- SF books for a 14yo boy
In what ways? Do you always carry a towel? Feel depressed that nothing’s going to work out right and we’re all insignificant specks?!
It sparked a love of words and language, and was a direct influence on my sense of humour. I mean, just take this (paraphrasing from memory):
“The spaceships hung in the air, in much the same way that bricks don’t.”
That’s just glorious. Has a finer sentence ever been committed to paper? I THINK NOT!Posted 6 months agoADSubscriber
Warhammer 40k? Gaunt’s Ghosts is excellent series of military SF (start with this one: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Founding-Gaunts-Ghosts-Omnibus/dp/1784966177/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1547234401&sr=8-1&keywords=gaunt+ghosts+omnibus)
But I agree that Hitchhikers is the best suggestion so far 🙂Posted 6 months agoPJM1974Member
The White Mountains trilogy by John Christopher. There’s sci-fi fantasy, lord of the rings and anti-establishment rebellion too.
Clarke is too dry and devoid of humanity, not many will get Banks’s satire at that age and TBH when I was 14, Asimov’s prose came over as pulp-clunky. Niven & Pournelle’s Footfall & Lucifer’s Hammer were gritty, but are now pretty dated.Posted 6 months agovintagewinoMember
Another vote for John Wyndham. Day of the Triffids obvs but I also LOVED The Chrysalids as a kid, might still be my favourite book ever and definitely kicked off a life-long addiction to post-apocalypitica. Iain M Banks also a good recommendation. Dune as noted above definitely. You might want to see how he gets on with some of the more accessible Philip K Dick stuff, maybe one of the short story compilations as a starter.Try Olaf Stapledon’s First and Last Men for some mind blowing epoch-spanning early SF. And obviously Brave New World too.Posted 6 months agoCountZeroMember
How about some Larry Niven – Ringworld for starters.
See the previous page. Re: Player of Games – that’s the one Banks novel that, having read once, I can never go back to, I find the main protagonist to be so irredeemably unpleasant that I just don’t enjoy the story. I know that many/most of the characters in Banks’ books are morally dubious, but they do, mostly, have redeeming qualities.
Niven & Pournelle’s Footfall & Lucifer’s Hammer were gritty, but are now pretty dated.
And that’s going to be a concern to a fourteen year old just getting into SF?Posted 6 months ago
Niven wrote a whole bunch of books that are hugely enjoyable just because any science in them is assumed to be so far advanced that there’s no point in getting nitpicky about any perceived flaws. Even Niven admits there are aspects of Ringworld that he got wrong, but really, who gives a shit, when you’ve got aliens like the Kzin and Puppeteers!squirrelkingMember
Player of Games – that’s the one Banks novel that, having read once, I can never go back to, I find the main protagonist to be so irredeemably unpleasant that I just don’t enjoy the story.
Struggling to counter that without going into plot but I’d heartily disagree. Is Morat the player or just a piece in the game?Posted 6 months ago
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