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  1. Literature Science Alliance

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I am re-reading Hyperion this September and am really excited. I enjoyed it my first read but I was super new to the genre so I am excited to read it now that I am more familiar with scifi. Also its a buddy read for the shelf space discord so that will be fun! Left hand of darkness is a book I liked but know I will appreciate more on rereads when I am older cause some of the theming just went a bit over my head cause of where I was in life when I read it. I read Never Let Me Go recently and honestly if you know scifi the twist is obvious the first chapter. Both my boyfriend and I were confused cause we never had the big twist moment and thats what people mention with it. I do still like it for its literary elements but not really as a scifi, if that makes sense. Good luck with the tbr! This really got me in a reading mood so going to dive back into my dragon book 😆

  2. Frank Runninghorse

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I have read all of these but 3 . ( Pandora's Star , Never let me go , & Station Eleven ) . All great books , but a few of your mini synopsis are a bit off. The Time machine is definitely Not about a future utopia

  3. David Wiley

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I was just recommended Pandora's Star as well, so it has some good recs coming for the series. Hyperion is excellent so far, and I'm hoping to wrap that up this weekend. Enjoyed this list – I've come to realize (thanks to the upcoming Space Opera September) that there are soooo many good Sci Fi books I need to read, new and old…

  4. Denislav Dankin

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Big names. I can't wait to watch your reviews.

  5. RobNika Ipad

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    My favorite Wells is The Island of Dr. Moreau. His novels tend to be very short so you’ll fly through them.

  6. Steven Gentry

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    It's always difficult to guess how someone else will react to a book, but it is fun to see the classic sci-fi books on your list, as they bring back such pleasant memories. Just from my perspective, The Time Machine is a wonderful read, especially bearing in mind when it was written. Ringworld has dated elements, but some of the ideas and glimpses into possibilities soar off the page. Foundation is terrific, even if subsequent books fall victim to Asimov's clunky and dry writing style; on its own it is one of the best. The Left Hand of Darkness is absorbing and also has a number of thought-provoking concepts as well as a couple of well-drawn characters. I really enjoy classic sci-fi, so I look forward to seeing your videos on these books.

  7. Loren Sims

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Oh! ALL the Greats!
    I read Ringworld when it came out. I had the first edition that had our hero Louis Wu following his birthday at parties all around the world, but he was going around the wrong direction. I loaned it away and never saw it again.
    The woman on the team, Teela Brown, was hired only because she was found to have particularly unusual good luck. As such, she really doesn't have much to do other than react to things. He screwed with that luck thing in the sequel and I'll never forgive him for that.
    Foundation is simply awesome, even if it does creak a bit.
    You'll be surprised by The Time Machine. The Time Traveller (as he is known in the book) doesn't travel back in time but far forward and finds his Utopia, but with a very dark underlining. I read this as a young teen and enjoyed it very much.
    Likewise "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" (many publishers prefer to present the number numerically). There is an awful lot of good Vern out there, this is probably his best. A real adventure story and something of a morality play.
    I the early '70s Ballantine published a number of books by Arthur C. Clarke, following on the popularity of "2001: A Space Odyssey." The ones I best remember were "A Fall of Moondust", "Childhood's End" and collection of humorous short stories "Tales from the White Hart." Clarke is about as hard as they come. "Rendezvous with Rama" is worth a look too.
    When I was in college I audited a class a friend of mine was taking where they did a deep analysis of the themes and structure if The Left Hand of Darkness. I often heard this is a really good place to start with one of the real greats of science fiction.My favorite of hers is "Always Coming Home". I haven't finished it yet, I keep reading the first few chapters over and over. They're just wonderful.
    Oh, Larry Niven and Jerry Pournell wrote "The Mote in God's Eye" which is very memorable.
    I read Contact when it came out and enjoyed it very much. The movie did a really good job of conveying the feeling of the book. It's magical.
    I haven read the newer books but have heard very good things about them.
    I didn't read science fiction after I got married, but lately I've been completely absorbed in "The Expanse."

  8. Sharon Dwyer

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Rachel – so I read Ringworld when I was in high school. In my senior year AP Physics we had to write a paper on a science fiction book and explain the science in the book…. I think i have it somewhere (pre-computers)

  9. Zachary Ertengrass

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Hyperion doesn't really have a "premise" in the way you are thinking. You would have to read the whole thing to see if you like it. It's very different from the other books you tend to feature on this channel. Very hard to predict if you will like it. Maybe not! The Sparrow has a bit of a similar feel in some ways but they are very different books.

  10. SFF180

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Ringworld is a tremendous SF concept couched in a deeply mediocre story. I’ve read it twice and still can’t tell you much about the plot. Foundation is better than Ringworld, but Asimov was always better at world building and ideas than characters (though admittedly characters weren’t as important a concern in SF in those days). Pandora’s Star and Judas Unchained are a blast, and the Culture novels are all fascinating.

  11. Gareth Howells, Author and Songwriter

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Ahhh some of my all time favourite books there – Station Eleven, Time Machine, Left Hand of Darkness and Hyperion are huge books for me – have got Foundation and Consider Phlebas to read at some point – I reckon out of the 4 I mentioned, Left Hand of Darkness is my favourite – but a great selection for your TBR. Looking forward to finding out what you thought of them.

  12. The Bookish Mom

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I keep hearing good things about Hyperion, I want to get to it myself soon too! I think it is the Shelf Space book club read sometime soon as well.

