A 17-Question Science Fiction Book Meme


Here’s a 17-question science fiction book meme for a lazy Sunday.

Answer as many of the following as you can…

  1. My favorite alien invasion book or series is…?
  2. My favorite alternate history book or series is…?
  3. My favorite cyberpunk book or series is…?
  4. My favorite Dystopian book or series is…?
  5. My favorite Golden-Age sf book or series is…?
  6. My favorite hard sf book or series is…?
  7. My favorite military sf book or series is…?
  8. My favorite near-future book or series is…?
  9. My favorite post-apocalyptic book or series is…?
  10. My favorite robot/android book or series is…?
  11. My favorite space opera book or series is…?
  12. My favorite steampunk book or series is…?
  13. My favorite superhero book or series is…?
  14. My favorite time travel book or series is…?
  15. My favorite young adult sf book or series is…?
  16. My favorite zombie book or series is…?
  17. The 3 books at the top of my sf/f/h to-be-read pile are…?

34 thoughts on “A 17-Question Science Fiction Book Meme”

  1. 1. Can’t think of a really good one now. In fact the only one I can think of right now is Footfall.
    2. The Children’s Crusade by J. N. Stroyar.
    3. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
    4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.
    5. Robert A. Heinlein’s Future History Stories. What is the Golden Age of Science Fiction anyway? 12?
    6. Kim Stanley Robinson’s Mars books.
    7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card.
    8. Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan books. (Let the argument begin.)
    9. Hugh Howey’s Wool books.
    10. My Robot Buddy by Alfred Slote (How i got into SF)
    11. F. Paul Wilson’s LaNague Chronicles.
    12. I haven’t read much steampunk.
    13. Same here, not much for superheroes.
    14. All You Zombies by Heinlein (So it is a short story. Sue me)
    15. H Beam Piper’s Little Fuzzy (Much better than Scalzi’s take)
    16. World War Z by Max Brooks.
    17. Top 3 books to be read:
    Lexicon by Max Berry
    Dust by Hugh Howey
    Dark City by F Paul Wilson

  2. 01. Footfall (Niven/Pournelle)
    02. The Man in the High Castle (Dick)
    03. Count Zero (Gibson)
    04. The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood)
    05. Foundation Trilogy (Asimov)
    06. Eon (Bear)
    07. Old Man’s War series (Scalzi)
    08. Oryx and Crake (Atwood)
    09. Dhalgren (Delany)
    10. Robot series (Asimov)
    11. Conqueror Trilogy (Zahn)
    12. The Difference Engine (Gibson/Sterling)
    13. n/a
    14. The End of Eternity (Asimov)
    15. n/a
    16. n/a
    17. Gardens of the Moon (Erickson), Consider Phlebas (Banks), The Heroes (Abercrombie)

  3. 1. The Body Snatchers by Jack Finney.
    2. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    3. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
    4. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
    5. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    6. Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
    7. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
    8. Stand On Zanzibar by John Brunner
    9. A Canticle For Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller
    10.Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
    11.The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons
    12.The Langdon St. Ives series by James Blaylock
    13.None. Have no interest in superheroes.
    14.Timescape by Gregory Benford
    15.Railsea by China Mieville
    16.Raising Stony Mayhal by Daryl Gregory
    17.The Adjacent by Christopher Priest
    A Very British History by Paul J. McAuley
    Countdown City by Ben Winters

  4. 1. The Uplift War by David Brin (doesn’t have to be Earth, right?)
    2. Man In The High Castle by Philip K. Dick
    3. Voice of the Whirlwind by Walter Jon Williams
    4. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
    6. Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke
    7. Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen by H. Beam Piper
    8. Queen of Angels by Greg Bear
    9. The Postman by David Brin
    10. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
    11. The Culture series by Iain M. Banks (RIP)
    12. Difference Engine by William Gibson and Bruce Sterling (came *that* close to putting N/A)
    13. If you’re talking graphic novels, I would go with “Astro City: Confession” by Karl Busiek &c.
    14. Big Time by Fritz Leiber
    15. N/A (Haven’t read enough YA)
    16. Serpent and the Rainbow by Wade Davis (don’t care about them shambling corpses, give me the Haitian voudoun any old day)

    1. As much as I love time travel stories, I had 2 separate failed reading attempts with THE BIG TIME. It’s not terrible long, either. Still need to give that one another go.

