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Your favorite scifi/fantasy books

Today MJ and I were downtown visiting the Shanghai exhibit at the Asian Art Museum. The museum closed at 5PM but the San Francisco Public Library right next door is open until 6PM! So after the museum we hopped over there and signed up for library cards and headed straight to the scifi section and quickly realized I had no idea what I wanted to read. With so many amazing books in the world I really don’t want to waste my time with something I picked up because it had a pretty cover.

I’ve read most of the classics (Foundation, Dune, Lord or the Rings), pretty much everything ever written by Orson Scott Card, Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, read plenty of Bradbury, Clarke, Asimov, Gibson and Neal Stephenson, have a bunch of Neil Gaiman, Anne McCaffrey and Harry Turtledove books.

So, what are your favorite scifi and fantasy books and authors? What book do I absolutely need to pick up on my next trip to the library?


  • Lars

    The Swarm by Frank Schatzing

    “The outside world could disintegrate and the reader wouldn’t notice because of the spellbinding power of … Frank Schatzing’s apocalyptic thriller. (Die Tageszeitung )

    “Whales begin sinking ships. Toxic, eyeless crabs poison Long Island’s water supply. The North Sea shelf collapses, killing thousands in Europe. Around the world, countries are beginning to feel the effects of the ocean’s revenge as the seas and their inhabitants begin a violent revolution against mankind. At stake is the survival of the Earth’s fragile ecology—and ultimately, the survival of the human race itself.

    The apocalyptic catastrophes of The Day After Tomorrow meet the watery menace of The Abyss in this gripping, scientifically realistic, and utterly imaginative thriller.” (amazon.com)

  • Dan@100bestfantasybooks

    Read George RR Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire… not sci-fi but the best fantasy books of all time deserves some sci fi love!

    You know what I mean?


    Delete above with incomplete webpage addy… check out my list of the best fantasy books of all time!

  • Audrey

    Love Dune. I could read that one over and over! My new favorite is by L.R. Saul called, “Bloodline Alliance,” which has totally captivated me. It’s a fantasy book that also uses the good versus evil theme in a way that completely takes you into this fascinating world she has created. I hope you can check it out!


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