I’ve been reading some lists of science fiction novels, and I am again inspired to dig though some. I never really cared much for sci-fi when I was younger; I stayed more or less in the fantasy camp, although they sometimes meet. I’m very particular in either genre, though. I prefer them to be well written stories first, and genre novels second. I don’t like cliches, but I do like cliches turned on their heads (which itself has become an overused device, but I’m fine with that).
Originality is a close second, and I need a good writer’s voice or tone.
I have trouble with dystopian sci-fi, because I think the real world stands on shaky ground as it is, and on a slow downward spiral. And utopian sci-fi, by the same token, bores the shit out of me. It’s idealistic to the point of distaste.
My standard is I, Robot. I like Phillip K., and Ray Bradbury. I prefer short stories, and usually avoid any series longer than a trilogy like the plague. Will I branch out? Perhaps. I’ve intended to read Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett for years, but it may have to wait until someone figures out how to construct more hours into a day.