  5. 1. Midwich Cuckoos by Wyndham
    2. Tirant the White
    3. Ready Player One by Cline
    4. Faharenheit 451
    5. Foundations Series by Asimov (if you’re using the Golden Age term that included the 50s.) and
    6. Glass House by Stross and Blindsight by Watts
    7. Starship Series by Resnick
    8. Daemon/Freedom™ by Daniel Suarez
    9. Dying Earth by Vance
    10. Robots novels and stories by Asimov
    11. Great North Road by Hamilton
    12. I detest steampunk but I did enjoy the first The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
    13. Legion of Super-Heroes and Green Lantern are the great science fiction super-heroes.
    14. Doctor Who
    15. I’m too hold to have experienced “young adult”. Wasn’t such a thing when I was a kid.
    16. The Living Dead, ed. John Joseph Adams
    17. The Long War by Baxter, Pratchett; Jack Glass by Roberts; The Devil’s Eye by McDevitt

    1. >>I’m too hold to have experienced “young adult”.
      So…are you too old to read them now? How books are marketed doesn’t necessarily mean they are the *only* readers who will enjoy them.

      Hmmm…sounds like a good idea for a Mind Meld…

      1. I’ve sampled some of the most popular YA novels over the last 10 years or so. The first Harry Potter. The Host by Meyer. The first Hunger Games. His Dark Materials. Eragon. Etc. Didn’t care much for any of them, other than The Golden Compass which was pretty decent. Perhaps I’m just not picking the right ones to try. But I’m sure I’ll keep at it slowly, every once in a while.

  6. 1. Footfall (Niven)
    2. Small Change Series (Jo Walton)
    3. Haven’t read much cyberpunk
    4. Arslan (Engh)
    5. Future History books (Heinlein)
    6. Uplift books (Brin)
    7. Vorkosigan books (Bujold)
    8. Little Brother (Doctorow)
    9. Alas Babylon (Frank)
    10. Asimov’s robot books/stories
    11. Ender’s Game
    12. none
    13. none
    14. Tie: Timescape (Benford) and To Say Nothing of the Dog (Willis)
    15. Little Fuzzy (Piper)
    16. none
    17. Abaddon’s Gate (Corey); Homeland (Doctorow) Among Others (Walton)

    1. Grrr! I love and hate these memes. Love getting reading suggestions, but not liking the reminders of books I still want to and need to read, like Abaddon’s Gate :)

  7. 1. ‘The Kraken Wakes’, John Wyndham
    2. ‘Pavane’ Keith Roberts
    3. ‘Count Zero’, William Gibson
    4. ‘The Tomorrow File’, Lawrence Sanders
    5. ‘Wasp’, Eric Frank Russell
    6. ‘Dragon’s Egg’, Robert L. Forward
    7. ‘The Forever War’, Joe Haldeman
    8. ‘Flowers for Algernon’, Daniel Keyes
    9. ‘A Canticle for Leibowitz’, Walter Miller
    10. ‘Mockingbird’, Walter Tevis
    11. ‘Honor Harrington’ series, David Weber
    12. ‘The Women of Nell Gwynne’s’, Kage Baker
    13. Nah. Superheroes are figments of the imagination.
    14. ‘Doomsday Book’, Connie Willis
    15. ‘Tunnel in the Sky’, Robert Heinlein
    16. ‘The Newsflesh Trilogy’, Mira Grant
    17. ‘The Adjacent’, Christopher Priest / ‘The Bone Season’, Samantha Shannon / ‘Lexicon’, Max Barry

    1. I was *just* telling someone yesterday how much I loved “Flowers for Algernon”. Read it in high school (book version) and the even-better shorter version in one of the best anthologies ever: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame edited by Robert Silverberg.

  8. Okay, here you go. 17 questions – plus an additional 4 categories I couldn’t help adding:

    1. My favorite alien invasion book or series is…?

    The Ophiuchi Hotline by John Varley

    It’s not an alien invasion story in the traditional sense of the term but an alien invasion does precipitate the events leading up to another (indirect) alien invasion in this thoroughly engaging novel about cloning, restored memories, and a mysterious radio signal from distant space.

    2. My favorite alternate history book or series is…?

    Watchmen by Alan Moore.

