in a mild panic busy studying for my Pediatric Advance Life Support (PALS) certification, I decided I’d share a list of ten of my all time favorite science fiction novels. I am deliberately excluding pure fantasy for this list. Now, making this list was not easy. There are literally hundreds, if not thousands, of books to choose from. Yes, I’ve read a lot of science fiction.
Trying to narrow the list down to ten I learned a couple of things. I’ve read a lot of what is considered classic science fiction, but there’s an awful lot that I’ve not read. I’ve read many of the Nebula and Hugo award winners, but not nearly all of them. And there are books that I like for specific reasons such as I love the characters, or the world, or the emotional feel of the book. However, when push came to shove, some of the books are on my list because they spoke to me. Sometime, when I’m not
burning a hole in my brain otherwise occupied, I may write lists of books with great characters, books with worlds and settings that felt real to me, or books that gave me a huge emotional pay off. But today’s list is of favorites, in no particular order, but books I have and will read again and again because I want to.
Dune by Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Downbelow Station by CJ Cherryh
Pride of Chanur by CJ Cherryh
Dawn by Octavia Butler
The Watchers by Dean Koontz
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Coma by Robin Cook
Any of the Tom Swift books (and I make no apologies!)
So that’s my list. And if you study those books, I’m guessing you’ll learn a little more about me. But enough of that.