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  • THE MARTIAN CHRONICLES, Ray Bradbury
    I, ROBOT, Isaac Asimov
    any short stories collection by Philip K Dick
    DUNE, Frank Herbert
    ORYX AND CRAKE, Margaret Atwood
    THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, H G Wells
    BRAVE NEW WORLD, Aldous Huxley

  • Armada is pretty good. Ernest Cline. He also wrote Ready Player One, which is also good and sci-fi adjacent.

  • Station Eleven is a brilliant read, but maybe more dystopian than sci-fi.

  • The Three-Body Problem (modern, “hard science”); Ilium (hell-of-a pageturner, with a sequel); the Vorkasigan saga (starts with Cornelia’s Honor); The Martian Chronicles (beautiful writing); Stranger in a Strange Land (the book that convinced me to take books seriously); Childhood’s End (fun little read); Contact (another “hard-science” type book). I can give more if those seem good!

    • The thing about Three-Body was that it kept getting better and better. I find this unusual in most sci-fi trilogies — usually the first is the best and it goes downhill-ish from there. The last book of Three-Body was by far my favorite. Another similar trilogy that comes to mind is The Golden Age by John C Wright.

  • “The Warriors’ Apprentice” and “The Vor Game” by Lois McMaster Bujold. Two of the first in her Miles Vorkosigan saga of books. Great reads.

    • I’d start with the first book: Cornelia’s Honor (if I recall correctly!)

  • Hyperion (Dan Simmons), Rendezvous with Rama (Clarke), The Foundation Trilogy (Asimov)

  • The Rithmatist by Brian Sanderson. It’s not really sci-fi, but it’s different and really good.

  • Dark Matter, and the audiobook version of We Are Legion (We Are Bob)

    • Yes. He really added something to the characters. One of them in particular really amused me every time he spoke.

    • I just noticed it was named Audible’s Best of 2016 – Science Fiction

    • It’s a sci-fi/thriller/love story about some crazy quantum physics adventures. Saying almost anything else is a big, fat spoiler.

  • Dune 😁. I was so sucked in, I read it in two sittings.

  • Use of Weapons by Iain M Banks, his culture series in general is great but that one is my favorite

  • Connie Willis’ Oxford time travel series.
    Doomsday Book
    To Say Nothing of the Dog
    Blackout
    All Clear

    (It’s a good idea to be familiar with Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K Jerome before reading To Say Nothing of the Dog, but not necessary)

  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep – significantly different, but the basis for the Bladerunner movie

  • Just finishing Ready Player One, which has been great. Before this I listened to the audiobook of Seveneves, which was excellent. Hubby and I still talk about some of the questions raised in that book

  • If you haven’t read anything by Spider Robinson, I highly recommend. I am kicking myself that I didn’t start to read him sooner. He wrote a series that started with Callahan’s Cross-time Saloon.

  • Neil Gaiman…any of his books. “Nine Kinds of Naked” and “Just a Couple of Days” by Tony Vigorito are both outstanding. Not a huge sci-fi fan, but I love all I just mentioned.

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