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Quick Meme: What’s the Last SF/F/H Book You Re-Read?

With all the books we’re lucky to receive here at SF Signal headquarters, I’m less inclined to re-read an old book than I am to pick up a new one. But that doesn’t mean that everyone is like me. (And I pity anyone who’s even remotely like me! :))

So I ask you…

Q: What’s the last science fiction, fantasy or horror book you’ve re-read?

The last book I re-read was Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, the story that is the basis for the films The Thing from Another World and The Thing — and that’s a cheat, because when I read it the first time, it was but one story in an anthology, not a separate volume like when i re-read it.

Your turn!

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48 Comments on Quick Meme: What’s the Last SF/F/H Book You Re-Read?

  1. I’m actually currently re-reading Blindsight this very minute. I hadn’t re-read anything in nearly 2 years until this past month;  I’ve also re-read Spin & City & The City. 

  2. Just read Red Mars and Green Mars, now reading Blue Mars. Pinnacle of S/F.

  3. House of Chains by Steven Erikson. The stack of unread books is rather large at the moment so it might be a while until I get around to rereading Midnight Tides as well.

  4. Recently re-read The Abyss by Orson Scott Card.  IHMO the best novel he has ever written, the best SF film novelization and still in my top ten SF novels.  Holds up very well after 20+ years.

  5. Robopocalypse, by Daniel Wilson. Cool robot concepts, very shallow writing. Now delving into Charles Stross’s Rule 34.

  6. Just finished Garden of Iden by Kage Baker.  I gave it 4 stars on Goodreads.  Interesting plot concept.   I’ll read more of her “Company” novels.

  7. I just reread Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Challion and Paladin of Souls.

  8. I re-read Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon a few months ago as I’m in the middle of reading the Malazan books. I’d read vol. 1 a few years ago and needed to refresh my mind as there are SO MANY characters. But it’s brilliant.

  9. I don’t re-read much these days, just because there are too many good books out there I want a crack at, but I’m currently re-reading Steve Gould’s 7th Sigma, and before that, Lois McMaster Bujold’s Curse of Challion trilogy.

  10. I haven’t done a lot of re-reading lately: Too many books, too little time.


    In 2010, I read a couple of the Poul Anderson Poleosotechnic league stories and novel anthologies that Baen is putting out. I read those in their original format years ago…



  11. I think the last science fiction book I re-read was David Brin’s Foundation’s Triumph which I finished re-reading on January 23, 2006. I read it for the first time on April 30, 1999, which I believe it right about when the book came out.

    And thank you for mentioning Who Goes There? Just this morning I tweeted that I’d seen a number of references to “The Thing” and the only name associated with it was John Carptenter. Where was Campbell? I’m glad to see that some folks remember where that story came from.

  12. The last one that I re-read was either Mossflower, by Brian Jacques, or The Magicians, by Lev Grossman. 

  13. David H. // July 19, 2011 at 7:40 am //

    I reread the Honor Harrington series by David Weber, The Shadow of Saganami being the last I had actually read before (the five or so books after being new to me–I’d been away from the series from a while!).

    @Artur, the question is last SF book you re-read–those are books that just came out . . . did you really read them twice so quickly?

  14. Dan Geiser // July 19, 2011 at 7:53 am //

    Pawn’s Dream (1995) by Eric Nylund was my last re-read way back in 2010.  One of the few fantasy novels I’ve really enjoyed.

  15. Neil Gaiman’s American Gods 10th anniversary edition.

  16. Have you read The Things by Peter Watts?  It’s ‘Who Goes There?’ from the alien’s point of view.  It’s freely online in text or audio.


  17. @Tam: It’s been on my to-read list since it first became available. 🙂

  18. A Hymm Before Battle by John Ringo.  I went looking for something very specific, Kick-ass military SF with a genuine hero in the middle.  I started and stopped several new books that just didn’t seem to satisfy this immediate urge.  So I returned to the comfortable and familiar and hunted down this entire series with the intention of some serious catharsis going on.  

  19. “It came from Outer Space” is not based on “Who Goes There?”, “The Thing from Another World” is.

  20. Yikes! Silly me. Changing now.

  21. R.Bailey // July 19, 2011 at 9:54 am //

    Embedded by Dan Abnett, the right mix of sf and msf

  22. A Clash of Kings for obvious reasons.

  23. Listened to Bradbury’s the Illustrated Man last month (hadn’t read that for so long), and now listening to Gaiman’s American Gods (not the new edition).

    Good times!

  24. I haven’t had alot of time for rereading lately, but I reread Demon’s Lexicon and Demon’s Covenant, by Sarah Rees Brennan, right before the third one, Demon’s Surrender came out.  Good books. She does fun stuff with POV.

    ces, don’t know when it will happen, but that’s a reread I’m looking forward to doing, too.

