|09-04-2008, 04:41 AM||#16|
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Second the Motion
Modern speculative fiction was founded by Heinlein, Asimov and Clarke. Reading Foundation by Isaac Asimov will quickly tell you if you want more of him. Clarke is probably best-known for the "2001" novel and screenplay he co-wrote with Stanley Kubrick. However, I recommend Childhood's End as encapsulating most of Clarke's themes.
If you are looking for less rockets and more human struggles with daily life in postulated futures, read Philip K. Dick. Anything he wrote but in particular The Man in the High Castle, Flow my Tears, the Policeman Said and A Scanner Darkly.
Dangerous Visions, an anthology of short (sort of) stories edited by Harlan Ellisson (himself a stunning writer) is a must read.
Finally, I applaud the list of authors quoted above. All of them can actually write, something that can not be said of all authors of SF. I would like to add Stanislaw Lem to the list: The Cyberiad (magnificently translated from the original Polish by Michael Kandel) and Cordwainer Smith's Rediscovery of Man.
I am currently reading Neal Stephenson's Diamond Age for the fourth time...
|09-04-2008, 02:45 PM||#17|
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OMG! I forgot to include Ursula LeGuin. If you want something that will make you think instead of the "shoot-em-up in space" adventure stories, check out her Hainish novels. In my opinion, the most important one in that universe is The Left Hand of Darkness.
|09-04-2008, 05:02 PM||#18|
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Heinlein's Citizen of the Galaxy is probably the most "mature" of his "young adult" books; The Rolling Stones is set in the same universe as TMIAHM and has one overlapping character (Hazel Stone). Between Planets and Red Planet both deal with similar issues of colonialism (a popular theme with Heinlein). For non-Heinlein that might be similar in enjoyment, I'd suggest John Barnes' Orbital Resonance. C.J.Cherryh's "Company Wars" books (e.g. Downbelow Station) have some similar themes, but the writing style is usually so different from Heinlein that I'm not sure if you'd like them. I'd recommend Rimrunners and Heavy Time, however. David Brin's "Uplift" series might appeal to you, or perhaps Earth, which is a standalone book.
|09-05-2008, 08:30 PM||#19|
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|09-05-2008, 08:49 PM||#20|
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This book about Heinlein served me well as a summary of most of his best books and stories. Unfortunately it doesn't mention his late work, as it was written before his death.
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