StuntRabbit’s Science Fiction List

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.)

8 thoughts on “StuntRabbit’s Science Fiction List

  1. Hey,
    Fellow circus center person here, (you came up on my circus center blog alert)
    I have to say I am an avid scifi fan. Both of the literature and the pulp, and I have only ever read one of the book son your list.
    (the Bradbury, read everything he had written when i was a kid, but of all his shorts, medicine for melancholy (the story itself and the collection of the same name) is by far my favorite)

    But I would have to put on my list, (in case there are any on it you havent read)

    The stars my destination by Alfred Bester

    The Demolished man by alfred bester

    Pattern recognition by william gibson

    diamond age by neal stephenson

    the whenabouts of burr (pure pulp by kurland michael)

    the circus world trilogy
    circus world
    city of baraboo
    elephant song

    and harry harrisons GOOD stainless tell rat books
    A Stainless Steel Rat Is Born
    The Stainless Steel Rat Gets Drafted

    Love pulps too, but if for any reason you havent read those, please do.

    See you around the center,

  2. I’ll add some to your list if thats ok.

    The Road by Cormack McCarthy
    Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
    Spin by Robert Charles Wilson
    Gateway series by Frederik Pohl
    Eschaton series Frederik Pohl
    By the Light of the Moon by Dean Koontz
    Rama series by Aurthur C. Clarke

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