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Science Fiction


Ringworld by Larry Niven - This Nebula Award winning classic was the first novel I fell in love with. Mr. Niven introduced me to the wonders of his hard-science ideas, as well as unique, non-humanoid aliens.

  Inherit The Stars by James P. Hogan - This book was introduced to me through my Literature of Science Fiction class in college. In essence, a science mystery, Inherit the Stars kept me caught up in the scientific investigation and instantly made me a James P. Hogan fan.
Enders Game by Orson Scott Card - Another classic, this book won both the Hugo and Nebula Awards. Ender's Game follows the training of a gifted young boy to be the military leader entrusted to save humanity from an attacking alien race.   The Dragon Riders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey - This is a series of books which initially could be considered fantasy. However, the deeper you go into the series, the more it fits into science fiction. I also include the Harper Hall of Pern books as part of the same series.
Saturn Rukh by Robert L. Forward - I love books with interesting aliens, and the Rukhs of Saturn certainly fit this bill. Think of a large ray that swims in the gasses of Saturn, and has two intelligences sharing the body in order to keep it from plunging to it's death in the deadly gas layers below. Hard science in a excellent, human story.   The Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan - What I love about this book is that the author shows how the benefits of science has been perverted into tools of death and destruction in the past, present and into the future by small-minded, hateful and greedy people. The way the main character remedies this at the end of the book is absolutely brilliant.

Other Genre'

Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M. Auel - During the Ice age, a 5 year old girl is orphaned and is adopted by a clan of neanderthal. She must grow and adapt to their alien ways in order to survive. This is the first book in the Earth's Children's series. The second book, Valley of the Horses, resumes just where the first book ends, with the main character banned from her clan and forced to survive on her own, searching for her own kind. Both of these books are truly a must read, and will hook you on the series. Just be sure to read the series in order.   Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling - I'm not into fantasy, so when I first heard of the Harry Potter book series, I wasn't interested. A friend talked me into giving it a try by lending me the first 3 books of the series. He was right. After finishing his books, I went out and bought my own copies. The author wrote the first book targeting a youth market, and had each book that followed growing in writing style and maturity with the original readers. If you've only watched the movies, you should read the books and discover everything they couldn't fit on the silver screen.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown - From my experience, people either love or hate this book. I love it. To me, The Da Vince code does what I believe good fiction should do, ask the question "What if?" All too often it is easy to take what we've been told as absolute truth. But what if what we were told for all of our lives is false? "History is written by the victors," the old saying goes. How much truth has been lost in the history of man? More writers should be as brave as Dan Brown and write good stories asking "What if?" Also liked the prequel, Angels and Demons.   Stephanie Plum Novels by Janet Evenovich - Another friend really loved this book series, and would talk about it over and over again. Eventually, I decided to give it a try. Once again, I was glad I took a friend's advice. The first novel, One for the Money, introduces Jersey girl Stephanie Plum. She's out of work and desperate for money, so she blackmails her sleazy cousin into giving her a job at the bail bonds agency he runs. Stephanie finds herself bumbling through tracking down strange fugitives as a bounty hunter. With humor and a touch of romance, this series is definitely worth checking out.
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton - Okay, I'll admit it. I love dinosaurs. When I first saw the title on the bookstore shelf, I grabbed it, read the cover, then bought it right away. Despite hating the Malcolm character and his idiotic anti-technology attitudes, I couldn't help but love the book. Let's face it, rampaging dinosaurs, kids lost in a park, protected by a caring but uncomfortable-with-kids paleontologist, what's not to love?    Inferno by Dan Brown - This little gem by the author of The Da Vinci Code takes a look at the serious issue of world overpopulation.  Once again, Brown looks at the idiocy of blindly following church dogma, despite how much doing so hurts the world at large.  The ending is surprising, and, in my humble opinion, very, very brave.  Sorry, but I won't spoil the ending for you.  You'll have to read the book.
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