Monday, February 15, 2010

Help! In need of a recommendation!

Can anyone suggest a good sci-fi book? I need one for an annotation, but I'm having trouble finding something.

Any ideas???


  1. Rachel,

    Honestly, it would depend on how science fiction oriented you wanted to go, but here are some very good works.

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Stranger in a Strange Land
    both by Robert Heinlien

    The Telling, The Left Hand of Darkness
    both by Ursula K. LeGuin

    Soldier, Ask Not, Dorsai
    both by Gordon R. Dickson

    Foundation, The Caves of Steel, Nemesis
    all by Isaac Asimov

    The Cool War
    by Fred Pohl

    Rendevous with Rama
    by Arthur C. Clarke

    Hope you find one from this list that you enjoy.
    Happy reading,
    Ben F.

  2. Hey Rachel,

    Jo Walton, a fantastic writer in her own right, recently posted a blog entry at about good sci-fi books for non sci-fi readers. I can't seem to paste a link in here but if you go to and search for Gateway Drugs it is the first post that comes up. But if that is Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town in your Goodreads sidebar thingie there, I believe that Cory Doctorow is considered science fiction as well.

    The writers I most often recommend for non sci-fi readers are Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis, and John Scalzi. They are much more space opera-ey than Ben's suggestions though.

  3. Sorry, I messed up the first comment somehow.

    I really liked Frank Herbert's Dune. I would think it would be considered classic sci-fi.

  4. Thanks to everyone for the recommendations! My library queue is very long now :)