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Dallas Sci-Fi Book Club Message Board › Book Suggestions

Book Suggestions

A former member
Post #: 122
Prey - Michael Crichton - introduced "gray goo" as a term
Titan - John Varley - absolutely an amazing setting

A former member
Post #: 14
I vote for John Varley, too! (Anything before his last last few, with which I was a bit disappointed crying )
Titan is a great suggestion. Alternatively, the short fiction is chock-ful of conversation topics!
A former member
Post #: 167
Big Names / Well Known
Niven - Ringworld, The Integral Trees, Lucifer's Hammer, Neutron Star
PJ Farmer - To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld)
Le Guin - The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven
EE Smith - Lensman Chronicles
Philip K Dick - The Man in the High Castle, UBIK, VALIS
AC Clark - 2001, The City and the Stars
Orwell - 1984
Heinlein -Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Door Into Summer, Citizen Of the Galaxy, Have Space-Suit - Will Travel, The Puppetmasters
Gibson - Neuromancer, Burning Chrome
Asimov - The God's Themselves, End of Eternity
Zelanzy - This Immortal
Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle, Slaughterhouse 5, The Siren's of Titan
Verne - 20,000 L Under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth
Crichton - The Andromeda Stain, Sphere
Wyndham - The Chrysalids
Burgress - A Clockwork Orange
Stephenson - The Diamond Age
OC Card - Ender's Game
Greg Bear - The Forge of God, Blood Music
Gene Wolfe - The Shadow of the Torturer
HG Wells - The Invisible Man
Julian May - The Many-Coloured Land
Poul Anderson - Tau Zero
Frank Herbert - The Dosadi Experiment
David Weber - On Basilisk Station

Less Known

Vernor Vinge - A Fire Upon the Deep
Stanislaw Lem - Solaris
Dan Simmons - Hyperion, Ilium
Aldous Huxley- Brave New World
Joe Haldeman - The Forever War
Walter M Miller - A Canticle for Leibowitz
Daniel Keyes - Flowers for Algernon
Iain M Banks - The Player Of Games, The Use of Weapons
Peter F Hamilton - The Reality Dysfunction
David Brin - Startide Rising, The Postman
Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Connie Willis - Doomsday Book
Alastair Reynolds - Revelation Space
Bester - The Demolished Man
Clifford D Simak - Way Station, City
Arkady & Boris Strugatsky - Roadside Picnic
John Brunner - Stand on Zanzibar
James P Hogan - Inherit the Stars
A former member
Post #: 1
Slan, Voyage of the Space Beagle - A. E. van Vogt
Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement
The Cyberiad - Stanislaw Lem (A collection of short stories, but with a central theme).
Planet of Adventure, The Dirdir - Jack Vance
Ensign Flandry - Poul Anderson
Virtual Light - William Gibson
The Difference Engine - Bruce Sterling and William Gibson
Terraplane - Jack Womack
Ambient - Jack Womack
Elvissy - Jack Womack
A Maze of Death - Philip K. Dick
Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Glass Teat - Harlan Ellison
Beyond Armageddon - Walter Miller Jr. (editor) A Collection of Short Stories
At the Mountains of Madness - H.P. Lovecraft
The Call of Cthulu - H.P. Lovecraft
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlien
The Dream Master - Roger Zelazny
Damnation Alley - Roger Zelazny

Just some ideas, I was trying to cover a lot of different styles and subject matter.
A former member
Post #: 1
G.K. Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday
A former member
Post #: 265
Roy's List with dups removed:

Stephenson - Snow Crash - You're a pizza delivery boy for the mafia- you're in trouble if you don't deliver the pizza in 30 minutes (just the start of a wild ride with an embedded good SF'nal idea about language and viruses)
Stephenson - The Diamond Age - It's a Victorian age with nanotechnology. What is the proper way to raise children? Write a Primer.
Greg Bear - Darwin's Radio - The next step for humanity
Charles Stross - Singularity Sky (Stross's first novel). It starts with telephones dropping from the sky and when you answer it asks for you to tell a story in return for any wish. Yes, this is SF
James Schmitz - The Witches of Karres - Rollicking fun as a stick in the mud captain of a trading ship from Nikkeldepain, ends up saving three young girls from slavery. They turn out to be 'witches' from Karres.
John Scalzi - Old Man' War - Fairly recent tale told in Heinlein fashion. Get recruited by the commonwealth of planets as an old man, get a new body and fight for humanity in the far reaches of space.
Bruce Sterling - Schismatrix - History of humanity as it moves into the solar system and works to extend life, either as a mechanix or a shaper.
Jack Vance - Star King. Hard to pick a favorite Vance. This is the start of a series of 5 books as our protagonist seeks out the 5 star kings for revenge who destroyed his world and murdered his parents. Vance is near unique in his use of language and inventiveness.
Alexei Panshin - Star Well - Join Anthony Villiers of minor nobility as he engages in marginally legal adventures across the galaxy. Amusing and whimsical.
A former member
Post #: 270
Distilling down to non-horror, non-fantasy, non-repeats in the above lists, and removing those we've already read, I get this list from Larry's top 100 (still editing):

A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Animal Farm, by George Orwell
Watchmen, by Alan Moore
I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
Watership Down, by Richard Adams
A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller
Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson
World War Z, by Max Brooks
The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett
The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury
Sunshine, by Robin McKinley
A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville
The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis
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