CRIMHEAD, on 26 November 2012 - 06:18 PM, said:
Ok, I'll jump in here as I've recently got back into Science Fiction. Just finished the entire Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe. Holy hell was that a beast. Dude's vocabulary is impressive as I had to go to my Kindle dictionary often.
Next up for me is Snow Crash as I've never read it, even though I've read quite a few William Gibson novels. Like some of the classic stuff. Hated Foundation by Asimov. Liked a lot of Phillip K. Dick stuff.
After Snow Crash, any recommendations? I definitely like the Cyberpunk stuff, but a classic that's edgy I'm down with.
Lately I've been reading a whole bunch of classic science fiction in between newer series book sthat involve heavy time investments. I just went through a whole bunch of Philip K. Dick. I never realized how prolific he was, that's a shit load of books. I think he's probably one of the best sci-fi authors for ideas (which is why there's so many movies based on his short stories/novellas). I think the catch is that his writing style isn't always that great.
Anyway I had this idea since I found out that kindle has a bunch fo older books available for free and at the same time I saw the Prophets of Science Fiction series on the science channel. I just read 20,000 Leagues under the Sea by Verne and while it was interesting and very innovative at the time, it was tough to read. Not sure I'll get another Verne book soon.
As for Snow Crash, I loved that book. It'll feel a bit dated to you and was sort of adolescent but that might be from reading the rest of Stephenson's work which feels much more mature. If you like Snow Crash, you might want to read his most recent book Reamde which is probably the most similar to Snow Crash and feels like an updated version of the same computer-based sci-fi action. My personal favorite is Cryptonomicon but be forewarned, it's a dense read. He probably is my favorite author right now. I've read and liked pretty much all of his books.
so skipping suggesting some of the major classics...
Not to long ago, I read Ender's Game for the first time. I was really impressed and it's a quick read.
If you want so realistic space exploration work, the Red Mars series by Kim Stanley Robinson is great (the first book is the best in my mind).
When I was younger I loved Larry Niven's Ringworld.
My favorites from that time might have been CJ Chyrrah's Cyteen series. It had this great sociological cloning under theme running throughout.
I stuck to the Science side of Sci-Fi rather than the Fantasy since it sounds like taht's what you're more interested in.