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Scifi Reading Suggestion List from Twitters

Accelerando - Charles Stross
Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
Anathem - Neal Stephenson
Blindsight - Peter Watts
Blue Remembered Earth - Alastair Reynolds
Book of the New Sun: Series of 4 books - Gene Wolfe
Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton
Cryponomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Culture Series - Ian M Banks
Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge
Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Dune Series - Frank Herbert
A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge
Leviathan Wakes - James S. A. Corey
Lord of Light - Roger Zelazny
Heechee Series - Frederik Pohl
House of Suns - Alastair Reynolds
Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, ... - Dan Simmons
In Her Name Series - Michael R. Hicks
The Martian - Andy Weir
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress - Heinlein
Neptune's Brood - Charles Stross
Nexus - Ramez Naam
The Night's Dawn Trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton
Old Man's War - John Scalzi
Only Forward - Michael Marshall Smith
Player of Games - Iain M. Banks
Redshirts - John Scalzi
Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
Sandkings - G.R.R Martin
Silo Series: Wool, Shift, Dust - Hugh Howey
Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise - Charles Stross
The Skinner - Neal Asher
Solaris - Stanislaw Lems
Star Wolf - David Hamilton
The Unincorporated Man - Dani Kollin and Eytan Kollin
Tuf Voyaging - G.R.R Martin
Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi

8 comments:

  1. I've read many of these-- my 2 cents:
    1. Book of the New Sun(Gene Wolfe) is where you should start, not Long Sun. New Sun is better and takes place earlier in the timeline. Gene Wolfe is my favorite author ;0
    2. Add: Deepness in the Sky(Vernor Vinge)
    3. Add: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress( Heinlein ) if you haven't already read it.

    Some of the books on that list aren't that great IMO.. Leviathan Wakes, Revelation Space, Accelerando, Singularity Sky I'd call these B tier(pulp) stuff.

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  2. Great list.

    Not to be too technical, but "A Deepness in the Sky" is a prequal to "A Fire Upon the Deep".
    And "Player of Games" is a Culture novel.

    I'd add "Hardwired" by Walter Jon Williams, a very cool book, and some of Greg Bear's earlier stuff, such as "Blood Music".

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  3. From Heinlein I'd recommend Starship Troopers. It's substantially different from the movie. One glaring omission is anything by Asimov or Clarke. They're classics for a reasons. For some modern stuff I'd recommend David Weber's Honor Harrington (starting with On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen) and Safehold (starting with Off Armageddon Reef) series.

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  4. I see Blindsight by Peter Watts is already there, so you may want to get the just released sequel, Echopraxia. You've already got the first two Zones of Thought books by Vernor Vinge, there's also a sequel to "A Fire Upon the Deep" called "Children of the Sky" (but read the other two first, starting with "A Fire Upon the Deep"). You may also want to check his "Marooned in Realtime" which is two books in one volume, and "Rainbows End", which has some really great near future speculation. By Alastair Reynolds you already have House of Suns which is very very good, and there's a few more books in the Revelation Space universe, most of them part of a series, but my favorite from those is Chasm City which is a standalone story in the same universe. Add Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton. Also, River of Gods and Brazyl from Ian McDonald. You have Altered Carbon, you may want to add the rest of the Takeshi Kovacs series. Also, add the Ian Cormac series by Neal Asher, starting with Gridlinked. If I'm not mistaken, The Skinner, which is already in the list, is set in the same universe. You don't have Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson in there, but I'll just assume you've already read it. Multiple times :). If you want to try some "harder" science fiction, try Stephen Baxter and Greg Egan. It'll help if you have advanced physics knowledge :D but I don't and still enjoy their stuff. You may also want to subscribe to some magazines like Asimov's, Analog, Interzone... but the monthly influx would take a toll on your development productivity. :) Well, this is pretty much what I come up with off the top of my head. Just to finish, if you don't mind having your science fiction in graphic novel format, please please please try "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis, which I've just re-read, and is absolutely phenomenal. Enjoy!

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  5. No Bester? Stars My Destination! De Camp&Pratt - Harold Shea series. Worth checking Russian SF writers Strugatsky - The Roadside Picnic (Stalker game was inspired by it). There are cool series set in the first Master Of Orion, but you are out of luck - they are russian only. :)

    Non-fiction worth checking are Psychological Types by Carl Jung and The Use of the Self by Alexander. Both are totally shitty writers, but ideas are really worth the hassle.

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  6. Mercilessly trimming down your list to quality space opera series and adding a couple new ones:

    Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, ... - Dan Simmons (series -- beautifully written)
    January Dancer - Michael Flynn ('Spiral Arm' series -- beautifully written)
    Otherland - Tad Williams (4-book series -- great VR concepts)
    The Skinner - Neal Asher (known as the 'Spatterjay' series -- good/original)
    Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan ('Takeshi Kovacs' series -- good/mil/cyberpunk)
    Gridlinked - Neal Asher ('Cormac' series -- thriller)
    Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton (huge/good)
    The Night's Dawn Trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton (huge/good)

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  7. "Stanislaw Lems" - actually it is "Lem" not "Lem", a Polish SF writer, he wrote a lot of great books.

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  8. I can recommend The quantum thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. It will most likely leave the rest behind.

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