Get started with science fiction – recommendations for everyone!

If you like X type of book then try sci-fi! In which I’m going through loads of genres and types of fiction and recommending where readers of that might like to start in science fiction.

This is super long because I want to help all types of lovely people with different past reading preferences. And if you already read science fiction then these are just some really great books!

Things mentioned:
This Place Has No Atmosphere by Paula Danzinger –
Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman –
On the Edge of Gone by Corrine Duyvis –
Kaleidoscope by Alisa Krasnostein & Julia Rios (eds.) –
Old Man’s War by John Scalzi –
Europe in Autumn by Dave Hutchinson –
After Atlas by Emma Newman –
The Female Man by Joanna Russ –
Arcadia by Iain Pears –
Leviathan Wakes by James S.A. Corey –
God’s War by Kameron Hurley –
Kindred by Octavia Butler –
Ninefox Gambit by Yoon Ha Lee –
Sorcerer of the Wildeeps by Kai Ashante Wilson –
The Long Way to A Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers –

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Leah V says:

I was beginning to think that you were suggesting all the things I hadn’t read yet, but then you got to Becky Chambers <3
Beautiful list, a lot of those books are on my to-be-read pile, some are even on my shelves already!

Lara Croft says:

I love your enthusiasm. I gotta try Ninefox Gambit. I’ve seen you talk about it often so I’m very curious. Great video

Adjira says:

Malorie Blackman sounds interesting. I’ve never heard of her in the U.S.

Alex R says:

Omg all you girl youtubers keep recommending shitty romance girl novels set in a sci fi setting, FUCK. YOU!!!!!!

WorldsinInk says:

Great recommendations as always.

PaperbacksandCats says:

I need to get my hands on the female man! Great video as always 🙂

Aimée Anders says:

Thank you so much for this video! I’m a sci-fi newbie (I only read The Long Way… and Arcadia) and you’ve just given me so much inspiration to read more within this genre!

Bill Foster says:

Really great premise for a video – I love the idea of making recommendations within a genre based on the reading they do from others. Very smart, cool idea. (And just FYI – for readers of Literary Fiction, I strongly, strongly recommend anything by John Kessel, but especially his anthology – co-edited with James Patrick Kelly – “The Secret History of Science Fiction” (2009) from Tachyon books – really good start with a wide range of shorts from the likes of Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, Don DeLillo and others)

Bruna Bento says:

nailed it!

Saborni Saha says:

This is an amazing, amazing video and you are an epic sci-fi reader. Probably the most widely read sci-fi reader on this planet! 🙂

Erika's Epilogues says:

Great recommendations! Some that I’ve been meaning to get to forever and others that I’d never even heard of.

Gill Turnbull says:

Thank you so much Elizabeth for this, there are some great books that have whetted my appetite and im going to check them out right now. You are a star!

Nikos Karagiannakis says:

Nice video! By the way, I would recommend “The Star Diaries” by Stanislaw Lem ( And I was wondering what inspired the creators of Futurama…

Jessica King says:

I sat here with my goodreads open just continuously adding titles. I recently read (and then raved about on my channel) Ninefox Gambit, I have read very little sci-fi, and it made me so happy that you talk about not really knowing what the heck is going on lol. Also, I have never been so happy for someone getting an arc as I was for you getting Raven Stratagem.

Mel's Bookland Adventures says:

First of all, I am totally jealous that you manage to talk about so many books in under 10 minutes. I wish I could do that.
Thanks for another Friday enable session, because let’s face it: That’s what I am here for.

Born Without Marbles says:

Best recommendation video ever. Seriously LOVE the way you did this, so different and so damn helpful! Xx

Phil Exon says:

a good selection of recent material. Only one I would put of the Meh pile. I think you should do two more videos. one 1960 to 1980 and then 1989 to 2000.

Books on a Bike says:

I’m not new to Sci-fi but I like these kind of videos foe a different prospective. most of the ones u said, and I’ve finished, I really like so I added a few to my TBR that I haven’t seen. thanks

Nicole Camacho says:

This was such a great video. I am not new to the SciFi genre but it was still helpful if informing as to what type of SciFi each book was and gave some great recommendations. I’d love to see more videos like this. Thanks

lilypad says:

Ugh, so much love for Noughts & Crosses!

umesh raichur says:

I enjoyed reading ‘Long way to small angry planet’ sometime back.. I will try to read the remaining ones mentioned in this video aswell..Thank you so much for the amazing review.

Adjira says:

You speak very quickly. I do too. It’s hard to understand sometimes.

WomanVsBooks says:

Thank you so much for these recommendations, I really want to read more Sci Fi but like you said it can be intimating, read Across the Universe lately and really enjoyed it, may pick up On The Edge Of Gone and After Atlas 🙂

John Adkins says:

Great video! As always you overwhelm me with your enthusiasm and while I am a long time SF reader you always recommend a few books that I am completely unaware of and that I need to read. Thank you!

Laura L Fox says:

Great video! I just started watching your content and love your channel! I am a big sci-fi reader and have not heard of most of these, so thank you for sharing and broadening my horizons!

Kathy Trithardt says:

I’m just about to start On The Edge of Gone; it is sitting on my lap while I watch this video.

Gina, Living Medium says:

Whoa, this is deliciously manic. You hooked me, New subscriber!

lukunurkka says:

Thanks for this! I’m bookmarking this video for future reference.

Yesica1993 says:

Aaargh, I have to work! But I’d rather watch this! Bah. I will use it as motivation to hurry up and get this done…

Sara Maroney says:

Love this! Thank you! I love sci-fi but I’m pretty picky because I’m a software engineer (actually was- now I’m a stay at home mama!). I feel like a lot of sci-fi writes AI so wrong and sometimes it’s super hard to get over it and enjoy the book, like I’m sure historians feel about historical fiction. I like that a lot of your recommendations (not just in this video) can involve AI and raise questions about it without getting into the often poorly written trope of a computer becoming sentient. I adored long way to a small angry planet, and a closed and common orbit, for this reason. Got any other recommendations for someone into AI discussions without all that programmer kryptonite?

ZumZoom RU says:

But…but!.. you have to read mid 20-th century classics to call yourself a true Sci-Fi fan! Not for the fact of it, but because it is the best kind.

Kirstie English says:

Love hearing you talk about The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet cause I share all the feels.

wordcrown says:

Such a great video!! 🙂 Whenever I talk to people who are hesitant about getting into sci-fi because they feel the tech-talk and science-y stuff would go over their heads I always point out that sci-fi can be many things and try to suggest they pick up something in a more anthropological vein, where the themes explored are what future societies might look like, rather than just lasers in space. One of the first sci-fi novels I read was Left Hand of Darkness and oh my, did it do a good job on selling me the genre. 🙂

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