Do you like science fiction novels? If so what kind?
There are various kinds of science fiction. Some are all about space wars. Others are about the future of earth. Some are more geared to building alien worlds and their struggles. There are more. Which ones do you like the most?
Unfortunately, the majority of science fiction novels, this century, are not worth reading. When it comes to Science Fiction nobody has beaten the French novelist JULES VERNE. I still have copies of his immortal works:
"AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS", "FROM THE EARTH TO THE MOON" AND "2,000 LEAGUES UNDER THE SEA".
These novels helped scientists create machines that eventually achieved the amazing performances he visualized in the year 1856. IMAGINATION IS AN ESSENTIAL STARTING POINT FOR EVERY INVENTOR.
I know what you mean. As a science fiction writer, I personally write not to change the world. I write simply because I enjoy it. Writing stories from my imagination is hugely entertaining for me. If I help someone in some small way, then the experience is even more gratifying for me. I am just a humble writer with something to say. I would not even attempt to compete with someone like Jules Verne. That would be " delusions of grandeur." 😄
I rather Science Fiction movies. Because they potentially can come true and they transport you to another World which you cannot travel to otherwise. On that note, I think Aliens was one of the best Sci Fi movies and last Star war movies one of worst
I really liked aliens too. The first time I saw it was at a Drive-In outside Theater in the car. I could hear the aliens behind me on the car's sound system. It was cool. What I like about books though is that you use your imagination to make what is in essence a movie inside your head. You are not limited by technology at all. It is almost like you are actually are living the story. I am a writer so I really get absorbed into the story that I'm reading or writing.
Hum! Cricket, not everyone has as vivid an imagination as you.
So yes, I agree that with some People books may yield better Sci Fi experience, but I think for most People Movies are a much better transport vehicle for this.
But again there some really suckie Sci Fi movies, such as last release of Star Wars, so maybe we are back to Books as a better medium for this.
I understand what you're saying. Of course with the exception of my books, I would like to recommend: Orson Scott Card. He has some good novels. Besides Ender's Game he had other books in that series. I really liked Ender's Shadow. Also there is Speaker For The Dead by him. If you would like more depth and a much broader vision of the galaxy, I would recommend Vernor Vinge's series starting with A Deepness In The Sky. Also the two books starting with The Peace War and then Marooned In Real Time.
You can find them on Amazon here:
It depends. What is science fiction - merely a story set in the future or is it when science is intrinsic to the story?
I like Heinlein, Asimov and other 'classic' authors. I also like Anne McCaffrey as her stories deal more with character, than plot (although the plot is important too).
I do not enjoy stories that concentrate on the 'science' part of science fiction, and discount the 'fiction' part.
I have to admit that I agree with you. Although science is important, character development and focus on the story-line are intrinsic to a captivating SCI-FI novel. I'm a writer so I appreciate your opinion as a reader.
There are facts and truth all around us...unfortunately, there are people who tell us we are hearing the truth but who are telling lies or mistruths like the media of today. Fiction allows you to stretch your imaginative instincts with an open mind - closed minds are like a horse with blinkers, you can only see ahead and know where else.
I think the both of you have made legitimate points. We all have our preferences and there is nothing wrong with that. Caution is needed when reading nonfiction. Fiction can help a person to think out-of-the-box. However, one of the reasons I write and read fiction (I write nonfiction too) is simply for entertainment. I enjoy a fantastical story that is outside of reality. Even if it is outside plausible reality.
Hi, I love any kind of book and not only science fiction. Lately, I have read some science fiction novels that were not good, in my view. Indeed, I think that also a science fiction story must be consistent and realistic. Maybe I am saying this because I am a professional book reviewer and book promoter, but now I can't say what kind of science fiction novel I love, I still have to find the best science fiction book.
Keep looking for that best science fiction book. It probably is out there. There are so many variations within the science fiction genre. Being a professional book reviewer and book promoter you would know this. I suggest that you don't read any that you know you won't like from the outset. If that is possible. Speaking from a writer's point of view, I would not like you to read my book that I worked so hard on for maybe a year if you would give a scathing review. It would hurt me and my book.
I'm a reader and a writer. I agree outer-space is fascinating. I've been reading science fiction books since I was a child and believe me when I say that was quite a while ago. Although I agree that reading science fiction can help a person in some ways, I just really like to read it for entertainment. I love a captivating character/story.