100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels by Stephen E Andrews

By Stephen E Andrews

This publication is prepared by way of writer and contains a few thematic entries and specified different types, equivalent to technology fiction movie variations, technology fiction in rock song, and Philip okay. Dick within the mass media. it's also a heritage of technological know-how fiction and a brand new definition of the style, plus lists of award-winners and ebook membership innovations. encompasses a foreword by way of Christopher Priest, the multiple-award-winning technology fiction writer (with a tremendous movie variation of his publication, The Prestige, launching on the time of publication).

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7 02 100 MR SF 8/8/06 9:00 pm Page 8 100 MUST-READ SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS Read on Mark Adlard, Interface; Martin Bax, The Hospital Ship; >> William Gibson, Pattern Recognition; >> Christopher Priest, The Quiet Woman; >> Robert Silverberg, To Live Again IAIN M. BANKS (b. 1954) UK THE PLAYER OF GAMES (1988) Nearly all of Banks’s science fiction works are set in the seemingly utopian society of the far future he calls the Culture, a vast galaxy-wide civilization in which man and machine live in symbiotic harmony and individuals are allowed the time and the opportunity to develop their every talent and indulge their every desire.

Water shortages cause chaos, climate change is devastating the planet and new diseases have emerged to plague humanity. At the heart of Brunner’s story is the environmentalist Austin Train, whose writings cataloguing our abuse of the Earth have become bestsellers, and who has become the unwitting (and sometimes unwilling) inspiration for thousands of ‘Trainites’ across the USA. But, like Stand on Zanzibar, The Sheep Look Up is a portrait of a sick world painted on a giant canvas. The narrative branches out in dozens of directions; an array of characters, from millionaires and muckraking journalists to TV 25 02 100 MR SF 8/8/06 9:00 pm Page 26 100 MUST-READ SCIENCE FICTION NOVELS stars and political radicals, jostles for the reader’s attention; and Brunner makes use of every means he can devise (news reports from around the world, transcripts of interviews, advertizements) in order to tell his story of a planet racing towards its doom.

The resorts of the French Riviera are becoming studded with corporate office enclaves where the spreadsheet or R&D spec is king. One such antiseptic utopia of snowy concrete, flawless plate glass and immaculate though quiet leisure-retail complexes is Eden-Olympia, a blue-chip haven in the environs of what is known as Super-Cannes. G. BALLARD paediatrician wife to Eden-Olympia: Jane’s new appointment sees her replacing an ex-colleague who unaccountably gunned down seven local executives before shooting himself.

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