2017 has Become the Year of Science Fiction

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Science Fiction Landscape
Oh, now isn’t that pretty

Any of you not following me on facebook might not know that I spent the last several days at The Life The Universe and Everything Symposium in Provo, Utah. It was a blast, let me tell you… well, don’t let me tell you because that’s not what this post is about. More details will be included in this month’s newsletter.

Aaaanyway, it’s a long drive from the LA area up to Provo, so I got lots of time alone with my audio books. In fact, while dealing with traffic I actually finished A Forest of Stars by Kevin J. Anderson. This is the second book in his highly praised series The Saga of Seven Suns. Personally, I’m not totally convinced. Maybe I should have started by reading some of his other books to develop the level of trust in our Author-Reader relationship before tackling a 7-book series. That said, the second book has really started drawing me into the universe and I am much more excited for the third novel in the

That said, the second book has really started drawing me into the universe and I am much more excited for the third novel in the installment. There are some truly amazing elements to the story and both the first and second book have earned their own Book Learning spotlight, but I think I’m going to finish the series before truly diving into the lessons they have to teach us.

In true Rowenson fashion, this actually has very little to do with the point of this post, so let’s get to that now.

After finishing book 2 in the saga, I pulled into a rest area, relieved my protesting bladder and thumbed through my digital library for my next audible experience. That’s when I noticed something.

My Library is decidedly Monogenrenatic

Yeah, that’s totally a word. It’s my blog anyway, so quiet you.

In the past several years I have made a serious effort to increase my consumption of literature. The problem is that, while I have expanded beyond my favorite authors, I am still mostly on the Fantasy side of things. Yeah, there are some books I listened to that are more contemporary or more horror-centric like I am Not a Serial Killer and Residue, but most of the books have had serious fantasy elements.

That’s not okay, but that’s okay (hooray for contradictions) because I have a plan.

Now Announcing Rowenson’s Year of Science Fiction

For the 11.5 months remaining in 2017, I am dedicating myself to exploring the many worlds and wonders of Science Fiction. I have already begun with The Solar Express by L. E. Modesitt, Jr. and will continue cutting my way through Kevin’s Saga of Seven Suns. After that, I really don’t know.

And that’s why I need your help?

Question: What Science Fiction Novels do you think should be on my list?

Comment below or simply email me what you think.

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Rowenson out.

7 Responses

  1. Read the Destroyer Men series by Taylor Anderson. Its a fantastic sci-fi alternate history/reality series filled with amazing characters and world building i think you will really appreciate.

    • C. R. Rowenson

      A WWII destroyer with dinosaurs and aliens?! Heck yeah, I’ll read those!

  2. A few unmissables:
    The Expanse — James S. A. Corey
    Everything Alastair Reynolds
    Jump 225 trilogy — David Louis Edelman
    Culture Novels — Iain M. Banks
    Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson
    Red Rising trilogy — Pierce Brown
    Dune novels — Frank Herbert
    Silo series — Hugh Howey

    • C. R. Rowenson

      Wow, nice list. Several of those are now in my Audible queue. I just recently finished The Lost Flee: Dauntless by Jack Campbell and was blown away.

  3. Ernest Shell

    The Foundation and Robot series by Asimov. I’m not a huge Sci Fi fan, but I really enjoyed these.

    • C. R. Rowenson

      Great to hear from you, Ernie!

      I’ve read the first of the Foundation series and loved it. The way he used larger cultural forces in the book was so cool to see; his other works are definitely on this year’s list. 🙂

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