Christopher Paolini’s favourite sci-fi books of all time
Christopher Paolini, the author of Eragon and the epic science fiction novel To Sleep in a Sea of Stars, knows his sci-fi. Here, he shares his favourite science fiction books of all time.
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What would happen if humans made contact with intelligent alien life? Could humanity colonize distant planets? How will technology change society? These are questions that have fascinated the best science fiction writers, including Eragon author Christopher Paolini, whose thrilling novel To Sleep in a Sea of Starsexplores the idea of first contact. Here, Christopher shares his favourite sci-fi books of all time.
As with any top ten or favourites list, it’s inevitable that many deserving entrants will be passed over. Below, you may notice the absence of Ray Bradbury, Gene Wolfe, Ursula K. Le Guin, Philip K. Dick, C. J. Cherry, or any number of pillars of the genre. There is also a conspicuous lack of books published in recent years. This is partly due to my own reading habits, and partly because the following are some of the books that I imprinted upon at an early age and which have had an enormous influence on my thinking and writing.
With that said, onward to the list!
Christopher Paolini’s favourite science fiction books
(Honorable mentions go to: Lois McMaster Bujold, Adreas Eschbach for The Carpet Makers, James Alan Gardner for his Expendable series (his character Oar is fantastic), Iain Banks, Neal Stephenson, Jane Yolen, Anne McCaffery, and so many, many more.)