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Kim H
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Kim H asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

What are some good LIGHT sci-fi books?

already read ender's game

thanks !



i looked at uglies series and i don't think i will like it

Update 2:


i have read the stargate sg1 and atlantis books , forgot to list those

the shows are my favorite

i've read hitchhickers guide also

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  • Bet
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    1 decade ago
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    The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy series by Douglas Adams - it's a really good series, very funny and kind of unusual, you'll like it if you haven't read it yet.

    The Power of Un by Nancy Etchemendy - This is a children's book but it's really good, it's about this boy and he's given this weird little device that will allow him to travel back in time, and then there's a horrible tragedy but it ends well, there's a happy ending so that's always nice.

    Goner's series by Jamie Simons - Also a children's series, it's also really good and very funny/silly. It's about four teen aliens, they time travel/wormhole travel to Earth during various time periods.

    Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis Fandemonium series by various authors - not really LIGHT sci-fi, well maybe it is, I haven't read a lot of science fiction yet so who knows, I think Roswell by Sonny Whitelaw is the lightest of the Stargate SG-1 series, and Casualities of War is probably the lightest of the Stargate Atlantis series.

    Putting Up Roots by Charles Sheffield and The Billion Dollar Boy by Charles Sheffield - they're both part of a Jupiter Novel series, I liked them both a lot, Putting Up Roots is about a bunch of teens and kids who are farming on a planet far away from Earth, it's supposedly a planet without intelligent life, there's bad guys and it's a mystery but it is really good, definitely not nightmare material. Billion Dollar Boy is about a rich kid who's never done any work in his life, goes on a space cruise, ends up getting sucked into another galaxy and has to work on a spaceship for a few months until they can finish their work and return to Earth. There are more books in the Jupiter Novel series, they are probably good too, I haven't been able to read them yet because I haven't been able to find them at the library :(

    The Stolen Bacillus & other incidents by HG Wells - It's a collection of short stories, some are funny, sad, wacky, strange or absolutely nuts! The first story is great and wacky and by the end you're hoping stuff like that doesn't happen everyday. Some of the stories aren't very light but it's a really good read.

    Really hope this helped! (Like I said, I haven't read very much sci-fi so I hope this helps)

    Okay, you've read the Hitchhiker's series (they're good, aren't they?). Then I really suggest the Jupiter Novels for LIGHT sci-fi and Goners series for silly, funny sci-fi. The HG Wells short stories has some not light at all stories and The Power of Un is a bit upsetting for awhile in the middle of the book (but it's really, really good, a very nice time travel book). Oh, I also suggest The Door In The Lake by Nancy Butts, it's a mystery of sorts, very good.

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  • 1 decade ago

    This is a list of SCI-FI from the website below. There is also a list of FANTASY titles there.

    James White

    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 *

    An Acceptable Time *

    Andre Norton

    Starman's Son *

    Galactic Derelict *

    The Time Traders *

    Solar Queen

    Ursula K. LeGuin:

    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 *

    Lois Lowry:

    The Giver -

    Gathering Blue


    Scott Westerfeld:

    Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.

    Jules Verne:

    Journey to the Center of the Earth *

    Isaac Asimov:

    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

    C. S. Lewis:

    Space Trilogy - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength

    Larry Niven: Ringworld

    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. The two can be purchased in one volume.)

    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

    Time for the Stars

    Red Planet

    Farnham's Freehold

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

    Stanley Robinson:

    Mars Trilogy - Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars

    Orson Scott Card:

    Ender's Game

    Ender's Shadows

    A War of Gifts: An Ender Story

    Speaker for the Dead

    Michael Crichton:


    The Terminal Man

    The Andromeda Strain

    Jurassic Park

    Walter Tevis: The Man Who Fell to Earth

    Frederik Pohl: Gateway

    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

    Stanislaw 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: 1984

    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.

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  • 4 years ago

    Keith Laumer's satirical adventures of Retief, the galactic diplomat. * Envoy to New Worlds (1963) * Galactic Diplomat (1965) * Retief's War (1966) * Retief and the Warlords (1968) * Retief: ambassador to area; seven incidents of the Corps diplomatique terrestrienne (1969) * Retief of the CDT (1971) * Retief's Ransom (1971) * Retief: Emissary to the Stars (1975) * Retief at Large (1978) * Retief Unbound (1979) * Retief: Diplomat at Arms (1982) * Retief to the Rescue (1983) * The Return of Retief (1984) * Retief (1986) * Retief within the Ruins (1986) * Retief and the Pangalactic Pageant of Pulchritude (1986) * Reward for Retief (1989) * Retief and the Rascals (1993) * Retief! (posthumous, ed. Eric Flint) (2002) These are most probably out of print, however take a look at the library or Amazon. Fun books! wl

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  • 1 decade ago

    Conquerors Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

    (Conqueror's Pride, Conq.'s Heritage, Conq.'s Legacy)

    Relatively light sci-fi, and very good.

    The Invisible Man, by H.G. Wells (Yeah, it's a different kind of sci-fi, but it's good.)

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  • 1 decade ago

    I liked the Bean books by Orson Scott Card. I also love the Pern books by Anne McCaffrey

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The House of the Scorpian or The Uglies.

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  • 1 decade ago

    The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer

    And the Uglies Series, it is VERY good.

    I would give it a try if i were you.

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  • 1 decade ago

    the midnighters; The secret Hour bk1

    the midnighters Touching Darkness bk 2

    the midnighters Blue Moon bk 3

    all in a good length and great books. the plot is unique

    by Scott Westerfeld

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