#1 Posted by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -

I want to order a few new books to read.  Any suggestions of some goood Sci Fi books.  I have read several Larry Niven books and really liked those.  Thanks people.

#2 Posted by Venatio (4491 posts) -

I dont know if you like the games but Mass Effect Revelations and Mass Effect Ascension are two excellent Sci-fi books

Revelations take place before the first one and Acension takes place between Mass Effect 1 and 2

I recommend these books and the games, although you could read them without playing the games, hope I could help

#3 Posted by Meowayne (6084 posts) -

Did you just recommend game books?

#4 Posted by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -
@Venatio said:
"I dont know if you like the games but Mass Effect Revelations and Mass Effect Ascension are two excellent Sci-fi booksRevelations take place before the first one and Acension takes place between Mass Effect 1 and 2I recommend these books and the games, although you could read them without playing the games, hope I could help"

Read both and played the game.  The books really helped make the game even better if you read it first.
#5 Edited by Venatio (4491 posts) -
@Meowayne said:
" Did you just recommend game books? "
Yes I did because I thought they were good. Have you read these two so you can give a fair judgement? No I dont think so so stop assuming that they suck
#6 Posted by TimeWaffle (946 posts) -

can't really go wrong with the Ender series

#7 Posted by Venatio (4491 posts) -
@QuattroRS6 said:
" @Venatio said:
"I dont know if you like the games but Mass Effect Revelations and Mass Effect Ascension are two excellent Sci-fi booksRevelations take place before the first one and Acension takes place between Mass Effect 1 and 2I recommend these books and the games, although you could read them without playing the games, hope I could help"
Read both and played the game.  The books really helped make the game even better if you read it first. "
Nice, I read both too, the first one before ME1 came out and recently Ascension, they were really good and gave great insight into the story of the game
#8 Posted by RashDendar (10 posts) -

Neuromancer is a good one also.

#9 Posted by TheFreeMan (2712 posts) -
@DrDemon said:
" can't really go wrong with the Ender series "
I only read the first one but I agree with this. Ender's Game is a great book.

I would also recommend the Halo books, if you're into that sort of thing. Pretty entertaining.
#10 Posted by Giantsquirrel (601 posts) -

My favorite is the Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton (RIP).

#11 Edited by Maxszy (2064 posts) -

Ooo this could be a fun list to make! I could write a lot but a few. What type of SciFi do you really like? Space Opera? More gritty? Anyway, I'll put a few things down here:

  • Anything by Richard K. Morgan. Especially his Takeshi Kovacs novels. (Altered Carbon, Broken Angles, Woken Furies.) Really, really recommend his stuff.
  • Shadow Warrior by Chris Bunch
  • Start the "Vatta's War" series by Elizabeth Moon. Starts with Marque and Reprisal.
  • Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • Foundation, Second Foundation, Foundation and Empire all by Isaac Asimov. Asimov is a critical read and especially are his Foundation books. Among others.
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler (More off the wall and may not be the type of Sci-Fi you want or are thinking of. Great book though.)
  • Hopefully you've already read Dune by Frank Herbert. But if not, hop to it! :)
  • As others have said, definitely read Ender and the related books. All of them are great.
  • If Star Wars books could interest you: Darth Bane: Path of Destruction is a great one by Drew Karpynshaw. (May be the wrong spelling of his name).

Alright, hopefully this list can help you out with some Science Fiction to read!
#12 Posted by lilburtonboy7489 (1948 posts) -

H.G. Wells "War of the Worlds". 

#13 Posted by SinGulaR (2293 posts) -

Olaf Stapledon "Star Maker" and "First and Last Men"

#14 Posted by ahab88 (240 posts) -

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Dune (as Maxszy mentioned) by Frank Herbert


#15 Posted by Ross (319 posts) -

I'm gonna go with a game book as well with Eric Nylund's The Fall of Reach.   Yes it's a Halo book but if you don't like Halo the Ender's series is really good as well.

#16 Edited by Black_Rose (7785 posts) -

A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

#17 Edited by torus (1096 posts) -

If you want so-called 'serious' science fiction, you should pick up anything by JG Ballard. That stuff really gets you thinking.


There's also A Canticle For Leibowitz, which is a pretty great post-nuclear-holocaust tripartite novel about a world that has been thrown back to the middle ages.
#18 Posted by Hairydutchman (1039 posts) -

Jurassic Park is SciFi.

