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A new SF & Fantasy books meme

We haven't had a science fiction & fantasy books meme for...ooh, at least a couple of weeks now. So here's another one, with a little bit of a difference.

What you have to do is provide up to one recommendation for each category below.

If you can't think of anything, then just move on to the next question.
Keep the recommendations from the original post and any subsequent recommendations (i.e. don't delete anything).
Don't recommend something that has already been recommended in that category.
Don't recommend the same book in more than one category (but you may recommend something in category B that someone else already recommended in category A)
For books that form part of a series, feel free to name the series or the book.
Comments are to be encouraged, but put them in a separate reply, not in your post (otherwise the meme will get unwieldy).
I deliberately haven't defined either "science fiction" or "fantasy".
Feel free to add new categories at the bottom.


Clear? OK...


Epic high fantasy: The Lord of the Rings

Gritty fantasy: The Malazan Book of the Fallen

Fantasy for children: The Hobbit

Fantasy to give a child who's just finished Harry Potter:

Fantasy every D&D player should read: The Dying Earth

Science fiction every Traveller player should read: Poul Anderson's Polesotechnic League stories

Fantasy to give to a female relative who only reads romantic historic fiction: A Game of Thrones

Fantasy to give to an intellectual type who only reads literary fiction: Behold the Man

SF to give a male relative who only reads Andy McNab:

Hard SF: Rendezvous with Rama

Space opera: Demon Princes

Epic SF: Foundation

Comedy fantasy: Game Night

Comedy science fiction: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Pulp Swords & Sorcery: The Witcher stories of Andrzej Sapkowski

Fantasy graphic novel: The Sandman

Science fiction graphic novel:

SF detective: Greg Mandel stories of Peter F. Hamilton

SF with an interesting female lead character: Chanur series

Fantasy with an interesting female lead character:

SF with interesting aliens: David Brin's Uplift setting

SF with interesting artificial intelligence:

SF with an interesting male lead character:

Fantasy with an interesting male lead character: The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, Unbeliever

Fantasy with interesting non-human races:

Fantasy to give someone who liked Lord of the Rings, but hasn't read any other fantasy: Magician

Arthurian fantasy:

SF written before 1950: Last and First Men

Fantasy written before 1950: Conan

SF written this century:

Fantasy written this century: The Book of the First Law

Fantasy set on Earth before 1000AD: The Broken Sword

Fantasy set on Earth between 1000AD and 1500AD:

Elizabethan(ish) fantasy:

Fantasy set on Earth between 1500AD and 1800AD: The Warhound and the World's Pain

Alternate History: Oswald Bastable series

Libertarian SF: Emphyrio

Marxist / socialist SF:

TV spin-off: Doctor Who - The Coming of the Terraphiles

Film spin-off: 2001: A Space Odyssey

Role-playing game spin-off:

Fantasy with non-European Earth setting: The Book of Wirrun

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pellegrina
Nov. 29th, 2010 08:31 pm (UTC)
Ha, getting in here first (at time of writing) so I don't have to worry about anyone else's recs.

Epic high fantasy: Earthsea (Ursula Le Guin)
Gritty fantasy: A Song of Ice and Fire (George R.R. Martin)
Fantasy for children: The Dark is Rising (Susan Cooper)
Fantasy to give a child who's just finished Harry Potter:Chrestomanci series (Diana Wynne Jones)
Fantasy every D&D player should read: The Belgariad (David Eddings)
Science fiction every Traveller player should read:
Fantasy to give to a female relative who only reads romantic historic fiction: The Privilege of the Sword (Ellen Kushner)
Fantasy to give to an intellectual type who only reads literary fiction: Kingdoms of Elfin (Sylvia Townsend Warner)
SF to give a male relative who only reads Andy McNab: The Heart of Valor (Tanya Huff)
Hard SF: A Fire upon the Deep (Vernor Vinge)
Space opera: Chanur series (C.J. Cherryh)
Epic SF:
Comedy fantasy: Feet of Clay (Terry Pratchett)
Comedy science fiction:
Pulp Swords & Sorcery:
Fantasy graphic novel:
Science fiction graphic novel:
SF detective:
SF with an interesting female lead character: Cyteen (C.J. Cherryh)
Fantasy with an interesting female lead character:
SF with interesting aliens: Foreigner series (Cherryh)
SF with interesting artificial intelligence:
SF with an interesting male lead character: Memory (Lois McMaster Bujold)
Fantasy with an interesting male lead character: Melusine (Sarah Monette)
Fantasy with interesting non-human races: Chanur's Homecoming (Cherryh)
Fantasy to give someone who liked Lord of the Rings, but hasn't read any other fantasy:
Arthurian fantasy: Merlin trilogy (Mary Stewart)
SF written before 1950:
Fantasy written before 1950:
SF written this century:
Fantasy written this century:
Fantasy set on Earth before 1000AD:
Fantasy set on Earth between 1000AD and 1500AD: Ash (Mary Gentle)
Elizabethan(ish) fantasy:
Fantasy set on Earth between 1500AD and 1800AD:
Alternate History:
Libertarian SF:
Marxist / socialist SF:
TV spin-off: The Final Reflection (John M. Ford)
Film spin-off:
Role-playing game spin-off:
Fantasy with non-European Earth setting: The Years of Rice and Salt (Kim Stanley Robinson)
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