I believe the more you read, the better you become. Notice that I don’t say if you read “X” books a month or “Y” type of book since the topic of the book is not essential. You’ll always learn something and, hopefully, have some fun, not to mention that reading is a great way to generate good ideas. Below you can find my recommended books based on the ones I’m reading starting in 2020, but not only.
I’ll provide a star rating and a link for you to check it yourself. I thought about doing a review, but I’m always scared of giving something away from the story, and besides, what I like isn’t a guideline for what you may enjoy.
Finally, I’ll only publish books I finish. I start a lot of books, but if I’m not interested, I stop and start with the next one. There are so many good books out there that it doesn’t make sense to waste time in one I’m not enjoying, and there’s no place in my recommended books for the ones I don’t even finish.
I hope you find something you like, and please let me know on Twitter or comment with your thoughts.
The total number of books: 24
Last update: May 9, 2020
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I love science fiction. Everything about it: the ingenuity of the great masters and they got right or wrong, but the ideas that they bring to the table. Below you can find some of my favorites. Some I read recently and some I read a while back, but I enjoyed all of them, and I hope you too.
If you’re a science fiction fan, and don’t know Isaac Asimov or never read one of his books, you’re missing out big time! He’s the absolute master and wrote hundreds of books from several topics. My favorite is the Robot Series featured below, but he’s more famous for the Foundation Series, a more complex body of work. Please do yourself a favor and pick one of the books below, and I guarantee that you’ll enjoy yourself.
For 12,000 years, the Galactic Empire has ruled supreme. Only Hari Sheldon, creator of the revolutionary science of psychohistory, can see into the future, to a dark age of ignorance, barbarism, and warfare that will last 30,000 years. A masterpiece from the master himself, featuring worlds and kingdoms being formed and broken, politics and a lot of time jumps. Be ready.
The Robot Series
I, Robot is a fantastic set of short stories or essays based on the three laws of robotics. The stories originally appeared in the American magazines Super Science Stories and Astounding Science Fiction from 1940 to 1950, and they describe multiple situations all surrounding positronic brains, and Dr. Calvin, Powel, and Donovan all working at U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men Inc.
The Positronic Man
A masterpiece about a robot with unprecedented capabilities that wanted to become a real man. Asimov introduced the concept first as a short story called “The Bicentennial Man,” as well as their key characters. Although the short story was good, this novel focuses more on developing the characters and evolution of the robot, some of them referenced in other of Asimov’s books.
The Caves of Steel
(The Robot Series)
A detective story masterfully told by the master of science fiction. Suspense, twists and turns, Spacers, and robots. The first of three books it focuses on a detective that is paired with a robot to solve a murder. The robot is not like others that people have seen since it looks, talks, and mimics human beings. Hostility becomes friendsuniquehip between this unconventional duo.
The Naked Sun
(The Robot Series)
We continue following Detective Elijah Baley, and it’s partner R. Daneel Olivaw to solve a murder, in the strange world of Solaria of the enforced population of 20000 people where almost no one talks physically. Robots outnumber humans ten 10000 to one. Elijah deals with the horrible sensation of open-air (agoraphobia) since his native Earth is now all enclosed and underground.
The Robots of Dawn
(The Robot Series)
Detective Elijah Baley is now famous due to his work on Solaria, mostly because of a dramatization featuring him solving the murder. He’s called, this time to Aurora, to investigate the robotocide of a humaniform robot similar to his friend R. Daneel Olivan. He’s partnered again with him, and with a new one robot, R. Giskard Reventlov, a robot of an earlier model but with skills of its own.
Robot Short Stories
Another fantastic set of short stories that feature Dr. Calvin, the chief robopsychologist for U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men, Inc while she deals with special robots, one of them that can dream. All other stories appear in other Asimov Collections like the Robot Series or the Multivac (a supercomputer that takes care of many tasks and answers difficult questions) series.
A collection of short stories and essays by Isaac Asimov, many of them from other Asimov collections, mainly I, Robot, and The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories. The title story, “Robot Visions”, was written specifically for this collection, which combines robots and of time travel. It is the companion book to Robot Dreams and good set of robot stories featuring Dr. Calvin.
