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   My two favorite science fiction writers are Stephen Tall and James White.  Stephen Tall's real name was Dr. Compton Newby Crook.  He was an ornithologist and taught at Towson State University.  He retired in the late 1970's and unfortunately died soon after his retirement.  The few novels and short stories which he wrote are out of print.

James White lived in Ireland and wrote science fiction for about 40 years until his death in 1999.  He tackled the medical problems that would arise if doctor, nurse, and patient were of three different life forms.  (I've worked several years in nursing homes and hospitals.)  His works include:

   Beginning Operations:  A Sector General Omnibus includes:  Hospital Station, Star Surgeon, and Major Operation.  ISBN 9780312875442

   Alien Emergencies:  A Sector General Omnibus includes:  Ambulance Ship, Sector General, and Star Healer.  ISBN 9780312877705

   Double Contact (about the Cinrusskin, Dr. Prilicla)  ISBN 9780812568608

   General Practice (includes Code Blue - Emergency and The Genocidal Healer) ISBN 9780765306630

   Mind Changer ISBN 9780812541960

   The Watch Below

   The Silent Stars Go By

Madeleine L'Engle:

   A Wrinkle in Time *                         

   A Wind in the Door *

   A Swiftly Tilting Planet *

   Many Waters *

   An Acceptable Time *

E. E. "Doc" Smith 

   Triplanetary *                                      

   First Lensman *

   Galactic Patrol *

   Gray Lensman *

   Second Stage Lensman *

   Children of the Lens *

   The Vortex Blaster (a.k.a. Masters of the Vortex) *

   The Skylark of Space series *

Andre Norton:

   Star Born                                       

   Starman's Son *

   Galactic Derelict *

   The Time Traders *

   Solar Queen

Ursula K. LeGuin:

   The Telling *                                

   The Word for World is Forest *

   The Left Hand of Darkness *

   City of Illusions *

   Planet of Exile *

   Rocannon's World *

   The Lathe of Heaven *

   The Dispossessed:  An Ambiguous Utopia *

Lois Lowry:

   The Giver - Though a Newberry Award Winner this book has been banned in some places.  Though on many reading lists for Middle School subject matter may not be acceptable for Middle School.

   Gathering Blue             

   Messenger

Scott Westerfeld:

   Uglies, Pretties, Specials, and Extras.

Jules Verne:

   Journey to the Center of the Earth *

Isaac Asimov:  I met Asimov (a.k.a. Paul French) years ago in New York City at a Science Teachers' convention.  He died 1992. 

   David Starr, Space Ranger *

   Lucky Starr and the Pirates of the Asteroids *

   Lucky Starr and the Oceans of Venus *

   Lucky Starr and the Big Sun of Mercury *

   Lucky Starr and the Moons of Jupiter *

   Lucky Starr and the Rings of Saturn *

   Prelude to Foundation

   Foundation

   Foundation and Empire

   Second Foundation

   Foundation's Edge

   Foundation and Earth

   Forward the Foundation                   

   I, Robot (Nothing like the movie!)

   The Caves of Steel (Robot Series)

   The Naked Sun (Robot Series)

   The Robots of Dawn (Robot Series)

   Robots and Empire (Robot Series)

   The Currents of Space (Empire Series)

   The Stars, Like Dust (Empire Series)

   Pebble in the Sky (Empire Series)

   The Gods Themselves

   Nightfall

   Nemesis                                   

   Fantastic Voyage

   Gold

   The End of Eternity

Ray Bradbury:

   The Martian Chronicles *

 

   Farenheit 451 (First published in 1953.  A future totalitarian regime has banned books and they are burned.)

   Dandelion Wine

   The Illustrated Man

 

H. G. Wells:

   The Time Machine *

   The War of the Worlds *

   The Island of Dr. Moreau

   The Invisible Man

C. S. Lewis:

   Space Trilogy - Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength

Larry Niven:

   Ringworld

Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle:     

   The Mote in God's Eye

   Lucifer's Hammer

Edwin A. Abbott:

   Flatland:  A Romance of Many Dimensions  (Dionys Burger wrote a sequel called Sphereland.  The two can be purchased in one volume.)

Arthur C. Clarke:

   Against the Fall of Midnight *  

   Childhood's End                              

   Rendevous with Rama          

   The City and the Stars

   The Fountains of Paradise

   2001:  A Space Odyssey

   2010:  Odyssey Two

   2061:  Odyssey Three

   3001:  The Final Odyssey

Robert A. Heinlein:

   Podkayne of Mars * (This was the first science fiction I read as a child.  I was hooked.)

   Rocket Ship Galileo *

   Space Cadet *

   Red Planet *

   Farmer in the Sky *

   Between Planets *

   The Rolling Stones (Space Family Stone) *

   Starman Jones *

   The Star Beast *

   Tunnel in the Sky *                         

   Time for the Stars *

   Citizen of the Galaxy *

   Have Space Suit-Will Travel *

   Nothing Ever Happens on the Moon *

   Tenderfoot in Space *

   Green Hills of the Earth

   The Past Through Tomorrow

   Double Star

   The Door Into Summer

   Starship Troopers                          

   The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

   Friday

   Glory Road

   Time Enough for Love

   The Puppet Masters

   Time for the Stars

   Red Planet

   Farnham's Freehold

   Stranger in a Strange Land (a classic of science fiction)

Stanley Robinson:

   Mars Trilogy - Red Mars, Green Mars, and Blue Mars

Orson Scott Card:

   Ender's Game

   Ender's Shadows

   A War of Gifts:  An Ender Story

   Speaker for the Dead

Michael Crichton:

   Sphere

   The Terminal Man

   The Andromeda Strain

   Jurassic Park

Walter Tevis:

   The Man Who Fell to Earth

Frederik Pohl:

   Gateway

David Brin:

   Earth

   Sundiver

   Startide Rising

   The Uplift War

   Brightness Reef

   Infinity's Shore

   Heaven's Reach

   Glory Season

   The Postman

   Kiln People

Joe Haldeman:

   The Forever War

James Blish:

   Cities in Flight

Gene Wolfe:

   Book of the New Sun

Stanislaw Lem:

   Solaris

   Cyberiad

   Eden

   The Star Diaries

Philip K. Dick:

   Blade Runner:  Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

   The Policeman Said

   Flow My Tears

   The Man in the High Castle

   Ubik

George Orwell:

   1984

Frank Herbert:

   Dune

   Dune Messiah

   Children of Dune

   God Emperor of Dune

   Heretics of Dune

   Chapter House of Dune

Kurt Vonnegut:

   Slaughterhouse Five

   Cat's Cradle

Aldous Huxley:

   Brave New World

Douglas Adams:

   The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Nancy Farmer:

   The House of the Scorpion (Humans despise clones, but young Matt is the clone of El Patron and that gives him special status.

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