posted on Jun, 26 2019 @ 02:55 PM
I'm sure this thread has probably been started a few times, but can't see anything recent so i though i would start my own.
I've always loved reading science fiction novels.
I read my first one nearly 30 years ago in 1990 or 1991 - i can't quite remember.
I've gone through periods of reading quite a few in a short time, particularly if they'e in a series and then i might go quite a while, sometimes a
few years, without reading any more sci-fi. But i always come back to the genre and if i can't find one i like the look of (whether it's old or new)
i often go back and read some of my favourites again.
I could post a long list of books, but i thought i would keep it quite short. Hopefully i haven't given too much away for anyone that hasn't read
any of these books.
Post your thoughts on these, your own lists or your favourite authors or style of sci-fi
I purposely didn't include fantasy as i haven't read many of those.
Eon & Eternity by Greg Bear.
These are probably my favourites of all. I just loved the Way, the cities/chambers, alternate universes and timelines, the cold war aspect (seems
outdated now, but were written in the 1980's), the story of an alternate Earth starting again after nuclear war and sending off a group of humans on
a generational ship. There was a third book (Legacy) set before the first 2, but i never really got into that one.
Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C Clarke.
When i first read this back in about 1992 i thought it was incredible. The imagination and science to conceive the giant deserted start ship and the
investigation by humans in the not too distant future. Loved it. I read all the sequels, which were written with Gentry Lee. Rama II was really good,
but it started to lose it's way a bit with Garden of Rama and Rama Revealed. I later learned Clarke had little input into the sequels (as he was
quite old by this point and winding down his writing), they were mainly written by Lee with Clarke just giving his general approval. Since Lee had
little writing background his main input was on the scientific side and his wife wrote most of the characters....and it showed. I can't read the last
2 books now without getting really annoyed by the characters
Ringworld by Larry Niven.
Incredible imagination and i can't believe this book is nearly 50 years old now. I love the investigation aspect of the Ringworld and the whole
universe created in the story. In 2001 i remember being around a mates house. He'd just bought an xbox and was playing halo. As soon as i saw the
'Halo' world i said to him 'that's exactly like Ringworld from Larry Niven' and i'm pretty sure that's where they got their inspiration from.
The City and the Stars by Arthur C Clarke.
I loved the way this story is set way in the future with the last remaining city on Earth, how society has developed and become introverted, except
for 1 person, and how he goes to investigate what's outside the city. This book was first published in 1956. Seems incredible to me!
Pushing Ice by Alistair Reynolds.
My favourite recent sci-fi book, well recent-ish (2005) compared to the ones above. Had me hooked straightaway. The characters, a moon of Saturn
leaving the solar system and what happens after. Epic. Soon as i had finished i was disappointed to find there wasn't a sequel, but i read somewhere
a while back that he might revisit this universe and write another book - I hope so!
1. I've always thought Eon/Eternity but especially Rendezvous with Rama would have made really good films. They've tried to get Rama off the ground
as a movie a few times but it's never quite happened. On the other hand, movies rarely end up being as good as the books so maybe this is a good
2. You can probably tell from my list i quite the BDO (Big Dumb Object) style of sci-fi. Not really sure why, perhaps I've always thought this might
be closest to what may happen in reality. A large object discovered in the solar system with human investigation and incredible marvels revealed....