what is a good science fiction book?

k for school we have to pick a science fiction/fantasy book. idk what book to read! do you know a sience fiction book that is good? im in 6th grade btw. and i prefer under 300 pages. thanks!

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  • 1 decade ago
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    Howl's Moving Castle by Dianne Wynne Jones is a very, very good fantasy. It has some romance, and it isn't extremely long...also, you'd probably be the only person reading it and your teacher might be impressed its not Eragon/Twilight/Harry Potter. The book is all about Sophie and what happens when is is cursed by an evil witch. It's a fantasy and it is funny, cute and down right addictive. It's a bit longer than what you want (I think its a few over 300) but it's a fast read.


    Another good book is pretty much anything by Vivian Vande Velde. Dragon Bait is one of my favorites, it's a fantasy about a girl who gets sacrificed by her people to a dragon. Luckily, the dragon has no interest in eating her-- which he promptly tells her when he turns into a human. It's 208 pages, and good reading.


    Other great ones by Vivian Vande Velde that you might be interested in:

    Heir Apparent -- science Fiction, set in the future when a girl gets stuck in a video game (virtual reality) and has to win...or die! ( 315 pages) http://www.amazon.com/Heir-Apparent-Vivian-Vande-V...

    User Unfriendly -- Another science fiction story about virtual reality, and something being a bit off about the game they are in... (256 pages)


    The Changeling Prince -- The main character is a wolf, in human form. He is changed back and forth by his evil master, who make his life horrible. (290 pages)


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  • 1 decade ago


    Rocket Ship Galileo

    Time for the Stars

    From Here to Eternity

    Citizen of the Galaxy


    The Foundation series

    Diane Duane:

    The Young Wizards series (So You Want to be a Wizard, Deep Wizardry, High Wizardry, etc.) -- these are about some wizards just about your age (10-12 when the series starts).

    Anne McCaffrey:

    The Dragonriders of Pern series (humans bond with dragons to fight a recurrent airborne menace, sort of hail as a biological weapon).

    Federated Teleport & Telepath series (I'd start with "Pegasus in Flight" and "Pegasus in Space", and then get into "The Rowan" and later books. Forget "Pegasus in Flight", the first book, unless you like the series and want the back story. It's good, but a little choppy in spots -- just as it should be.)

    H. Beam Piper:

    The Fuzzy Papers

    Piers Anthony

    the Xanth Series

    the Phaze-Proton series (starts with Blue Adept)

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  • Carly
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    1 decade ago

    Night Runner by Max Turner, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Sleeper Code by Tom Sniegoski.

    Take care!

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  • 1 decade ago

    These are considered to be some of the best books -not only in the sci-fi genre but among the very best in literature, and I agree,

    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

    2001 Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Ruby Key

    The Faerie Wars series

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  • 1 decade ago

    You should read the Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien.

    If that doesn't interest you try a book from one of these series: Warriors by Erin Hunter, The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis, Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. Or read Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. It is an excellent book.

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  • 1 decade ago

    i am Legend is a really good science fiction book its much better then then the film

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  • 1 decade ago

    The under 300 pages is a problem with most Sci-Fi / Fantasy novels written in recent years as they all seem to be around 500 - 600 pages.

    If you look back to to Sci-Fi from the 50's, 60's, and 70's you are more likely to find a shorter novel in the 300 page range you asked about.

    The ones listed below with *** are ones I think are in the 300 page range.

    In SCIENCE FICTION, here are some I would recommend:

    "Starship Troopers" (1959) *** by Robert A. Heinlein

    (won the Hugo Award 1960)

    BEST BET -- 263 pages -- in Most Libraries

    "Stranger in a Strange Land" (1961) *** by Robert A. Heinlein

    (won the Hugo Award 1962)

    “I, Robot” (1950) *** the book of early short stories by Issac Asimov on the subject of ROBOTS in which he postulates the "Three Laws of Robotics" should be read as a basis before reading the

    "The Caves of Steel" (1954) *** by Issac Asimov

    (the first of the "Robot" series / Lije Bailey mysteries)

    These books are the source from which the movie "I, Robot" is drawn.

