December 27th, 2011, 12:00 AM
SF novels for adults not yet fully proficient in English
A buddy of mine has English as his second language - just like me. He's not quite at ease at reading at a level other than office reports.
He also wants to start up on SF.
The only two books I could think of that are good and interesting yet somehow easy to read were Asimov's The End of Eternity and Card's Ender's Game.
Any ideas? No young adult stuff, mind you; he's currently reading a translation of Simmon's The Terror...
December 27th, 2011, 03:35 AM
English is also my second language and I've been reading novels in English for about 9 years now. I remember that one of the first books I read was Ender's Game and I found it very accesible. Then I went on to Alastair Reynolds and Peter F. Hamilton, who were more challenging but not insurmountable.
I think that John Scalzi is a good choice for a beginner. Fun and easy to read. Oh, and Greg Egan is quite easy to read too, provided you are not afraid of scientific jargon.
December 27th, 2011, 04:46 PM
Greg Egan? Easy read? Hmmmm.
I had a Turkish friend who read a lot of Asimov when he was learning English.
December 28th, 2011, 02:17 AM
The English level is easy, especially if you are used to reading technical stuff.
Originally Posted by Omphalos
December 28th, 2011, 10:47 AM
I'm seeking works with minimal lyricism (not Gene Wolfe), technical jargon (unlike most recent, technically-accurate hard SF), or unusual words. Plain language, with mostly simple everyday words, will do the trick.
December 28th, 2011, 03:31 PM
Old Man's War by John Scalzi might be a good choice. I recommended it to a friend who was beginning to read in English and he found it fun and not difficult to read.
Originally Posted by Pennarin
December 30th, 2011, 11:07 AM
So we've got...Ender's Game, The End of Eternity, and Old Man's War.
Any last minute additions?
December 30th, 2011, 11:39 AM
Although rather surprisingly Psikeyhackr hasn't mentioned them, Bujold's Vorkosigan stories might be suitable. You can look at http://www.baen.com/chapters/W200307...6164.htm?blurb to get a good idea of the level of difficulty. Bujold uses quite a wide vocabulary but almost all of it is in common use without, for example, deliberate archaisms.