posted on Mar, 25 2011 @ 06:51 PM
Some excellent recommendations in this thread!
One of my favs is Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, I didn't see it mentioned yet.
Not a long read, and not necessarily what one might expect, but there's a reason this little book seems to make it on the short list of the most
influential sci-fi stories of all time, as gauged by possibly the most important measure. That is, what the great sci-fi writers of all time think.
Maybe others would prefer to measure by "best seller" status, or dollars earned, etc., but I was always interested in learning what the great
authors thought was "good."
Walter Miller wasn't prolific (and regrettably, he eventually committed suicide), which is probably why many do not know his name, but for those that
look into it, many of the big names already mentioned in this thread, these "greats", quite often you will see Miller mentioned on their Top Ten
I won't spoil the story for those who want to read it, but as good as it is, there is a bittersweetness to discovering this author: Once you read
this book, you will be sad that there isn't much more Miller to read.