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Good Russian and Eastern European SF/F/Horror

I really love the sort of bleak/dark horror/fantasy/science fiction from Russia and Eastern Europe. I loved the Nightwatch series, loved Solaris, loved the Metro series. What else would I love from that part of the world?
posted by Ghostride The Whip on Jul 8, 2014 - 15 answers

Engrossing Science Fiction Recommendations Please!

Help me fill my Kindle with vacation reading! I like well-written doorstop SF, urban fantasy, spaceship books, epic fantasy, deep complicated books but also joyful romps, complicated prophecies that manifest in unusual ways, great worldbuilding, etc. Romantic elements are fine but I'm not as into stuff where the plot is a thin scrim to hang over endless sexy sex. And as a lifelong SF reader, I have now officially read enough books without women in them, so only books that include solid female characters (as opposed to braid-tugging smurfettes). Things I have loved under the cut. [more inside]
posted by KathrynT on Jun 19, 2014 - 66 answers

Modern Life is Magic

Help me find books that convey a jolly feeling of appreciation for the wonders of modern life. Ideally these would be books that have a sci-fi or fantasy feel, but in which nothing overtly magical or fantastic happens. The best recent examples I can think of are Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, which has all the elements of a fantasy novel but is set squarely in our world, and William Gibson's most recent novels, all of which feel fantastic to me but are grounded in real life. [more inside]
posted by spacewaitress on Apr 10, 2014 - 18 answers

The American SF "Canon"

For an upcoming project I'm putting together what's meant to be a comprehensive timeline of important (even "necessary") works of American science fiction since the late 19th century. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 23, 2014 - 68 answers

Books that fill the same niche as Project Rho/Atomic Rockets?

I really like reading Atomic Rockets at Project Rho. But I want to take it around with me in an easily digestible form. Can anybody recommend books that have the same sort of content and a similar feel? Not science fiction, but books about the science of science fiction. [more inside]
posted by penduluum on Mar 19, 2014 - 2 answers

More smart thrillers like Brilliance and Lexicon

I've recently finished Marcus Sakey's Brilliance and Max Barry's Lexicon and I'd like more thrillers like them. By "like them", I mean: fast paced, lots of twists and action, an intelligent, speculative, science-fictiony central idea, but the book is not marketed as genre science fiction, but rather as a thriller. Some literary aspiration is a plus, as is a good Bechdel test score (both of the above books kind of failed on that latter criterion). Already read: Atwood, Gibson, Stephenson. I read a lot of "literary mysteries" like Tana French and the like, but here I'm more interested in action/thrillers and not so much mysteries or procedurals.
posted by matildaben on Mar 6, 2014 - 10 answers

ISO good fiction about catching babies

Recommend me fiction or very readable memoirs about midwifery, obstetrics, and the politics of birth--any genre is fine, but SF/F and historical suggestions are especially welcome. [more inside]
posted by PhoBWanKenobi on Feb 10, 2014 - 24 answers

Book recomnedation: worldbuilding and self-aware, active characters

I again have time to consume books like a cookie-monster. I've avoided lists of classics-by-genera because I tend to like only 5% of what's on them. It's not that I specifically like reading dystopias or sci-fi - I liked the Poisonwood Bible for instance, as much if not more than Lord of the Rings. In addition to book recommendations, it would also be useful if, given the books listed below, you have any ideas for other trends that could help me search out books myself. Your advice is much appreciated! :) [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on Jan 25, 2014 - 24 answers

Recent Entry-Level Science Fiction

In search of accessible contemporary SF—help! [more inside]
posted by xenization on Oct 22, 2013 - 24 answers

What are some great ongoing fantasy and science fiction book series?

A while back I stopped reading any book series that was not completely finished. I have now decided to ease up on the rule and I have realized that I am a little bit out of touch with the state of the field in fantasy/science fiction. So please recommend your favorite recent books and series in this area. [more inside]
posted by bove on Oct 2, 2013 - 40 answers

What are the best sites for science fiction and fantasy book reviews?

I like reading reviews of books, both to learn about new things to read, and to gain insight on things I've already read. Right now, almost all the books I'm reading are science fiction and fantasy. What are the best, most comprehensive sites that review books in these genres? I'm looking for review quality above your standard Amazon reviews—not just rehashing the plot with "I liked it" or "I didn't like it", but thoughtful, high quality analysis.
posted by ocherdraco on Sep 24, 2013 - 8 answers

I've exhausted Iain M. Banks. I want more. What should I read next?

So I'm a dedicated Culture fanatic and have loved almost everything I've read by Iain M. Banks. (His Iain Banks stuff is pretty good too, but his sci-fi is what I really dig.) I particularly love the holistic, humanist morality that pervades his work and the way that he digs right down into the philosophical implications of various ideas and worldviews while simultaneously serving up lots and lots of sex, action, and sensawunda. However, I've read everything he's written several times over. What should I read next? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Sep 9, 2013 - 36 answers

Is anybody doing good sci fi/fantasy/horror book reviews?

