Thursday, May 8, 2008

Our Favorite SciFi/Futuristic Books

Yep, we read anything and everything - all genres. Just give us books!
Favorite SciFi/Futuristic

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

2. An Accidental Goddess by Linnea Sinclair

3. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

4. Dangerous Visions by Harlan Ellison

5. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany

6. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip Dick

7. Dune by Frank Herbert

8. Change by Ann Maxwell

9. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

10. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

11. Scout's Progress by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller

12. The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut

13. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein

11 comments:

Kimber An said...

AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS by Linnea Sinclair is good, but GAMES OF COMMAND by the same author is awesome! Been there, reviewed that, got the GAMES OF COMMAND sweatshirt.
;)

Susan Helene Gottfried said...

Nice mix of classic and newer -- the classic never get old and deserve the attention. I just finished my first of the Amber books (written by Zelazny). What a masterpiece.

Linnea Sinclair said...

Wow, I'm gobsmacked ::nods to author Lynne Connolly for the word:: to be in such august company. GODDESS was a hugely fun book to write and I believe it can be read on many levels (ie: strictly for fun or with a deeper message, if you're so inclined). I deliberately set it on a space station as a "pressure cooker" environment: the characters couldn't escape from their conflicts. And then, of course, there were parrots... ;-)

Thanks again, ~Linnea

solange ayre said...

Personally I think Heinlein's THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS has better world-building and a more complex storyline than STARSHIP TROOPERS. Also, what about Lois McMaster Bujold? Her Vorkosigan series has it all - characters you can't forget, great stories, and plenty of romance.

Just_Me said...

Loved the Vorkisan saga and Price of the Stars, by I forget the author, but a wonderful sci-fi epic.

Amy Ruttan said...

I love Heinlein, but I prefer Stranger in a Strange Land.

My newest Sci Fi love is Driven by Eve Kenin. That Shomi line rocks. :)

Jo said...

I did a college paper on the roles of women in "Dune." First critical thinking I ever did (sadly!!!!) -- what a great book :)

I also have to suggest "A Canticle for Leibowitz," very thought-provoking...

Anonymous said...

Wow! Great list. I like what everyone else suggested, too. I did my Master's thesis on Bradbury;)...so yeah on Fahrenheit 451.

But I think we should add 1984, too.

K. Z. Snow said...

Fahrenheit 451. Whoa. How could any writer or reader not love yet get the shivers from it?

But the thought of committing Moby-Dick to memory is a bit daunting to me.

I, too, would have to add 1984.

My newest fave is Ginn Hale's Wicked Gentlemen. I was incredibly impressed by that book.

Can you tell this is the Feast Day of All Short Paragraphs on my calendar?

Belle Scarlett said...

Deja vu occurring while reading today's blog. I am at this moment reading (for my "other bosses") THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS by Robert Heinlein (favorite sci-fi character: Mike, the newly self-aware supercomputer entrusted to run the whole Moon colony who spits out payroll checks in amounts of $10,000,000,000,000,185.15 instead of $185.15 because he thinks it's a hilarious gag) and I'm also reading Pilip K. Dick (TIME OUT OF JOINT).

So long and thanks for all the fish,
Belle Scarlett

Katherine Kingston said...

Another vote for THE MOON IS A HARSH MISTRESS being better than STARSHIP TROOPERS. Also agree that GAMES OF COMMAND is better than AN ACCIDENTAL GODDESS, though I love both.

Otherwise I agree with most of your list but would add:

CHILDHOOD'S END, Arthur C. Clarke
DOWNBELOW STATION, C.J. Cheryh(sp?)
HYPERION, Dan Simmons
THE FOREVER WAR, Joe Haldeman
A CANTICLE FOR LIEBOWITZ, Walter Miller
FLOWERS FOR ALGERNON, Daniel Keyes
THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, Ursula LeGuin.
All of the VORKOSIGAN novels by Lois McMaster Bujold
I love Zelazny's AMBER series, but I feel like it's more fantasy than science fiction.

- Katherine Kingston