Book recommendations
August 31, 2022 4:32 PM   Subscribe

If I like Kim Stanley Robinson, Arundhati Roy, and Octavia Butler, I might also like....
posted by aniola to Writing & Language (21 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
Ursula K Le Guin
posted by pullayup at 5:00 PM on August 31 [11 favorites]

Rivers Solomon.
posted by teremala at 5:20 PM on August 31 [2 favorites]

David Graeber and David Wengrow’s The Dawn of Everything — a book that attempts to change the course of history by re-evaluating humanity’s past.

Arkady Martine. Ann Leckie. Ted Chiang. Kiese Laymon. Alexis Pauline Gumbs. Rebecca Roanhorse.
posted by xueexueg at 5:26 PM on August 31 [11 favorites]

Monica Byrne, especially her recent book, The Actual Star, which got blurbed by Robinson.
posted by hydropsyche at 5:37 PM on August 31 [3 favorites]

Seconding leckie and martine. Cixin Liu.
posted by lemur at 5:54 PM on August 31 [3 favorites]

N. K. Jemisin
posted by rikschell at 6:14 PM on August 31 [16 favorites]

Nnedi Okorafor
posted by Thorzdad at 6:38 PM on August 31 [9 favorites]

Alastair Reynolds
posted by neushoorn at 7:03 PM on August 31 [1 favorite]

I'm a huge KSR fan, and I also love Ursula LeGuin and Alistair Reynolds. Just re-read "House of Suns" and it never fails to blow my mind.
posted by jdroth at 7:21 PM on August 31 [1 favorite]

Martha Wells
Iain M Banks

Schismatrix Plus, Bruce Sterling
posted by nickggully at 7:32 PM on August 31 [2 favorites]

Nthing Leckie, Martine, Jemisin (in that order IMO but they’re all good)
posted by supercres at 7:46 PM on August 31

Paolo Bacigalupi
posted by supermedusa at 7:50 PM on August 31

The Devourers by Indra Das. Ted Chiang.
posted by theweasel at 8:14 PM on August 31

Ada Palmer!
posted by kaibutsu at 8:51 PM on August 31

I so love metafilter book recommendations, and this one has led me to purchase "House of Suns" by Alistair Reynolds just now (thanks jd!), and folks its on sale for amazon kindle right now for $2.99!
posted by hollyanderbody at 9:41 PM on August 31

Probably Sarah Gailey as well.
posted by crossswords at 10:36 PM on August 31

If nothing here floats your boat, maybe check out Literature Map. My testing of it in the past has tended to pull up good recommendations for for genres I know well. I know authors A, B, and C and they are related thematically, etc., and the tool spits out A and C when I start with B. It’s not always perfect, but it can be interesting.
posted by cupcakeninja at 2:58 AM on September 1 [5 favorites]

A Half-Built Garden, by Ruthanna Emrys.
posted by ourobouros at 5:34 AM on September 1

Oooh Nicola Griffith - Ammonite - for definite if you like Octavia Butler
posted by melisande at 11:38 AM on September 1 [2 favorites]

I haven't finished them yet but you might like Alexis Wright's Swan Book and/or Carpentaria.
posted by athirstforsalt at 11:08 PM on September 1

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