I had such a fun time back in March with my Month of Crime Fiction that I decided to dedicate another month to a different genre: contemporary science fiction (I'm defining it as 1980 - present). Now, I have read some recent scifi, but not enough to get a real sense of what's out there and where the genre is headed.
So of course I took to twitter and facebook and asked for some recommendations and boy oh boy did I get some great ones. The most frequently recommended book was Ready Player One by Ernest Cline, so I'm very excited to check it out. And while I decided on the 6 novels pictured above for the month, that's only because that's how much I think I can cram into one month. This is just a jumping-off point though; the rest of the list (below) will be my guide for further contemporary scifi reading.
And please feel free to add your own suggestions in the comments!
Thanks to everyone who offered a recommendation, especially the good folks @GeekyLibrary, who doubled the list :-)
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) by Douglas Adams
- Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (1985) by Haruki Murakami
- Hyperion (1990) by Dan Simmons
- Doomsday Book (1992) by Connie Willis
- Perdido Street Station (2001) by China Mieville
- American Gods (2001) by Neil Gaiman
- Saga of Seven Suns (2002-08) by Kevin J. Anderson
- Merchant Princes series (2004-10) by Charles Stross
- Self-Reference ENGINE (2007) by Toh EnJoe
- The Windup Girl (2009) by Paolo Bacigalupi
- Blackout/All Clear (2010) by Connie Willis
- Expanse series (2011- ) by James S. A. Corey
- Wool (2011) by Hugh Howey
- 2312 (2012) by Kim Stanley Robinson
- Redshirts (2012) by John Scalzi
- The Last Policeman (2012) and Countdown City (2013) by Ben H. Winters
- The Mad Scientist's Daughter (2013) by Cassandra Rose Clarke
- The Lives of Tao (2013) by Wesley Chu
- The Martian (2014) by Andy Weir