#19 Posted by pornstorestiffi (4911 posts) -
#20 Edited by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson; first Book I read that wasn't a school requirement from cover to cover in 23 years of life.

#21 Posted by Jayge_ (10221 posts) -
@Subject2Change said:
" Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson "
Holy shit I just came in here to post this.

Also, Anathem by Neal Stephenson.
#22 Posted by Subject2Change (2966 posts) -

HAH WELL I WIN THEN!

Currently have Quicksilver on deck after I finish Battle Royale this week. Anthem is on my list as well but Barnes and Noble didn't have it last time in stock and I was too lazy to order it lol.

#23 Posted by lok1 (2 posts) -

Anything by Iain M Banks( not Iain Banks, that's his drama series pseudonym) He creates the most amazing worlds and story, and ill defy anyone to have read one of his books and not walk away with draw dropping experience. His best books are based on the culture. Seriously check them out :D

#24 Posted by Sparky_Buzzsaw (6156 posts) -
@Maxszy said:
"Ooo this could be a fun list to make! I could write a lot but a few. What type of SciFi do you really like? Space Opera? More gritty? Anyway, I'll put a few things down here:

Max, you just nailed every book I was going to recommend!  Holy crap, that's a great list.  Richard Morgan has become one of my all-time favorite authors after the Takeshi novels, and his other work is superb as well.

I'll add a few, but definitely check out Maxszy's list.  That's really solid!

- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
- Most anything by Kurt Vonnegut.  Start with Cat's Cradle and some of his short fiction.
- Day of the Tripods series - they're a little YA, but they're still great novels.
- My personal favorite sci-fi series is Tad Williams' Otherland.  If you enjoy fantasy, check out his other works as well, but Otherland is pretty much sci-fi through and through.
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#25 Posted by Wolverine (4281 posts) -

I hear the Halo and Star Wars books are pretty good.

#26 Edited by SteamPunkJin (1286 posts) -

Already been mentioned but would like to re-recommend
Neuromancer
The Dune series (as long as it was written by Frank Herbert and not his son)
SnowCrash
&
MindScan by Robert Sawyer
The Time Machine by HG Wells

#27 Posted by Roboyto (80 posts) -

good scifi books eh? well Ill take credit for Subject2Change recommending Snow Crash cause im pretty sure i recommended that one to him years ago. other good'uns include:
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card - or, as others have stated, the entire Ender's series though Ender's Game is the best of the bunch
Dune by Frank Herbert
Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Andromeda Strain, Jurassic Park, Sphere and most stuff by Michael Crichton
The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks
and most stuff by Philip K. Dick

#28 Posted by Gargantuan (1882 posts) -

Dune and Vatta's War are very good.

#29 Edited by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -

I was looking at the Ender's Quartet Boxed Set.  I think i want to get that to start.  The other option is getting the Dune chronicles.  Since i am legally blind and read kinda slow now, which set do you all think is easier reading?  I know that can be a matter of opinion but you all have helped alot so far so I'm asking for a bit more help here.  Definately narrowed it down to those two boxed sets.

#30 Posted by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -

And I have read all the Halo stuff and the Mass Effect stuff.  Ya sure they aren't as good as alot of the mentioned series but they were easy reads and they let me enjoy the games more by fleshing out the Universes.   Good book ties in with fun games you like are awesome if you ask me.

#31 Posted by Lydian_Sel (2486 posts) -

Sean Williams writes amazing epic space opera if that's what you're looking for?



#32 Posted by auspiciousqueue (1298 posts) -

Any Jules Verne or H.G. Wells novel. 

#33 Posted by DanielJW (4915 posts) -

I liked The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, but I read that a long time ago, so it's probably more for kids. I still think it's good though. Heres some info if your interested.

#34 Posted by atejas (3057 posts) -

Seconding Ender and Neuromancer
Also Roadside Picnic is decent.

#35 Posted by wrecks (2245 posts) -

Read more Larry Niven.

Not sure what you've read from him, but my favs are Legacy of Herot, Beowulf's Children, The Integral Trees & the Smoke Ring. I also second the Hyperion series. 

#36 Posted by caesius6 (184 posts) -

I agree about the Mass Effect books, well the first one at least, and also agree with the Halo books, they're all good fun to read.

