Here’s a list of some of my all-time favorite science fiction books.
- Note R: These are in no particular order, except the first two.
- Note S: If you don’t like science fiction, then just read the first two. If you still don’t like science fiction, then I can’t help.
- Note T: Some of these are not nice books, but they’re all good books.
- Note X: If you want more, you should visit Borderlands. The folks there will set you up with everything you need.
So here we go.
The Algebraist, by Iain Banks (one of my all-time favorites.)
A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
Glasshouse, by Charles Stross
Kiln People, by David Brin
Startide Rising -> Brightness Reef -> Infinity’s Shore -> Heaven’s Reach, by David Brin (note I skipped Sundiver and Uplift War. It’s your choice. If you’re a fast reader go for it, but I think the other four are what make the series shine.)
Vacuum Diagrams, by Stephen Baxter
World War Z, by Max Brooks (not technically sci-fi) I understand there’s a movie being made of this, but this story is too big to fit in a movie. Also, I’ve heard the audio version of this one is excellent.
Anything at all by H.P. Lovecraft the once and future master of deep-down fright. (This is sort of sci-fi, if you count the creatures’ likely origins.)
R is for Rocket, and any other short stories by Ray Bradbury (may or may not be sci-fi, and you may not even know until you reach the last page.)