Some Favorite Books

This isn’t at all comprehensive – I have maybe 1000 books in my heavily-trimmed library and, in important ways, they are all my favorites. Below are some of my biggest favorites, though – the ones I reread the most. Where series are involved, I mention only the first title (oddly enough, most of the titles are actually part of a series). I also limit myself (tough as it is) to only one book per author.

Foundation by Isaac Asimov (Hard SF – gotta read this one if you read any SF)

Thieves World by Robert Asprin (Fantasy – the town of Sanctuary is a home for all the criminals and two-bit magicians in the world)

Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (Fantasy – magical swords, magical races, magical people)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (SF – future, children learning to be master war strategists)

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clark (Hard SF – near future, alien ship in solar system)

Tai Pan by James Clavell (Historical fiction, European traders in 1841 China)

Ringworld by Larry Niven (Hard SF – distant future, aliens, the works)

The Sleeping Dragon by Joel Rosenberg (Fantasy – gamers sent to another world)

Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (Fantasy, ditto)

Iron & Silk by Mark Salzman (Biographical story of an American in 1982 China)

Cryptonomicon by Neil Stephenson (Fiction – WWII & present day, cryptography-based, of course)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fantasy, need I describe?)

By “Hard SF” I mean science fiction that attempts to stick mostly with real, proven science (or decent theories), using only a couple assumptions to help move the story along (like that faster-than-light travel is possible in some manner). Regular SF doesn’t tend to attempt to be that accurate.


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