Grown-up science fiction for almost 11 year old

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MabelSideswipe Tue 03-Dec-13 10:34:20

Hope someone who likes science fiction can help me. My almost 11 year old love science fiction and has been reading some adult books such as 2001 and Hitchhikers Guide. He wants some more for Xmas but I have not much of a clue as it really is not my bag!

I was pondering Chocky by John Wyndham. Can anyone recommend anything else?

duchesse Fri 06-Dec-13 22:48:52

The Midwich Cuckoos is rather good and quite scary.

Anything by Terry Pratchett he's sure to like- there's nothing age inappropriate afair.

duchesse Fri 06-Dec-13 22:50:32

There's also dystopian stuff like 1984 and Animal Farm he might enjoy.

duchesse Fri 06-Dec-13 22:51:11

Dh says most of HG Wells, and I second Takver's mention of Jules Verne.

DPotter Fri 06-Dec-13 23:01:16

Philip Reeve - the series about the moving cities, can't remember the name. My daughter really raved about them. Definitely vote for Terry Prachett - the Disc world and he has a series aimd at 10-12 yr olds. for girls the series about the girl witch Tiffany although the wee free men would also appeal to boys

I started off reading Piers Anthony , particulary his Xanth series, and also the Incarnations of Immortality series, but tbh they're more fantasy than anything else. I'm trying hard to think of ones that weren't a wee bit dodgy (I was an avid Heinlein reader, but maybe not the ones I should have been reading at that age. Ditto Philip Jose Farmer) A good space based one was the Sector General series by James White - sort of like ER in space but with really weird aliens and lots of science.

TummyMummy36 Fri 06-Dec-13 23:25:32

Found old copies of Jurassic Park and The Lost World, and DS (11) got hooked on instantly!!! He was all praises, loved it more than the movie and got me reading them again!

Jux Sat 07-Dec-13 11:28:19

Great suggestions ^^

Another I read at that sort of age was City by Simak. Far future, dogs and robots. That book stayed in my head forever.

ObtuseAngel Sat 07-Dec-13 11:47:41

I've just re-read the Tripods trilogy as it came out on Kindle a few weeks ago, and it stands up pretty well after all these years. It is a teeny bit sexist in as much as all the main characters are boys, but as the population has been reduced to a fraction of it's original numbers and is society is functioning in the way that it did in the middle ages it sort of makes sense that girls are more circumscribed in their movements.

Alastair Reynolds might be a good one for him in a couple of years. There's little or no sex but some gore and fighting and some of the books are huge so a big commitment to read. The Prefect might be a good one to start with, or Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days.

Jux Sat 07-Dec-13 11:53:44

Space Captain Smith, by Toby Frost.
Tales of the Ketyy Jay by Chris Wooding. CW has also written a series which starts with Malice, which are scifi-ish.

ObtuseAngel Sat 07-Dec-13 11:54:03

He absolutely has to read this book, This Star Shall Abide. I read it when I was about his age and it has stayed with me ever since. It's part of a trilogy, but I think it works better as a stand alone book.

MabelSideswipe Sun 08-Dec-13 16:58:48

So many suggestions that I have put loads on my amazon wish list so I can get some for Xmas and some for his birthday in January. He is going to be chuffed I think.

Thanks so much as apart from Wyndham I have never really read any science fiction so I was at a complete loss.

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