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Sci-Fi | Classical | Spiritual

I love to read. At any given time you'll find me in the middle of a couple of books, picking up one or another depending on my mood. Science Fiction is one of my favorite genres. But I also love to read novels, history, classics, and in keeping with my spiritual interests, books of faith. Some of my favorite authors are:

    Fyodor Dostoyevsky
    E.M. Forster
    C.S. Lewis
    Paul Theroux
    William Shakespeare
    J.R.R. Tolkien
    Robert A. Heinlein (link to my Heinlein page)
    Dr. Larry Crabb

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Science Fiction Literature

Since I learned how to read, Science Fiction has been a staple in my book diet, Asimov being one of my earliest devourments. For me, good Sci Fi is the most engaging of literary types, stretching imagination to new limits, and challenging the human experience in yet unfounded situations. Unfortunately, I find the majority of Sci Fi is mediocre. So, in the interests of fostering the art, I submit below ten favorite Sci Fi novels. If you have any recommendations, please send them my way.

There's a few confessions I have to get off my chest first... One, I don't care for Arthur C. Clarke. Although he writes well, it seems to me he doesn't know how to end a story, or at least his endings always leave me feeling unsated. For similar reason, I think Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, Herbert's Dune, and Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz are over-rated.

OK, now that I've probably alienated half of sci-fi fandom, here's my top ten list:
Niven, LarryRingworld and Ringworld Engineers
Asimov, IsaacFoundation Trilogy
Lewis, C.S.Space Trilogy: Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, That Hideous Strength
Card, Orson ScottEnder's Game
Heinlein, Robert A.Tunnel in the Sky
Heinlein, Robert A.Short story collections: The Menace from Earth and The Green Hills of Earth
Adams, DouglasHitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Laumer, KeithThe Complete Bolo
Asimov, IsaacI, Robot
Huxley, AldousBrave New World

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Classic Literature

I discovered the classics later in life (can anyone really appreciate this stuff in high school?). My teachers meant well, and they did a good job at introducing the classics, but for me reading Shakespeare for a paper or an exam is not the same as reading it for mere enjoyment. As I think about this category, I guess I'm using the term "classic" a bit loosely, as you'll notice some contemporary authors listed below. But one thing I know for certain: I've hardly scratched the surface when it comes to reading The Classics...
Dostoyevsky, FyodorThe Brothers Karamazov
Forster, E.M.Where Angels Fear to Tread
Shakespeare, WilliamRichard II (and many others)
Tolkein, J.R.R.Lord of the Rings Trilogy
Theroux, PaulMosquito Coast
Adams, RichardWatership Down
Dickens, CharlesGreat Expectations
Hawthorne, NathanielHouse of Seven Gables

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Spiritual Literature

I am a Christian, and for those of you who must camp Christians, I am of the Evangelical persuasion, and a charismatic at that. Though I admit my theological convictions bias my reading preferences, you will notice several non-evangelical and many non-charismatic authors among my favorites.
Lewis, C.S.The Great Divorce and The Screwtape Letters
Tozer, A.W.The Pursuit After God
Crabb, Dr. LarryInside Out and Finding God
Snyder, HowardThe Problem with Wineskins and Community of the King
Green, KeithNo Compromise
a Kempis, ThomasThe Imitation of Christ
Brother LawrencePracticing the Presence of God
Watson, DavidCalled and Committed
Hession, RoyThe Calvary Road
Chambers, OswaldMy Utmost for His Highest (a daily reader)

If you're interested in reading 'Books for Beginners' or 'Intro to the Christian Faith' kind of stuff, my recommendations include:
Lewis, C.S.Mere Christianity
Stott, John R.Basic Christianity
McDowell, JoshMore Than a Carpenter
MacDonald, WilliamTrue Discipleship
Nee, WatchmanThe Normal Christian Life
Packer, J.I.Knowing God
White, JohnWhen the Spirit Comes with Power
Blue, KenAuthority to Heal

Last plug: if you're looking for a place to buy Christian books, I recommend Christian Book Distributors.






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