I was asked by an old friend to recommend science fiction books for a 14 year old girl -- the child of a friend of theirs I had never met.
I have no idea what her favorite reading, TV or movies are, just that she recently got into science fiction. I've no clue what got her interested!
Talk about a scatter-shot list! Whee, I don't know where to start!
One clue is that she was interested in borrowing from the library - but she lives nowhere near me, and I've no clue what sort of library she has access to. Or even what her reading proficiency level might be.
I don't know what restrictions her parents would want, either!
I don't know if she has library access to ebooks -- here, my library lends ebooks. Some libraries provide books via the app KOBO in all the app stores.
So I am basically stumped on this request -- and will just toss out some suggestions using Amazon.
Once you locate a book on Amazon, you can usually find it on iTunes or B&N, KOBO or wherever you prefer to do business.
So top of my list these days, for series currently being published and reprinted:
Gini Koch's ALIEN series.
C. J. Cherryh's Foreigner Series (all of C. J. Cherryh's books, actually).
For pure action, space adventure with emphasis on science and sociology (with and without Aliens, mostly no sex or romance):
All of Jack McDevitt's novels
All of Taylor Anderson's DESTROYERMEN series.
All of Jack Campbell's LOST FLEET series, and the spinoff series.
All of Mike Shephard's Kris Longknife series (young woman changes the galaxy)
To fill in Historical Understanding of the Science Fiction Field:
The best place to get these backlist gems of times gone by
http://wildsidepress.com/ where you can get any ebook format, but on Amazon you can handily get the Kindle editions and paper edition if you prefer. This is my current publisher, now publishing my new titles.
But here are some Amazon page links -- buy anything on these pages and it is likely Amazon will lead you to the rest especially if you buy any of my novels because my fans read from this collection, so all the good books turn up in "Customers who bought this also bought .."
Wrinkle In Time
All of Andre Norton's novels, but particularly Star Rangers
All of E. E. Doc Smith's Lensman Series
You can download the MEGAPACK for various authors for about $0.99.
For more non-Romance, general science fiction, well thought out and presented, read David Brin's books, David Gerrold's books, Alan Dean Foster's books, and all the Robert J. Sawyer books, especially WWW trilogy.
For women of galactic consequence, the Honor Harrington series (like the Kris Longknife series) has taken the science fiction world by storm.
And of course, Robert A. Heinlein and Marion Zimmer Bradley, all titles.
That is a lifetime's worth of reading!
But wait! There's more!
Here is my Amazon page with almost all my extant titled:
Scroll down to see various editions of all titles (several year's worth of reading).
For young women, I would recommend my first novel, House of Zeor.
For a Doctor Novel approach to science fiction, my first Award Winner, Unto Zeor, Forever, praised by Robert A. Heinlein by asking if I were in fact a physician! And this novel was credited with being the first Science Fiction Romance published in Hardcover by a mainstream publisher.
For young teenage protagonists on adventure that changes their world:
But for Science Fiction Romance, my Romantic Times Award Winner, Dushau, would be the place to start. |But it is available (new) only in Kindle. The paperbacks have deteriorated, or are expensive collector's items.
For Vampire-Science-Fiction Romance:
And this is hardly a complete list of top recommendations.
The field is broad, deep, and rich. Unfortunately, most public libraries do not have these novels or provide access to them, though my books were notorious as the most stolen from libraries across the country. I know this because my readers have said so, and because many of my fans are librarians who have noticed this phenomenon.
I know that, as soon as I post this, I will think of dozens more authors to recommend!
The nice thing about Amazon is that once you buy or download for free any of the books by any of these writers, you will be led to others of comparable content.