  25. A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin, which finished my complete re-read of the series.  I wish I re-read books more often, but with so many unread volumes it is tough to tear myself away.  I do plan to re-read American Gods by the end of the year, which I do every couple of years.

  26. The Fifth Head of Cerberus. Next re-read will probably be A Canticle for Leibowitz. Good times!

  27. Gerry Allen // July 19, 2011 at 1:33 pm //

    I am re-reading Issac Asimov’s Galactic Empire stories (the Tor re-issues), now in the midst of The Stars Like Dust. My memory of them pales beside the books themselves. 

  28. Just got done reading Kraken by China Mieville.  Anyone that hasn’t read something by him is missing out!

  29. ‘The Great Hunt’, Robert Jordan. Holy bog that book blew my mind.

  30. Bill from PA // July 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm //

    I’ve regularly read SF / F / H all my life but usually mixed with a lot of mainstream, classics, mysteries, thrillers, and nonfiction. Lately I’ve wanted to really ground myself in SF and have read almost exclusively in this genre for over 8 months. I felt that I needed to come to terms with Heinlein, so I read all of his juveniles from Rocket Ship Galileo through Have Spacesuit – Will Travel and four of his adult novels from the 1950s. The only one of these I had read before was The Door Into Summer, which I originally read about 40 years ago; I recalled that it involved time travel, a cat, and the hero re-meeting characters at different periods in time, but I had forgotten so much of the basic story that it was like a first reading. Before that my most recent re-readings were the Dangerous Visions and Again, Dangerous Visions anthologies. It was over 30 years since I had read these; I found that I had almost completely forgotten about half the stories, but those I remembered at all I remembered pretty vividly and had forgotten only a few non-essential details of these.


    “Little Fuzzy,” H. Beam Piper. In conjunction with John Scalzi’s reboot “Fuzzy Nation.”



  32. A.E. Van Vogt’s ‘Empire of Isher’ duology. Classic stuff from a golden age writer.

  33. After fifteen years, I was talking up one of my very favorite books, Stephenson’s Snow Crash, and realized I had mostly forgotten the story.  I picked it up thinking I’d read that first sequence, and just fell in, and fell in love all over again.  Everything about Snow Crash sparks with energy, plays out in vivid detail.  Still smart, still funny, and everything I remember from that original experience.

    Also, it seems I read most of Gibson’s Burning Chrome collection every year, some stories, like The Winter Market, I read a few times because it resonates so well for me.

  34. Wow, I can’t recall re-reading a book in decades.  There’s literally WAY too much on my shelves and no enough free time to justify re-reading books.

    The only book I can recall re-reading is Gateway by Pohl, as I said probably decades ago.

  35. moonglum // July 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm //

    I had the enormous pleasure to re-read all of the Jack Vance Dying Earth stories via the awesome collection, ‘Tales of the Dying Earth’.  The joy neurons in my brain were firing for almost a year there after.

  36. I re-read books all the time, just (re)finished “Starfish” by Peter Watts

  37. Ring, but Stephen Baxter. It’s what made me fall in love with the genre and I try to read it every 3 or 4 years. I love it every time.


  38. @Rusty:  Ring has the chick that flies in the sun right?  I should finish it.


  39. @Tam: If memeory serves, I think that’s Flux

  40. John, I’m thinking of Lieserl.


  41. I don’t re-read a lot, but the last time I did, it was for Richard Matheson’s I Am Legend. Fantastic, splendiferous story.

  42. My last SF re-read just took place last month when I re-read Larry Niven’s book A World Out of Time.  A group of us read it for the Classic Science Fiction Book Club.  Wonderful to go back to it, it had been a few years.

  43. @Tam, that’s the book. Sorry you couldn’t finish it. It changed my life.

  44. @Tam: Ah. My memory is…um…what’s the word? 🙂

  45. Bob Blough // July 20, 2011 at 7:53 pm //

    City of Illusions by Ursula K. LeGuin.  It was much better than my memory of it – in fact it is as good as many later LeGuin. I feel it’s her unsung book.

  46. @John D, Flux was a Baxter novel about folks who lived in a star, and they were both written pretty close together… I think you did pretty well. 

  47. @Rusty Ring is at two local bookstores.  I was reading a little today.  It sure packs the wonder.


  48. I re-read Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi about six months after I first finished it because I chose it for my book club, and my memory is so bad I still needed a refresher. (I love hitting my book club ladies with fantasy and sci-fi!) I think the only other sci-fi books I’ve re-read are Ender’s Game and A Wrinkle in Time.

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