A List of Recommendations…Sorta


Well I wrote a post some days back asking for your thoughts, but nobody really jumped in on that convo. So, I thought what I’d do is throw in my two cents of what I think are best examples, based on what I have read, of the following genres. I haven’t read everything, so if you don’t agree or have a different suggestion, please leave a comment!

Military Science Fiction — The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Space Opera — Old Man’s War by John Scalzi (although this is more military SF)
Cyberpunk (anything you guys would suggest other than Neuromancer by William Gibson) — Spin State by Chris Moriarty
Steampunk — The Steam Magnate by Dana Copithorne (partially because it is really damn good and partially because it’s the only book I’ve ever read that I could call steampunk)
Post-Apocalyptic — Other than 1984…I don’t know…Cell by Stephen King, but that’s not a great example, though I liked the book.
Hard Science Fiction — Foundation by Isaac Asimov
Humorous SF — Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Soft SF (or Socio-SF) — Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Dystopian SF — 1984 by George Orwell
Post-Cyberpunk — I have no idea…I didn’t know there was a Post-Cyberpunk movement until recently…
High Fantasy (other than Tolkien) — I can’t think of a really good example of this other than Tolkien. Some mediocre examples, sure, but nothing really concrete.
Urban Fantasy — Peeps by Scott Westerfeld (though it’s sort of SFish)
Dark Fantasy — The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly (this is dark YA fantasy actually)
Heroic Fantasy (again, other than Tolkien) — Shadowfall by James Clemens
Science Fantasy (or Scifantasy) — Bright of the Sky by Kay Kenyon.

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

4 thoughts on “A List of Recommendations…Sorta

  1. I enjoyed Neal Stephenson’s, “The Diamond Age, Or A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer” I’m not sure which sci fi category best fits, but it was a good read.

  2. I know I’m deplorably late on this topic.. but I have to throw in my two cents because I love books! 🙂

    Read any and all Neal Stephenson you can get your hands on – he’s amazing.

    Military Sci Fi – The Lost Regiment Series by William Forstchen. Civil War regiment plus giant ape-like aliens who eat humans equals one hell of a war!

    Space Opera – Honor Harrington series by David Weber. Meets all the requirements of a good Space Opera (at least I’m pretty sure it does, having never found a list for that).

    Steampunk – Diamond Age fits in nicely here.. at least portions of it do.

    Heroic Fantasy – Anything and Everything by David Gemmell!

    High Fantasy – Gotta go with the Belgariad here, still one of my favorites.

    Urban Fantasy – I gotta go with Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files on this one.. But I also have a soft spot for Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series.

    Ok, I’m going to stop now before I name all my favorite books and throw them into random categories just to be able to gush about my favorite books. Speaking of which..

    Hard Sci-Fi (at least I think it is) – Peter Watts’ Blindsight

    Dystopian-ish – Peter Watts’ Rifters saga (at least read the first one, awesomely disturbing)

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