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 (also begins with an A!)
- Assemblers of Infinity—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
- 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, imaginative, realistic, fantastic!
- Ultima: Totally weird in that Baxterish way. Loved it.
- The Long Earth: I think Pratchett influences the style a whole
lot, but the combination works! I 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!! But the next
book, Green Mars, got so bogged down in planetary political
blah that I never finished it, and 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 have not seen the movie, and I don't think
I need to!
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>