    "Starman Jones" (1953) *** by Robert A. Heinlein

    Jandar of Callisto (1972) *** by Lin Carter

    (the first book of the "Calisto" Series)

    A Princess of Mars (1912) *** by Edgar Rice Burroughs

    (of Tarzan Fame)

    (the first book of the "Barsoom" Series)

    “Rissa Kerguelen” (aka “Young Rissa”) (1976) *** by F. M. Busby

    (the fist book of the “Rissa Kerguelen and Bran Tregare” series)

    Has a FEMALE lead character.

    “For Love of Mother-Not” (1983) Alan Dean Foster

    (the first book in the “Humanx” series - featuring Pip and Flinx)

    "The Planet Savers" (1958) by Marion Zimmer Bradley

    (the first book of the "Darkover" series)

    "Weyr Search" (1967) by Anne McCaffrey

    (the first book in the "Dragonriders of Pern" series)

    "The Ship Who Sang” (1969) by Anne McCaffrey

    (the first book of “The Brain & Brawn Ship” series)

    On Basilisk Station” (1993) by David Weber

    (the first book in the "Honor Harrington" series)

    This Space Navy series has FEMALE lead character. Beyond the Technology of the spacecraft and weapons, the story revolves around interpersonal relationships with which you will be able to identify.

    “Once a Hero“ (1997) by Elizabeth Moon

    (first book of the “Esmay Suiza” trilogy)

    Another Space Navy series with a FEMALE main character.

    Beyond the Technology of the spacecraft and weapons, the story revolves around a personal struggle for identify with which you will be able to identify.

    "Sassinak" (1990) by Anne McCaffrey

    (the first book of “The Planet Pirates trilogy”)

    Has a FEMALE lead character.

    "Warriors Apprentice" (1986) by Lois McMaster Bujold

    (the first book of "The Vorkosigan Saga")

    After being genetically "damaged" by a bio weapon in his mother's womb, Miles Vorkosigan overcomes prejudice to claim his birthright.

    "Cross Time Engineer" series - (aka the "Conrad Stargard" series)

    by Leo Frankowski

    which begins with "The Cross Time Engineer" (1993)


    Its even better if you are POLISH as the main character is as well!

    This was an eye opening look at how technology could transform a society, and gave some very good descriptions of simple improvements that lead to our own industrial revolution.

    I guess you can tell I loved these books.

    “Dune” (1965) by Frank Herbert

    (the first book of the “Dune Series)

    (Won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)

    "Island in the Sea of Time" (1998) by S.M. Stirling.

    (the first book of the "Nantucket" series)

    "Foundation" (1951) by Issac Asimov

    (the first book of the "Foundation Series")

    Postulates the societal change, which would accompany the expansion into the stars.

    The seiries won the one-time Hugo Award for "Best All-Time Series" in 1966.

    (One of the other books in the series also won a Hugo Award.)

    “1632” (2000) by Eric Flint

    (first book of the “Ring of Fire” alternate history series)

    "Ender's Game" (1985) by Orson Scott Card

    "Speaker for the Dead" (1986 - the sequel to "Ender's Game") by Orson Scott Card

    (Both won the Hugo and Nebula Awards.)

    In HUMOROUS Sci-Fi here are some I would recommend:

    "A Stainless Steel Rat is Born" (1985) *** by Harry Harrison

    (the fist book of the "Stainless Steel Rat" series)

    "Envoy to New Worlds" (1963) *** by Keith Laumer

    (the first book of the "Retief" (galactic diplomat) series)

    "Phule's Company" (1990) *** by Robert Lynn Asprin

    (the first book of the "Phule's Company" series)

    Has the super-rich heir apparent of Phule Proof Munitions, become the commander of a mixed bag of aliens in the Space Legion.

    "Another Fine Myth" (1978) *** by Robert Lynn Asprin

    (the first book of the "Myth Adventure" Series)

    It revolves around a boy from Klah (hence he is a Klahd) becoming a magician with the help of his mentor a demon (dimensional traveler) from Perv (so he is a Pervect NOT a Pervert).

    Source(s): almost 40 years reading Science Fiction & Fantasy Over 800 read and counting!
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  • 1 decade ago

    umm, what about the spiderwick chronicles, they are like 5 small books and the field guide though.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Artemis Fowl - its a bit long (hardback is 277 pgs), but don't let that scare you away. It really is a great read.

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