It was difficult to list my five top science fiction or fantasy books because there are so many books that I have loved. I’m going to make my criteria books that have touched emotionally me rather then books that I think are important in the field so there may be some odd choices.
The Lord of The Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (I’m counting the trilogy as one book). Each time I reread them I find more depth about sacrifice and service.
Have Spacesuit will Travel by Robert Heinlein. An absolutely beautiful book about friendship and bravery in the face of impossible odds. Whenever I’m sad I re-read this book.
Way Station by Clifford D. Simak. There’s a dreamlike and melancholy feel to this book that I absolutely love.
This Immortal (also known as Call Me Conrad) by Roger Zelazny. Not one of his better known books but filled with humor and an underlying celebration of the human spirit.
The Witches of Barres by James H. Schmitz. This is another book that makes me laugh out loud and is just so charming. I’ve always wanted to adapt it for the screen.
This was very hard because I ended up leaving out the Darkover books by Bradley, and The Fountains of Paradise by Clarke and Bujold’s Vorkosigan saga, and Caroline Cherryh’s Foreigner saga, and Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep. Speaker for the Dead by Card. But it was a limit of five so I’ll stand by my picks.
Melinda Snodgrass’s latest novel is the first in her new Imperials series, The High Ground, which is published by Titan Books. She is also the author of the Edge Series (published in the UK by Titan Books, and in the US by Tor Books). For more on Snodgrass’s writing and novels, be sure to check out the author’s website, and follow her on Twitter and Goodreads.