#BooktubeSFF Babbles: Starting Science Fiction

[CC] In which I completely fail to say at least one book title out loud.

(I wanted to include short fiction as well. But while it’s a great place to start with sci fi, that’s just a separate video altogether!)

BooktubeSFF Goodreads Group: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/163712-booktubesff-awards

Babble topic: https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/18069658-week-6—april-7—starting-science-fiction


Old Man’s War by John Scalzi

Fortune’s Pawn by Rachael Bach

Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Planetfall by Emma Newman
Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJLBk9IZgPw

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke

Dune by Frank Herbert
Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LPyPPLqXyqY

The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwMkzMhR3kQ

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers
Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IHV_HtzN0lg

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Barrayar by Lois McMaster Bujold

In the Garden of Iden by Kage Baker

Goodreads: http://goodreads.com/koenix
LibraryThing: http://www.librarything.com/profile/Koenix
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book chew says:

You are so active on here! How do you find the time?! Anyway, keep it up, I love your videos 😉

Katie Loves to Read says:

I have The Left Hand of Darkness on hold at the library and I’m very excited to pick it up. Planetfall has been on my radar for a while, they don’t have it at my library though so I’m hoping I can ask my parents to buy it for me for my birthday. Wait did you say Firefly? I’ll be reading The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet over the summer and I’m even more excited now.

Fred Weasley Died Laughing says:

I’ve read very little science fiction and never really know where to start with it so this video is fantastic, thank you 🙂 Definitely going to take out some of your recs from the library to see what I think of them.

TheSkepticalReader says:

I LOVE THIS TOPIC!! I’ve read another Scalzi and found him quite entertaining! Admittedly any ‘series’ is intimidating for me but I definitely want to read Old Man’s War! Also definitely enjoy Paradox series! Hitchhiker’s is one of my favorite SFs books and Clarke’s 2001 is one of my favorite books of all time in general. I started with Foundation and don’t enjoy them—as hard as I have tried! 🙂

Tauriel V says:

I read Dune recently, loved it! And I’m going to read Rendezvous with Rama soon, will be my first Arthur C Clarke experience and the fact that you put it in this video makes me very excited for it ^^
Shame you hated Foundation though, I loved it

Cat Lover says:

Thank you!

Gonzague Méduse says:

Usually, I find “booktubers” corny (like the made up term booktuber), but you are somewhere else. You are actually interesting to listen to, verry articulate and insightfull, but what makes you more interesting than all the othet booktubers that I saw is that you don’t state you opinions as fact and you don’t seem to think that you are above us which is somethind I really dislike. I wasn’t suscribed to any “booktube” channel, but I will certainly follow you from now on. Keep the good work.

Lisa Hayden says:

What a great video; so thorough~ about to start Dune…:)

Adam Kilvington says:

I know I always comment on these like a year after they’re posted but just wanted to say I just recently finished shards of honour – loved it. Currently about a quarter of the way through Barrayar, and bought all the other books of the series last night on my kindle. They’re so readable and humane and just awesome there’s something about her style that just has you turning pages! I’m reading in internal chronological order (minus falling free which I’m saving for later) so will be really interesting to watch the development of a character who at the moment is just a baby in the womb! Love a good character arc.

FinalBlowJoe says:

I’ve read quite a few of these and the ones I haven’t are high on my to-read list. For some reason Fortune’s Pawn wasn’t on my to-read list despite me knowing about it, fixed now though.
I’m also thinking about possible video ideas now too.

Claire Rousseau says:

Ooh, very curious about that last one! Still hoping to get to Old Man’s War sooooon. Have you read Nightfall by Asimov & Silverberg (it was originally a short story but I also loved the novel they eventually extended it into).

KTK says:

Why is it that every time the author is a woman the story has to revolve around love and relationships? It make me immediately not interested in those stories/books.

psikeyhackr says:

Arthur C. Clarke said that politicians should read science fiction. People who are not interested in getting into the genre should read science fiction. A Fall of Moondust by Arthur C. Clarke is great for that. It is about an emergency on the Moon that has a colony and tourists. It was written before the first Moon landing. We still don’t have a colony but to many people today the Moon landing is ancient history.

New technology is coming at all of us so SF turning real is about to crush us. We need mental preparation not genre fiction.

