journey to the Center of the Earth *

    Isaac Asimov (a.k.a. Paul French) - I met Asimov years ago in New York City at a Science Teachers' convention. He died 1992. His works include:

    David Starr, Space Ranger *

    Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids *

    Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus *

    Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury *

    Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter *

    Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn *

    Prelude to Foundation


    Foundation and Empire

    Second Foundation

    Foundation's Edge

    Foundation and Earth

    Forward the Foundation

    I, Robot (Nothing like the movie!)

    The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)

    The Naked Sun (Robot Series)

    The Robots of Dawn (Robot Series)

    Robots and Empire (Robot Series)

    The Currents of Space (Empire Series)

    The Stars, Like Dust (Empire Series)

    Pebble in the Sky (Empire Series)

    The Gods Themselves



    Fantastic Voyage


    The End of Eternity

    Ray Bradbury:

    The Martian Chronicles *

    Farenheit 451 (First published in 1953. A future totalitarian regime has banned books and they are burned.)

    Dandelion Wine

    The Illustrated Man

    H. G. Wells:

    The Time Machine *

    The War of the Worlds *

    The Island of Dr. Moreau

    The Invisible Man

    Larry Niven:


    Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle:

    The Mote in God's Eye

    Lucifer's Hammer

    Edwin A. Abbott:

    Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions (Dionys Burger wrote a sequel called Sphereland which unfortunately is out of print.)

    Arthur C. Clarke:

    Against the Fall of Midnight *

    Childhood's End

    Rendevous with Rama

    The City and the Stars

    The Fountains of Paradise

    2001: A Space Odyssey

    2010: Odyssey Two

    2061: Odyssey Three

    3001: The Final Odyssey

    Robert A. Heinlein:

    Rocket Ship Galileo *

    Space Cadet *

    Red Planet *

    Farmer in the Sky *

    Between Planets *

    The Rolling Stones (Space Family Stone) *

    Starman Jones *

    The Star Beast *

    Tunnel in the Sky *

    Time for the Stars *

    Citizen of the Galaxy *

    Have Space Suit-Will Travel *

    Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon *

    Tenderfoot in Space *

    Green Hills of the Earth

    The Past Through Tomorrow

    Double Star

    The Door Into Summer

    Starship Troopers

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress


    Glory Road

    Time Enough for Love

    The Puppet Masters

    Podkayne of Mars * (This was the first science fiction I read as a child. I was hooked.)

    Time for the Stars

    Red Planet

    Farnham's Freehold

    Stranger in a Strange Land (a classic of science fiction)

    Stanley Robinson:

    Red Mars

    Green Mars

    Blue Mars

    Orson Scott Card:

    Ender's Game

    Ender's Shadows

    A War of Gifts: An Ender Story

    Speaker for the Dead

    Walter Tevis:

    The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Frederick Pohl:


    David Brin:



    Startide Rising

    The Uplift War

    Brightness Reef

    Infinity's Shore

    Heaven's Reach

    Glory Season

    The Postman

    Kiln People

    Joe Haldeman:

    The Forever War

    James Blish:

    Cities in Flight

    Gene Wolfe:

    Book of the New Sun

    The Wizard Knight

    Stanislav Lem:




    The Star Diaries

    Philip K. Dick:

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

    The Policeman Said

    Flow My Tears

    The Man in the High Castle


    George Orwell:


    Frank Herbert:


    Dune Messiah

    Children of Dune

    God Emperor of Dune

    Heretics of Dune

    Chapter House of Dune

    Kurt Vonnegut:

    Slaughterhouse Five

    Cat's Cradle

    Aldous Huxley:

    Brave New World

    Douglas Adams:

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

    Nancy Farmer:

    The House of the Scorpion (Humans despise clones, but young Matt is the clone of El Patron and that gives him special status.

    If you are interested in Fantasy Titles as well check the site listed below.

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  • 4 years ago

    While I can understand and relate to the first response you got (I hate what texting has done to the English language) I will share with you two books (the second a sequel to the first) that I think are the best I have ever read in the science fiction genre. The author is Mary Doria Russell, and the books are: The Sparrow Children of God I could not put them down until I finished them. They are not the type of mindless sci fi that Hollywood picks up (though I wish they would try to make a good film of them) but very entertaining, thoughtful plots with beautifully-developed characters; the stuff of great novels in any genre. Two other great Sci Fi (though they are not 'dead space' but more psychological) are Doomsday Book Lincoln's Dreams both written by Connie Willis - fabulous reads

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  • LK
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    1 decade ago

    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

    The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin

    The Foundation Series (includes 'I, Robot') by Isaac Asimov

    Dune by Frank Herbert

    A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

    Timeline by Michael Crichton

    The Terminal Man by Michael Crichton

    **The Stars My Destination** by Alfred Bester (Great book, little known to this era of sci-fi readers)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    All of the following are excellent scifi (author, followed by books).

    Jules Verne - free online

    Journey to the Center of the Earth (my favorite scifi)

    20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

    Mysterious Island

    H G Wells - free online, and roughly half-length novels

    War of the Worlds

    The Time Machine (downer ending)

    The Invisible Man (unlike many IM stories, he's a villain. This is the original)

    Isaac Asimov

    I, Robot (you *must* read this - the only "must read" scifi)

    Elijah Baley books - excellent both as scifi *and* as murder mysteries - the best of both worlds

    Foundation Series - *the* classic scifi trilogy

    Andre Norton - *the* classic female scifi author, most of her books involve "coming of age" and pure scifi adventure

    her best: Star Man's Son (also titled 2250 A.D.)

    other excellent:

    Judgment on Janus

    Forerunner series

    Central Control series

    Solar Queen series

    The Time Traders (Atlantis, magic - very cool!)

    The Zero Stone

    You may also like Andre Norton's "Moon Called", a woman with psychic and magical powers comes of age in a post-nuclear holocaust world with - well, wait until you meet the *real* villains!

    Another excellent: Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Though written for younger readers, I read this recently and it is great! Better than the movie (which was also pretty good).


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  • 1 decade ago

    Some of my favorites:

    Animal farm (Read this in Jr. High)

    I Robot (Another read in Jr. High school)

    This perfect day (Read in College)

    Space Cadet

    The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant

    Doc Savage books (Doc was the main character, I can't remember who the author was)

    Isaac Asimov's the Foundation

    The Harry Potter books

    I've read a lot of science fiction, and these came right to mind when you asked your question. If you decide to read any of them, I hope you enjoy them as I did.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King. It's not his usual horror genre.

    One of the first series he started and was not finished until 2004. Seven books in all.

    Really awesome.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Anne McCaffry, particularly the Accorna series

    Dragonlance books

    Source(s): I own a bookstore and love to read, visit us at!
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  • 1 decade ago

    Jack Vance!!! Great sci-fi/fantasy author.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Phillip K. Dick... he has a lot of sci-fi short story collections. Quite a few of his stories have been adapted into movies including "Minority Report", "Total Recall", and "Blade Runner".

    His stories bend your mind and make you think.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    the Star Trek books following the moves from the 60's. (with Kirk and Spock.)

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