I used to really enjoy the reviews at an old website called Inchoatus, their focus was sci fi. But they went dark a long time ago. So are there any decent independent sites doing thoughtful, in-depth (and, sure, snarky) reviews of sci fi and horror (I'm less interested in fantasy, though I understand that it's part of the whole thing) books these days?
posted by turbid dahlia on Aug 18, 2013 - 5 answers

Like io9 but covers books instead of TV Shows

Where do you go to read about written science fiction? Not a recommendation engine like GoodReads (or god help me Amazon), but somewhere that talks about new books coming out, old books you may have missed, reviews, previews, release dates, etc? And if they want to throw in some actual science, all the better. [more inside]
posted by Ookseer on Jul 9, 2013 - 12 answers

I read it for the economics and the unicorns

What are some good scifi / fantasy / horror novels about economics? [more inside]
posted by nicebookrack on May 16, 2013 - 23 answers

French SF/Fantasy Novels (in the original)

I recently discovered an awesome local bookstore in France, hence I'd like to pick up a French-language SF/F novel that isn't a translation and would be difficult to find in the US. Suggestions? (Subgenre preferences below the jump) [more inside]
posted by serelliya on May 7, 2013 - 8 answers

Science Fiction without the characters

[SciFi Book Filter] I'm basically looking for good science fiction books that have very minimal (or no) character development. [more inside]
posted by Busmick on Mar 6, 2013 - 39 answers

Looking for Books of the Ancients

So I'm jonesing for some science fiction of a particular nature. Specifically stories that deal in the Precursors trope. [more inside]
posted by SilverTail on Mar 3, 2013 - 16 answers

Does EMBASSYTOWN have a happy ending? (Spoilers!)

China Miéville's EMBASSYTOWN: does it have a 'happy' ending? [Spoilers inside!] [more inside]
posted by alasdair on Jan 3, 2013 - 11 answers

Details, details, details...and then BAM!

As a reader of fiction (especially if you're a devotee of speculative fiction), how much do you like detailed descriptions and/or lists as part of the story? What if the story switches between detail and expediency? [more inside]
posted by batmonkey on Dec 28, 2012 - 12 answers

What's this humorous SF mystery?

What's this humorous SF mystery? [more inside]
posted by exceptinsects on Dec 2, 2012 - 3 answers

In search of a science fiction book I read as a teen...

In search of a science fiction book I read as a teen... [more inside]
posted by rainbowbrite on Dec 2, 2012 - 7 answers

SF that starts out as realism/historical fiction and ends up somewhere else?

Speculative fiction about historical gradualism: I'm looking for SF stories which begin in the real historical world (past or present) and then gradually diverge from it, without any single decisive turning point. [more inside]
posted by RogerB on Sep 19, 2012 - 11 answers

Looking for new novels - flavour: slightly epic fantasy, SF or historical, with good female characters

I'm looking for some new books and/or authors to read, probably fantasy/SF or historical, dramatic but not dark and preferably with female characters. [more inside]
posted by jb on Jul 16, 2012 - 47 answers

If you die in the game, you die in REAL LIFE

Help me find books (or other media) about people playing RPGs. [more inside]
posted by anaximander on Jul 12, 2012 - 29 answers

What the hell is "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep" trying to say?

Alright guys. I just finished Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. [more inside]
posted by Tevin on Jun 11, 2012 - 25 answers

What is this book?

BookFilter: This book had some futuristic name for Australia. What's the name of the book? [more inside]
posted by Heretical on May 20, 2012 - 7 answers

Who was the author who described a world where people could get from a parallel world anything that had been put in there by others?

A science fiction writer described a world where people could get from a parallel world anything that had been put in there by others. That's all I know. Who was that author and what was the story's title?
posted by vladimirfrolov on Apr 27, 2012 - 3 answers

Seeking the Title of An Out of Print, Science Fiction Novel

I'm looking for the title of a novel. The novel is set in the future, in a utopian society. Men and women have reverted to sexist roles (men farm and women cook and clean). The protagonist is a young woman, who runs away from home to go join one of the many military schools populating her country. The book has a male author, and last I checked it was no longer in print. [more inside]
posted by emilynoa on Mar 20, 2012 - 3 answers

What are good SF stories for teaching science?

What books and short stories would you use for a class trying to teach about science by reading science fiction? [more inside]
posted by straight on Feb 29, 2012 - 16 answers

someone has to save our skins

I'm looking for suggestions for science fiction/fantasy/fairy-tales/etc. for young(ish) girls. I'm especially interested in epic stories that are similar to the ones I devoured when I was that age (Star Trek, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, superhero comics, Dragonlance, etc.), but which are centered on female protagonists and which don't reinforce sexist social messaging about female passivity or objectification. [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Feb 26, 2012 - 47 answers

Trying to remember the name of this awesome book!!!

