Other than the image - are there any sci fi which are written is as good as the...

w8t4u
w8t4u

other than the image - are there any sci fi which are written is as good as the best literature.

Methshot
Methshot

@w8t4u
PKD has many good novels. I also loved Solaris. They are not War and Peace tier but they’re still above average

Burnblaze
Burnblaze

The Russians do sci-fi literature very well.

Roadside Picnic - Boris and Arkady Strugatsky.
Solaris - Stanisław Lem.
Master and Margarita/ Heart of a dog - Mikhail Bulgakov.

There's one major one I can't recall right now.

SniperWish
SniperWish

Gravity's Rainbow

Need_TLC
Need_TLC

@w8t4u
The Shadow of the Torture by Gene Wolf
Dune by Frank Herbert
Stories of your life and others by Ted Chiang
Hard to be a God by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky

Skullbone
Skullbone

@Burnblaze
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StonedTime
StonedTime

@w8t4u
I, Robot

Do androids

Brave new world

Farenheit 451

Left hand of darkness

Ringworld

Slaughterhouse V

TechHater
TechHater

@Burnblaze
solaris is polish

w8t4u
w8t4u

@w8t4u
This isn't sci fi user. It's a philosophical novel that incorporates sci-fi, surreal and metafictional elements in a typically postmodern style.

SniperWish
SniperWish

@w8t4u
Good sci-fi is a pearls before swine type situation. Genre trash readers can't distinguish it from the rest of the garbage because they are only there for the superficial space ships and lasers aspect.

eGremlin
eGremlin

@w8t4u

does the book feature technology that doesn't exist yet?
does the book insert existing technology into a time period in which it doesn't belong?
does the book explore an exaggerated future for humanity without focusing on technological advancements?

if the answer is yes to any of these, then it's science fiction

Margaret Atwood having to deny that The Handmaid's Tale is science fiction just to be taken seriously as a literary author is embarrassing.

lostmypassword
lostmypassword

@eGremlin
These are some old questions which can be used, and were used over half a century ago, to distinguish classical "literary" fiction from science fiction.

The convergence of highbrow genres occuring in the XX century allowed various elements of misc. genres to be featured in works from way higher genres, much like similar changes occuring during e.g. victorian era or romanticism allowed elements of poetry to be put into drama, etc, thus rendering lots of such
questions useless.

does the work feature ghosts and wraiths? does it take place during more than one day?
if the answer to any of these is yes, then Shakespeare is a NOVELIST.

does work feature lengthy monologues of the speaking subject?
if the answer to this question is yes, then Byron is a PLAYWRIGHT.

does the novel feature a teenage, misguided main character?
if the answer is yes, then Salinger is a YA WRITER.

So, yes, go ahead, use these rhetoric genre-determining modes which are older than your own grandma and aren't respected by contemporary scholars anymore, and obviously the answers gonna be bullshit.

TalkBomber
TalkBomber

@Need_TLC
The Book of the New Sun is great. It's an amazing sci-fi work, and can even be considered as literary fiction.
@StonedTime
Most of these are high-school tier. Androids is great though. Slaughterhouse is pretty good too.

AwesomeTucker
AwesomeTucker

@Need_TLC
Hi Charls

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

@w8t4u

this is user - What I am trying to say is - More like this please - and with sci fi as a contextual feature of the narative

takes2long
takes2long

@Harmless_Venom
I getcha. Seems that user @Need_TLC
listed some fair examples of non-all-out sci-fi, but then again, Solaris could probably be considered fully sci-fi and it's still top tier.

askme
askme

@w8t4u
are there any sci fi which are written is as good as the best literature.
The answer to this question is definitively "no", but this has to do with the way you asked it. This is because any science fiction that actually *is* well written more or less ceases to be classified that way and becomes "literature". I am not saying this is in any way fair or legitimate, this is just how it goes. For example, you wouldn't find Bleeding Edge or Bend Sinister in the SF section at your local bookstore.

Not to be pedantic but what do you mean by "written good" (written well)? To me the best prose stylists would be so called high modernists and post modernists like Faulkner, Woolf, Nabokov, Pynchon, etc. More often than not, this aesthetic is almost antithetical to the project of SF. For what it's worth, Delany might be what you are looking for. I've never read him. People here mentioning Herbert, PDK, Vonnegut, etc. being on par with the best literature in terms of prose style are fucking insane, though (I have read and enjoy these authors).

PackManBrainlure
PackManBrainlure

@Skullbone
Wuz

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

@askme
i suppose what i am idealistically looking for is crime and punishment set in space with individuals from alien cultures described as well as Shakespeare describes his protagonists.

I love sci fi and i love 'quote' literature but i rarely see them meet

Harmless_Venom
Harmless_Venom

@w8t4u
The Nova trilogy, specifically Nova Express.

Firespawn
Firespawn

@Methshot
@Methshot
i also like pkd, possibly my favorite author. Martian Time Slip is my favorite or scanner darkly

DeathDog
DeathDog

@TalkBomber
I, Robot is a bit of a thinker. It's fun to contemplate potential malfunctions before the author's reveal.
It pretends to be sci-fi, but it's really just a good mystery.

Illusionz
Illusionz

@PackManBrainlure
Tzars

New_Cliche
New_Cliche

@Illusionz
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w8t4u
w8t4u

@Harmless_Venom
I tried to look for something similar a while back. There isn't much, but a sci-fi writer that was suggested who I felt did write well was Ian Banks. His prose is much better than that of the most sci-fi writers.

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