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Sci-fi, with a catch (1 Viewer)

GhostLad

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I've been a reader for a while, but most Sci-fi novels seemed a little too engrosed in, consomed by, and fixated on their setting (namely Dune). I tend to like sci-fi novels with a focus on character relationships and development, like in Ender's Game.

Reccomendations? :-?
 

Shade53

Member
The rest of the Ender series, William Gibson (neuromancer, mona lisa overdrive, burning chrome etc), PK Dick (do androids dream of electric sheep/bladerunner), some Heinlein (time enough for love - though it's a bit screwy in it's psychosis), those off the top of my head because they're my favorites...

~S
 

Stewart

Senior Member
GhostLad, if you want characters, then try Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. He doesn't usually write sci-fi but this book certainly has such tones while being, predominantly, about the characters.
 

Mike C

WF Veterans
Connor Wolf said:
GhostLad, if you want characters, then try Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. He doesn't usually write sci-fi but this book certainly has such tones while being, predominantly, about the characters.

I'd like to roam your library, Connor - you come up with some great choices.

I'd recommend Blindness by Jose Saramago. He's Portugese, he's got a nobel lit prize, he's bloody excellent.
 

GhostLad

Member
Thanks for the recomendations, everybody. I'll be sure to check out ye olde local library.

I've also been interested in Starship Troopers for the social alegory that it is. Are there any other sci-fi books like that?
 

Mike C

WF Veterans
GhostLad said:
I've also been interested in Starship Troopers for the social alegory that it is. Are there any other sci-fi books like that?

A vast number of SF novels have been written as allegory, commentary or satire.

1984
Brave New World
Any of Moorcock's 'Jerry Cornelius' books
In fact any of Moorcock's books, which pretty much all revolve around a single multiverse (why does that sound so weird?)
Gulliver's Travels
 

Anarkos

Senior Member
Iain M Banks' sci-fi tends to mix character and setting. Bizarre dysfunctional family problems are a favourite of his...as are characters with identity problems and so on.
 

Stewart

Senior Member
Mike C said:
I'd like to roam your library, Connor - you come up with some great choices.

Thanks, Mike. Unfortunately, there is no library at the moment. The majority of my books are in storage. There's a small collection building up again though, while I wait to unpack: more Ishiguro, Steinbeck, Jeanette Winterson, Patrick McGrath, Richard Yates, John Fante, Vikram Seth, David Mitchell, and Chinua Achebe.
 
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