Hit me with a good sci-fi book recommendation!

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Registered: 09-23-2010
Hit me with a good sci-fi book recommendation!
Tue, 05-06-2014 - 3:23pm

Any good recommendations for a sci-fi book? Something along the lines of The Taking by Dean Koontz (which if you haven't read is fantastic!). Thanks! 

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Registered: 01-28-2000
Tue, 05-06-2014 - 6:06pm

Hi Erin,

It sounds like you're looking for a "first contact" story.

Some of my favourites are:

Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke

Gateway (and the sequels) by Frederik Pohl

All Flesh Is Grass by Clifford Simak

Calculating God by Robert Sawyer

among many others.


If you watched The Simpson's Lego episode you should read the  short s/f story "The Days of Perky Pat" by Philip K. Dick, and/or his novel "The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch", which contain themes that are very important  in this episode. The writers must be huge P;K. Dick fans.



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Registered: 08-11-2008

I too like Robert Sawyer. I'm trying to remeber the name of the novel where the aliens say "Take me to your anthropologist." And wind up at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. I'm pretty sure it's Calculating God. Illegal Alien by the same author is also fun. It's an alien/ legal drama!

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell is quite amazing. Singing is heard from another planet and the first group to get a group to investigate are Jesuit priests. It's also funny, heartbearking & wonderful. Please also plan to read Children of God the next book. There are just the two.

Xenogenesis or Lilith's Brood or Dawn by Octavia E. Butler is about aliens rescuing us; or are they? The first title is all three books and so may be the second title.

I didn't care for the brand new Dark Eden by Chris Beckett. We humans crash land on a planet without a sun, and are changed by it, over time.

No aliens, but space battles, bad guys and gals, and a terrific group of novels and novellas start with Cordelia's Honor, Shards of Honor, Young Miles, Warrior's Apprentice, by Lois McMaster Bujold. We humans have gone into space long ago and set up planets not so different from the countries where we used to live, except for how they are different...

 Happy Reading, Julia 

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Registered: 06-13-2008
Sat, 05-10-2014 - 7:59pm

 I'm not a SF fan but a friend just finished The Martian by Andy Weir and was raving about it.


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Registered: 08-11-2008

I also intend to read The Martian. I've heard very good things about it.