Sci-Fi Month: 10 Science Fiction Books I Have Yet To Read

Posted 26 November, 2013 by Lianne in Books, Lists / 15 Comments

Once again I’m not participating in Top Ten Tuesday this week. Instead, I am doing…

Actually this is a little impromptu because I don’t have this list scheduled, lol. However it occurred to me last week that there are plenty of science fiction novels out there that I just have not gotten around to yet xP

As an aside, I’m linking this as part of the 100 Things: A Blogging Challenge I’ve been slowly getting through as some of these titles were meant to be mentioned there and I just decided to lump them all together in this one list 😉

In no particular order:

  • Isaac Asimov’s Foundation — I’ve picked this book up several times in the bookstore and flipped through it a bit but never got around to actually purchasing it and reading it. It definitely sounds like a novel I’d be interested in, the scope sounds incredible
  • Philip K. Dick’s Collected Works — So many movies were adapted from his short stories, I’ve been meaning forever to read the original works. It’s nice to know you can actually pick up the collection…
  • Iain M. Banks’ Consider Phlebas — Or anything/everything from his Culture book series. It’s been on my wishlist for so long and until now I still haven’t gotten around to it…
  • Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space — I think this is more on the hard-science fiction spectrum of the genre but the premise of the series sounds really interesting, a mix of space opera with the hard sci-fi.
  • Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep — Another author from the genre that I’ve heard loads about but never quite got around to checking out. Been eyeing this one and his Across Realtime books but I think between the two I’d check this title out first

  • Kim Stanley Robinson’s Red Mars — His Mars trilogy sounds like an absolutely feat and the concept of cultivating Mars for habitation sounds really intriguing.
  • Dan Simmons’ Hyperion — I’ve read his novel Drood (review) years ago while I was studying abroad and had been curious to check out his science fiction titles. I’ve heard this series was particularly lyrical.
  • John Scalzi’s Old Man’s War — I’ve read Redshirts (review) earlier this year but this book is considered one of his best works. And the premise really sounds interesting.
  • Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451 — Actually forgot to include some dystopian literature in my 10 sci-fi novels list a few weeks ago. My brother has been telling me to read this for years and despite having read Orwell’s books and Huxley’s Brave New World, etc., I still haven’t read this. Maybe next year will be the year I read it?
  • Arthur C. Clarke’s 2001: A Space Odyssey — Another classic title I haven’t read…yet

And those are just some of the science fiction titles I’ve been meaning to check out for the longest time! Have you read some of these books? Did you enjoy them/would recommend them to me? Let me know! 🙂

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15 Responses to “Sci-Fi Month: 10 Science Fiction Books I Have Yet To Read”

    • Thanks for the link! I remember reading something about the recommended reading order for Foundation but didn’t really consider it until now.

      Glad to hear Fahrenheit 451 was great, been hearing nothing but good things about it so I really should bump it up and read it next year! 🙂

  1. Riv

    I’ve only read two from this list, but lots of others I want to read as well! Foundation requires a re-read, that was a long time ago… But Fahrenheit is very good, though not my favourite Bradbury book (I love his short stories more).

  2. Hyperion, Consider Phlebas, and Farenheight 451 are all on my mental list for reading next year. I didn’t enjoy 2001 the film, and I think that would put me off reading the books! I really enjoyed Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Dick but haven’t read any of his other stuff yet!

    Kirsty 🙂

    • I never watched the 2001 film either (only know the reference, maybe the basic premise, lol). Glad to hear Dick’s stories are great! I’m surprised I kept this list in my head for so long (and still haven’t gotten around to any of them!). May we both get around to these titles next year and enjoy them 🙂

    • Oooh, definitely need to bump Hyperion up the list then (haven’t commented yet but I noticed it made it on your top sci-fi novels list ;))

  3. I consider both Dan Simmons and Iain M. Banks to be supremely talented writers. You can’t go wrong with either one. Anything by Dan Simmons is pretty fantastic.

  4. Hmm, I’ve read eight of the ten. All are good, though I must say I’m gratified to see all the Hard SF on there. Reynolds and Robinson are slow going, but pay off if you stay with it. 2001 is not at all as difficult as the movie. I would take Fire on the Deep over the Realtime books, though I may not have read the latter at all. And yeah, the Culture. That’s must read stuff there. Consider Phlebas is darker than some; others might recommend you begin with Player of Games, but either are fair game.

      • lol no worries, I realised early on that there’s only 1 letter differentiating me from the other Leanne so confusion is bound to happen at some point xD But nice to meet you! 🙂

        Glad to hear most of the above titles are great! I’m still a little hesitant venturing into hard SF but I’m sure if I simply slow down a bit on my reading I’m sure it’ll be as gratifying as you’ve mentioned 🙂

        I think from this list, the Culture novels and Fahrenheit 451 are definitely books I’ll be reading sometime next year xD Thanks for dropping by! 🙂

        • Thanks for being cool. :p Culture isn’t really Hard SF, and you’ll spend enough time snorting in awkward amusement that any possible science will slide right by. That said, I don’t think Hard SF deserves all the knocks. Some of it is dry and technical, but the best isn’t scary at all. (This is coming from a humanities type, no less.)
          Good luck! I’m off to peruse your blog now.

          • 🙂

            That’s good to know about hard SF in general! (is also coming from the humanities so some of the really hard technical stuff really just flies over my head, lol)

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