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  • My wife really likes Orson Scott Card. The Enders Game series especially.

  • Agree; Orsen Scotg Card is excellent! Have you read any of Jules Verne’s books? Take into consideration when they were written and be amazed with what has come to pass!

  • Martha Wells, Ile-Rien series.
    Connie Willis, Oxford Time Travel series.
    Arthur Clark, Childhood’s End.
    Ursula LeGuin, Left Hand of Darkness.
    David Brin, Startide Rising
    China Melville, Ian McDonald …

  • I love Iain M Banks (though some of his books are easier to read than others), Richard Morgan – Altered Carbon is a good one of his to try, Greg Egan/Ken Macleod if you like lots of science in your sci-fi and Ann Leckie for a more recent author.

    • Seconded on the Banks and Leckie. Banks wrote other genres, so make sure you get a Culture novel. His novels aren’t series, but are set in the same universe.

  • If you like humor Terry Pratchett Discworld series start with The Colour of Money. Sanderson’ Way of Kings is long but good

  • Dark Matter was a fun one! I’m not a huge fan of sci-fi (I lean more to fantasy), but I am slowly winding my way through Neal Stephenson’s books, and am enjoying them. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy was also great! The red Rising Trilogy by Peice Brown (I’m on book 2 currently), The Lunar Chronicles (fairy tale retellings in a sci-fi setting. Those are fun, too!

    I think both Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy and Perdido Street Station by China Mieville could be considered sci-fi? Perdido is long and rambling and weird, but I really loved it.

  • All of the Isaac Asimov books, and the H. G. Wells books are popular classic science fiction.

    • and the Ray Bradbury books! Frankenstein, by the author Mary Shelley 1818.

  • Robert A. Heinlein has some great classic books, my favorite is The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

  • John Scalzi – if you like poking fun at Star Trek definitely read Redshirts
    Agent to the Stars is also a fun one
    My husband loves all his stuff.

  • – Do Androids Dream of Eletric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
    – I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
    – The Martian Chronicles, Farhenreit 451, Something Wcked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
    – Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
    – Solaris, Stanislaw Lem
    – Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
    – Mara and Dann, Doris Lessing

  • I, Robot. The Left Hand of Darkness. The Vorkosigan series.

  • Those who love the TV show Firefly might also enjoy “The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet.” SciFi/Mystery lovers, we really enjoyed Superposition by David Walton.

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