View Full Version : Any good sci-fi/space/planet horror novels
February 4th, 2010, 02:04 PM
Can you recommend some good sci-fi novels with horror elements like space horror, unknown space creatures, planet with scary stuff and so on?
I can only place the genre of novels I'm looking for with the help of movies, say like Alien, Event horizon, Pandorum - stuff like that. Please tell me if you know some books like that.
February 4th, 2010, 03:38 PM
I've mentioned this book several times to others. (But it is one of my favorites)
The Legacy of Heorot (http://www.amazon.com/Legacy-Heorot-Larry-Niven/dp/0671695320)
From Publishers Weekly
Barnes has joined the co-authors of Footfall to produce an entertaining if uncomplicated SF version of Beowulf with a Grendel courtesy of the Alien movies. The colonists from Earth have spent a century in cold sleep to make the first journey, one way, to settle a planet in another solar system. Avalon seems perfect, a verdant, livable world still in its prehistoric age. The biologists and engineers who busy themselves planting and building scoff at the warnings of professional soldier Cadmann Weylanduntil a large, unnaturally fast and cunning predator begins stalking the colony. Learning how to kill the beast is only the first step, for they must then reevaluate their entire understanding of Avalon's ecology. The novel is best in its sympathetic treatment of the once formidable scientists who wake from cold sleep with impaired mental powers. Paperback rights to Pocket Books.
Copyright 1987 Reed Business Information, Inc
And the sequel Beowulf's Children (http://www.amazon.com/Beowulfs-Children-Larry-Niven/dp/0765320886/ref=pd_sim_b_1)
From Publishers Weekly
This sequel to the authors' bestselling The Legacy of Heorot (1987), in which "Earth Born" colonists vanquished an alien life-form known as the Grendels (hence the title here), starts slowly. The colonists' children (the "Star Born") spend too much of the first half of the novel discussing the "brain damage" the older generation has suffered as a result of the long trip to the planet. Meanwhile, the whiff of social Darwinism that blows through the book is enhanced when Aaron Tragon, the only "Star Born" who both gestated in an artificial womb and never bonded with any of the families on the planet, leads a movement to colonize Avalon's mainland. Aaron becomes increasingly vicious?a matter blamed primarily on his lack of a familial bond?after his calculated cruelties lead to his being given exactly the authorization he desires. Ultimately, the colonists end up less with success in the present than with hope for the future, with much of that hope deriving from the novel's improbable denouement. The authors create several unusual indigenous life-forms that make the mainland a fascinating place, and in-jokes designed to please SF fans are scattered throughout the narrative. Even Niven/Pournelle/Barnes loyalists, however, will find the one-dimensional characterizations here (especially of the women), as well as the increasingly absurd actions of the humans, disappointing. The bloom that lured many readers to the original is long off the paper rose of this book.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
February 5th, 2010, 01:32 AM
10x JimF, I'll surely read them, looks interesting.
Keep it coming with more suggestions of such a genre!
February 21st, 2010, 02:38 PM
Try "Unto Leviathan (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1841492701/ref=nosim/authordatabase)" by Richard Paul Russo. hauted house in space type of story.
Or "The Skinner (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Skinner-Neal-Asher/dp/0330512528/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1266784664&sr=1-1)" by Neal Asher, some of the nastiest alien life forms out there.
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