April 22nd, 2013, 07:41 PM
International Sci-Fi Author Suggestions
Brand new to this forum! Been browsing a while and thought I would finally post. I was curious to hear what are some of your favorite international Science Fiction writers are. I guess by International, I mostly mean non-US or Great Britain. I've been reading Sci-Fi for years and some favorites of mine are Hyperion, Ender's Game, and Starfish. Would love to hear what you suggest!
April 23rd, 2013, 12:30 AM
It never entered my mind
A few names to get you started:
- Stanislav Lem
- Arkady & boris Strugatsky
- Andrrzej Sapkovski
- Sergei Lukianenko
- Pierre Boulle
- John Brunner
- Serge Brussollo
- Gerard Klein
- Italo Calvino
- Haruki Murakami
in general, French, Russian, Polish schools are very good. Italian, Japanese, Latin American books go for magical realism.
April 23rd, 2013, 02:21 AM
- Liu Cixin
- Hiroshi Sakurazaka
- Aliette de Bodard
- Lauren Beukes
- Lavie Tidhar
- Nnedi Okorafor
- Benjanun Sriduangkaew
April 23rd, 2013, 10:28 AM
You guys are awesome, thanks very much!!
April 23rd, 2013, 10:46 AM
You're welcome. Hope you like them
April 23rd, 2013, 11:39 PM
This is a great topic for a thread! I don't have much to add to it. I just wanted to take time off from lurking and stop in to say thanks for a great thread subject that I wish I had thought of.
April 24th, 2013, 02:35 AM
I didn't think Sapkowski did sci-fi? All I've seen by him is historical/fantasy. I could, of course, be wrong.
Originally Posted by algernoninc
Yevgeny Zamyatin (We is one of *the* greatest sci-fi novels)
Um... I'm running out of names already.
April 24th, 2013, 05:48 PM
Do we count Australians as international? If so
Greg Egan, and a whole bunch of authors I only know by reputation and some more I forgot about.
It helps that they have their own awards eg http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aureali..._fiction_novel or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ditmar_award_results
Personally I am much more likely to fit the anglo-canadians under US/UK
An important source for non-US/UK sf are comics/graphic novels (French and Belgian works for example).
April 25th, 2013, 02:45 AM
- Angélica Gorodischer
- Andreas Eschbach
- Félix J. Palma
April 25th, 2013, 09:01 AM
I like stories
are we talking people who are non english writers or just people coming from non NA/UK origins?
Some of these authors live and work from the UK or the US even though they were born and or raised in other parts of the world.
April 25th, 2013, 02:53 PM
Karl Schroeder is Canadian. We're exotic, as you well know. Ta da!
April 25th, 2013, 02:55 PM
Live Long & Suffer
Yeah, we can't give Robert J. Sawyer the status of being "international" the Canadians just don't talk as funny as the Aussies.
Originally Posted by Seli
April 27th, 2013, 07:49 AM
I just want to second the comment that this is a great thread and thanks for some good recommendations :-)
Also, I was just wondering if anyone who has tried some of these authors has struggled with the availability of their works? (I mean English translations of their works, as unfortunately that's my only one...)
I'm only asking because I've looked at some of these authors in the past and I've struggled to find their stuff at a decent price. For example, a lot of Lem's work is available but you're looking at upwards of ten quid sometimes per book. Also, I've been interested in reading some of the Strugatsky's work for a while, and although you can get Roadside Picnic relatively easily due to SF Masterworks their other stuff seems to be out of my price range. I know another member on here, Ropie, included a link on a Strugatsky thread to a website where you can read some other novels online, but as to obtaining a paper or digital copy I'm not sure.
Anyway, thanks again for the thread!
April 27th, 2013, 05:38 PM
It seems to be the big issue with English language books, everyone translates from the language but hardly anyone is translated into the language. There is a huge asymmetry for most types of literature.
A number of the authors mentioned above (most of the recent ones it seems) actually publish initially in English, even if it is not their mother tongue. (true for de Bodard, Tidhar, Rajaniemi) while others are from the smaller English speaking countries. A lot of them now live in the UK or USA as well.
An issue with some of the authors of the last decades might be rights problems, with the translator involved as well those only get more complicated.
April 28th, 2013, 01:50 AM
The Wandering Earth by Liu Cixin is currently free to download from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/The-Wandering-...dp/B007JL6IYU/
My review: http://sentidodelamaravilla.blogspot...liu-cixin.html