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Life Changing SciFi Books

Discussion in 'Books' started by Tom, Mar 2, 2008.

  1. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast

    IO9 has a post with the provocative linkbait title "The 20 science fiction novels that will change your life." Will they really? How many books have you read that have had such a profound impact on you that they changed your life? Here's their list in brief:
    1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
    2. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
    3. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft
    4. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
    5. The Dispossessed by Ursula LeGuin
    6. Kindred by Octavia Butler
    7. Wizard by John Varley
    8. Consider Phlebas by Iain M. Banks
    9. He, She, and It by Marge Piercy
    10. Sarah Canary by Karen Joy Fowler
    11. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
    12. The Bohr Maker by Linda Nagata
    13. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
    14. Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson
    15. The Mount by Carol Emschwiller
    16. Perdido Street Station by China Mieville
    17. Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow
    18. Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
    19. Newton's Wake by Ken MacLeod
    20. Glasshouse by Charles Stross
  2. Tom

    Tom An Old Friend

    Dec 6, 2004
    Gulf Coast
    What books have you read that have had a direct impact on your views of life?
  3. recall

    recall Captain

    Mar 15, 2008
    Battlefield Earth
    Enders Game
  4. Tim

    Tim Creative Writer

    Jan 16, 2005
    Van Vogt's : Null-A series. Gave me hope that there might just be a community of above average intelligent humans who worked as a species reacting to needs and pressures without seizing up.

    Cherryh's : Kif series of novels. The ability of an author to attempt to phonetically and symbolically insert alien language into texts as far as realistically possible.

    Feintuch : The path to publishing and then his early death attract a reader to his works and development between his main series of fiction, watching the writing development, style changes and then it is gone too early.
  5. ABofSeattle

    ABofSeattle ABofSeattle

    Nov 12, 2007
    Seattle, Washington State, USA
    'The Lathe of Heaven' by Ursula K LeGuin

  6. razorleaf

    razorleaf Scout

    Mar 25, 2008
    You know, I wish I could remember the title, but I remember when I was a little kid, my mom bought me a kid's book at a garage sale. It was a title from the '60s or '70s, about a kid who was growing up in a colony on Mars, and accidentally discovered alien life, living in caves underground. It was just a book for children, but I remember it was the book that got me exploring science fiction in novels (and basically expanding my view of sci-fi past my beloved "Star Wars").
  7. sneakers

    sneakers Cadet

    Nov 9, 2007
    makati, philippines
    I'm not sure if i can consider these books life-changing but they definitely mean a lot to me:

    The Dispossessed - Ursula Le guin
    1984 - George Orwell
    A Canticle For Leibowitz - Walter Miller
    A Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    Ender's Game and Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
  8. recall

    recall Captain

    Mar 15, 2008
    A couple I forgot (more to come)...

    The Forever War

    Lords of the Starship (an oldie but a goodie)

    Gust Front, (and the rest of the series)


    and another of which I can't recall the name, about a race called the Feng? Monkey like people who have a symbiotic relationship with the guardians of a forest world? and their combined defense against a usurping corporate empire? Who get taught a lesson.
  9. KingDaddy

    KingDaddy King Daddy

    Apr 6, 2008
    The Probability Broach - L Neil Smith - Yea baby!

    Brave New World, 1984, yep those too... and of course Logan's Run... Hehe... is that a book? oh well it kicks butt. - King Daddy
  10. edott

    edott last Lion in Baton Rouge

    Feb 16, 2006
    Bato Rouge
    starship troopers; got me to think a lot about what does citizenship means.
    little fuzzy
    glory season

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