    To be honest, I’ve never been a fan of Alt. History scifi and yet, Alan Moore’s non-linear, iconoclastic take on the superhero genre stands out as one of my favorite works crossing several genres.

    3. My favorite cyberpunk book or series is…?

    Glasshouse by Charles Stross

    Okay, it includes enough cyberpunk elements for me to make it my selection in this category. A twisty, turny, scifi thriller with plenty of humor and suspense.

    4. My favorite Dystopian book or series is…?

    Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower.

    Unrelentingly grim yet possessed of a spirit and hope embodied by its determined protagonist. I’d recommend it over the similar-themed, better-known The Road.

    5. My favorite Golden-Age sf book or series is…?

    Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clarke

    When I was a kid, my mother encouraged me to read by buying me a bunch of classic SF – Asimov, Ellison, Niven – but my favorite was Arthur C. Clarke, and Childhood’s End is my favorite Arthur C. Clarke book. A race of mysterious extraterrestrials visit Earth. They bring an end to war, poverty, disease, and help usher in a golden age of peace and prosperity. But what future plans do these alien, dubbed The Overlords, have for humanity?

    6. My favorite hard sf book or series is…?

    House of Suns by Alastair Reynolds

    I could have just as easily placed this novel in the space opera category and Iain M. Banks’s Culture series here as the works of both authors share common elements: breathtaking narratives spanning the universe peopled with colorful characters, fantastic alien races, and mind-bending technologies. Big, brilliant ideas.

    7. My favorite military sf book or series is…?

    Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

    Not only my favorite military SF book or one of my favorite SF books in general but one of my very favorite books. Period. Every person I’ve recommended this novel to has become a John Scalzi fan.

    8. My favorite near-future book or series is…?

    The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon.

    Maybe a bit of a cheat in that it may not have enough scifi elements to please the average SF enthusiast, but it’s got enough – the near future setting and medical breakthroughs – for me to include this poignant, inspiring, beautifully written novel here.

    9. My favorite post-apocalyptic book or series is…?

    The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

    A “far down the road” post-apocalyptic science fiction novel in the guise of a fantasy novel chock full of allegory, literary allusions, and elusive subtext. A challenging read, but well worth the time and effort.

    10. My favorite robot/android book or series is…?

    In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker.

    Not robot or androids per se but immortal cyborgs, employees of The Company, charged with the task of traveling back in time in order to locate and safeguard (read: hide) artifacts and valuable items for sale in the 24th century (when/where they will be discovered). Complications arise when our heroine, Mendoza, falls in love with a 16th century Englishman. And mortal no less!

    11. My favorite space opera book or series is…

    Iain M Banks’ Culture series.

    Grand, brilliant, staggeringly inventive and, yes, operatic, the Culture Series stands out as a marvelous literary accomplishment.

    12. My favorite steampunk book or series is…?

    The Somnambulist by Jonathan Barnes

    A washed-up illusionist and his imposing assistant battle to save London from dark forces in Jonathan Barnes’ witty, macabre, and all-out-bizarre novel. There are surprises a plenty in a book in which no one can be trusted, least of all our narrator.

    13. My favorite superhero book or series is…?

    The Superior Foes of Spiderman by Nick Spencer

    Hmmm. Though. This changes week to week but, right now, coming off a highly entertaining first issue, this is the series I’m most excited about.

    14. My favorite time travel book or series is…?

    The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

    An exceptional treatment of time dilation makes this one the runaway winner in this category.

    15. My favorite young adult sf book or series is…?

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

    A seminal work of science fiction whose appeal extends well beyond young adult readers, this coming-of-age tale is set at a Battle School where, amid the training, the games, and the youthful interrelations, not all is as it seems…

    16. My favorite zombie book or series is…?

    Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead.

    Before The Walking Dead television series became a breakout hit, there was the comic book series – smarter, grimmer and far more character-driven than the show.

    17. My favorite ship-based sf book or series is…?

    The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson

    Having grown up on ship-based science fiction (and worked on a ship-based SF series for two years), I couldn’t help but include this category – and this delightfully engaging novel centered on a shocking shipboard mystery.

    18. My favorite New Wave sf book or series is…?

    Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch

    If we’re going to have a Golden Age category, I only think it fair we include a New Wave category as well and, as much as I loved Flowers for Algernon, Camp Concentration gets the nod here. His refusal to enlist in military service lands our protagonist, a poet and pacifist, in a prison whose inmates are subjected to bizarre, brain-altering experiments.

