Science Fiction

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.

Adams, Douglas. The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (Del Rey, 2002).
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation. (New York: Bantam Books, 1991).
Asimov, Isaac. Foundation and Empire. (New York: Bantam Books, 1991).
Asimov, Isaac. Second Foundation. (New York: Bantam Books, 1991).
Asimov, Isaac, and Robert Silverberg. Nightfall. (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).
Card, Orson Scott. Speaker for the Dead, revised edition. (New York: Tor Books, 1991)
Card, Orson Scott. Xenocide. (New York: Tor Books, 1991).
Card, Orson Scott. Pastwatch: the redemption of Christopher Columbus. (New York: Tor Books, 1996)
Card, Orson Scott. Children of the Mind: The Conclusion to Ender's Saga. (New York: Tor Books, 1996)
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Shadow. (New York: Tor Books, 1999).
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.
Finney, Jack. From Time to Time.  (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1995).
Stephenson, Neal. Snow Crash. (New York: Bantam Books, 1992).
Stephenson, Neal. Zodiac: The Eco-Thriller (Bantam Spectra, 1995).
Stephenson, Neal. The Diamond Age (Spectra Books, 1996.
Stephenson, Neal. Cryptonomicon (Haperperrenial, May 2000).


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