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Favorite Science Fiction Books

Garrett Arizala
The list author says: "My recommended science fiction reading list. Some are recent, some classic, but all are worthy."
A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)
A Fire Upon The Deep (Zones of Thought)
"My all time favorite. Combines every element you could want in science fiction. Plausible science. Fascinating aliens. Interesting humans. Conflict. Action. Even a touch of romance."
Ready Player One
Ready Player One
"You must read this!!! (If you grew up in the 80's)"
Old Man's War
Old Man's War
"Book one of what will be a classic series. Sometimes sci-fi is hard to read, but not this one. Easy to follow in an entertaining and witty narrative."
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
A Deepness in the Sky (Zones of Thought)
"A "prequel" written 7 years after "A Fire Upon The Deep". It doesn't matter much which one you read first, but you must read them both!"
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet)
"A compact novel that is number one on many sci-fi lists. Nobody does conflict better than OSC."
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet)
Speaker for the Dead (The Ender Quintet)
"Book 2 of the Ender series. It is significantly different in style from Ender's Game. Better, I think, though many will cry foul at that remark."
Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2)
Startide Rising (The Uplift Saga, Book 2)
"Book 2 of "The Uplift Saga." I'm glad I read this book first, because had I started with "Sundiver" I probably wouldn't have continued. It does take a while for the story to build but its mad-kwayzee finish will make it worthwhile."
The Practice Effect (Bantam Spectra Book)
The Practice Effect (Bantam Spectra Book)
"Perhaps my favorite David Brin book. By far the funniest sci-fi book I've read. For me it is far superior to the highly touted Douglas Adams' "Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy." (Perhaps I just don't get British humor. Although I do like Mr. Bean)"
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Saga, Book 1)
To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Saga, Book 1)
"A little disorienting at first, but once you get it you'll be blown away."
The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld Saga, Book 2)
The Fabulous Riverboat (Riverworld Saga, Book 2)
"Book 2 of the Riverworld Saga. It's my favorite of this great series. why? Anything that combines science fiction and Mark Twain on a riverboat just has to be brilliant."
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, Book 1)
"Post apocalyptic feudal states must submit 12 to 18yr old contestants to battle to the death in the yearly games. Aimed at pre-teens/young adult (certainly violent but no sexual overtones), it is an interesting blend of action, character development, teenage ID and philosophy."
Ilium
Ilium
"I love science fiction and I love Dan Simmons' horror novels but I didn't like "Hyperion." Go figure. I do, however, love this Homer/greek historical/Sci-fi fusion."
Brightness Reef (The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1)
Brightness Reef (The Uplift Trilogy, Book 1)
"Book 1 of "The Uplift Trilogy" which takes place in the same universe started with "The Uplift Saga." Although none of the individual books are the equal of "Startide Rising," the series as a whole is more consistent."
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
"I read this in elementary school and have been hooked on science fiction ever since."
Special Deliverance
Special Deliverance
"One of my favorite Clifford D. Simak stories, this one is sort of like a sci-fi morality play. Think "12 angry men" except instead of a verdict they are trying to solve mysterious puzzles. And of course one of them is a robot."
Mastodonia
Mastodonia
"My favorite Clifford D. Simak book. Clifford D. Simak's books have a very distinctive feel. I would describe it as "gentle" science fiction. Appropriate for elementary and up."
The Man in the High Castle
The Man in the High Castle
"Classic alternate history science fiction in which Germany and Japan won WWII."
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus
"While his Ender series gets all the attention, this very underrated alt-history examination of Columbus deserves a second look (or first look)."
Marooned in Realtime (Peace War)
Marooned in Realtime (Peace War)
"Science fiction "who-dun-it". This is a two book compilation. Skip "Peace War," which, while set in the same universe, is rather a different story and not as interesting."
Jurassic Park: A Novel
Jurassic Park: A Novel
"I've enjoyed reading Michael Crichton's books over the years. I'd say this was his best. Very cutting edge at the time, but now a little dated. Still a good read though."
Children of Dune
Children of Dune
"I really didn't care for the first Dune book. The series starts to get interesting with this one."
God Emperor of Dune by Frank. Herbert
God Emperor of Dune by Frank. Herbert
"The peak of the Dune series."
Planet of Adventure
Planet of Adventure
"Jack Vance's characters use peculiar turns of phrases which keeps things interesting. This collection of 4 books in one is worth every penny."
2010: Odyssey Two
2010: Odyssey Two
"Great movies often come from even better books. Although I didn't read 2001: A space odyssey" I just don't see how it could be better than the movie. Although I enjoyed the 2010 movie follow-up I do think the book was a little better."
The Mysterious Island (illustrated)
The Mysterious Island (illustrated)
"Despite being written in the 19th century, does contain some pretty cool science."
Star Strike (The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)
Star Strike (The Inheritance Trilogy, Book 1)
"Well constructed military sci-fi. A balanced melding of technology, aliens, military tactics and politicians (who are almost as scary as the xenophobic aliens)."
Lovelock (The Mayflower Trilogy Book 1)
Lovelock (The Mayflower Trilogy Book 1)
"I loved this book, co-written by Orson Scott Card and Kathryn Kidd. It was, however, supposed to be the first of a trilogy. Since it came out in the early 90's there has been no follow up so it may be a dead ender (pun intended)."
Uglies
Uglies
"The premise was initially hard to get over (In a post-apocalyptic world everyone lives in "green" cities and get cosmetic surgery at age 16 where they live happily ever after.)but if you can get past it you the story isn't too bad. Should be a decent series."
The Giver
The Giver
"A nice book for the young adult reader. Sort of reminds me of "Logan's Run" (utopian society with a dark side)."
Rendezvous With Rama
Rendezvous With Rama
"A mysterious object is discovered transiting through the solar system and astronauts are sent to investigate. While the story simmers along, the action never really boils. Better suited for those in a contemplative mood."
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1)
Dauntless (The Lost Fleet, Book 1)
"Solid military sci-fi. Not nearly as good "Old Man's War" but well worth picking up. After the decent first book the series doesn't really do much more than push the story and in fact the major characters' tortured moral conflicts become grating. The Series really should have been one or two long books."
Starship Troopers
Starship Troopers
"This military sci-fi by Heinlein is more military than sci-fi. Perhaps this is why is doesn't seem all that dated even though it was written half a century ago. It's a bit "controversial" because of its heavy right wing POV. However, unlike the depiction in the movie, it is more Sean Hanity than Nazi Fascism."