If you haven't read The Andromeda Strain yet, def give it a try. Michael Crichton. They made a two part TV-movie out of it like last year, it's pretty awesome.
#37 Posted by Maxszy (2064 posts) -
@Sparky_Buzzsaw said:
" @Maxszy said:
"Ooo this could be a fun list to make! I could write a lot but a few. What type of SciFi do you really like? Space Opera? More gritty? Anyway, I'll put a few things down here:
Max, you just nailed every book I was going to recommend!  Holy crap, that's a great list.  Richard Morgan has become one of my all-time favorite authors after the Takeshi novels, and his other work is superb as well.I'll add a few, but definitely check out Maxszy's list.  That's really solid!- Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy- Most anything by Kurt Vonnegut.  Start with Cat's Cradle and some of his short fiction.- Day of the Tripods series - they're a little YA, but they're still great novels.- My personal favorite sci-fi series is Tad Williams' Otherland.  If you enjoy fantasy, check out his other works as well, but Otherland is pretty much sci-fi through and through. "
Wooo! Glad we are on the same page! :) Yeah, Richard K. Morgan has become one of my all-time favorites as well. Such a great author!
#38 Edited by PenguinDust (12499 posts) -
Harry Turtledove's WorldWar/Colonization series.  Turtledove writes a lot of alternate history sci-fi.  In the WorldWar series, during the early part of World War Two, the Earth is invaded by aliens bent on our enslavement.  As such, all the efforts of all nations who had been trying to kill each other are now working together to defeat the alien menace.  But, this doesn't mean that old, pre-invasion agendas have disappeared.  The aliens aren't just some blank force of aggression either, and a great deal of the story is told through their eyes.  The story involves people from across the globe experiencing the invasion and the war to free humanity.  Some people are soldiers, some are homefront support and others are refugees and prisoners.  The Colonization series continues with the new history after WorldWar concludes. 

Tad William's 4 part Otherland series.  Otherland is a story that is seems to be similar to the Matrix but without all the shallow crap that followed in the subsequent films.  Otherland describes the virtual world that exists for people where they can experience fantastic settings though direct interface.  The person entering the Otherland world feels as though they are actually there seeing, smelling, touching everything as if it was a real world.  The plot develops though when some people become stuck in this alternate world.  The heroine of the story is a South African woman living in Durban.  The love story is between a pair of teenagers who meet while playing a medieval world adventure.  There is also a "Syler" like villain as well as a much large oppressive scheme at play.  An important aspect of the story is the nature of facades and anonymity in the information age.  These 4 books are among the best I've read in a decade, and highly recommend them, but I should warn that they are not short books.  Each is over a 1000 pages.

 
#39 Edited by Einherjan (588 posts) -
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Bladerunner is based upon this).
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Everworld by K.A. Applegate.
  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
#40 Posted by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -
@Einherjan said:
"
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick (Bladerunner is based upon this).
  • A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
  • 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Everworld by K.A. Applegate.
  • Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
"

Philip KDick is awesome.  Most people have no idea how many movies are based on his books.  I really should read the books as I am going to go ut a limb and say they are much better then any of the movies based on them.
#41 Edited by Osaladin (2517 posts) -

I kind of feel like reading Dune, but there are so many books, I don't know what the order is.

#42 Posted by QuattroRS6 (121 posts) -
@Osaladin:
Pretty sure if you look the books up you can see the original publish date.  I go by that alot when im not sure what order to read something or just to get some sort of idea of the proper order.   I'm sure someone has a proper list somewhere on the web as well.
#43 Posted by Einherjan (588 posts) -
@QuattroRS6: I think you can say that for a lot of books that were later turned into films.
#44 Posted by CountRockula (398 posts) -

I see someone already mentioned Asimov's Foundation series.  Consider that recommendation seconded.

#45 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3704 posts) -
@QuattroRS6 said:
" I want to order a few new books to read.  Any suggestions of some goood Sci Fi books.  I have read several Larry Niven books and really liked those.  Thanks people. "
Have you heard of Michael Crichton?
He wrote the Jurassic Park books(the ones the movie was based on).
The books are much better. I recommend all of his work, but here are my favorites:
Congo
Jurassic Park
The Lost World
and
Sphere
Those links lead to amazon, but you can find those books at any Half Price Books.
#46 Posted by JeffGoldblum (3704 posts) -
@DanielJW said:
" I liked The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer, but I read that a long time ago, so it's probably more for kids. I still think it's good though. Heres some info if your interested. "
That was an EXCELLENT book.
#47 Posted by ElectricHaggis (630 posts) -

Anything by Douglas Adams.  Or maybe Flowers for Algernon.