Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 1 decade ago

I want to start reading Science Fiction...which books are the best?

I've been a die-hard horror fan for 3 years (I'm thirteen) but I want to branch out a little. I'm going to start reading sci-fi, which books are the best?


I like aliens.

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  • 1 decade ago
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    You might try some of the classics:

    The Foundation Series by Isaac Asimov, or his THE GODS THEMSELVES.


    Any of the collections by Ray Bradbury, like THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES or THE ILLUSTRATED MAN or S IS FOR SPACE or R IS FOR ROCKET. Also Robert A. Heinlein, especially STRANGER IN A STRANGE LAND.

    You might find the Artemis Fowl books by Eoin Colfer a bit juvenile for your age, but they are excellent, but also are fantasy, not SF.

    The novels of Jack McDevitt, Larry Niven, Joe Haldeman are also excellent. You particularly might enjoy THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.

    You can also check out the nominees and awards winners for the SFWA Nebula Awards and the Hugo Awards.

    Source(s): 30 year member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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  • Zheia
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    John Wyndham wrote some interesting novels - The Midwich Cuckoos is quite well known, and was made into a film in 1960 called The Village Of The Damned. He also wrote The Day Of The Triffids.

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  • 1 decade ago

    some suggestions for you:

    1. try some old classics like jules verne or h g wells. the plus side would be their possible use for a book report.

    2. isaac asimov, arthur c clarke, frank herbert. they are far from the only outstanding sf authors out there, but they are considered by their peers to be masters.

    3. don't overlook fantasy as an option. sf and fantasy are sometimes very similar. i assume you've seen the lord of the rings movies? try reading the books. start with the hobbit, though.

    4. pick up some anthology style books. they contain numerous stories by numerous authors. it's a good way to sample authors to see if you like their work.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Artemis Fowl series by Eion Colfer (6 published, 7th in writing) 4.5*/5

    The Pendragon Series by D J MacHale (all 10 published)' 5*

    The Harry Potter series by JK Rowling (all 7 published) 5*

    **not giving a link :)

    The Septimus Heap series by Annie Sage (all 5 published) 3*

    Not twilight :-X

    The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordian (all 5 published)4.75*

    The Inkheart Trilogy by Cornelia Funke 3.75*

    The Simoqin Prophecies by Samit Basu (all three published) 3*

    I've personally read all of them, and they're great..though not with aliens. (ratings given). Inkheart is basically for 10-12 year old, but its a good read. The simoqin prophecies is hard to get but is, still, a good book. Of, course these are the good ones. Speaking as a 13 yr old, I've read a truckload of tosh series. :P Septimus heap is a bit boring.

    But Harry Potter, Pendragon, Percy Jackson and Artemis Fowl are by far the best.

    Hope I helped! Happy reading!

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  • 1 decade ago

    The Uplift series by David Brin has lots of aliens. Start with Sundiver.

    The Rama series by Arthur C Clarke (later books co-written with Gentry Lee) has aliens, though they're off-stage a lot of the time.

    A lot of Alastair Reynolds' books have aliens. He can be gruesome in places, though if you've read a lot of horror, you might find those scenes mild by comparison.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I Married an Earthling by Alvin Orloff is a good sci-fi book with aliens.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Arthur C Clarke

    Isaac Asimov

    Jules Verne

    HG Wells

    Star trek and Star wars series

    all or any of them make a great start.

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  • grabe
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    3 years ago

    in simple terms finished reading 2 Westerns - Appaloosa with the help of Robert B. Parker and Matagorda with the help of Louis L'Amour. the two remarkable previous college communicate good guy / undesirable guy westerns and intensely rapid reads. enjoyed them the two!!

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" series by Douglas Adams

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  • 1 decade ago

    ARTEMIS FOWL SEREIS. its about this 10 year old kid, whos a genius, that discovers faries. then its fairy vs artemis and the fairys have sophisicated tech.

    how about mine?(link below)

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