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March 11: Top Ten All Time Favorite Books in X Genre (you pick the genre!)

So many genres to choose from… I’m going to choose Science Fiction, because everyone should read more Sci Fi. 🙂

diamond age

1. The Diamond Age; Neal Stephenson. Set in a future where society is divided into sections that echo the past, this is about a girl named Nell and an electronic primer that helps make her more powerful in the face of an often indifferent world.

expendable

2. Expendable; James Alan Gardner. Life is perfect–unless you’re not perfect. People born with birth defects (that won’t kill them, those are corrected) are drafted as Explorers, because no one cares too much if the ugly people die. Except, of course, for the Explorers. The start of a series that has a lot to say about appearance versus reality.

freedom landing

3. Freedom’s Landing; Anne McCaffrey. People know about her Pern series, generally, less have read this four book series. A variety of alien species, fights and treaties, some practical issues with alien biology–and some good old human stubbornness.

hellspark

4. Hellspark; Janet Kagan. An explorer dies on a planet, and someone has to discover why–but the person sent to do so has more questions than that, and is determined to find answers. This book talks about culture and language and intelligence in a thought-provoking fashion.

hitchhiker's guide

5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy; Douglas Adams. The H2G2 series shaped my reading preferences, so it has to get a mention. It starts with the Earth being destroyed, and the adventures that follow grow weirder and quite funny.

Slaughterhouse-Five

6. Slaughter-house Five; Kurt Vonnegut. Follows an American prisoner of war through time–and space, with the addition of some time-traveling aliens to make the unraveling of the plot more complicated.

Stranger in a Strange Land

7. Stranger in a Strange Land; Robert A Heinlein. A human, raised by Martians, returned to Earth as someone that’s hardly an Earthling in anything but biology. Peculiar and thought-provoking, and about what makes us human–the best and worst parts.

wool

8. Wool Omnibus; Hugh Howey. (You can find them all together pretty easily online, so it’s like one book, right?) The remnants of humanity, struggling to survive in a silo shelter. And then a few people discover some deadly secrets about the world beyond their safe walls.

world war z

9. World War Z; Max Brooks. Nothing at all like the movie! A series of interviews about people who survived the zombie infection, done because the war isn’t over–humanity has survived, but not defeated the hordes. Some sad, some hopeful, the stories make you think about the price of winning.

Wrinkle in Time

10. A Wrinkle in Time; Madeleine L’Engle. A story night, an adventure, and folding space–a childhood favorite. If you haven’t read this one, you should.

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About Caitlin Stern

I have a MA in English, and have so many fantasy/urban fantasy WIPs it's not even funny. I'm an avid reader of science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance, biography, fiction, and anything else that catches my interest. I collect books, and bookmarks I find that are visually appealing and useful.

6 responses »

  1. Harliqueen says:

    Great choices 🙂

  2. I love A Wrinkle in Time!!! It’s been so long since I read it.
    Great list!

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