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Posted by Bushbaby (20th Oct 1998, 18:20)

Originally published in Wyrmtongue, October 1998.

If you haven't already read it, then check out Dune by Frank Herbert. Its an absolutely stunning book, unparalleled in its scope while still maintaining human interest in the characters.

Anything by Iain Banks is a good bet. My personal favourite is 'The Bridge'. It all takes place within the comatose mind of the main character and is deeply surreal and disturbing throughout.

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card is a great book about an ancient enemy who are returning to human space for a third invasion. The only hope for Earth is to breed and train a new leader who will be capable of beating a relentless enemy. The main character is a young child named Ender on whom Mankind's fate apparently rests. Read it, because it's good.

Ok, a quick section for all of the obvious classics which every sf reader should take a look at. Asimov's Foundation series, for their sheer galaxy spanning scope. Arthur C Clarke's Odyssey Saga, for its amazing treatment of aliens far too advanced for us to ever understand. Also, works by Ben Bova and Carl Sagan are well worth reading for their superbly realistic portrayal of man's quest to reach the stars.

Harry Harrison, while famous for his comedy-sf, like The Stainless Steel Rat, has a lot of interesting and serious things to say in his other works, such as the Deathworld series.

Maybe cyberpunk was a product of the 80s, but I think William Gibson's books hold up equally well today. The genre has also moved on well, with authors like Neal Stephenson and Jeff Noon adding their twists to the familiar settings.

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- 2001 A Space Odyssey
- Deathworld 1
- Dune
- Ender 1: Ender's Game
- Foundation 1: Foundation
- The Bridge
- The Stainless Steel Rat

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- Banks, Iain
- Banks, Iain M
- Bova, Ben
- Gibson, William
- Noon, Jeff
- Sagan, Carl
- Stephenson, Neal
- Clarke, Arthur C
- Harrison, Harry
- Herbert, Frank
- Card, Orson Scott
- Asimov, Isaac

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