Pick the best science fiction book for the uninitiated...
April 30, 2006 10:49 PM Subscribe
My wife has agreed to give a single science fiction or fantasy book of my choice a try - I only have one chance, so help me choose wisely.
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She is a big reader, with a degree in literature, but tends to be put off by science fiction-y elements, and she also doesn't really go for magical realism. Her favorites tend to either be classics of 19th century literature or recent books in the Booker/PEN/Pulitzer vein. That said, she has read The Time Traveller's Wife and Never Let Me Go, and enjoyed both, not really seeing them as science fiction.
I want to give her something that is unabashedly SF, but that she will like. Before I start getting a chorus of the old favorite, I am hesitant to go with the usual suggestion of Ender's Game, having found that it often seems very "young adult" to people who haven't encountered it before. The best bet is something well-written that has, at its heart, real relationships, but is also definitely SF. I have considered Gene Wolfe, Dan Simmons, and Ian Banks, but really want to get it right. Any thoughts, oh wise hive mind?