Everyone gave me good advice on my first science fiction thread, so now I’m hoping to narrow things down a bit.
I got a bit discouraged with some of the recommendations given The first part of The Reality Dysfunction, which a few posters gave the nod to, left me with no inclination at all to finish the rest of the series. Too far-flung. Too unconnected to my reality. However, another highly-recommended book – Ender’s Game – was a little more up my alley. I didn’t actually like the book, but I breezed through it with no problems.
So I’m looking for stories that take place today, or a few years ago, or a few years down the road but where it’s still recognizably Earth. First contact, time travel, super mutants, etc. all fair game but I find myself unable to enjoy a story if it begins like this:
“Fug-Nort of the Seventh Order gazed up at the twin moons of Klendor XV. He realized it was almost time for The Othering and missed his lifemate and their broodlings more than ever.”
This is more my speed:
“Fred turned on CNN just in time to see the aliens dragging the president out of the White House, clutching his Tickle Me Elmo doll and sobbing uncontrollably.”
“‘I’ve just created a rectal thermometer that sends its users into an alternate dimension!’ the professor shouted gleefully to his two horrified teaching assistants.”
Except, you know, more intelligent. I hope everyone knows what I mean. As an example, I mentioned in my other thread Manifold: Time. Tough going, but I enjoyed it because I could identify with the characters, I could believe the background, and even though it took place in the near future, I recognized it as my Earth.