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.