Books I like
I like Science fiction. And on the whole, I'm not a big fan of
Fantasy. So it bugs me that Scifi and Fantasy are grouped together in
most bookstores. As for Scifi, it should be spelled with a capital Sci
and a lower-case fi, that is, I like HARD Science fiction (not entirely
without exceptions, of course).
I have not actually begun reading Scifi in alphabetical order by authors,
although my ABC of Scifi (Adams, Asimov, Baxter,
Bova, Clarke) might suggest otherwise...
I do not like Star Trek.
Here's some stuff I have enjoyed:
- Douglas Adams
- All five parts of the HHGTG, and the sixth part by Colfer
(yes, I liked it too)
- Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency and The Long
Dark Teatime of the Soul
- Too bad The Salmon of Doubt was never completed
- Last Chance to See—Less well known, maybe, but a must
read, believe it or not, on a really serious subject!
- Kevin Anderson
- Assemblers of Infinity—you should read it.
(I seem to have lost my copy, but I need to re-read it, and maybe
try some more Anderson)
- Isaac Asimov
- The Foundation series
- Some Robot stories
- Iain M. Banks
- I've only read Consider Phlebas, the first book in his
Culture series. I don't quite know what to think of
it—the writing is vivid and powerful, but the plot somehow
is lacking. It just follows the main character from one swashbuckling
adventure to another, the concept of the Culture and its
war against the Idirans largely
irrelevant. I'll probably read another part of the series some time,
Banks seems to deserve a second chance.
- Stephen Baxter
- The Manifold series: Time (absolutely
brilliant!!), Space (excellent), Origin (somewhat
blah) and Phase Space (not bad).
- Vacuum Diagrams: A bit slow at first, but the latter
stories truly shine.
- Titan: Scary and depressing, but imaginative, realistic, and overall totally fantastic!
- Ultima: Totally weird in that Baxterish way. Loved it.
- Proxima: I read it after Ultima, but it worked regardless.
Less weird than Ultima, but very real and totally Baxter.
- The Long Earth and The Long War: I think Pratchett influences the style a whole
lot, but the combination works! A whole lot easier reading than undiluted
Baxter (which can be quite heavy at times, demanding a long break before starting another Baxter novel). I already went ahead and bought the other books
in the series.
- Looking forward to reading a great many more...
- Ben Bova
- Decades ago I read part of the Exile series, and enjoyed it
(if I recall correctly). I must hunt it down again and re-read it.
- The Grand Tour
series: Mercury, Venus, Mars and Return to
Mars, Jupiter and Leviathans of Jupiter, Titan,
etc... I still have a few books remaining. This is an undertaking I
would only have trusted to The Man (Clarke), but Bova pulls it off
admirably. A must read!
- Arthur C. Clarke
- I don't need to list His books. Get the lot.
- Yes, Childhood's End totally rules.
- Eoin Colfer—see Douglas Adams
- Stanislaw Lem
- Strange and entertaining. I've read also a few others, not
- Walter M. Miller, Jr.
- A Canticle for Leibowitz—Way cool! Way funny!
And very... real!
- Grant Naylor
- Red Dwarf was funny. Somewhat Douglasish, and quite
Adamsesque, but not a cheap rip-off in my opinion. Worth reading.
- Kim Stanley Robinson
- Red Mars—Brilliant!! A must read!!
- Green Mars, the next book in the series, started out fine but then
got so bogged down in planetary political
blah that I never finished it.
- Blue Mars remains to be
- Carl Sagan
- Contact—Excellent! Way better than the movie! And I'm so
happy I read it first, before I saw the movie.
- Andy Weir
- The Martian—Brilliant!! A must read!!
N.B. I read it before I saw the movie. You definitely
need to read the book, but don't expect anything extra from the
movie. Kind of like Contact in that sense.
In addition, you definitely need to spend a few minutes of your life
reading these three short stories:
Now that you know what kind of Scifi I like, how about telling me what
I've been missing?
Antti J. Niskanen <email@example.com>