Science Fiction Books for Christmas
The Running Man Stephen King; was written under the pseudonym Richard Bachman.
A wrongly convicted man must try to survive a public execution gauntlet staged as a game show.
The book ends with the plane crashing directly into the show master’s office.
One can’t help thinking about 9 /11 when two of the planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. This wasn’t the ending in the movie.
Arthur Dent is an ordinary, average earthling, going about his regular earthling day when suddenly everything changes. Just moments before the Earth is blasted into oblivion, his friend, Ford Prefect, zaps him to the safety of space. Ford announces he’s an alien and that the pair are about to embark on an epic, intergalactic adventure, wearing nothing but a towel.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a fast-paced, hilarious, and clever novel that is loved by readers of all ages.
Johnnie Rico had no real intentions of signing up to the space military, especially not to the infantry. But after a series of unfortunate events, he finds himself in the thick of the most challenging and brutal boot camp in the universe. He and his comrades are pushed to their limits with gruelling combat training. If he can survive this, Rico is pretty sure he can survive anything.
Once his training is complete, Rico and his teammates enter into a battle against the most ruthless enemy in the universe. The fate of the entire space civilization rests in their hands.
by Andy Weir
An astronaut stranded alone on Mars. (a modern take on the Robinson Crusoe story)
A huge storm hits the base. The astronaut has to find a way to grow his own food and transforms a small bag of potatoes into a life-sustaining crop.
The book is hard sci-fi and goes to great lengths to describe just how the astronaut can turn his Mars module into a greenhouse and use it to grow crops and canabalises equipment. In the film, this is largely ignored.
Mixing swords and sandals with Sci-fi. My rating five stars by David Drake
The aliens were looking for low-tech soldiers to comply with recognized rules of engagement. They needed fighters that weren’t reliant on state-of-the-art weapons. What better than a highly trained Roman Legion being sold into slavery.
Once the legion had proven their worth on the battlefield, the Romans’ alien masters provided them with everything, including near immortality. However, the Romans want only one thing, and that is to go home
One last thing
I am looking for 10 sci-fi fans as reviewers for my latest book. Playing Dirty: Operation Trouser Snake. # sci-fi # dystopian
If any of my sci-fi readers are prepared to give me a review, I will send them two of my eBooks (of their choosing) as a gift.