Favorite science fiction novels
In no particular order. As requested by @Waddy David Watkins.
- •Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town, by Cory Doctorow.This book is INSANE. I love it. It falls under the heading of fantasy, more than Science Fiction, but it is wonderful.
- •The Time Machine by HG WellsA true classic.
- •Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C ClarkeThis book probably shaped my expectations of how simple and good writing can be. Why this was not made into 20 movies is beyond me? A giant spaceship enters our solar system, and only one ship can get there before it leaves(if it does). I assume that since 2001 was so good, the rights for this must be very high.
- •Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow.A dystopian future where opinions equal money. Available as a free download from the author.
- •Friday by Robert HeinleinGreat book with a better cover.
- •Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein.I love this book, but find it unreadable now because half the dialogue is literally computer file maintenance. That passed for sci fi decades ago, but it now comes across as "Windows the Movie".
- •John Carter of Mars by Edgar Rice BurroughsA wonderful series of books. John Carter's powers on Mars were the inspiration for Superman's powers on Earth. Some of the series read like Shakespeare, others, not so much.
- •Map of the Sky by Felix J PalmaThis was originally written in Spanish and beautifully translated to English. A wonderful treat incorporating heroes from other sources.
- •The Moon Voyage by Jules VerneDo not confuse this with that silly movie where the moon gets shot in the eye. This is a phenomenal book that in the 1800s predicts the first launch to the moon would take place slightly east of Tampa. It beautifully blends science, religion, philosophy and adventure.
- •Journey to the Center of the Earth and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules VerneI can't count how many times I have read these. Annapolis published an annotated version.