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Top 10 Recommended Science Fiction

Today is our last regular day of my Science Fiction class.  The kids will give their independent reading book presentations to the rest of the class.  These are basically book talks without spoilers to give everyone else a chance to hear about books we didn't study during the semester. 

I get to give a book talk too, but I'm going to talk about 10 books.  These are books that I recommend to students who want to read more science fiction.  They aren't based on what I think would necessarily be "good" for them as science fiction scholars (so Frankenstein, which I find tough reading, is not on the list).  They're books that I think would draw a reader into wanting to read more science fiction.

Like any list of this sort, it's probably more remarkable for what isn't on it rather than what is, so you're welcome to add your lists in the comments.

Sundiver, David Brin
Lincoln's Dreams, Connie Willis
The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula Le Guin
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress,  Robert Heinlein
Ring World, Larry Niven
Dune, Frank Herbert
Out of the Silent Planet, C.S. Lewis
Red Mars,  Kim Stanley Robinson
The Time Machine, H.G. Wells (which we read in class--I'm revisiting for review)
The Stand, Stephen King
 
Of course, the list is mostly what made me want to read more science fiction. 

How I put a list together without The Dragon Riders of Pern, Fahrenheit 451, The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy or Ender's Game is beyond me, but there you are.
 
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