    19. My favorite Future Tech sf book or series is…?

    Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover

    Science fiction AND fantasy. Heroes Die offers the best of both worlds in a rip-roaring adventure that explores the effects of developed entertainment technology on eager consumers – and, in turn, the media conglomerates calling the shots.

    20. My favorite Otherworldly sf book or series is…?

    Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny

    By “otherworldly”, I mean a story that takes place on a planet other than Earth – like, for instance, the colony world setting of this novel that gets taken over by the power mad former crew of a spaceship who use technological and physical enhancements to transform themselves into gods. Fans of Stargate, take note!

    21. The 3 books at the top of my sf/f/h to-be-read pile are…?

    Okay. One of each…

    The Lifecycle of Software Objects by Ted Chiang

    One of my favorite SF writers. He’s not all that prolific but his work is consistently great.

    Red Country by Joe Abercrombie

    If you like your fantasy dark, darkly humorous, and action-packed, then look no further than the works of Joe Abercrombie.

    A Terror by Jeffrey Ford.

    A new release by one of the most wildly imaginative authors writing today.

  9. (01) The War of the Worlds, H.G. Wells
    (02) The 163x-verse by Flint, Weber, et al and the Wild Cards-verse by Martin, et al
    (03) Sprawl trilogy plus associated stories in Burning Chrome by William Gibson
    (04) Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
    (05) Heinlein’s Future History tales (“The Past Through Tomorrow”)
    (06) Ringworld Engineers, Larry Niven
    (07) Hammer’s Slammers by David Drake and Elizabeth Moon’s space opera (2 related sets of books)
    (08) Ben Bova’s “Grand Tour” series
    (09) Lot/Lot’s Daughter by Ward Moore
    (10) Various works by Clifford D. Simak
    (11) Standalone classic: The Legion of Space. Classic series: Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith. Standalone New Space Opera: Newton’s Wake by Ken MacLeod. Series New Space Opera: “Culture” novels by Iain M. Banks
    (12) That Gail Carriger ain’t half bad.
    (13) Wild Cards by Martin, Snodgrass, et al
    (14) Time and Again by Jack Finney
    (15) Toss-up between Alan E. Nourse, Andre Norton, Anne McCaffrey and Robert A. Heinlein
    (16) N/A
    (17) Only 3? Are you kidding?

      1. Maybe I should list the 25 books I’m reading simultaneously. Actually the main reason I didn’t list the top 3 on my Mount Toberead is that the next six or so to be read are all non-fiction military history…

  10. I should have ended with: “This is today. Ask me yesterday, ask me tomorrow, ask me next week or next year and it could be the same…or entirely different.”

  11. 1. Kenneth Johnson’s V novels
    2. Just about anything by Harry Turtledove
    3. Not a fan
    4. Farenheit 451
    5. Childhood’s End
    6. Rendezvous with Rama
    7. John Ringo’s Posleen War
    8. Nothing comes to mind
    9. The Dark Tower Saga
    10. Not sure
    11. the Deathstalker books
    12. Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
    13. Toss up between The Amazing Spiderman and The Uncanny X-Men
    14. Another TV tie-in here, but I have to go with the Quantum Leap novels
    15. Don’t read it
    16. Love & Zombines
    17. right here

  12. My favorite alien invasion book or series is: Octavia Butler’s Xenogenesis/Lilith’s Brood.
    My favorite alternate history book or series is: Harry Turtledove’s twenty or thirty United States vs. the Confederate States series.
    My favorite cyberpunk book or series is: Walter Jon Williams, Hardwired.
    My favorite Dystopian book or series is: Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange.
    My favorite Golden-Age sf book or series is: James White’s Space Hospital series.
    My favorite hard sf book or series is: Greg Egan, Diaspora.
    My favorite military sf book or series is: anything Warhammer 40K.
    My favorite near-future book or series is: Ian McDonald, River of Gods.
    My favorite post-apocalyptic book or series is: Cormac McCarthy, The Road.
    My favorite robot/android book or series is: Charles Stross, Saturn’s Children.
    My favorite space opera book or series is: John C. Wright’s Golden Age Trilogy.
    My favorite steampunk book or series is: William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine–the Godfather of ‘Em All!
    My favorite superhero book or series is: Alan Moore’s Watchmen.
    My favorite time travel book or series is: Michael Swanwick, “Radiant Doors.”
    My favorite young adult sf book or series is: NONE. I don’t real watered-down kiddie-fodder.
    My favorite zombie book or series is: Max Brooks, World War Z/Colson Whitehead, Zone One.
    The 3 books at the top of my sf/f/h to-be-read pile are: 1. Charles Stross, Neptune’s Brood; 2. Lauren Beukes, The Shining Girls; 3. Hell, I lost track….