Fantasy Short Stories
Isaac Asimov shifts a little from science fiction and writes a standalone fantasy short story about a two-centimeter-tall demon. Only one person can only invoke him (George), and he grants wishes at his request but with mixed results. Told from the standpoint of George overall several meals with a friend (potentially Asimov himself) while George always try to escape paying any meal
A submarine is miniaturized to travel within the human body with a crew of four men and a woman to try to save someone from certain death, by removing a blood cloth from his brain. He has crucial information in the war that is being fought by two factions. Time is limited so they have to hurry and navigate the body’s complex system and reach it before time’s up.
The first book outside the Foundation world based on a planet called Rotor. The population voted to escape from the orbit of earth and move to an unknown red dwarf star that is invisible from earth, but was found by accident by one of their scientists. Earth was not pleased and tries to find them. Also features a girl with a fantastic brain, and a threat to the future of Earth.
In a world where there’s six suns circling it, there’s never dark, but a cult called the Apostles of Flame warn that darkness is coming and that people will not be able to handle it. Scientists reach the same conclusion but nothing is done to prepare the population. When the day finally comes and people see the stars for the first time, for a few hours, they go insane, or not?
It’s a broad category I’ll give you that, but I don’t want to make too many categories for the sake of segmentation. This category will contain all the books I think will make you a more productive person. However, these may talk about leadership, dealing with people, or any other topic.
Dr. David J. Schwartz
Dr. David J. Schwartz is a motivational writer most famous for his book “The Magic of Thinking Big.” He has helped hundreds of people to achieve their true potential. He was a professor of marketing, chairman of the department, and Chair of Consumer Finance at Georgia State University. As the leading American authority on motivation, his books are full of testimonials and examples of how to apply the concepts explained. Expect to have to do some thinking during and reading his books if you want to take full advantage of his teachings.
The Magic of Thinking Big
The Magic of Thinking Big is a self-help book where Dr. David J. Schwartz gives us strategies to be our better selves and success in the areas that we want to succeed. Things like think like a leader, make attitudes your alies and learn how to think positively are some of the techniques in the book that are available to everyone regardless of intellect, talent or money.
Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
The Icarus Deception
Some people argue (with me inclusively) that fiction and science fictions are the same. They say that science fiction is a sub-set of fiction. I respect that, but I don’t agree. And since this is the way I like organizing stuff, this is the way I’m going for. The books are here, so don’t nitpick and enjoy books.
Robert J. Crane
This guy is fantastic. I got the first three books of the Girl in the Box Saga for free on Amazon and thought about giving it a shot to the first book. I ended up reading all three and I wanted more. He writes engagingly and, above all, he believes in character building, something that I like a lot! If you don’t believe me, read the Girl in the Box Saga and go through the first ten books that, according to him, was a good baseline to build the characters.
The Girl in The Box Series
I don’t know much about this author, and I only read one book, but you can know a little bit more about him here.
Scott Barron is an American author of fantasy and science fiction books with a twist. If you never read one of his books you don’t understand what I mean. In his books, especially the short stories, he manages to get all kinds of concepts mixed up like characters from fables, zombies, investigators in an amazing combination. While reading you’ll see the absurd of the situations, but you’ll also laugh, be entertained, sometimes shocked and wish each of the short stories would be a full book.
The Best Laid Plans of Mice: An anthology of odd short stories
The Best Laid Plans of Mice is a beautiful set of small and quite odd stories that grab you until the end, some of them with quite some twists and turns. If you like strange short stories involving Zombies, Snow White, Love, Drama, and all in between, this is a must book to read. Believe me when I tell you that you won’t be disappointed and it’s always fun to read bitesize stories.
I had do dig a little bit to find some information about this author. Amazon has him as a “Floridian born, NYC based author. He has been writing since he first learned how to hold a pencil, and nobody has been able to shut him up since then.” With 2 books under his name (at the time of this writing) and this one part of a series, I’m quite delighted by the first one and looking forward to more developments in the series.
The Ghost of Orion (The Orion Series)