Topic: Science Fiction Novels

Some of you will already know that I have a serious addiction to these. I spent pretty much my whole degree picking modules that would allow me to read nothing but Sci Fi. It's rare that I read anything else.

In the past few weeks I've read these:

Ursula K. Le Guin - The Left Hand of Darkness
Isaac Asimov - The Martian Way
J.G Ballard - The Distaster Area
Michael Moorcock - An Alien Heat / The Hollow Lands / The End of all Songs
James Blish - They Shall Have Stars

I recommend all of them, particularly The Left Hand of Darkness and the Moorcock trilogy.

I'm always looking for good stuff I havn't heard about. Recommend me up!

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i loved left hand of darkness. was refreshingly different to the usual fair. just started reading the dispossessed

probably quite obvious but Alfred Bester's The Demolished Man and The Stars My Destination are superb.

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i only read trashy space opera sci fi like peter f hamilton. utter garbage but good fun.

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I've only read Arthur C Clarke and Asimov really. I've never been so absorbed in a book/books than the Rama series by Arthur C Clarke, I totally recommend that.

Some of the I, Robot stories are good. I never felt like going down the Robot series route though, just too many books!

Obviously 2001 is great.

The Time Machine is essential!

I read Ubik by Philip K Dick recently, it was ok, a bit cringeworthy (e.g. "where did I leave my bag? oh it's in my hovercar")

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nerd alert!


scott i recently read a great sci-fi book by a french-canadian writer called elizabeth vonarburg. the title is 'le silence de la cite' (the silence of the city?).. i'm not sure if this is available in translation or not but i would imagine so. anyway it is definitely worth picking up, really good stuff.

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Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We".

Old school retro-futuristic dystopian stuff about communisim in Russia. Was the basis for 1984 and about 25 years before it. The stuff about the ears that grow on stalks to listen in to conversations on the street is just creepy.

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chimp_and_zee wrote:

Yevgeny Zamyatin's "We".

Old school retro-futuristic dystopian stuff about communisim in Russia. Was the basis for 1984 and about 25 years before it. The stuff about the ears that grow on stalks to listen in to conversations on the street is just creepy.

yes this is essential!

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fairly obvious pick but asimov's foundation series is great, all the robots books that i read were pretty good too

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Jop wrote:

Some of the I, Robot stories are good.

Did you start reading those because I said you look like the Robot?
You do you know.

I've got guaranteed warmth by gas.

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hi hi hi, phillip k. dick.
asimov's foundations rules.
i could go on but i am tired.

"My name is a killing word."

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I'm loving your new signature Rosie, you great old one you!

Until the stars are right....I'll just be napping under these eldritch, insanely-angled slabs of maddeningly foetid Cyclopean masonry.

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ursula k le guin is awesome (i'm not so keen on the fantasy stuff though, to be honest) the telling's pretty special too, but yeah, left hand and the dispossessed are smashing
octavia butler - anything
sherri tepper - anything (at least everything i've read so far)
larry niven - ringworld
pk dick - anything, later stuff especially. i found some published exerpts of his exegesis a while back, which are INSANE reading..
jg ballard - the crystal world/drowned world are grand too.
there's a bunch more, but i can't think at the moment..

eat more garlic, read more books

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Get at the mountains of madness by the above implied HP Lovecraft, it's swinging.

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ianscanlon wrote:

Get at the mountains of madness by the above implied HP Lovecraft, it's swinging.

Seconded! Sci-fi, horror, misanthropy and an almost psychotic tendency towards adjectives. What more could you want from a writer!

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Yes, P.K.Dick is essential, and not only for sci-fi geeks either. The Divine Trilogy is mind boogling.
I also have a soft spot for Ian M. Banks' Culture novels, great fun, they are the only space opera I like.
Richard Matheson's I am Legend is good as well.

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possibly not sci fi really but  has anyone read Gore Vidal's "messiah" kind of dystopian future stuff. I really enjoyed that. On the other hand if you haven't read Dune then you are not really a sci if nerd. I also liked those Julian May books about the div's that go back to the primeval earth and find it overrun by aliens (the many coloured land etc)


ALSO

Kurt Vonnegut,

cat's cradle, player Piano, sirens of titan, breakfast of champions, slaughterhouse 5, mother night anything really!

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If you want something trashy, go for some E. E. Doc Smith stuff. The Lensman stuff is so old school in it's social attitudes, but it's a good engrossing read.

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Dr bloodmoney by Phillip K Dick is a favourite of mine.

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i love the Jerry cornelius Moorcock books as well. None of it makes any sense whatsoever but i love the whole swinging sixities going down the pan in global chaos vibe. I like most of the moorcock stuff I've read actually although alot of it was a long time ago now, The JC ones are the only ones I reread as an adult.

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Day of the Triffids, rules. As well as Ballard's short stories in Four Dimensional Nightmare- which i'm gonna read tonight.

Lick it!

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I would recommend anything by John Wyndham - in particular Day of the Triffids, The Midwich Cuckoos (inspiration for Village of the Damned), The Kraken Wakes and The Chrysalids.
Another book I read recently was A Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood, very thought-provoking about gender issues.  If you dig Ursula LeGuin, you'll enjoy this.
Richard Matheson  - I Am Legend.  The Omega Man was based on this novel.  It portrays vampirism as a scientifcally undertstandable disease, though I think it has a lot in common with zombie films in that its a survival story.
Stephen King - The Stand.  I think this counst as sci fi as it starts off with a global epidemic but sort of evolves into a quasi-religious struggle between good and evil.
I would second the recommendation of H.P. Lovecraft as well, beautifully written and profoundly terrifying.

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john wyndham - yes! i've only read the kraken wakes and day of the triffids, but so good!
other folk've already said, but margaret atwood (especially the handmaid's tale) and yevgeny zamyatin (at least 'we' is, i've not read anything else by him) are awesome too. same with i am legend (not the graphic novel of it though - could've been so much better..) which i heard they're making into a film (or already have - not omega man, only really recently) with someone i can't remember in?
and i'd've thought lovecraft was a given, really, same as 1984 and brave new world..

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Yeah John wyndham gets my vote too. Another good Margaret Atwood one is Oryx and Crake another end of the world type tale, I liked that one alot.

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I keep meaning to get around to reading Stanislaw Lem, I hear his stuff's pretty good. Anyone recommend him?

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ianscanlon wrote:

breakfast of champions,

Sci-fi? Maybe I should finish reading this! I got bored 3/4 of the way through. If there's a sci-fi twist I'll give it another chance.