    1. Would not call The Difference Engine the godfather of them all. James Blaylock, Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter wrote steampunk earlier.

  13. My favorite alien invasion book or series is…?
    My favorite alternate history book or series is…?
    My favorite cyberpunk book or series is…?
    My favorite Dystopian book or series is…?
    My favorite Golden-Age sf book or series is…?
    My favorite hard sf book or series is…?
    My favorite military sf book or series is…?
    1. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    2. Anthem by Ayn Rand
    3. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
    4. The first three books of “Bio of a Space Tyrant” by Piers Anthony
    5. None of ‘em.
    6. Eternals by Jack Kirby
    7. Does a short story count? Last Rites by Ray Bradbury.
    8. Eyes of the Dragon by Stephen King.
    9. Book of the Dead by Skipp and Spector.
    10. Postman by David Brin, Kraken by China Mieville, and the next anthology I find edited by Stephen Jones or Ellen Datlow, whichever comes first.

    All answers are on an “as of this moment basis” and are subject to change depending on whim, impulse and possibly whoever Jim Moon next decides to profile.

    1. Whoops…missed some…
      Alien invasion…War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells.
      Alternate history…Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.
      Cyberpunk….Cyberpunk by Bruce Bethke.
      Dystopian….Yeah, that one’s Anthem.
      Golden Age…Foundation by Asimov.
      Hard sf….Beowulf’s Children by Nivan and Pournelle.
      Military sf….Old Man’s War by John Scalzi.

  14. 1. (Invasion) The Monitors – Keith Laumer
    2. (Alt Hist) The Man in the High Castle – P. K. Dick
    3. (Cyberpunk) Neuromancer – Gibson
    4. (Dystopian) Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
    5. (Golden Age) Cities in Flight – James Blish
    6. (Hard SF) 2312 – Kim Stanley Robinson
    7. (Military SF) The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
    8. (Near Future) The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton
    9. (Post Apocalypse) Soft Apocalypse – Will McIntosh
    10. (Robot) I, Robot – Issac Asimov
    11. (Space Opera) Norstrilia – Cordwainer Smith
    12. (Steampunk) Boneshaker – Cherie Priest
    13. (Superhero) Soon I Will be Invincible – Austin Grossman
    14. (Time Travel) The Man Who Folded Himself – David Gerrold
    15. (Young Adult) Have Spacesuit Will Travel – Heinlein
    16. (Zombie) Feed – Mira Grant
    17. Three Top Books To Be Read:
    a. The Human Division – John Scalzi
    b. Martian Sands – Lavie Tidhar
    c. The Adjacent – Christopher Priest

    11 could have been Iain Banks’ Culture novels, but I didn’t want to be repetitious.

    1. I was on a Keith Laumer binger years ago — his Imperium stuff mostly, haven’t read the Retief stuff. Nor the Monitors, sadly. But now I want to. :)

  15. 1. alien invasion = Year Zero by Rob Reid — The aliens aren’t so much invading as trying to negotiate a settlement for all the Earth music they have pirated in this funny novel.

    2. alt history = The Yiddish Policemen’s Union by Michael Chabon — a detective story set in Alaska where Jews were given a temporary settlement after World War II rather than Israel.

    3 cyberpunk = Ready Player One by Ernest Cline — the 80’s nostalgia is strong in this novel about a virtual reality gamers compete to claim the legacy of one of the founding fathers of videogaming.

    4. dystopian = Battle Royale by Koushun Takami — this might not qualify as SF, but this last-man-standing competition featuring Japanese junior high school students is so much better than the Hunger Games.

    5. Golden-Age = Time Enough for Love by Robert Heinlein — Lazarus Long is 2,000 years old; he has seen and done everything and now he is ready to die.