H. I.M. says:

Thank you for all these recommendations! Definitely planning to get to most of them in the future. I’ve always found scifi intimidating although I’m a huge fantasy fan (hey, why do you think people lump them together as SFF? They’re not that similar) and so this week’s babble topic is awesome.

Let's Read says:

I’m often afraid to recommend these books those not familiar with Science Fiction even though they are incredible examples of what makes SF great. The Vorkosigan Saga is notorious but at the same time it feels like something a smaller handful of people discover. The bookshelves only ever have the most recent Bujold offerings compared to larger fantasy series which will have every single book in order. Sigh…

booksandpieces says:

Yes to all these things, fantastic choices!

Jill Munro says:

Some wonderful recommendations he and I’m glad you put some old and some new in there.

Bert Van der Auwera says:

I know it’s old and simple but for an introduction Jack Vance “Tchai” might be good. Just because it is so not complicated and fantastic. Me personally when you started this , I thought Rama and Dune, and there you go, you agreed. Also Phillip K dick is a must read, no?

ottoismy1dog says:

I love old sci-fi novels. If you only have 200 pages there’s not always a lot of room for extensive character development 😉
Some great alien contact stories : *Mission of Gravity* (1953) by Hal Clement, or *Midnight at the Well of Souls* (1977) by Jack L Chalker, or maybe something by Clifford D. Simack, like *Way Station* (1963).
And yes, *TLWTAS,AP* is very Firefly-ish!

Le Mocchiato says:

I recently started Bujold, actually mostly because you kept mentioning on your channel, and I regret the time I lived without having read them.

Dream Knight says:

I am reading “Old Man’s War” but I am considering to lem(drop) it. Foundation trilogy (not including the other 4 Foundation novels Asimov wrote in his later years.) is very interesting and it’s a masterpiece in my opinion and I am preparing to read it again.

Misa Bookworm says:

A lot of great recommendations of books I haven’t even heard of! xD Thank you! 😀

I’m shocked, though, that you don’t like Asimov’s Foundation series! Hahaha! I love it! And I pretty much everything I’ve read by Asimov, but that particular series is one of my favorites! :O But, hey, to each her own, right? Hahaha. 😉

Take care and see ya around~ 😀

Alexis Gervais says:

I would add Robert Charles Wilson’s A Bridge of Years, and Eric Brown’s The Kings of Eternity, for the very attaching characters and small cast.

Sagalu says:

Such a great idea for a video! My experience of sci-fi books are very limited so this is exciting! I think it would be fun to explore this genre a bit! =)

Dump Nat says:

Left hand of darkness, really got me into the genre. It’s amazing

Maija Reads says:

I had never heard of In The Garden of Iden, sounds very interesting!
McMaster Bujold has been on my TBR for so long, both Vorkosigan and Chalion, but I just haven’t gotten to them yet.

Brian Marshall says:

I’m a lifelong Sci-fi book reader, but I picked up “Planetfall” on your recommendation and so far I’m really enjoying it. Thanks and keeping making such great videos!

book chew says:

Oh and as someone who doesn’t read science-fiction, I found that I enjoyed The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell (felt more like historical/literary-fiction except for the whole Jesuits in space thing…). I’ve heard that Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is similarly a good bridge from literary to science fiction! 🙂

Sarai Talks Books says:

These all sound great Rachel, thank you for taking the time to make this video and link all of the goodreads pages in the info box, that’s super helpful! I started Left Hand of Darkness but had to put it down because at the time I couldn’t give it my full focus but I will definitely be picking it up again sometime this year.

Berthe Reads Books says:

Great video! 🙂
A colleague of mine once recommend I, robot as well when I asked him for a great book to get into SF, so I might pick that one up sometime.

trha2222 says:

Rendezvous with Rama better than Childhood’s End? Blasphemy!

Wil H says:

I think I own almost all of those books mentioned 🙂 I just need to kick my reading game into high gear and read these! Excellent video!

Seduced by Novellas says:

Thank you so much for this. I’ve been wanting to get properly into Science Fiction for a long while, but I’ve never been sure where to start. These recommendations are perfect and most of them I recognise as books I’ve been interested in ❤️

Cesar Perez says:

I own most of those, but have only read “Dune”
Moving “I Robot” up instead of starting with “Fundation” for when I get to Asimov.

Common Touch of Fantasy says:

Hi Rachel =) Some great recommendations. You went all out in this vid, thanks. Moving some of these things up on my TBR.

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