At least, I think it would be my first. Background: I’ve done a good bit of reading in my time, but science fiction has never called to me, at least in book form. Favorite (non sci-fi) authors include John Irving, Mark Helprin, Cormac McCarthy, and Don Delillo; some favorite books include “A Confederacy of Dunces” and “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay”, and “A Prayer for Owen Meany”.
Moving now to sci-fi TV and movies…I liked Battlestar Galactica quite a bit, never saw a full episode of Star Trek, never saw Dr. Who or Firefly. The original 3 Star Wars were OK, the others, meh. I love the original Twilight Zone episodes (not considered strictly sci-fi, probably). I like Aliens, Avatar was all right, 2001 not so much.
Two recent movies I loved: “District 9” and “Moon”.
So…I know who the major science fiction authors are, but I don’t know which should be my first, or which particular book.
Help a brother out?