Recommend some Sci-fi books please?
But Im not looking for the books everyone already knows..
etc etc etc
Give me something you read that you found to be REAL good but isnt on everyone's list.
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
The Tomorrow Log & The Liaden Universe series (Agent of Change) by Sharron Lee/Steven Miller
The Vorkosiagan series (Warriors Apprentice) by Lois McMaster Bujold
The Honor Harrington series (On Basilisk Station) or the Prince Roger series (March Upcountry) by David Weber
The Looking Glass series (Into The Looking Glass) by John Ringo
- C_BarLv 71 decade ago
Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars) a great mix of hard science, political science etc.
A older British writer who isn't well-known in the US is John Wyndham. The MIdwich Cuckoos, Chocky, The Day of the Triffids.
There is a great science fiction writer who just died: Thomas Disch. 334; On Wings of Song; Camp Concentration.
ANd in general I'd recommend trying some of the older writers if you haven't read them, even if you feel you have heard about them. I find that when I don't know what to read going to a classic in the genre is a good strategy.
- Kevin kLv 71 decade ago
Robert Heinlein's "The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress" is often overlooked, but it is one of his best.
Debra Doyle and James D. MacDonald's "Magewar" saga begins with "The Gathering Flames." The plot concerns the battle between humans and their allies (technology only) against the Mages who blend technology with magic.
The Vor Korsigan saga by Lois Bejuold-McMaster is an enjoyable read as well.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The House on the Borderland , The Ghost Pirates or The Night Land written by William Hope Hodgson .
"In 1877, two gentlemen, Messrs Tonnison and Berreggnog, head into Ireland to spend a week fishing in the village of Kraighten. While there, they discover in the ruins of a very curious house a diary of the man who had once owned it. Its torn pages seem to hint at an evil beyond anything that existed on this side of the curtains of impossibility. This is a classic novel that worked to slowly bridge the gap between the British fantastic and supernatural authors of the later 19th century and modern horror fiction. Classic American horror writer H. P. Lovecraft lists this and other works by Hodgson among his greatest influences."
"The Ghost Pirates . . . is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege it and finally drag it down to an unknown fate. With its command of maritime knowledge, and its clever selection of hints and incidents suggestive of latent horrors in nature, this book at times reaches enviable peaks of power." — H.P. Lovecraft
The Night Land
by William Hope Hodgson
[O]ne of the strangest visions ever published in science fiction or fantasy is presented. The Sun has gone out: the Earth is lit only by the glow of residual vulcanism. The last few millions of the human race are gathered together in a gigantic metal pyramid, the Last Redoubt, probably the first arcology in literature, under siege from unknown forces and Powers outside in the dark. These are held back by a Circle of energy, known as the "air clog," powered from the Earth's internal energy. For millennia, vast living shapes - the Watchers - have waited in the darkness near the pyramid: it is thought they are waiting for the inevitable time when the Circle's power finally weakens and dies. Other living things have been seen in the darkness beyond, some of unknown origins, and others that may once have been human.¡ª Excerpted from The Night Land on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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- 1 decade ago
My favorite isnt very well known, but I love it and I've read it so many times the cover is all ripped and worn down. It is called Dr. Franklin's Island by Ann Halam. It may be too teen for you but it is a story about three teenagers who are marooned on an island that belongs to an exiled scientist whose projects have gone horribly wrong. He captures them and decide that he will be his first human experiment and my messing with their DNA he turns them into animals....and they have to find a way to get back. I really love it, its full of action and its thrilling. I really enjoyed it.
Well have fun reading!
- 1 decade ago
Beyond This Horizon
I know, I know, everybody talks Heinlein, but this little gem is not one of his big ones. Its very short, but extremely dense.
I read that one again and again.
Oh oh... the Engines of Light trilogy by... oh... what's his name...
MacLeod.... Ken MacLeod. Those were published in the 21st century even, so they are as great as any of the classics (in my opinion) but don't suffer from any of the weird anachronisms from older work. Oddly, those are the only books of his I've read, but they are the only ones that didn't win awards, so I'm likely missing his best stuff.