I am looking for a book I read a few years ago. It was a higher level science fiction and fantasy book that was somewhat reminiscent of the styles of both Haruki Murakami and William Gibson. All I can remember is the general plot and small bits of the book. I have included all the parts I can remember in the extended explanation. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by risaroni on Jun 28, 2011 - 6 answers

I know this sounds ridiculous.

My aunt-in-law is looking for the name of a science fiction novel (probably published during the early 1970s) with the following description: "A hippy girl who wears overalls travels to a planet where the inhabitants are simian. There is no death on this planet. She also has two squirrels." [more inside]
posted by gerryblog on Mar 10, 2011 - 1 answer

Science Fiction book title

Name that Science Fiction book title! [more inside]
posted by Brocktoon on Feb 24, 2011 - 3 answers

Lapsed sci-fi reader looking for a new literary love in all the wrong places.

I'm getting back into reading for pleasure after years of avoiding it during college. I've found fantasy books easy to get back into, but have no idea where to start with sci-fi! [more inside]
posted by Logic Sheep on Feb 20, 2011 - 40 answers

This book may only exist in my head.

I'm looking for the title of a book about sci-fi film from my youth. [more inside]
posted by Cassilda on Feb 7, 2011 - 2 answers

Recommend space-station-based books and shows?

Science fiction books and shows about what goes on inside space stations or ships? [more inside]
posted by bookdragoness on Jan 13, 2011 - 39 answers

Help me identify a pulp sci-fi/fantasy book from around the 1970's

Help me identify a pulp sci-fi/fantasy book from around the 1970's w/a male protagonist who ends up in a fantasy land and can "shift" objects to make them appear when he needs them. [more inside]
posted by dadici on Jan 11, 2011 - 4 answers

Jednakże oprócz malutkiej karteczki w trocinach ze słowami «To my, trociny», nie znaleziono nic.

(BookFilter): Sci-fi picaresques. [more inside]
posted by Nomyte on Dec 28, 2010 - 17 answers

SF/F books that feature lesbians as main characters?

Please help me find fantasy and science fiction books that feature lesbians as main characters. [more inside]
posted by kyrademon on Jul 12, 2010 - 43 answers

Help me ID this book!

BookFilter: Please help me identify a YA sci-fi book I read as a teenager in the 1980s. Full description inside. [more inside]
posted by halfguard on Apr 1, 2010 - 8 answers

Which non-mainstream SF works should I nominate for Hugos?

Since I went to worldcon in Montreal last year, I'm eligible to nominate SF works for the Hugo awards this year. I'd like to try to stretch out from the more mainstream authors, can you help me diversify the 2010 Hugo award nominations? [more inside]
posted by Envoy on Jan 12, 2010 - 4 answers

There are no gay people in the future. (Or are there?)

Looking for book recs about sci-fi, specifically about gender issues and jetpack-related physics. [more inside]
posted by mumble on Aug 23, 2009 - 27 answers

In space no one can here you scream, he wrote

What's the best literary equivalent of Alien/Aliens? [more inside]
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Aug 9, 2009 - 21 answers

Recommendations for erotica

Recommendations for erotica [more inside]
posted by ninebelow on Aug 6, 2009 - 8 answers

Intelligent space opera?

Intelligent space opera? [more inside]
posted by Grinder on Jul 30, 2009 - 44 answers

Contemporary SF for someone who liked Philip K Dick?

Science fiction - filter: I used to read and love Dick, Farmer, LeGuin, and others who coupled great writing with directly confronting sex, violence, and societal change. What contemporary authors might I like? [more inside]
posted by Forktine on May 28, 2009 - 40 answers

Deep question

Seeking a vanishingly obscure SF novel, "Stranger from the Deep". [more inside]
posted by zadcat on Apr 5, 2009 - 4 answers

Plot? Who cares? But thanks for the Ringworld I'll keep it.

Wanted: Science Fiction Books moved by a great central idea such as: Ringworld by Larry Niven or The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. [more inside]
posted by MasonDixon on Mar 25, 2009 - 34 answers

What is the name and who is the author of this science fiction short story about a Utopian Transparent Society

After looking everywhere and which a way, I am at a loss. I am looking for a short story with a near future high tech anarchy as background-- something that resembles David Brin's concept of The Transparent Society, Utopian Version, where every body knows everybody else's business--as opposed to, say, Police Surveillance State On Steroids Big Time where Big Brother knows your business and location as in 1984 meets The Minority Report. [more inside]
posted by y2karl on Mar 10, 2009 - 11 answers

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