Recently I re-read the book "The Invincible" by Stanisław Lem. I also discovered some illustrations by Russian artist (it doesn't seem that Lem is very popular in the West).
I think Solaris is very popular in the west, but beyond that I think your right about Stanisław Lem.
A few all time favorites: Foundation- Issac Asimov We -Yevgeny Zamiatin Star Maker -Olaf Stapledon Earth Abides -George Stewart Randezvous with Rama -Arthur C Clarke The Fountains of Paradise -Arthur C Clarke The Neuromancer -William Gibson Queen of Angels -Greg Bear The Space Merchants -Fredrick Pohl, C.M. Kornbluth Tiger Tiger -Alfred Bester The Sirens of Titan -Kurt Vonnegut Solaris -Stanislaw Lem (of course) Martian Timeslip -Phillip K. Dick The Dispossessed -Ursula Le Guin The Einstein Intersection -Samuel R. Delany The Forever War -Joe Hadleman The Past Through Tomorrow- Robert Heinlein Red Mars -Kim Stanley Robinson The Jesus Incident -Frank Herbert Stations of the Tide -Michael Swanwick Hyperion -Dan Simmons A Fire Upon the Deep -Vernor Vinge Excession -Iain Banks Startide Rising -David Brin Singularity Sky -Charles Stross River of Gods - Ian McDonald The Mote in God's Eye -Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Permanence -Karl Schroeder Lord of Light -Roger Zelazny Blind Lake -Robert Charles Wilson Gateway -Fredrick Pohl The Diamond Age -Neal Stephenson The World of Null-A -A. E. van Vogt Cosmonaut Keep -Ken McLeod
Sci-fi that I enjoyed recently: Blindsight -Peter Watts Galileo's Dream -Kim Stanley Robinson
I've read alot of sci-fi over the years, both hard sci-fi and science-fantasy:) My recent trend has been towards 1940-1950's American sci-fi. Modern American, Canadian and British sci-fi seems obsessed with dystopias and zombie apocalypses, it makes me yearn for the optimistic sci-fi of the 'golden age' where mankind uses technology to solve its problems and push out to the stars. Heady stuff; the literature of every decade is different, deals with different themes, and is imbued with its own particular zeitgeist, but I hope to see more optimistic hard sci-fi in the contemporary genre.
Edited by architeuthis - Friday, 05.10.2012, 22:29
You can really see Eoin Colfers style of writing, if you have read his other books.
I read Artemis Fowl a while back and that was alright. However many of his writing quirks did "leak" through into Hitchhikers Guide. Also I am biased as I really liked the ending of the 5th book, even though Douglas Adams had already started on a 6th book.
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