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Science Fiction novels about society forgetting science

Could anyone help me identify science fiction novels whose central theme is society forgetting science? I was listening to the radio a few weeks ago and I heard a description of a novel about society moving back to pre-enlightenment levels of knowledge and I thought it sounded interesting. I don't remember any details about the book mentioned but I'm open to reading any good books about losing knowledge.
posted by rdr on Jun 21, 2015 - 20 answers

Looking For Short, Fun and Smart Fiction

I currently work such long hours that I don't have much time to read. I can't read the types of books that I normally would want to - literary fiction - because I am too exhausted to really concentrate at night and I just don't have the time. I also don't want to be stuck in a 400 page novel for 3 months. details inside [more inside]
posted by kbbbo on Jun 17, 2015 - 24 answers

Help me read more horror fiction!

I don't typically read horror and I want to read more. Specific tastes inside. [more inside]
posted by deathpanels on May 30, 2015 - 28 answers

Give me some books about failing.

I'm hitting a rough patch in my life and really failing at something for the first time(bout to drop out of graduate school). I'm looking for recommendations of novels or books that feature characters failing(in whatever way you define that). Not necessarily looking for feel-good/happy endings(although those are alright!). I'm more just curious about how others deal with failing + failing. Kind of a listening to sad music after a break-up thing.
posted by aleatorictelevision on May 27, 2015 - 27 answers

Elena Ferrante: Why no Catholic Church in the Neapolitan Novels?

Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Novels are set in post-war Naples, and the Catholic Church shows up only peripherally, if at all. There is a wedding in the first novel, and the religious aspects of even this event are hardly acknowledged. Why might this be? [more inside]
posted by kensington314 on May 25, 2015 - 3 answers

Recommend books on enchancing poetry and short story craftmanship?

I'm trying to find some valuable works of advice to improve my craftsmanship on writing poetry and short stories. If you can recommend any advice books, poetry, novels, and short stories that can help contribute to better writing in the genre of: science fiction, southern Gothic literature, classic literature, modernism, and modern ligature works, that would be most appreciated. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on May 19, 2015 - 3 answers

Novels that are re-tellings of other stories

I'm looking for novels that are re-tellings of other stories, such as Wicked for the Wizard of Oz or A Thousand Acres for King Lear. Can you name some? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on May 17, 2015 - 53 answers

Throw the book at me

Wanted: novels about prosecutors. [more inside]
posted by ferret branca on May 11, 2015 - 8 answers

Similar books to Walden by Henry David Thoreau?

I'm curious to know if there are any works of novels, poetry, and non-fiction that parallel with the work of Walden? From an individualist, naturalist, and stream of consciousness point of view. Particularly works similar to Thoreau's eloquent writing style. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 23, 2015 - 15 answers

Los Angeles novels

What are the best novels about and/or set in Los Angeles -- with an emphasis on characters of color, particularly Hispanic?
posted by lewedswiver on Apr 21, 2015 - 15 answers

Authors and novels recommendations for improving writing craft?

I have always been fond of writing poetry, but lately I seem to want to expand my writing craft towards short stories. I think the most notable clincher for writers to improve their overall craft is simply by reading voraciously; with an eclectic wide range of authors and literary works. What are some wonderful literary works, authors, playwrights, short stories, non-fiction, fantasy work, et cetera. Can you recommend for me? To further my own voice and writing craft. [more inside]
posted by RearWindow on Apr 1, 2015 - 9 answers

Pregnant lady needs mindless trash to read

I'm currently pregnant and going through the first trimester from hell. Literally the only thing that has kept me sane is reading these two amazing trashy novels I discovered in this AskMe thread. Recommend me some more? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 20, 2015 - 34 answers

Stories about escorting prisoners, etc.

Recommend me some fun(-ish) fiction in which characters forcibly escort other characters from Point A to Point B, all the while developing some kind of relationship. Maybe it's a cop escorting an arrestee, maybe it's a US Marshal escorting a reluctant federal witness, maybe it's a bounty hunter escorting a bail jumper, maybe it's a truant officer scooping up a truant, or maybe it's something less official entirely. [more inside]
posted by Sticherbeast on Mar 2, 2015 - 28 answers

Take Me Away

I've got a 2 week staycation coming up, and I need some solid novel recommendations. I don't care about genre at all -- I just want something totally gripping, well-written and transporting. [more inside]
posted by ohyouknow on Feb 8, 2015 - 31 answers

Spoil "Frog Music" for me.

Have you read "Frog Music" by Emma Donoghue? Can you spoil it for me? (Spoilers, probably, inside.) [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Jan 31, 2015 - 4 answers

Novel recommendations, part 121947432

I recently enjoyed The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer and am searching for similar novels. By which I mean novels that are about people living their lives, and the growth and change that naturally happens as they do. Engaging, but not particularly dramatic. Difficulty level: reading that helps me fall asleep. A couple of snowflakes inside... [more inside]
posted by dry white toast on Jan 28, 2015 - 16 answers

Comfort me with novels

I'm entering a period in my life that's going to be, shall we say, a little challenging. I'm looking for novels that will get me so engrossed that I'll forget everything outside them for a least a little while. [more inside]
posted by holborne on Jan 28, 2015 - 74 answers

Novels of indeterminate gender?