  13. clayton james

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Some big hitters on your list, I bet you don't like ring world but you need to read now cause we all want to know, you'll love the time machine, pandora big commitment as book 2 is a direct follow on its actually one big story split in 2, consider phlebas don't get put off by first book you can skip if you like player of games is my favourite,ursula le guin get ready to become a big fan

  14. Matt Bleakley

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Hyperion is one of my absolute favorites. Only two of the characters are Jesuits, not the entire group. The first book is written in the style of Canterbury Tales, so only one of the chapters centers around a Jesuit missionary and Catholicism really doesn’t even play into it all that much. The entire Cantos is two duologies, so you’ll need to read the 2nd book (Fall of Hyperion) to finish the story started in Hyperion. The other two books are set a generation later and have a separate plot line so you can (or not) read those later on down the road without losing anything from the first two.

  15. Patrick

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    The Hyperion Cantos is so good, well at least the first three and a half books since I am half way through book four right now.

  16. Seema Singh

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I enjoyed the time machine by wells. The left hand of darkness was good but I preferred her other work like the lathe of heaven and the word for world is forest. Only read the first book in foundation series, it was OK but a bit slow. I liked the end of eternity and the God's themselves by asimov. Hyperion wasn't my favourite, it was OK. I liked most of the culture novels.

  17. Anthony Lynam

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I'll encourage you to read Hyperion! I started it in summer 2016 as my second Simmons read. Got about 3/4 way thru put it down. It was too overwhelming for me.
    Last summer, many Simmons books later (and a few sci-fi books under my belt) I read it again and loved it! Followed up immediately by Fall of Hyperion. This year I read Endymion and is my favorite in the series

  18. Marcus Steffanci

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    If you're not a fan of water, you're probably better off reading Journey to the Center of the Earth. I think you'll like Jules Verne, because you said you were getting into the harder science fiction. Verne definitely focuses more on technology than Wells does. The whole Hyperion Cantos are fantastic IMO

  19. fiberartsy

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Great list! Such a bummer that you’ve been spoiled for Never Let Me Go, that one really surprised me. So good. Station Eleven was really fantastic, and the Shakespeare stuff isn’t too prevalent from what I remember. I want to read Left Hand of Darkness and Parable of the Sower. Just taking my time getting through Butler’s work.

  20. Tracey Lough

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    The Time Machine is worth the read. I think the story is actually quite good, and the utopian setting is interesting. His female companion is pretty useless though – similar to Nova from the Planet of the Apes. She doesn't know what's going on and just follows him around.

  21. Tracey Lough

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Station Eleven really didn't do anything for me. The author has a very specific, purposely pretentious writing style, and not a lot happens in this book.

  22. Tony Taylor

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    A must read, a chiller, a first contact and last contact novel set over 2 generations, Arthur Charles Clarke : CHILDHOOD’S END. Lovely story, really unnerving but not frightening, a marvellous read 🙀

  23. Zubaer Chaudhari

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Hey

  24. jjnewbold

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I'll be interested to hear your review of The Time Machine, I haven't read it. The Invisible Man is a personal favorite!

  25. epiphoney

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Hyperion is really good. It's not just Jesuits. There's a lot of different characters and a lot of different genres and lots of imagination. The 2nd book Fall of Hyperion is not as good. Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination is another good one. It's not too long and has a lot of amazing scenes. A lot of people don't like Consider Phlebas as much as The Player of Games. Phlebas is more from an outsider's point of view as someone who doesn't like the Culture. I also like The Prefect by Alastair Reynolds. It's like cops in space. It's standalone and not too long.

  26. Chris Connors

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    I tried Hyperion, Left Hand, Ringworld; none really grabbed me. I may have to give Hyperion a second try though. My head may have been in the wrong place for that type of book. I'm interested to hear what you think on Hyperion. If favourable, I'll give it a second shot.

    I wouldn't say Foundation was "dry", but intellectual, and that really grabbed me. Loved the premise.

    Time Machine was ok, but I found it disappointing as I'd heard so much about it so my expectations were likely too high.

    Re: Jules Verne. 20,000 Leagues I liked as a young teen. Made me want to be a marine biologist when I grew up (got the biologist part). After you've done 20,000, try The Mysterious Island. It was one of the first books I officially read in the library's adult department once I turned 13 and was allowed in. Read it several times. I reread it as an adult awhile back. Strong Victorian flavour came through.

    I have Excession by Iain Banks. Still haven't read it. Our library has 4 of his ebooks available right now. Time to check this author out. Think it was you who put him on my radar as someone to try???Also have Station 11 (not read yet). Haven't read Contact, but the message board folks on one of the science sites often praise it.

    Really liking Only Good Indians, about 20% of the way into the book. Nearly all my experience in First Nation communities have been with Cree and Ojibway, but many of the character traits, mannerisms in the book seem to translate well from their communities. In my head, I hear the characters talking in the accents I associate with First Nation people in my area.

  27. spyder22501

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Great list! The Time machine kind of feels like anthropology-like commentary on the world but if you’re not into that- at least it’s short! You can probably listen to it from your library or libravox. I read along with spark notes to help me understand the deeper meanings of the events and how they related to the time. Also loved Contact so much, lots of social commentary!

  28. James Mitchell

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Fantastic list of books I think you are going to enjoy them all.

  29. Bookendsandbiscuits

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Pandoras star is sooooooo good I really hope you enjoy!

  30. Jason’s Weird Reads

    August 22, 2021 at 10:51 am

    Oooh… Hyperion is sooo good. Not for everyone, of course, and that first book is the only really good one in the series, imo. Foundation is very dry, but otherwise very good. I want to read Time Machine too. Pandora’s Star is chef’s kiss for epic science fiction. I really need to get to Consider Phlebas. I love what I’ve read by Le Guin, but haven’t read Left Hand. So many great books here.

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