I am suddenly getting into SciFi reading. I read Dune last summer and am looking to continue this summer. I am looking for the classics. I was thinking about:
More of the Dune series
The Illustrated Man - Bradbury
On the Beach - Nevil Shute
Neuromancer- William Gibson
Tau Zero - Poul Anderson
Something by Philip K. Dick (can’t decide)
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Oo, I love good SF. Also try:
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Phillip K. Dick (Bladerunner is based on it)
I Am Legend by (someone I can’t remember)
Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Aasimov
Iain Banks also has some good books.
The Book of the New Sun (a series by Gene Wolfe) is awesome, but very, very strange.
There’s a lot lot more. Check out the Internet Top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy list for a good guide (it has Fantasy too, though. Not sure if you’re interested in that as well).
Science Fiction is a pretty broad genre though. There are lots of types of science fiction. It’s really just a setting - not here, not now. You can have science fiction drama, science fiction action, science fiction comedy, science fiction mystery, science fiction thriller, etc. Some of the books you’re targetting are “science fiction,” but their style and topics are pretty different (I’m mostly thinking of On the Beach vs Neuromancer…both great books, but for different reasons, IMO).