With the impending Giant Bomb book club I was interested in finding out what Giant Bomb users like to read. My favourite genre by light years is science fiction, your K. Dick's and your M. Banks', and I was wondering if anybody out in the infinite sphere of space-time had any beloved texts and good suggestions. Here's a wee list of some choice favourites:
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester (1956)
A space revenge story with a plot so ingeniously constructed that I almost gave up on trying to become a writer having read it. Also this would make an incredible contemporary sci-fi film.
Valis - Philip K. Dick (1981)
A mini metaphysical masterpiece told from a number of different perspective...but from the same perspective. To tell you what that means would be to spoil it. An exploration of madness and obsession not for the faint of heart.
The Man in the High Castle - Philip K. Dick (1962)
A dystopian tale (again written by the master himself) which explores what would have happened if the Nazi's had won the war. Deeply disturbing in the best possible way.
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman (1974)
An allegory of the Vietnam War written at it's height. Centres around a conflict in the future between us and a foe so distant that time-dilation begins to erode our very understanding of why we're fighting in the first place. Chillingly explores the psychological effect of warfare but in the most mind-expanding way possible.
Use Of Weapons - Ian M. Banks (1990)
One of the most terrifying sci-fi novels I have ever read, with an insane structure that chronologically leads back into the origins of a character's very being. One of ten culture novels by the recently deceased master Ian M. Banks. This entire series is a work of art and I still cannot fathom how one human could create such a richly expansive universe as this. Mass Effect eat your hear out.
These are just a fewof my favourites. Share your thoughts and give me any suggestions for future reads. Yay for books!!!