Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesBooks & Authors · 9 years ago

Recommended science-fiction books?


I generally only read fantasy (and high fantasy) books.

Science fiction doesn't really appeal to me, and I only read it when I have to.

But for school this semester, we are to read some science fiction books.

So can you recommend me some (5 or 6 or more...) books to read?



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  • 9 years ago
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    Anything by William Gibson - he's regarded as a significant author because he's the founder of the 'cyberpunk' genre. Cyberpunk generally has a near-future setting, focusses on the criminal underclass, and features a highly computerized society.

    Gibson has a very acessible writing style, which makes his stuff easy to get into.

    'Logan's Run' &/or 'Logan's World' by William F. Nolan.

    Imaginative chase-&-escape stories set in an overcrowded world where you can have anything you want - but you are only allowed to live until you're 21. Then it's voluntary suicide, or you're hunted down by an elite order of killers.

    This is a wild, psychedelic vision of the future from the 1960's. It's strong stuff, too... nothing like the very tame movie & tv versions.

    Any of the 'Dream Park' books by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes.

    Dream Park, The California Voodoo Game, The Barsoom project, and The Moon Maze Game.

    Adventure stories set in a near-future where 'Gamers' take part in scripted adventure scenarios in real life. Sword & sorcery adventures, arctic exploration and tropical voodoo mysteries are all recreated using special effects.

    This is a great example of how real life has overtaken science-fiction. The first Dream Park books were written in the 1980's, and the game effects are created using animated robots, actors, and so on. When you read them, you realise that many of those effects would be acheivable by using CGI.

    The 'Nomad of the Time Stream' series, by Michael Moorcock: Warlord of the Air, The Land Leviathan, & The Steel Tsar.

    If you're a fantasy fan, you're probably familiar with Moorcock's name anyway, from his 'Eternal Champion' novels such as the 'Elric' series.

    His work is important in the sci-fi genre because he introduced the idea of multiple realities - the 'multiverse' - and he pioneered the idea of retro-setting sci-fi: 'steampunk'.

    (Moorcock's sci-fi work also includes the 'Jerry Cornelius' series, but these are a whole new level of strange, so you're not a big sci-fi fan, they're not a good starter.)

    'The Hitch-Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy', by Douglas Adams.

    Light, easy-reading comedy novel which contains a lot of 'big idea' sci-fi themes.

    It was tremendously influential, spawning a series of sequels, radio, tv and movie versions and a stage show.

    Douglas Adams was the first writer to successfully put comedy in a sci-fi setting, paving the way for writers like Robert Rankin, Terry Pratchett, Jasper Fforde, etc.

    And: H.G. Wells 'The War of the Worlds.'

    Anything by Wells - the 'Father of Science Fiction - is guaranteed to impress teacher.

    War of the Worlds is a cracking story, comparatively short, and the victorian writing style is not too dense or dated. Absolutely classic.

    Hope that helps!

  • 9 years ago

    Something Wicked This Way Comes or Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    Kindred by Octavia Butler

    Neuromancer by William Gibson

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein

    Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

    An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair

    Born of Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

  • 9 years ago

    The late Marion Zimmer Bradley wrote a number of books that are close to the divide between science fiction and Fantasy. Hit the used bookstore and look for any and all of her Darkover novels. They're all stand alone and range from good to superb. Also look for "The House Between the Worlds" ans "A World Called Cinderella". And though this is really a fantasy book, you will want to read "The Mists of Avalon". It's almost 500 pages. When it first came out i read it in one sitting.

  • 9 years ago

    Anne McCaffrey's Pern series is close to fantasy. She has the dragons living on a world where there is little paper. The world is similar to medieval times except for flying dragons.

    Little Brother by Cory Doctorow is about teenage gamer hackers fighting against Homeland Security after terrorists blow up a bridge and they lose personal freedom.

    Enders Game is about a military school for boys playing games but in these games they are fighting real aliens.

    Dune is a great story about a boy tested by Bene Gesserit witches to see if he is really human. He goes to the planet Arrakis and learns to survive and fight under very harsh conditions.

    WWW.Wake is about a computer chip put in a blind girl's eye helping her talk to the internet as it becomes sentient.

    Pete Hautman wrote Rash about a young man put in prison for calling another boy at school a name when they fought over a girl. In this world, football is considered too dangerous as is running.

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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    well u own one of the masters or perhaps more than one Ray Bradbury,Asimov and let's go farther Lovecraft one needs just to read

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