    6. hard sf = The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi — this excellent novel about a post-human thief is not for the faint of heart; only readers with a thorough knowledge of science fiction themes and language will understand the concepts discussed, but for those willing to take the plunge, it is well worth it.

    7. military sf = Warhammer 40K Ciaphas Cain books by Sandy Mitchell – most 40K books are relentlessly bleak, but the Cain books add a dose of hilarity ot the grim setting by focusing on “hero” who continually fails to avoid trouble and triumphs as much by lying, hiding and running away as he does through excellent sword work, inspiring leadership, and brilliant tactics.

    8. near-future = Daemon and Freedom™ by Daniel Suarez — a weak AI sets about changing the world and creating a augmented reality that players access in the real world in this novel that feels like it is right around the corner.

    9. post-apocalyptic = Avery Cates series by Jeff Somers — depressing as hell, but it sucks you in a doesn’t let go.

    10. robot/android = Saturn’s Children by Charles Stross would take this spot by default since I can’t think of any others, but I didn’t like it enough for it to be my favorite. When can I get a Star Wars novel from R2-D2’s POV?

    11. space opera = The Culture series by Iain M. Banks — is there any way to just fast forward past our current preoccupation with iPhones and fascism directly to the Culture? I’d be ever so much happier.

    12. steampunk = Agatha H. and the Airship City by Phil Foglio — this novel based on the Foglios’ Girl Genius characters is so much fun. If you haven’t read it yet, do so now. You’ll thank me later.

    13. superhero = Soon I Will Be Invincible by Austin Grossman — sure superheroes are cool, but everybody knows that supervillains and evil geniuses are the real stars.

    14. time travel = “A Sound of Thunder” by Ray Bradbury — a short story, but no time travel story has affected me more; decades after reading it for the first time, I still think about it on a regular basis.

    15. young adult = Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card — I mainly read fantasy as a young adult, but Ender’s Game is a classic that speaks volumes to a certain brand of nerdy teenager.

    16. zombie = Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith — not a big fan of zombies, but this book was so good it made me want to read Jane Austen.

    17. 3 books to read = (1) The Mad Scientist’s Guide to World Domination by John Joseph Adams (ed.) — if we learn from the mistakes of others, we are that much closer to our goals.
    (2) Ack-Ack Macaque by Gareth L. Powell — it’s a cigar-smoking, pistol-shooting, Spitfire-flying monkey; what else do you need?
    (3) Wicked Bronze Ambition by Glen Cook — Cook’s private investigator in a world full of magic has been solving cases and carrying on the noir tradition for years; I’m not going to miss the latest volume.

  16. My favorite alien invasion book or series is DAWN by Octavia Butler
    My favorite alternate history book or series is KSR’s THREE CALIFORNIAS
    My favorite cyberpunk book or series is WHEN GRAVITY FAILS by George Alec Effinger
    My favorite Dystopian book or series is still Orwell’s 1984.
    My favorite Golden-Age sf book or series is hard to decide.
    My favorite hard sf book or series is Chris Moriarty’s SPIN series.
    My favorite military sf book or series is whichever one makes the best firestarter.
    My favorite near-future book or series is Paolo Bacigalupi’s SHIP BREAKER
    My favorite post-apocalyptic book or series is hard to say. I will go with Gene Wolfe’s BOOK OF THE NEW SUN, Tatyana Tolstaya’s THE SLYNX, and Ballard’s THE DROWNED WORLD.
    My favorite robot/android book or series is Ekaterina Sedia’s THE ALCHEMY OF STONE.
    My favorite space opera book or series is Samuel R. Delany’s NOVA.
    My favorite steampunk book or series is a tie between the first volume of LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN & Blaylock’s HOMONCULUS.
    My favorite superhero book or series is GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the great reboot stuff.
    My favorite time travel book or series is R. A. McAvoy’s THE BOOK OF KELLS, at war with Vonnegut’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE.
    My favorite young adult sf book or series is ERB’s Mars books.
    My favorite zombie book or series is . . . none.
    The 3 books at the top of my sf/f/h to-be-read pile are Seb Doubinsky’s SONG OF SYNTH, Molly Tanzer’s A PRETTY MOUTH, and Laird Barron’s THE BEAUTIFUL THING THAT AWAITS US ALL.

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