This is a list of my own favorite science fiction
books. I've only put a couple of items on for now,
but will add to it after I've gotten all the other
computer-book categories in good shape. I don't claim
to be an authority on the subject of science fiction,
but I've been reading things from Isaac Asimov, Andre
Norton, and dozens of others since the late 1950s;
at the moment, Orson Scott Card is my favorite science
fiction author. I still find the genre to be entertaining
and educational; perhaps it's because computers, which
have been the basis of both a career and a passion
for 30+ years, are still so magical to me that they
seem almost like science fiction.
Asimov, Isaac, and Robert
(New York: Bantam, 1991).
Bear, Greg. Darwin's
Radio. (Ballantine Books, 1999). A friend sent this to me a few months
ago, and I found it to be a fascinating look at the notion of "discontinuities"
in the steady, incremental progress of evolution. It's particularly relevant
in today's era of concern about viruses and genetic engineering.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's
Game, author's definitive edition. (New York: Tor Books, 1991).
Finney, Jack. Time
and Again. (New York: Scribner's, 1995). Note: this is a 25th
anniversary re-publication of the original 1970 book, updated with sketches,
to coincide with the publication of the sequel, From Time to Time.