Anybody know any good science fiction?

I've been itching to read some good sci-fi, but I have no idea where to start, I need some suggestions!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    James White:

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

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

    Double Contact (about the Cinrusskin, Dr. Prilicla)

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

    Mind Changer

    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 *

    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. 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:


    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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  • 1 decade ago

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is definitely a good place to start, but I would actually recommend Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams before Ender's Game. But there are so many ways to go with this question.

    If you are looking for some fantastical (as opposed to fantasy) sci-fi, then start with HG Wells,Jules Verne, Edgar Rice Burroughs or Arthur Conan Doyle among the classics.

    For some of the modern classics, just about anything by Robert Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick or Arthur C. Clarke would be fine.

    For more recent titles, I would recommend:

    The Forever War - Joe Haldeman (military sci-fi)

    Honor Harrington series - David Weber (space opera)

    Wess'Har series - Karen Traviss

    Glasshouse - Charles Stross

    Stardoc series - SL Viehl

    You might also like to explore other authors, such as Larry Niven, Harry Turtledove, SM Stirling, Anne McCaffrey, David Drake, John Ringo and Elizabeth Moon. These authors write many different types of sci-fi and fantasy, so you should be able to find something to your tastes among them. I hope this gives you some ideas.

    Source(s): You can find out information about all these authors, books and series at the following site:
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  • 1 decade ago

    Try at the beginning: Mary Wolstonecraft Shelley, "Frankenstein."

    Jules Verne, "From the Earth to the Moon." Verne also wrote "Paris in the Twentieth Century," in which he predicted what life would be like in 1963.

    The 10 Martian novels of Edgar Rice Burroughs, beginning with "A Princess of Mars," "The Gods of Mars," and "John Carter, Warlord of Mars." He also wrote series of novels about adventures on Venus and at the center of the Earth.

    Herbert George (H. G.) Wells, "The War of the Worlds," "The Time Machine," "The Island of Dr. Moreau," "The Invisible Man."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick

    Neuromancer - William Gibson

    Anything by Isaac Asimov

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Isaac Asimov, as the former suggested, and my favorite Sci-Fi author - Ray Bradbury.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    I don't like sci-fi, but this is one of my favorite books ever.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card. Fantastic but so so twisted. I love the books they really are an amazing read.'s_Game

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Definatly Ender's Game- it's not all science it has absolutly brilliant charecters. Ender's Shadows is good as well. Points of View

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  • glenn
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    1 decade ago

    Any thing by Jack Vance if you can find it....John Ringo has some very good stuff.

    Louis McMasters Vorskogian series is excellent as well.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Kurt Vonnegut! Cat's Cradle and Slaughterhouse-Five are classics.

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