Thanks to many generous responses to my plea for book recommendations, here’s a list of science fiction books to put on your list. As I get to them, I’ll certainly write about them here.

  • The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (thanks, Penny)
  • Time and Again by Jack Finney (thanks, Penny)
    Thanks to Marikka:
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger — I’ve read this, and enjoyed it.
  • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card — I read this as a teenager and loved it
  • Anything by Octavia Butler because she was super cool.
  • Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Kate Wilhelm
  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  • Alone Against Tomorrow by Harlan Ellison, despite his recent behaviour
  • Kelly Link’s short stories
    /end Marikka’s recommendations
  • Nightfall co-authored by Issac Asimov (thanks, Cecily)
  • Diamond Age (thanks, Cecily)
  • Books by Iain M Banks (note the middle initial) and Dan Simmons (thanks, Francesca)
  • More Asimov: Nemesis, short stories: The Last Question and A Feeling of Power (thanks, Melissa)
  • Books and stories by: Larry Niven, Andre Norton, and Anne McCaffrey (thanks, Melissa)

Also, I just discovered that Orson Scott Card is a huge fan of Firefly, which endears me to him all the more. What a lovely geekfest this has been.Round-up of food-related books to come.