Sunday, October 15, 2006
This post by Chad Orzel reminds me of a request I made on Ye Olde Usenet when I first started teaching at DePauw. DePauw has a wonderful science fiction collection, thanks to the presence of sci-fi scholars Art Evans and Istvan Csicsery-Ronay and the journal Science Fiction Studies. The request is for book recommendations. I've been reading through the Hugo winners, from this year's back through 1982 so far. I've also read other books by the same award winning authors as available. I also read the library's holdings of Octavia Butler after she died, and various other authors as I've seen or heard reference of them. I find that I prefer the deep thinking books (especially with cultural, philosophical or political issues involved), and those with a good sense of humor. Zelazny's Lord of Light was highly enjoyable, as an example. So, what are the great science fiction books I should read?