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 a graduate student at the University of Florida studying science fiction, postcolonialism, posthumanism, and fantasy.

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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