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Silly Super String

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Recommendations for the genre newbie
« on: March 14, 2010, 03:02:24 AM »
My step sister is asking me for some recommendations for her to get into the SFF genre.

Most of my own collection are, I suspect, a bit offputting for the science fiction virgin.

Any nice gentle novels you think I might be able to feed her to get her hooked?

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2010, 05:51:00 AM »
I would go with some of the older classic books that were written in more innocent times, maybe Heinlein's Starship Troopers, or anything from the 1970s.

Most of them are basic enough that a younger reader should be able to get into them without too much trouble.

I presume you mean science fiction as opposed to fantasy, as with fantasy you are spoiled for choice at the moment with Harry Potter, the Lightning Thief, Twilight etc.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2010, 12:48:28 PM »
I should say start with fantasy and move onto science fiction later.

Why bore the poor kid!

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #3 on: March 23, 2010, 10:05:26 AM »
Some of the Star Wars tie ins are fun.  Not always great books but should capture the attention of a younger reader.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #4 on: March 23, 2010, 02:13:03 PM »
What sort of non-SF books does she read?

Without knowing that though, I'd suggest a well-written classic like Wyndham's The Chrysalids, Aldiss' Non-stop, or Clarke's Childhood's End.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2010, 08:12:32 AM »
While I don't agree with Hannah that scifi would bore her, there are definitely more fantasy novels that spring to mind than straight scifi that I'd recommend to a newbie.

I'd suggest something along the lines of the following:

The Belgariad by David Eddings (classic fantasy adventure that makes for a fairly easy going read - then there is The Malloreon and a number of other Eddings series if she likes this)

Eragon by Christopher Paolini (again, nothing too challenging here)

The Earthsea novels of Ursula LeGuin

Any of the books in the Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher (or his newer fantasy series that starts with The Furies of Calderon) - the Dresden Files I think are good for beginners as they mix a fairly ordinary Chicago with the supernatural so you don't have to dive straight into a whole new world with new politics, new races, new everything really.

You don't mention her age, but if she is (as some other posters have mentioned) a younger reader then maybe try her on something by Diana Wynne Jones or Alan Garner, they certainly got me hooked when I was growing up and I still go back and read them from time to time so they aren't just for kids.

Hope that helps,

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2010, 02:32:18 AM »
In a related topic, I'm trying to get my son into reading by using comic books - I've found I'm having to use all my old 1960s editions, Kirby classics etc, because my current stuff - be it Marvel or 2000AD, is all dark, violent, tits & bums stuff - and I'd rather not expose him to that yet.

Shows how the sequential art medium has evolved over the years.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2010, 05:18:40 AM »
I'm trying to get my son into SF too though he's not showing much interest.  According to his mum five days old is 'too early'...

Maybe at a month old I can start him on Dan Dare.  :)   

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #8 on: April 03, 2010, 04:43:26 AM »
Hello RJ

Try him with toys first. Even at 5 days, a cuddly three-earred rabbit is going to luck yummy.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #9 on: April 04, 2010, 01:58:25 AM »
That reminds me, I must eat my 100% pure chocolate UFO that was given to me by the jokers at work last week!

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #10 on: April 04, 2010, 04:17:52 AM »
@geoff.  Apparently the stuffed owl (and taxidermy in general) isn't suitable for him.  It's political correctness gone mad I tell you.


I'd love a chocolate UFO.  That sounds fantastic.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #11 on: April 04, 2010, 05:27:58 AM »
Step sister?  Honor Harrington novels - the main character is a woman so that might appeal to her.

Oh yeah...the novel "Bitten" springs to mind by female author Kelley Armstrong - good book and I still intend to buy more of her books...just never get around to it... ::)

Anne McCaffrey - any novel by her - sci-fi/fantasy - she's bloody awesome! ;D  First books of hers I read were - Sassinak, Generation Warriors and The Death of Sleep (The Planet Pirates series)...awesome! ;D

Elisabeth Moon - The Serrano Legacy - also awesome.

Other than those, I can't advise further without knowing what the lady already reads.
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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #12 on: April 04, 2010, 08:29:48 AM »
Hello RJ

You could always try borg implants.

Geoff

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #13 on: April 17, 2010, 07:16:46 PM »
What is the age of your stepsister? Is this a child or an adult?

When my kids were around 12, they enjoyed Andre Norton's Star Man's Son 2250AD.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2010, 01:43:48 PM »
The series that really got me hooked when I was a kid was Julian May's Saga Of The Exiles series as it crosses both the fantasy and fiction line with brilliant characters and a great story.

I'd also recommend Tad William's Otherland series.

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Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« Reply #14 on: April 19, 2010, 01:43:48 PM »