Read It


Because of upcoming mid-semester exams I’ve been bogged down with a fair bit of study lately, which has not given me much time for anything science-fiction. I’ve corrected this wrong and ordered four classics that I’ve been meaning to read. They’ll be arriving when my exams finish on the 21st of this month. In the meantime I’ll give a quick overview of what I’ve bought.

 

Slaughterhouse-Five, or The Children’s Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death (1969)

This is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about the WWII experiences and time travelling journeys of a soldier named Billy Pilgrim. One of the classics in science-fiction that has been read by many non sci-fi fans the world around. This is considered to be one of Vonnegut’s most influential and popular novels and I’m definitely anticipating this one.

 

Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)

This is a true science-fiction novel by American author Robert A. Heinlein. It tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who has returned to Earth in early adulthood after being raised by Martians on the planet Mars. The novel explores his interaction with – and the eventual transformation of – earth culture.

 

Darwin’s Radio (1999)

This one comes from the author Greg Bear. In the novel, a new form of endogenous retrovirus has emerged, SHEVA. It controls human evolution by rapidly evolving the next generation while in the womb, leading to speciation. The novel follows several characters as the “plague” is discovered as well as the reaction of the public and government.

 

The Forge of God (1987)

Another novel by Greg Bear this time one about an alien race and Earth’s demise. The Forge of God was nominated for the Nebula Award for Best Novel in 1987, and was also nominated for the Hugo and Locus Awards in 1988. Can’t wait for this one.

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  1. Brandon

    The Forge of God counts as one of my first sc-fi reads as a child. And I still love both of them to this day. Excellent choices. If you haven’t yet check out another of Greg Bear’s books: Moving Mars.

    • Hey Brandon, I honestly cannot wait for these books to get here. I haven’t read any Greg Bear so it’s all new territory for me. I did read a short blurb about Moving Mars and it sounded really good, next puchase maybe? Thanks for your comment I hope to see you around.

      Cheers.

  2. IMHO, Stranger in a Strange Land is one of the most overrated books of all time. If you want to read some Heinlein, I might recommend Starship Troopers instead (it’s nothing like the movie).

    • I did see Starship Troopers and I have to be truthful, I didn’t pick it for the sole purpose of having seen the movie. Bad move I guess? I hope your wrong about SiaSL, I was really looking forward to that one, 0_o. Any other recommendations?

      Thanks for dropping by.

  3. I’ve not read a Greg Bear novel, what do you suggest?

    • This will be my first time reading any of his novels but from what I’ve read about his books “the forge of god” and “darwin’s radio” both sound awesome. Brandon also suggested Moving Mars which also sounds good too. I think the world’s your oyster when it comes to Greg Bear.

  4. Of course! I’ve read 5/6th of the Hugo winners for best novel 😉 tehe…. I’m not as enthusiastic as you are about it, but, that’s ok…

  5. Thanks! Yup, a few years ago I read a wider spectrum of works — I’ve now found my niche — 60s/70s social sci-fi (predominately) — and just about everything else from those decades (and the 50s).

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