#BooktubeSFF Babbles: Underrated Science Fiction & Fantasy

Time for one of my favorite topics – underrated science fiction and fantasy!

I also did two videos about underrated/overlooked SFF for last year’s babbles
Overlooked Fantasy: https://youtu.be/_S40UwLGCWI
Overlooked Science Fiction: https://youtu.be/rGNTvQRAWtY

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Gene Mapper by Taiyo Fujii (trans. Jim Hubbert)

Powers by Ursula Le Guin
Review: https://youtu.be/_0xERZspkjA

Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson
Review: https://youtu.be/3T89FQQ6T_Q

China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh
Review/Gush: https://youtu.be/bO_hJjufYgI

Dreamsnake by Vonda McIntyre

Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon

The Falling Woman by Pat Murphy

The Winged Histories by Sofia Samatar

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Alexander Winfield says:

Excellent choices! I’m always happy to recommend some underrated classics. See if you can find “The Genocidal Healer” by James White. White was a pacifist, and interested in creating exciting SF that didn’t rely on violence as a plot device…so he created a space hospital. He’s also renowned for his believably alien characters. TGH was the first book I read with an alien protagonist and it’s great fun. There’s also GOJIRO by Mark Jacobson, a sorta spoof of Godzilla movies, about two mutants (one a human survivor of Hiroshima, the other a giant fire breathing lizard) who come together to form a weird “atomic” family of outcasts. Very much in the vein of novels by Kurt Vonnegut or Pynchon, but with more giant monsters.

Unicorn Hunter Books says:

Those books all sound awesome!

Walkinthe Woods says:

Your review of Dream Snake made me thing about Monica Furlong’s Wise Child.  I loved that novel.  I’m definitely going to give Dream Snake a read.

Teisha Bee says:

Great Video. You always give me great suggestions. I have been so busy I haven’t read anything for enjoyment in weeks. Going to jump into Binti this weekend. Can’t wait.

A Scientist Reads says:

You’re so well spoken! A few of these I’ve read and a few are new but I need to bump Dreamsnake up in my TBR after your recommendation. I also really enjoyed your description of China Mountain Zhang. It’s easy to get behind the revolutionary, but you lose a lot of the world and the way everyday people live when you view a plot through that lens. Great recommendations!

Robert McElfresh says:

Vonda Mcintyer and Elizabeth Moon – two of my favorites. I agree. Try “War for the Oaks” by Elizabeth Moon for a great urban read.

Eve's Alexandria says:

Such a great video! I haven’t read any of these, apart from Europe in Autumn, and my wishlist is groaning now. 🙂 I have A Stranger in Olondria on my shelf but I haven’t got around to it yet. I absolutely need to change that this year.  I think my top underrated book would have to be the Kit Whitfield I mentioned in my last video, In Great Waters.

dbright says:

infodumpy lol

TheSkepticalReader says:

Will obviously second Dreamsnake as I remember really liking the main character. I need to go read Gene mapper to my wishlist (I remember it being on there but for some reason I took it out 🙁 )

Marc B says:

You first brought the fractured Europe series to my attention, I’ve enjoyed the whole series,. thanks!

FinalBlowJoe says:

I was looking forward to this video, knew you’d choose an interesting selection. I’ve read China Mountain Zhang as of last week and like the sound of all the other seven. My awards project will make a few of them automatic reads, like they were for you. Your enthusiasm is, as always, really nice to see and infectious, in a good way of course. I’m now debating on whether to do this myself, which books to choose will be interesting.

SuperDiatonic says:

You speak very well, and you talked me into reading Dreamsnake. Thank you – a hidden gem!

Let's Read says:

There’s no way I can ignore these recommendations.

Jean-François Virey says:

Gene Mapper is like Jurassic Park, but with rice.

Karen Koutsoumbaris says:

Thank you I enjoyed very much your reviews and will try to find these books in my library!

StephanieNics says:

My wallet doesn’t like this video. (I really should utilize my local libraries, but it is sometimes difficult to get to them.) I have already bought China Mountain Zhang because of your previous review.

ireadforpun says:

The cover of The Falling Woman is gorgeous.

My favorites that don’t get much hype are the Wool series by Hugh Howey and Waypoint Kangaroo by Curtis C. Chen. I enjoyed them both very much.

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