Science fiction recommendations

I like science fiction as a genre, but I dislike most science fiction books I’ve tried. I start with books that come highly recommended and give up on most of them. But here are a few I’ve read and enjoyed.

12 thoughts on “Science fiction recommendations

  1. Hi, John

    I cannot help but to recommend this one book: Time Probe

    It is a selection of short stories made by Arthur C. Clarke. They are VERY good stories, especially the ones about a Metheorogist and another of a Medical Suitase. I believe you’re gonna like the book (or at least those two stories) by the type of things you use to post here.

  2. Kelly Link, Magic for Beginners. Short story collection; may not technically count as SF, but they’re really, really good.

  3. AppliedImagination

    As I’ve read three of the six and found them to be excellent, I’m taking the remaining three as high-value recommendations. Thanks.

  4. Based on the books from your list I have read (Canticle, Speaker, Mote), I will definitely check out the rest.

  5. I haven’t read Speaker for the Dead in twenty years, it might be worth giving it a go again. Canticle and Mote are on my own short list of favorite science fiction books.

  6. I haven’t read two on your list, thanks, I’ll have a look at them.
    From my reading of your blog, I think you would enjoy hard science fiction, with intersections between computation and cognition. I suggest (hopefully you haven’t already tried and discarded):

    Vernor Vinge – A Fire upon the Deep
    Greg Egan – Permutation City

  7. The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold might be worth checking out. I haven’t started it yet, but I have heard great things about The Expanse by the fictitious James S.A. Corey. Either of these series could keep one entertained for some time.

  8. I have to echo Globule’s recommendation. A friend of mine bought me the Ted Chiang short story collection, and it was amazing.

  9. Based on what you’ve liked so far, a few recommendations:

    The Player of Games, by Iain M. Banks
    Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
    The Dragon Never Sleeps, by Glen Cook
    Sewer, Gas, & Electric, by Matt Ruff
    The Fortunate Fall, by Raphael Carter
    The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
    Dune, by Frank Herbert
    A Deepness in the Sky, by Vernor Vinge

    These are not my personal favorites; rather I think they’re the best matches for those you cite above that I have read.

  10. Based on you liking A Cantile for Leibowitz, I recommend checking out David Brin’s Startide Rising. It is quite clever in its use of language and having Dolphin’s think and act differently then humans, rather then point humans with pointy ears.

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