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My husband isn't a huge reader, but he really likes sci-fi: he sat and read the entire DUNE series back-to-back in a week. Since I don't read this genre, I need some help in finding some other authors/titles that are similar to the DUNE series.
Any help or suggestions? Thanks in advance!
I'm not sure how similar you mean, but some really good SF books are:
Battlefield Earth bu L. Ron Hubbard, an extremely long book but well worth the time.
The Ender series by Orson Scott Card, 8 books so far and several short stories.
Isaac Asimov has written some really good Sci-fi, but he also wrote some not-so-good ones. I really liked the Foundation Trilogy and the two prequels, but the two sequels weren't very good, IMO.
You can always try anthologies - that way if he doesn't like one, he can just go on to the next story. Also a good way to find authors he likes ...
Here's a few:
Connie Willis: Doomsday Book (Time Travel and the Oxford)
Nancy Kress: Beggars in Spain (people who don't need sleep)
Charles Stross: Accelerando (universe becomes a giant computer)
David Brin: Kiln People (you can make a copy of yourself to do tasks while you do what you want and how a private eye utilizes this system)
Robert Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (Martian boy comes to Earth)
Kage Baker: Company Series (immortal cyborgs, time travel)
The Chick Is In The Mail: anthology edited by Esther Friesner (hilarious stories about women)
Science Fiction Hall of Fame Vol 1: edited by Robert Silverberg (incredible collection of classic SF, especially A Rose For Ecclesiastes by Roger Zelazny)
Not a big reader, but read the whole Dune series in a week? Yikes, that's something like 12 books.
Personally, I prefer stand-alone sf novels to series, but a lot of sf writers write a numberof stand-alone novels set in a related universe - Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, Ursula LeGuin, for example. Here's some other examples that I recommend...
David Brin - Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, and the trilogy (Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, Heaven's Reach
Jack McDevitt - The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, Cauldron
David Weber's Honor Harrington series is really good
Might also like L.E. Modesitt's Recluce series
Neither is extremely close to the Dune series, but both have a lot of detail and are quite long series!
I totally agree with Cheryl. Many of these recommended books are not going to satisfy a Dune fan. Dune is unique.
One series that might make the mark could be the Seven Suns Saga by Kevin J. Anderson.