Thoughtful sci-fi recommendations
July 13, 2014 11:50 PM Subscribe
Looking for recommendations of sci-fi authors who are adept at some technology topics without compromising storytelling. More inside!
posted by azazello to Society & Culture (24 answers total) 56 users marked this as a favorite
Hey sci-fi lovers!
In my experience, the best sci-fi books are the most engrossing reading I can get, but beyond that they rapidly fall off a cliff and become very mediocre. I'm looking for recommendations of authors who deal fluently in concepts like the singularity, technological development of civilizations, known physics and biology, and exploring the unknown, while telling great stories and without being too dark (Gibson, Banks) or too condescending/rambling (Stross). Books that blew my mind in the past include:
- All of Neal Stephenson, most importantly Anathem. He is by far my favorite.
- Ursula LeGuin, including The Left Hand of Darkness.
- Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep (but not his other books).
- The Strugatsky brothers.
Bring 'em on! Huge thanks in advance.