What are some novels in which the genders of some or all of the central characters is not revealed to the reader? [more inside]
posted by kenko on Jan 9, 2015 - 26 answers

Novels or books featuring how to run a startup?

I find the legal and operational nooks and crannies of running a startup detailed in Neal Stephenson's novel Cryptonomicon fascinating. (Example: "People like Avi and Beryl, who have been in business a lot, have this noticeable preference for two-person conversations [to protect other corporate officers].") Do you have any recommendations for novels or non-fiction with similar storylines, passages and advice?
posted by infinitewindow on Dec 18, 2014 - 5 answers

Fantasy books with a music as an element

My uncle is interested in reading science fiction or futuristic fantasy books that involve music as a strong narrative element. He has read some Anne McCaffrey that did this, as well as Patrick Rothfuss, but was hoping to find other options, and I drew a blank. Can you guys think of any more music-tinged works?
posted by graventy on Dec 18, 2014 - 42 answers

How to nom de plume?

I am starting to write a novel. I have a totally different career in another field and want to write controversial / disturbing literary fiction. How should I handle this? [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Dec 14, 2014 - 13 answers

(Give me more) writers writing about writing

I'm looking for more excellent blogs written by novelists. Point me in the right direction! [more inside]
posted by good day merlock on Dec 1, 2014 - 11 answers

Paging Counselor Troi: locating telepathic protagonists in fiction

I'm interested in how telepathy has been portrayed in fiction (written form) and was wondering if anyone could point me to some examples where the protagonist struggles with the trait and has to learn how to master/control it in order to stay sane. Note: I've read The Shining and its recent sequel. Thanks in advance!
posted by wallawallasweet on Nov 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Recommend a novel or series of novels for fans of The Good Wife!

I am searching for novels that provide some of the same pleasures of CBS's acclaimed legal drama "The Good Wife," but in textual form! See inside for specifics about what makes this particular plate of procedural beans so special. [more inside]
posted by zeusianfog on Oct 19, 2014 - 4 answers

Article on why "relating" to characters in novels is unimportant?

I'm trying to find an article I read a few months ago on how readers shouldn't focus on whether or not they relate to a character. Does anybody have any leads?
posted by mmmbacon on Oct 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Good long-form resources for debunking conspiracy theories?

I'm soon to mentor a friend through a period of personal reflective study. An area I'd like to touch on is that he persistently clings to conspiracy theories, such as those of Leonard Horowitz. It is not my place to impose my own beliefs, but as he has limited exposure to contrasting material I would like him to balance these views with the "other side" and draw his own conclusions. [more inside]
posted by tzb on Oct 1, 2014 - 7 answers

Fiction or other narratives that describe using primitive skills?

When I read the Earth's Children series (Clan of the Cave Bear and its sequels), the aspect I enjoyed the most was the detailed descriptions of how the people did things back then (hunting, foraging, skinning, toolmaking, shelter building, etc.). While how-to books abound, I enjoy the fiction or narrative nonfiction format more. Any recommendations? Thanks!
posted by Jacqueline on Sep 10, 2014 - 25 answers

Warhammer Novels - for a ten year old

My kid is a huge Warhammer enthusiast. He also loves to read. Am I going to be able to combine both. [more inside]
posted by Megami on Aug 24, 2014 - 5 answers

Mother may I (have some book recommendations)?

What are some novels featuring imperfect but sympathetically-portrayed mothers? [more inside]
posted by ferret branca on Jul 30, 2014 - 25 answers

high-concept low-spectacle speculative realistic fiction

What are some good novels that have a high-concept speculative element in the background, but aren't quite about that? [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 28, 2014 - 34 answers

Let's get physical (in fiction)

Recommend me novels that have a strong component of sport, physical training, or exercise. [more inside]
posted by quadrilaterals on Jul 28, 2014 - 23 answers

Double posting encouraged

I am interested in variations -- that is, not just a body count -- of the doppelganger and evil twin themes in fiction, folklore, and movies. [more inside]
posted by Clyde Mnestra on Jul 19, 2014 - 58 answers

Lady-friendly sci-fi recommendations?

After getting really into Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, I'm looking for similar reading material. Can y'all recommend other sci-fi novels featuring a predominantly female cast?
posted by schooley on Jul 10, 2014 - 22 answers

Detective/Mystery Novels in Current Day New York?

A little while back I stumbled upon a detective novel (Losers Live Longer) that takes place in 2009 NYC and utilizes actual city streets, restaurants, bars, etc. The writing was pretty average, but the book kept me constantly aware of the protagonist's location (oftentimes cross-streets). The real-world geography of areas I knew well really sucked me into the world and engaged me on another level than the narrative alone. Are there any other good detective or mystery novels that use post-2000s (or, better yet, post-2010) New York accurately? [more inside]
posted by gregoryg on Jul 8, 2014 - 13 answers

Book filter

Can you recommend other novels like Russell Hoban's Turtle Diary and The Bat Tattoo? [more inside]
posted by neat graffitist on Jul 7, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me find something as good as Zita the Spacegirl for my kids?

