Sci-Fi 101

(8 Posts)
EmMcK Wed 23-Apr-14 21:56:50

I need to choose and read a Sci-Fi book of my choice for my next book club and really don't know where to begin. I have read a fair bit of fantasy - Clive Barker, Pullman etc but am a total Sci-Fi novice. Where do I start? Is going for something like Asimov ?

iklboo Wed 23-Apr-14 22:02:27

How about Ray Bradbury or Douglas Adams?

PetraArkanian Wed 23-Apr-14 22:02:41

Enders game (orson Scott card)...but please read it before you see the film.

Fab child psychology, politics and a great ending!

EmMcK Wed 23-Apr-14 22:57:53

Right - off to the awesome second hand bookshop down the road I go! thanks.

CoteDAzur Thu 24-Apr-14 08:41:56

Are you all sci-fi novices in your book club?

Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Douglas Adams etc are very old school. There is some brilliant sci-fi written in the past 20 years.

John Scalzi's "Old Man's War" - it's funny and witty, and touching, and a great story about "real" people you can believe in, with a "hard sci-fi" setting - character driven and a great plot too.
A nice read for people who maybe aren't actually sure they will like "Sci-Fi" but who will like a good story line and "forget" it's sci-fi if that makes sense grin and it has some sequels for anyone who wants them later, but is good as a stand alone book too.

ImAThrillseekerBunny Mon 28-Apr-14 21:03:15

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin is a stone cold classic.

ineedausername Wed 30-Apr-14 22:30:19

I love Peter F Hamilton, but they can be pretty hard going and may need a few reads!

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