Science Fiction Challenge II

Posted on | October 5, 2010 | 7 Comments

Science Fiction ChallengeMish (@ Stage And Canvas) is hosting the Science Fiction Challenge again, which started in August! I know, I know, I’m a little late to the party, but hey! you know what they say, right? Better late than never and all that?

Anyway, I enjoy sci-fi (and fantasy), so I’m quite looking forward to this challenge, considering the main two  guidelines seem relatively easy (I say that now…):

1. Read 4 or 8 science fiction books (or audio books). Some suggestions are below.
2. The challenge runs from August 28, 2010 to August 8, 2011. You may join at any time.

So, what do I have planned? Well, I’m hoping I make the eight book mark, and below are eight sci-fi books that I want to read:

  1. Mikhail Bulgakov – The Master & Margarita (which I read in September)
  2. Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon
  3. Philip K Dick – The Man In The High Castle
  4. Margaret Atwood – Oryx and Crake
  5. Jasper Fforde – Shades of Grey
  6. Michael Chabon – The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (didn’t think this was sci-fic, but the Guardian list begs to differ?)
  7. Jose Saramago – Blindness
  8. John Wyndham – Day of the Triffids or The Midwich Cuckoos

If you have any other suggestions and recommendations, please let me know. I really don’t read enough sci-fi/fantasy, so, the more recommendations, the better!

Do you have any favourite sci-fi books that you think are absolute must-reads?


7 Responses to “Science Fiction Challenge II”

  1. Bibliophile
    October 5th, 2010 @ 1:26 pm

    Out of curiosity, what makes The Master and Margarita sci-fi? I don’t recall any science in it, or if there was, it certainly wasn’t prominent enough to earn it the sci-fi label.

  2. Jackie (Farm Lane Books)
    October 6th, 2010 @ 11:31 am

    That Guardian list has some very strange selections. Kavalier and Clay is a fantastic book, but there is no way it is science fiction.

    I’m so pleased that Flowers for Algernon, Blindness and Day of the Triffids are on your list – all my favourites. I hope you love them as much as I did.

    Good luck with the challenge!

  3. Bina
    October 6th, 2010 @ 2:30 pm

    Ooh that’s a great challenge, I’m so very tempted to join in! :)

    Your list looks really good, maybe try some Assimov as well? I still haven’t read Wyndham but have heard great things about Triffids.

  4. Joanna
    October 6th, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    Ooh, thanks for the heads up, I’ll have a blast writing my list of possibles! :-)

  5. Pam
    October 7th, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    I have to be honest, I’m really not into Sci Fi, but one day a friend challenged me to read what he classifies as “one of the best Sci Fi books…EVER” and I have to admit I really enjoyed it. The Forever War – Joe Halderman.

  6. Lija (writer's pet)
    October 8th, 2010 @ 12:03 am

    You’ve gotta read Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card. As I wrote on my blog, I had some mixed feelings about it when I learned more about the authors, but the book itself is fantastic.

    Looks like a great list – think I’ll have to steal some reading inspiration from it! Love Keyes, Atwood, Dick, Wyndham – and have been meaning to read Fforde.

  7. anothercookiecrumbles
    October 10th, 2010 @ 11:27 am

    @Bibiliophile : I don’t know, if that helps! It’s on the Guardian list! Maybe it’s the fantasy aspect of it – the devil walking the streets of Moscow?

    @Jackie : That’s what I thought. This is all way too confusing – I really want to read Kavalier and Clay anyway. If there really is no element of sci-fi, I might just drop it and read something else. Just finished Flowers for Algernon and loved it. Yay. Looking forward to the rest now.

    @Bina : You should join in. :) Not sure where to start with Asimov – so many books and all that. Recommendations?

    @Joanna : Enjoy :)

    @Pam : Not heard of that one, but will add it to my list. Just looked it up on GoodReads, and it sounds fantastic. Thanks for the recommendation.

    @Lija : I read Ender’s Game last year, and loved it. Have another one of the books in the Ender saga on the shelf, but heard it’s not great. Think I remember your post about the author, where he came across as a bit of a homophobic pig? Haha! Hope you enjoy whatever you end up reading from the list – they’re meant to be great books so….

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