I have been reading Zita the Spacegirl to my kids (7 & 5, boy and girl) very night. For those who haven't read it, it is a terrific graphic novel for kids full of adventure and strange creatures, with a great message. What else would you reccomend, as we approach the end of this great series? Specifically thinking of a modern, adventure-filled (but not overly mature) graphic novel or series. Science fiction or fantasy would be ideal.
posted by blahblahblah on Jul 1, 2014 - 23 answers

tweet me a novel

I'm enjoying following Moby Dick excerpts via Twitter, and Angus MacLise's calendar poem YEAR. Are there any other Twitter accounts like this that the hive would recommend? [more inside]
posted by ethel on Jun 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Fantasy Disguised as General Fiction

Looking for fantasy books hiding out in the non-genre section of the bookstore. [more inside]
posted by xenization on Jun 18, 2014 - 27 answers

Nonviolent sff: where is it?

Please recommend to me any science fiction/fantasy novels (maybe TV shows as well) that are well written, interesting, and essentially nonviolent. "Completely violence-free" isn't necessary. I'm particularly looking for novels aimed at adults that don't rely on combat scenes to advance the narrative, generate/resolve tension, or provide Crowning Moments of Awesome.* [more inside]
posted by wintersweet on Jun 17, 2014 - 42 answers

From which Samuel Beckett novel is this?

Looking for a specific passage in a Samuel Beckett novel (probably from Watt or Murphy). I'm pretty certain this is from one of his early novels, rather than any of his other works. [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Jun 11, 2014 - 3 answers

Thoughtful-but-entertaining novels for the nonliterary type?

I'm teaching an introductory course on prose fiction (reading, not writing). What fun post-1900 novel should I put on the syllabus? Should be intelligent, but needn't necessarily be, you know, Literary. [more inside]
posted by gallusgallus on Jun 10, 2014 - 40 answers

It was a bright cold day in April and the clocks were striking thirteen.

I am looking for recommendations of great dystopian novels, novellas, and short stories. Any length will do! [more inside]
posted by SkylitDrawl on May 22, 2014 - 39 answers

What can I read while waiting for the next Ibis Trilogy book?

I want to read novels about migration, trade, and globalization in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries -- I especially loved Sea of Poppies by Amitav Ghosh (and its sequel River of Smoke) and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell and would love to find more novels along these lines. [more inside]
posted by EmilyFlew on May 18, 2014 - 8 answers

Historical novels, subtype 'just-so' stories?

I'm craving a particular subtype of historical novel: the kind that posits a dimly-remembered reality behind a famous myth/legend/story, sort of filling it out and extrapolating the details into realism. My favorite of this kind is Mary Renault's "The King Must Die" about Theseus (also the sequel). I also enjoyed "Eaters of the Dead", about the events of 'Beowulf'. But what are some other good ones you can recommend? More examples and specifics inside! [more inside]
posted by theatro on May 15, 2014 - 32 answers

Best Airport Novels?

I read a lot of Classic and contemporary literary fiction and am interested in reading some books purely for distraction and fun. [more inside]
posted by R.F.Simpson on May 13, 2014 - 50 answers

Help me find a pair of novels set in the future with magic.

Trying to find a pair of novels set in the near future North America that I read sometime between 1990 and 2004 approximately. The "big idea" is that neopagan magic "returns" (or at least everyone believes it does, and acts accordingly) with the millennium. The protagonist of one novel is pregnant with the next world spiritual leader. In one scene, a prophet yells at her, "you're full of fish!" Another novel with the same setting (perhaps the same novel) involved a conspiracy and had a genderqueer magical cyberpunk/hacker as a minor character. I remember them as similar to Galveston by Sean Stewart but I'm pretty certain they're not by Stewart. It's not Bone Dance or DeLint, and they had nothing to do with Shadowrun. Help appreciated. They're probably not all that great, but the pair were striking enough that a few things stick out.
posted by CBrachyrhynchos on Apr 3, 2014 - 2 answers

books with realistic female characters?

I am tired of novels that have an enigmatic woman at the center of the novel. Can you recommend some books to me where all of the female characters actually act like real people? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Mar 30, 2014 - 57 answers

What novels have news clippings and press releases in them?

I'm writing the Great American Novel (isn't everyone?). I want to intersperse press releases and newspaper clippings throughout the book, but I'm not sure about formatting (and e-book format raises yet another question). [more inside]
posted by adverb on Mar 3, 2014 - 13 answers

More dark thrillers by women?

Another ReadMe Question. Lately I've been really enjoying literary-leaning thrillers and mystery type books authored by women. Can you recommend some more? [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Feb 5, 2014 - 52 answers

Novel about workplace bullying at an NGO?

A few years ago I read a lengthy novel about workplace bullying at an NGO, possibly in the U.K. It centered about two women who had been close friends but by the end of the book are sworn enemies. It may have involved violence, and there may have been a male who was a romantic interest for one or both. Do you know what book I'm talking about? (More details inside.) [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on Jan 28, 2014 - 3 answers

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