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”
Sweet! Thank you! I’m off to do a little shopping at Amazon.
Darn! I’ve already read all of these! (Thanks in part to our previous conversations.) Any more gems?
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
city of baraboo
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,
Ribofunk – Paul Di Filippo
Aha, I’m just about to finish my current book. Thanks!
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
Awesome. Thanks Mark!