Scifi Reading Suggestion List from Twitters

Updated 2016.10.04. Books I read and liked more [+], liked less [-]. Bold on what I'm currently reading.

Asher, Neal --- The Skinner
Bacigalupi, Paolo --- Windup Girl
Banks, Iain M. --- The Culture Series: ...
Banks, Iain M. --- Player of Games
Cline, Ernest --- Ready Player One [+]
Corey, James S. A. --- Expanse Series: Leviathan Wakes, Caliban's War, Abaddon's Gate, Cibola Burn, Nemesis Games, Babylon's Ashes
Hamilton, David --- Star Wolf
Hamilton, Peter F. --- Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star [+], Judas Unchained [+]
Hamilton, Peter F. --- Commonwealth Saga Void Trilogy: The Dreaming Void [+], The Temporal Void [+], The Evolutionary Void [+]
Hamilton, Peter F. --- The Night's Dawn Trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God
Hamilton, Peter F. --- The Chronicle of the Fallers: The Abyss Beyond Dreams [+], The Night Without Stars
Heilein, Robert A. --- The Moon is a Harsh Mistress [+]
Heilein, Robert A. --- Starship Troopers [+]
Heilein, Robert A. --- Stranger in a Strange Land []
Herbert, Frank --- Dune Series: ... [+]
Hicks, Michael R. --- In Her Name Series...
Howey, Hugh --- Silo Series: Wool, Shift, Dust
Kollin, Dani and Eytan --- The Unincorporated Man
Lems, Stanislaw --- Solaris
Martin, G.R.R --- Sandkings
Martin, G.R.R --- Tuf Voyaging
Morgan, Richard K. --- Altered Carbon
Naam, Ramez --- Nexus
Niven, Larry --- Ringworld [+], The Ringworld Engineers [+], The Ringworld Throne [+], Ringworld's Children [+], Fate of Worlds [+]
Pohl, Frederik --- Heechee Series: ...
Rajaniemi, Hannu --- The Quantum Thief [+]
Reynolds, Alastair --- House of Suns
Reynolds, Alastair --- Poseidon's Children Series: Blue Remembered Earth [+], On the Steel Breeze [+], Poseidon's Wake [+]
Reynolds, Alastair --- Revelation Space Series: Revelation Space [+], Redemption Ark [+], Absolution Gap [+]
Reynolds, Alastair --- Terminal World [+]
Sawyer, Jamie --- The Lazarus War Series: Artefact [+], Legion [+], Origins [+]
Scalzi, John --- Old Man's War Series: Old Man's War [+], The Ghost Brigades [+], The Last Colony [+], Zoe's Tale, The Sagan Diary, Questions for a Soldier, After the Coup, The Human Division [+], The End of All Things [+]
Scalzi, John --- Redshirts [-]
Simmons, Dan --- Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, ...
Smith, Michael Marshall --- Only Forward
Stephenson, Neal --- Anthem
Stephenson, Neal --- Cryponomicon
Stephenson, Neal --- Diamond Age
Stephenson, Neal --- Snow Crash [+]
Stross, Charles --- Accelerando
Stross, Charles --- Neptune's Brood
Stross, Charles --- Singularity Sky, Iron Sunrise
Vinge, Vernor --- Deepness in the Sky [+], A Fire Upon the Deep [+], Children of the Sky [+]
Watts, Peter --- Blindsight
Weir, Andy --- The Martian [+]
Wolfe, Gene --- Book of the New Sun: Series of 4 books
Zelanzny, Roger --- Lord of Light


  1. I've read many of these-- my 2 cents:
    1. Book of the New Sun(Gene Wolfe) is where you should start, not Long Sun. New Sun is better and takes place earlier in the timeline. Gene Wolfe is my favorite author ;0
    2. Add: Deepness in the Sky(Vernor Vinge)
    3. Add: The Moon is a Harsh Mistress( Heinlein ) if you haven't already read it.

