Classic or Modern, #SciFi is #GoodReads #amreading

Astronaut on the moon cartoonAre you looking for good science fiction?  I ran across  There is a list of “top 25 picks for the best science fiction books ever written” and also a crowd ranked version of the list.  The list includes many “classics of science fiction [that] are heavy on ground breaking ideas but pretty light on story and characters. Modern science fiction puts a lot more emphasis on story and characterization.”  I have to agree.  My memory of science fiction from childhood includes a lot of cardboard heroes, but I loved the stories anyway.

The blog lists three dozen sub-genres of science fiction, with reading suggestions for each.  Whether you are looking for a good read, wondering how there can be that many types of SciFi, or just curious how your own reading stacks up against recommendations, take a look.  One of my favorite books is rated highly:Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.  Any author who can write a trilogy containing five books has the right attitude.  “Now cruising at a level of two to the power of twenty-five thousand to one against and falling, and we will be restoring normality just as soon as we are sure what is normal.”  (If you are not chuckling at that quote, go read the book.)

(Note: The Best SciFi books blog seems to be just getting started; not all the links are live yet.  But it looks interesting.)


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