After the great discussion the other day about the best fantasy books, I couldn’t resist doing the same thing with the best science fiction books. The most interesting part of our conversation for me was that there are many different opinions about when sci fi becomes fantasy, or vice versa. Several comments and emails mentioned Stephen King’s Dark Tower series, while at least one commenter disqualified King’s opus as fantasy because it had guns in it.
I don’t read a ton of science fiction, but when I find something that I really love, there are few types of books I enjoy more. It’s also nice to be able to accidentally learn some science without sitting down with an actual science book. I’ll give you a few of my absolute favorites and then let you take it away.
- Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (this is who I think of when I think of hard science fiction)
- Crytonomicon, also by Stephenson
- Neuromancer by William Gibson
- The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (brief review in my books with aliens)
- Dune by Frank Herbert (full Dune book review)
What say you? Gimmie some recommendations for great science fiction books and let’s compare notes. Gimmie!
Also, because I loved the 8 bit Nintendo, I’m going to include my review of the 8 bit game Metroid, just because.
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