So, Mistah Charlie asked me about Science Fiction in a comment on an earlier post about my suggestions for science fiction. So, this here post will run down a couple of reads that I tend to re-read and I feel have real value. Realize here that my tastes aren't quite normal and some of these are probably "speculative fiction" rather than pure science fiction. I will try to load disclaimers into the text here.
- (SpecFic) The Baroque Cycle by Neal Stephenson; In my mind this is a huge, rambling, epic about the beginning of the Scientific age. Three big books with the main characters being Isaac Newton's college roommate, the king of the Vagabonds, and a rescued odalesque from the Topkapi palace.
- (SciFic) Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained; by Peter Hamilton. Has to be one of my favorite space operas. Fast paced with references to the big issues of classic science fiction, longevity, spaceflight, and hyperspace.
- (FantasyFic) The Recluse stories by Modesitt. One of the huge, multi-volume epics of an alternate universe where magic exists in the form of order and chaos and an extremely subtle cautionary tale about the use and abuse of natural resources.