Reading the End Bookcast, Ep.69: An SF Starter Pack and an SF Game

Renay joins us from Fangirl Happy Hour to advise me and Whiskey Jenny about what SF to start with. She has ten recommendations and they are all (we’re confident) gold. You can listen to the podcast in the embedded player below or download the file directly here to take with you on the go.

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What We’re Reading

The Weather of the Future, Heidi Cullen
Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, Cynthia Barnett
City on Fire, Garth Risk Hallberg
The Shining, Stephen King
Death: An Oral History, Casey Jarman
Gotham Academy, Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, Karl Kerschl

the logo on the shirt I’m going to buy, in the fullness of time:

coexistSFF Starter Pack

World War Z, Max Brooks
Old Man’s War, John Scalzi
Zoo City, Lauren Beukes
The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
Spin, Robert Charles Wilson
The Killing Moon, N. K. Jemisin
Binti, Nnedi Okorafor
Mars Evacuees, Sophia McDougall
Larklight, Philip Reeve and David Wyatt
Karen Memory, Elizabeth Bear

What We Read for This Week

The Girl Thing Who Went Out for Sushi, Pat Cadigan
“The Screwfly Solution,” James Tiptree Jr.

What We’re Reading Next Time

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, Douglas Adams

You can find Renay at Lady Business, Fangirl Happy Hour, and on Twitter. Get at me on Twitter, email the podcast, and friend me (Gin Jenny) and Whiskey Jenny on Goodreads. Or if you wish, you can find us on iTunes (and if you enjoy the podcast, give us a good rating! We appreciate it very very much).

  • Annabel Gaskell

    I’ve not read any of those 10 in Renay’s starter pack! Interesting – going to check them out.

  • Sharon

    Did you know that Spin was going to be the Tor book club selection this month? Because that is what I call timing.

    Also, I heartily endorse this list. I have had SO many conversations with friends who talk about how they “don’t know how to read science fiction” and so flinch hard at the idea of it. But they’re picturing difficult sci fi, like “Girl Thing,” and end up skipping all kinds of straightforward stuff, like Lock In.

    Very exciting list! I’ve read about 1/3 of it and had most of the other 2/3 on my “must read soon!” list for ages. Excellent push to go straight through it!