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December 30, 2009 3:26 PM Subscribe
Very soft science fiction/speculative fiction recommendations (with a few restrictions)
posted by lunalaguna to media & arts (42 answers total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
Some of my favorite books are ones I picked up in the general fiction section that had an underlying science-fiction component. Basically, I'm looking for recommendations similar to Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let me Go
or Jose Saramago's Blindness
. I've scanned the other speculative fiction threads, and many of those books focus too much on the technology or are fantasy-based. I'm looking for near-future scenarios in which normal people are put in extraordinary but plausible circumstances, and any science is just the framework for a character-driven story.
Also, I'm not really interested in historical what-if novels like The Years of Rice and Salt
, or overt cautionary tales (no Margaret Atwood).