Make Savidge Reads More Sci-Fi…

Today’s Booking Through Thursday is an unusual one.  As usual the question has made me think of something quite different that I can waffle on about too but first of all I will answer the main question, which was all about science fiction. The author Sharon Lee has declared that June the 23rd is “Fantasy and Science Fiction Writers Day” so BTT has asked “what might you do on the 23rd to celebrate? Do you even read fantasy/sci-fi? Why? Why not?”

In answer to that I would have to say that I don’t read much science fiction and very little fantasy. Do Harry Potter or The Chronicles of Narnia fall under the fantasy genre, if so I have read those? I am always wary of Fantasy, I tried some of the Trudi Canavan books but didn’t really get along with those, and of course I tried and failed to love Twilight. I also and some of you will probably think this is sacrilege but I have tried The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit several times and just found them too much. Maybe someday it will suddenly click?

Science Fiction I have actually gotten on better with but still not tried so much, I actually have ‘The Day of The Triffid’s’ getting higher and higher up my TBR pile and I am really looking forward to that. I would say my favourite Science-Fiction book was ‘The Handmaids Tale’ by Margaret Atwood who dabbles with sci-fi although apparently doesn’t like to be put under that label at all. So again I haven’t done very well and probably wont be doing anything to celebrate the 23rd.

But what I will do is make a resolution that from the 23rd (I will aim to have started or finished ‘The Day of the Triffid’s’ by then) that I will try and read more Sci-Fi (Fantasy I am going to hold off of for a while) so I have a plea for you all to send me some recommendations of what books I should read? I instantly think of War of The Worlds for some reason!!

Now I was going to write about something else today’s BTT made me think of, but I shall leave that for another blog as I think I have asked more than enough of your for one day. So get thinking which sci-fi books I simply must read, I know you’ll all have some great ideas!

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36 responses to “Make Savidge Reads More Sci-Fi…

  1. I kind of never made the connection of Handmaids Tale with Sci-fi.

    Harry Potter definitely is fantasy and so is The Chronicles of Narnia.

    Hope you enjoy The Day of the Triffid’s.

    • savidgereads

      I would say that JHandmaids tale teeters on the edge of Sci-fi because its in the future and has that ‘scifi’ twist I suppose, really though its just a brilliant book.

      I am quite excited about The Day of the Triffid’s.

  2. Schatzi

    The Handmaid’s Tale is definitely Speculative Fiction, and if you liked that, I would suggest Sherri S Tepper’s The Gate to Women’s Country and Heinlein’s Revolt in 2100 as novels on a similar theme.

  3. Linda C.

    I don’t read science fiction, but one of my all-time favorite books is The Sparrow by Mary Dora Russell.

  4. I’ve never heard the term Schatzi mentioned: ‘speculative fiction’.

    My post is here at The Burton Review.

  5. I have far, far too many recommendations, but everyone in the world must read George R. R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire (which starts with A Game of Thrones). Tis simply the best fantasy saga. For something a little lighter I’d recommend anything by Joe Abercrombie. Ellen Kushner writes wonderful fantasy which is big on the politicking and light on the magic. China Mieville is a must – Perdido Street Station is a brilliant heady mix of sf and fantasy and The Scar is pretty damn good too. Ooh! Ursula le Guin’s The Left Hand of Darkness is essential…and Kelly Link’s Magic for Beginners is a cracking short story collection.

    I look forward to reading more about your adventures into genre. As you can tell, I’m something of an enthusiast. 🙂

    • savidgereads

      Now that is some enthusiasm, thanks Victoria!

      I am going to be researching all of the authors that you have recommended and seeing which ones look like I might find them easiest to start my new journey into the unknown.

  6. I haven’t liked much (any?) science fiction in the past.. I have been recommended Ender’s Game, which I didn’t realise was science fiction until it arrived through my postbox via bookmooch. I might give that a go in honour of Sci fi day!

    • savidgereads

      Yes do Jackie, would love to hear how that goes, am going to also look this up. I am gonna try and read The day of The Triffids or be reading it on this sci-fi day!

    • Due to its broad horizons, I think it’s more being able to find the type of sci-fi one likes. Personally, I’m not into the high tech Trekkie type, preferring space and technology to be the background of questions and possibilities. Ender’s Game, which I loved and highly recommend, is one of those. If you like the old TV series Twilight Zone, you’ll most likely like the stories written by Rod Serling. If you’re interested, my reviews for them can be found through here. I’d be curious to hear your thoughts on Ender.

  7. I love fantasy (some), but not much of a science fiction reader. The only science fiction books I can think of that I’ve read and liked are C.S. Lewis’s Cosmic Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength. They’re highly allegorical, and food for thought, more than anything else.

    • savidgereads

      I didnt know C.S Lewis had done sci-fi as well as his other works thats really interesting and yet another series I am going to have to look up. They arent like the Dark Materials though are they? I loved the first but the second one just confused me!

      • I’ve only read the first two, so can’t judge ‘That Hideous Strength’, but I found them too forcefully Christian for me. ‘Perelandra’ made me want to scream, the premise being that the hero saves a second Adam and Eve from the Fall on a prelapsarian Venus. Tis a parable about absolute and unquestioning obedience to the (arbitrary) rules of God, which I just couldn’t stomach. I’d be interested to read some other views of the books though.

