I used to pick one or two science fiction books in my teenage years, just to keep my mind going and train it just the same I train my muscles at the gym, but I have to admit that it was my girlfriend, Pam, who got me into reading more serious sci-fi books. In this post, I want to talk about a few that I really enjoyed, and I still do whenever I get the chance to re-read them.
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
I should say that I loved all the books in the series, but it is this one in particular that sparked my imagination and made me fall in love with the whole concept. I know that they will be many who would say that Speaker for the Dead is the better book in the series, but I personally prefer all the novelty and excitement of the adventures of a very young Andrew Wiggin who, without being whole conscious of his actions, exterminates an entire race threatening the planet.
For those who have not yet read the book, and are quite new to the genre, there is hardly a better recommendation. It is an excellent read for younger readers, too, because it offers them the possibility to live all these adventures through the eyes of a young boy, who they can relate to.
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
When it comes to the consecration of the sci-fi genre, I think everyone will agree with me that there is no better promoter and creator of new concepts and dead serious storylines than Isaac Asimov. The writer’s magnum opus, the entire Foundation series takes the reader through a dramatic uncovering of a new mystery, the Earth, forgotten, through the extension of the human conquering of the space.
Would that be something that could happen? Would all the knowledge in the Universe become so loose, while climbing the gravity well, that we would get disconnected with our beginnings on a small blue planet that no one remembers? I do not recommend just the book that gives the name of the series, but all of them. I admit that it would be a titanic endeavor, but it is one that will leave you feeling enriched, and also entertained.
Dune – Frank Herbert
Another important series that made the sci-fi genre what it is today is Dune, created by Frank Herbert. The saga is well worth the read, lighter, perhaps, than the convoluted Foundation written by Asimov, but it is probably more entertaining for most.
I loved the first book in the series the most, probably because they introduced me to the universe. I could not recommend it more than I do; accompanied by movie and series adaptations, and considered the best selling sci-fi novel of all times, Dune is a must-read, and not only for lovers of the genre.