    Some of the books on that list aren't that great IMO.. Leviathan Wakes, Revelation Space, Accelerando, Singularity Sky I'd call these B tier(pulp) stuff.

  2. Great list.

    Not to be too technical, but "A Deepness in the Sky" is a prequal to "A Fire Upon the Deep".
    And "Player of Games" is a Culture novel.

    I'd add "Hardwired" by Walter Jon Williams, a very cool book, and some of Greg Bear's earlier stuff, such as "Blood Music".

  3. From Heinlein I'd recommend Starship Troopers. It's substantially different from the movie. One glaring omission is anything by Asimov or Clarke. They're classics for a reasons. For some modern stuff I'd recommend David Weber's Honor Harrington (starting with On Basilisk Station and The Honor of the Queen) and Safehold (starting with Off Armageddon Reef) series.

  4. I see Blindsight by Peter Watts is already there, so you may want to get the just released sequel, Echopraxia. You've already got the first two Zones of Thought books by Vernor Vinge, there's also a sequel to "A Fire Upon the Deep" called "Children of the Sky" (but read the other two first, starting with "A Fire Upon the Deep"). You may also want to check his "Marooned in Realtime" which is two books in one volume, and "Rainbows End", which has some really great near future speculation. By Alastair Reynolds you already have House of Suns which is very very good, and there's a few more books in the Revelation Space universe, most of them part of a series, but my favorite from those is Chasm City which is a standalone story in the same universe. Add Fallen Dragon by Peter F. Hamilton. Also, River of Gods and Brazyl from Ian McDonald. You have Altered Carbon, you may want to add the rest of the Takeshi Kovacs series. Also, add the Ian Cormac series by Neal Asher, starting with Gridlinked. If I'm not mistaken, The Skinner, which is already in the list, is set in the same universe. You don't have Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson in there, but I'll just assume you've already read it. Multiple times :). If you want to try some "harder" science fiction, try Stephen Baxter and Greg Egan. It'll help if you have advanced physics knowledge :D but I don't and still enjoy their stuff. You may also want to subscribe to some magazines like Asimov's, Analog, Interzone... but the monthly influx would take a toll on your development productivity. :) Well, this is pretty much what I come up with off the top of my head. Just to finish, if you don't mind having your science fiction in graphic novel format, please please please try "Transmetropolitan" by Warren Ellis, which I've just re-read, and is absolutely phenomenal. Enjoy!

  5. No Bester? Stars My Destination! De Camp&Pratt - Harold Shea series. Worth checking Russian SF writers Strugatsky - The Roadside Picnic (Stalker game was inspired by it). There are cool series set in the first Master Of Orion, but you are out of luck - they are russian only. :)

    Non-fiction worth checking are Psychological Types by Carl Jung and The Use of the Self by Alexander. Both are totally shitty writers, but ideas are really worth the hassle.

  6. Mercilessly trimming down your list to quality space opera series and adding a couple new ones:

    Hyperion Cantos: Hyperion, ... - Dan Simmons (series -- beautifully written)
    January Dancer - Michael Flynn ('Spiral Arm' series -- beautifully written)
    Otherland - Tad Williams (4-book series -- great VR concepts)
    The Skinner - Neal Asher (known as the 'Spatterjay' series -- good/original)
    Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan ('Takeshi Kovacs' series -- good/mil/cyberpunk)
    Gridlinked - Neal Asher ('Cormac' series -- thriller)
    Commonwealth Saga: Pandora's Star, Judas Unchained - Peter F. Hamilton (huge/good)
    The Night's Dawn Trilogy: The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist, The Naked God - Peter F. Hamilton (huge/good)

  7. "Stanislaw Lems" - actually it is "Lem" not "Lem", a Polish SF writer, he wrote a lot of great books.

  8. I can recommend The quantum thief by Hannu Rajaniemi. It will most likely leave the rest behind.