- Sci-fi book recomeendations
Recently read and loved the following and would love to know any recomendations of a similar nature;
Michael Cobley – Humanity’s fire
Asimov – foundation trilogy
Frank Herbert – Dune
Joe Haldeman – Peace & war
Douglas Adam – Hitchhikers guide
Robert Heinlein – Starship troopers
Dan Simmons – Endymion Omnibus
H G Wells – Time machine, War of worlds
Iain M Banks – Culture series
Loved them all and hungry for more.Posted 4 years ago
I liked a lot of Heinlein’s works – Stranger In A Strange Land, The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress in particular
Asimov did the books on which I, Robot was based
Blade Runner was based on Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep by Philip K Dick. Wasn’t Total Recall based on one of his short stories?Posted 4 years agozilog6128Subscriber
Brave New World, Huxley. One of my favourites but it’s the only book of his I’ve read. Must read more!
I so badly wanted to like this as it’s a seminal work but despite the great idea/concept I thought it was terribly written which really spoilt it for me.Posted 4 years agowillardMember
“We can remember it for you wholesale” was the book that Total Recall was based on.
Try Hyperion, it’s a classic in ever sense of the word. Maybe also consider “The Star Fraction” by Ken MacLeod. It’s a damn fine book and part of a good trilogy (the other two are also worth reading.
To be honest, you could do worse than to go to baen.co and just work through the free library. It’s a cruel trick though, you read a couple, then you end up buying the other books of the series from their shop!Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Some already mentioned:
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress (superb, this)
Red/Green/Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson- fairly hard work but if you can get into the groove of it, nothing better
Star Fraction by Ken Macleod and Vurt by Jeff Noon- I love these 2, I’ve worn out my copy of Vurt.
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner (er, I think)
Spares by Michael Marshall Smith
aaaand, if you can stand the terrible sex and criminal lack of an editor, the Night’s Dawn series by Peter F Hamilton. Space opera, very silly at times, but his setpieces are superb- it’s like a series of boss fights.Posted 4 years agomonkeyboyjcMember
+1 for altered carbon, enders game & the forever war
Also would recommend:
Robopocalypse by daniel h. wilson
Wool by Hugh howey (part 1 of a trilogy)
Dark eden – cant remember the author but very good
And classics like:
The difference engine
Rendezvous with rama by a.c. clarke
Flowers for algernon
I’m also big Stephen Baxter fan but his books arent for everyone, especially some of the trilogies like phase space which seem to concentrate on the sience rather than caricatures. However books like The Time Ships, which is an imaginative ‘what if’ sequel to hg wells time machine, and his collaborative stuff with ac clarke are pretty good main stream si-fi.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Ooh, good shout on Altered Carbon. And Flowers For Algernon is just astonishing, some day I might be able to read the ending without crying my eyes out…
robdob – Member
I never understand why fantasy is lumped in with SF. Could not be more different.
Well, it depends. Is Zelazny’s Lord of Light fantasy or SF? (even Amber has a big dash of sf in its world-building) Mary Gentle’s Ash? How about Anne McCaffrey’s Pern series?Posted 4 years ago
Anne McCaffrey. Read most of her Pern books as a teenager. at first it starts as fantasy, but then they discover the ships buried on the southern continent. ships from where I wonder…
I remember the Stainless Steel Rat…
which brings me, in a roundabout way, to Michael Moorcock. Was he really smoking stuff with Hawkwind or what?
from that top 100 I’ve read 17Posted 4 years agospacemonkeyMember
Sci-Fi on my Kindle at present:
ExilesPosted 4 years ago
Pandora: End of days
The Last Praetorian
The Survivor Chronicles
The City and The Stars
Rendezvous with Rama
The Kane Chronicles
Great North Rising
The Lost Stars
Seeds of Earth
The Reality Dysfunctionz1ppyMember
As always lots of good books/author above.
All the Takeshi Kovacs novels by Morgan are great, waiting for the final A Land Fit For Heroes book,….
I like Alastair Reynald Revelation space series
I throughly recommend the China Melville series, not pure sci-fi or fantasy, but great story telling
56 off that listPosted 4 years agoCountZeroMember
Not seen that list before, and there’s lots I wouldn’t bother with, but I’ve read 49.Posted 4 years ago
I would recommend Roger Zelazney’s entire works, if you can find them. I’ve read most of them many times, in particular Roadmarks and Today We Choose Faces. Larry Niven has also written a very large number of novels and short works, many very humorous, and all very much worth reading. All of William Gibson, Charles Stross, and Cory Doctorow’s books are almost essential to anyone who likes intelligent fiction, SF or otherwise; Stross’s ‘Laundry’ books are brilliant, James Bond against Cthulhu! And his other books, Halting State/Rule 34, Iron Sunrise, Saturn’s Children, are superb, very like Zelazney in his style of writing.
Many others mentioned above are all good reads, like Neil Asher’s Polity series, for example.
So many books, so little time… 😐
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