Thursday, June 17, 2010

11 science fiction novels for fantasy fans

John Ottinger III came up with a list of eleven science fiction novels for fantasy fans.

One title to make the grade:
Crystal Rain by Tobias Buckell

Buckell’s series of novels with a Caribbean vibe starts with this one. While the latter two, Ragamuffin and Sly Mongoose are decidedly space opera, the first, Crystal Rain, blends space opera and heroic fantasy. Like other space fantasies, Buckell’s characters are trapped on a planet and have lost some of their former technological prowess. His primary characters are a product of that former expertise, and are entwined in a tribal culture. Since the story takes place almost entirely on planet and bears many of the characteristics of epic fantasy, if not quite the same tropes, I do feel that the story should appeal to epic fantasy readers where its cousins would not.
Read about the other books on the list.

My Book, The Movie: Ragamuffin.

The Page 99 Test: Sly Mongoose.

--Marshal Zeringue