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Book Recommendations

  • 15-02-2022 5:22pm
    Registered Users Posts: 374 ✭✭ Useless Lump

    Can you folks recommend some science fiction and fantasy books (or book series) for a teenager? Space opera, cyberpunk, steam punk, sword & sorcery, etc…

    Looking for any age range - YA or adult - with decent female characters, no sex or romance (or where it a only secondary element in the story).

    ”Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” is one I have in mind.


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Business & Finance Moderators, Entertainment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 17,854 CMod ✭✭✭✭ Nody

    Jack Campbell's "Lost fleet" series

    Nicholas Eames "Bloody Rose" series

    Steven Kent "The Clone Rebellion" series

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,321 ✭✭✭ chrislad

    I just finished the Expanse series. It's fairly light, good female characters, a bit of sex, but not explicit, more relationships and emotional links rather than sex focused. 9 books, and an accompanying TV series if so inclined.

  • Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 2,541 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Black Sheep

    The Gollancz SF masterworks series is an excellent place to start.

    It's a really curated collection.

    Some of the books from decades past aren't that heavy on anything explicit.

    Alfred Bester's THE DEMOLISHED MAN is a good one, it's THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO in space, basically.

    For female leads in SF in general I always think of Lois McMaster Bujold's CORDELIA's HONOR. The main protagonist is a female scientist. There is a romantic component to it, in that she has a love interest, but overall it's an adventure story.

  • Administrators, Computer Games Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 31,379 Admin ✭✭✭✭✭ Mickeroo

    Children of Time and Children of Ruin by Adrian Tchaikovsky are two favourites I've read in the past while. There will be a third one out later in the year.

    Plenty of female characters (though not all human!)