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Heavenscent86 Thu 11-Feb-16 18:58:10

So as the title says can anyone recommend me some really good Sci fi or dystopian books to read?

Tokelau Thu 11-Feb-16 19:01:25

I loved Brave New World. Couldn't put it down.

MrsFlorrick Thu 11-Feb-16 19:14:54

Second Brave New World. Re-read many times. Fantastic book

The Road by Kevin McCormac. Gripping and scary.

And lurking for other suggestions. smile

ShootTheMoon Thu 11-Feb-16 19:25:13

I kept the link to an old thread about this as there were some good suggestions - post-apocalyptic reads .

I am reading Hugh Howey's books (Wool series, and Sand); they are interesting whizz along reads, and enjoyable, though not as moving as Never Let Me Go or The Handmaid's Tale or Oryx and Crake etc,

The Stand
World War Z
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
Fahrenheit 451
On the Beach (this one is here to annoy Cote - so let's see if she notices! Shhhh)
Zombie trash but fan = Mira Grant
The Passage

The Running Man
The Long Walk

Heavenscent86 Thu 11-Feb-16 19:53:54

Some great recommendations here thank you and keep them coming smile That old thread is brilliant ShootTheMoon. I particularly like the sound of The Strain. Anyone read it?

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WhoTheFuckIsSimon Thu 11-Feb-16 20:08:46

The Passage is amazing.
The Last Survivors is good and free on kindle at the minute.

slightlyglitterbrained Thu 11-Feb-16 20:14:25

The Changes Trilogy Peter Dickinson (Britain in a future where for some reason that becomes apparent during the first book, Britain has reverted to the middle ages in terms of technology - having an engine in your shed will get you burnt as a witch)

Pretty much all of Maureen McHugh's books are set in (different) dystopian futures. China Mountain Zhang (future where China is the dominant world power), Nekropolis, Half the Day is Night.

NotNob Thu 11-Feb-16 20:19:28

The Handmaids Tale - M Attwood

mupperoon Thu 11-Feb-16 20:19:45

Riddley Walker by Russel Hoban. It's written in a future dialect of English which might put some off, but it's so beautiful and sad and scary.

LettuceLaughton Thu 11-Feb-16 20:24:12

Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut

RhuBarbarella Thu 11-Feb-16 20:34:11

In the country of last things by Paul Auster.

Sirona Thu 11-Feb-16 20:42:22

My favourite genre.

Brave new world is also one of my favourites.

Off the top of my head and I'm sure there's loads I can't remember;

Obviously 1984
The Handmaids Tale
The Road
Children of the Dust
I am Legend
The circle

Sirona Thu 11-Feb-16 20:44:28

Oh and I loved Cloud Atlas but know it's a bit of a marmite book

Sadik Thu 11-Feb-16 20:55:20

I love SF - some space-opera type stuff, but also near-future-what-if type books Some of my favourite recent reads:

Ancillary Justice + sequels by Ann Leckie (traditional AI/spaceships/adventure)
Gemsigns + sequels by Stephanie Saulter (future earth, genetically modified humans)
Dark Star by Oliver Langmead (Genuinely different - 30s noir style set on a planet with no visible light written in blank verse - fantastic and should be read much more widely IMO)
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (time travel though not exactly SF, I think)
Europe in Autumn - sort-of post apocalyptic, in a not-that-apocalyptic way, very good setting with Europe fractured into large numbers of mini-states.

Neffi Thu 11-Feb-16 21:08:11

Station Eleven

ShootTheMoon Thu 11-Feb-16 21:46:29

mupperoon ; a fellow Riddley Walker fan! Hello smile. I wrote a thesis on Riddley Walker and Cloud Atlas, back in the day.

CosmicOwl Thu 11-Feb-16 22:03:53

Three I've enjoyed recently:

The Girl With All The Gifts, M. R. Carey (Loved this)

Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel

Dark Eden, Chris Beckett

CosmicOwl Thu 11-Feb-16 22:06:25

Sadik, I'm halfway through The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August at the moment, haven't quite made my mind up about it yet, enjoying it but finding it a little hard going in places.

bruffin Thu 11-Feb-16 22:07:17

Anything by John Christopher or John Wyndham

NancyDroop Thu 11-Feb-16 22:12:30

Ender's Game & other Orson Scott Card

The Martian (book much better than the movie, same for E's G)

We - dystopian Russian novel

Sadik Thu 11-Feb-16 22:13:29

I really enjoyed it, Cosmic - but I'd previously just read Dark Intelligence by Neal Asher which was a real concentrate-hard-or-you're-utterly-lost affair grin

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