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message 1: by Marion (new)

Marion Hill (kammbia1) I would like to create a list of the best Philosophical Science-Fiction and Fantasy Novels. I will start with some titles here and please add to that list with your own suggestions.

1) The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
2) The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant, the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
3) Parable of the Sower/ Parable of the Talents by Octavia Butler
4) The Child Goddess by Louise Marley
5) The Chess Garden by Brooks Hansen
6) Islandia by Austin Tappan Wright
7) Litany of the Long Sun/ Epiphany of the Long Sun by Gene Wolfe
8) Raising the Stones by Sheri S. Tepper
9) The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Leguin
10) Outcasts/Captives/Rebels Safe Lands Series by Jill Williamson

That's my list. Any other suggestions?

message 2: by Anthony (new)

Anthony Cupitt | 2 comments I would like to suggest my own novel, Guardians, for this list. One of the things I try to do is to problematise the traditional dichotomy between good and evil, combining my love of writing with my interest in ethics.

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Fleury Sommers (Fleury_Sommers) | 4 comments Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.

message 5: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic The Inverted World by Christopher Priest. First published in 1974 by Harper & Row.

message 6: by [deleted user] (new)

I would like to suggest my own book, Hybrid. It dissects human nature, good vs evil human traits and clarifies this with DNA Splicing. To make the perfect human, alien hybrid.


Thank you for the consideration

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message 8: by Steven (new)

Steven Guscott | 3 comments Dune, by Frank Herbert has to go on there, surely? :)

message 9: by Frankenstein's (new)

Frankenstein's Mobster | 3 comments Isaac Asimov's Robots series, definitely. :D It was even required reading for my Philosophy class.

The Caves of Steel is the first one.

message 10: by Darin (new)

Darin Preston (sequence77) | 16 comments I would suggest my own novel as well! It may not be Auguste Comte, but there is certainly something deep to ponder within. :)

My latest work is called Sheldon's Song, and is available as a free Kindle Download on Amazon Today, January 11th until tomorrow, January 12th.

The story is fiction, set in the 2030s. The story is a new twist on the search for eternal life through technology. It is rated for YA and above.

I hope you enjoy it!

message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael Mardel (michaelpmardel) | 181 comments thanks

message 12: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. Published in 2005 by Random House Books, Inc.

message 13: by Cora (new)

Cora Pop | 12 comments I was going to suggest "The Sparrow"... How about its sequel too Children of God?
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin
Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Roadside Picnic by Arkadi and Boris Strugatsky

message 14: by Jim (new)

Jim Vuksic Dust by Charles Pellegrino. Published in 1998 by Avon Books.

message 15: by Hock (new)

Hock Tjoa (hockgtjoa) | 50 comments Arthur Clarke's
Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke

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