  8. I couldn’t get in the LOTR books either, they were too dense and overwhelming.

  9. savidgereads

    Well knowing someone else didn’t care for them much males me feel much better. I think sadly for me I couldn’t picture the place no matter how much description I was given! Normally my imaginations really good, apparently not so with fantasy books.

  10. I love both scifi and fantasy!! Here is mine

    • savidgereads

      Oh now thats a list. I have never liked Star wars or Star Trek but I will definately have to do more research into the others!

  11. uncertainprinciples

    Well, I included both, Harry Potter and Chronicles of Narnia, so I’d say “Yes – they’re fantasy!” I loved The Hobbit, but, haven’t dabbled with LOTR yet. And yea, mentioned Handmaid’s Tale as well!

    • savidgereads

      Oh wheres your link as I cant find yours and would love to have a look! I do think the Handmaid’s Tale is Sci-fi and am not budging on it hahaha.

  12. I think all my favorite sci-fi books have been mentioned, but I’ll go ahead and second the suggestion for Ender’s Game. (It’s Harry Potter in space, only with anti-gravity instead of magic, and not so many good friends to help out.) And The Sparrow is amazing. And C.S. Lewis’s space trilogy is quite good. I didn’t think they’re much like His Dark Materials at all. The story never gets quite as convoluted. The three books could just about exist independently of each other–they mostly just share a couple characters, but each is about an adventure on a different planet.

    • savidgereads

      Enders Game I think is going to have to be a book I purchase very soon! There seems to be a general love for it!

  13. I think Handmaid’s Tale is science fiction. Some people use “speculative fiction” for futuristic fiction set on earth, but I think they just don’t want to be associated with “lower genres” like S.F.

    I just finished The Day of the Triffids, and quite liked it. A bit old fashioned, but lots of fun. I think The Sparrow is another excellent choice as it The Left Hand of Darkness.

    • As I understand it ‘speculative fiction’ (often abbreviated in lower case as sf) has a wider meaning than that. I use the term quite a lot, and have seen it used extensively elsewhere, to mean simply: fiction that speculates on worlds that are unlike the real world in important ways. This allows for a blurring between the traditional boundaries of fantasy, science fiction, horror, alternate history and so on, and can encompass the work of a lot of young, upcoming writers who are messing around with our prior assumptions about genre. Kelly Link, for example, whose writing is neither fantasy, nor SF, nor horror but an uncanny hotpot of all three and a little something more. It is a broad classification for the kind of fiction that borrows from the genres, without conforming to the tropes. In recent years lots of authors who are considered mainstream have been embraced by the genre community under this banner: Ali Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, David Mitchell, Jeanette Winterson, etc.

      I think it is more about not wanting to be pigeon-holed, than about not wanting to associate with the ‘lower’ terminologies of science-fiction. Most genre fans are incredibly proud of their geekiness. 🙂

    • savidgereads

      I’ve never heard of Speculative Fiction… I do think all these genre’s are actually a little off putting in all honesty. It stops people reading certain books that they might actually love but the genre puts them off. I may have just opened a huge can of worms with that statement though!

  14. Busily scribbling down authors and titles! I really enjoy fantasy, but there is so much out there it is hard to know what is worth reading. Will definitely be looking up some of the recommendations you got here.

  15. The Day of the Triffids is a fantastic book – one of my favourite sci fi novels. Although Wyndham’s best is undoubtedly The Midwich Cuchoos.

    • savidgereads

      Thanks Anthony ist always good when you have a book your planning to read very soon and other people have really liked it! If I like it will try The Mudwich Cuchoos after!

  16. I loved Narnia when I was young and would like to re-read the series now that I’m older. I’m an avid fantasy reader, but have yet to get to Tolkien, who’s been in the queue for ages.

    Sci-fi suggestions? Uhhh… Orson Scott Card- Ender’s Game and its sequel, Speaker for the Dead. Rod Serling- Twilight Zone stories. Ursula le Guin- the Left Hand of Darkness; some of her sci-fi can make one feel like their head will implode but she’s excellent. Steven Barnes- Charisma. Ray Bradbury- the Martian Chronicles and Fahrenheit 451. Robert Heinlein- 6 x H. I think that’s a good starting point. Happy reading.

    • savidgereads

      Blimey thats a great list of suggestions thanks very much Mish, I have a lot of food for thought now!

      • No problem. It’s harder to recommend when one’s not sure of another’s tastes so my lil list has a bit of almost everything. Cheers!

  17. Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake is another speculative fic/sci fi book from her, and it’s terrific. Like the Handmaid’s Tale, it takes elements of life today and makes them bigger, in a very near and very possible future. It’s excellent, and one of the only books I have read over and over again.

    When I was younger, I was always much more in to fantasy than sci fi, though I love post-apocalyptic stuff. Z for Zachariah is a YA novel, and more speculative fiction than sci fi, but an excellent read.

    Isobelle Carmody’s ‘Obernewtyn’ series is excellent as well – although it’s set in the future, it’s definitely fantasy, so not sure if it’s a good rec for you at the moment! 🙂

  18. Others have suggested Oryx and Crake and now that I know it’s speculative fiction I’m more inclined to give it a go. I’ll skip on her general fiction.

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