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(Fark)   Need recommendations for good sci-fi books for my brainy 11 year old daughter. Online searches reveal all the same dystopian teen crap (Maze Runner, Hunger Games, etc..). Also, she's totally awesome... just putting that out there   ( fark.com) divider line
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2017-11-06 02:35:43 PM  
Octavia Butler
 
2017-11-06 02:36:25 PM  
Enders game
HGTTG
 
2017-11-06 02:37:07 PM  
Sorry early post - xenogenisis cycle. Also Ursula le guinn has a preteen series.
 
2017-11-06 02:40:13 PM  

dailygrinds: Enders game
HGTTG


Enders Game is fantastic. But subby should read it first and decide whether it's good for his/her 11-year-old girl.
 
2017-11-06 02:42:21 PM  
Dangerous Visions
 
2017-11-06 02:43:12 PM  
Pick up some golden age anthologies.  If "The Cold Equations" doesn't give her something to talk about then she's a different type of awesome.

Also Dune, all Asimov, Delaney (avoid Dhalgren until she's older).  Lots more available at your local bookstore.

/Keep her away from Brian Aldiss and George RR Martin.  Too perverted for an 11 year old.
 
2017-11-06 02:45:30 PM  
A book I read when I was 11 and has an 11 year-old heroine, iirc.

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They recently made a movie out of it....with Chris Pine. I wonder if it's any good?
 
2017-11-06 02:47:50 PM  

holyflurkingschnitt: Octavia Butler


Definitely this.

Also, The Sparrowand Children of Godby Mary Doria Russell.
 
2017-11-06 02:51:04 PM  
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Edison's Conquest of Mars (this is from 1889, is kind of a grand-daddy of sci-fi and steampunk, get it at Gutenberg Project)
Starship Troopers
The Time Machine
 
2017-11-06 02:52:21 PM  
Time enough for love
 
2017-11-06 02:53:59 PM  
Podkayne of Mars by Heinlein.
 
2017-11-06 02:57:07 PM  
The Parafaith War by L.E. Modesitt, jr.
 
2017-11-06 02:57:46 PM  
Subby here.... Interesting recommendations.  But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.  She's read and re-read all of the Potter stuff about a year ago so I'm looking for a series similar without some of the deeper religious and societal issues.  She's still just a 6th grader.  And while I like to give her challenges, I need to keep reading fun.
 
2017-11-06 03:01:25 PM  
 
2017-11-06 03:01:27 PM  
A Wrinkle in Time?  I vaguely remember reading that when I was that age.
 
2017-11-06 03:03:03 PM  
The first thing that came to mind was the Well Of Souls series by Jack Chalker
 
2017-11-06 03:04:06 PM  

netizencain: Subby here.... Interesting recommendations.  But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.  She's read and re-read all of the Potter stuff about a year ago so I'm looking for a series similar without some of the deeper religious and societal issues.  She's still just a 6th grader.  And while I like to give her challenges, I need to keep reading fun.


The Dark Tower series. 6th grade is plenty old enough to read that.
 
2017-11-06 03:05:41 PM  
Fred Hoyle
 The Black Cloud
Also Harry Harrison and Ron Goulart
 
2017-11-06 03:08:00 PM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_For​e​st_of_Hands_and_Teeth

Most of the complaints I've ever heard basically boil down to the author being too successful at making a teen protagonist instead of an action hero.  Female protagonist

also

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mortal_​E​ngines

One of my favorites.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leviath​a​n_(Westerfeld_novel)

Another of my favorites. WWI-ish steampunk era with genetic bioengineered airships on the british side and diesel mecha on the kaisers side.  Female protagonist.
 
2017-11-06 03:08:50 PM  
Connie Willis: Doomsday Book.

If she likes that, give her Blackout/All Clear.
 
2017-11-06 03:09:40 PM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_​F​uzzy

classic sci-fi intended for juvenile audience.  (a separate distinction from todays Young Adult genre, imo)
 
2017-11-06 03:10:35 PM  

netizencain: Subby here.... Interesting recommendations.  But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.  She's read and re-read all of the Potter stuff about a year ago so I'm looking for a series similar without some of the deeper religious and societal issues.  She's still just a 6th grader.  And while I like to give her challenges, I need to keep reading fun.


I thought you said she was "brainy."

Hell I was brainy when I was that age and would have abhorred "pedestrian."
 
2017-11-06 03:11:46 PM  
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jame_Re​t​ief

Keith Laumer's Retief stories.  An interstellar diplomat/superspy solves intergalactic problems.  Light sci-fi.  Not juvenile, but nothing particularly challenging.  The Bolo stories are also pretty reasonable, imo, although not all young ladies probably are as into stories of Giant Superintelligent AI Tanks being heroic as others.
 
2017-11-06 03:12:21 PM  

netizencain: But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.


Any classic Ray Bradbury, notably the short stories, like "S is for Space" or "The Illustrated Man."
 
2017-11-06 03:16:03 PM  

whidbey: netizencain: But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.

Any classic Ray Bradbury, notably the short stories, like "S is for Space" or "The Illustrated Man."


Fuck Me, Ray Bradbury - Rachel Bloom
Youtube ZG38VcjE770


But probably don't let her check youtube for cliff notes versions.
 
2017-11-06 03:16:12 PM  
I started on the Foundation novels when I was 12. That and a few other things got me excited about classic Sci-Fi, but my parents mostly restricted me to short story collections, since Asimov and Heinlen were complete farking pervs in their novels.
 
2017-11-06 03:19:00 PM  

dv-ous: I started on the Foundation novels when I was 12. That and a few other things got me excited about classic Sci-Fi, but my parents mostly restricted me to short story collections, since Asimov and Heinlen were complete farking pervs in their novels.


Did you know the original paperback versions of the Gor novels had typical Baen pulp style covers with generic fantasy art and ended up in the kinds of used book stores young teens who read frequented?

...explains a lot about my life, really.
 
2017-11-06 03:19:51 PM  
There's the Mote in God's Eye and Emergence, although I highly suggest you read Emergence first and have a talk with her.

In it the 12 years old female main character gets hit on by way older men with the excuse of "re-populating the world". Nothing actually happens but it's a serious topic to discuss with a youngster as "it is not okay for a much older man to do this to you...".

From the fantasy side I devoured LOTR at her age and Naomi Novak has a bunch of teen-friendly books like his majesty's dragon. The wheel of time series is another recommendation. I also like pretty much all of Brandon Sanderson's work.

I also believe Tad Williams has a bunch of teen-friendly sci-fi and fantasy books.

I'm not sure if twilight is still a fad among the youth but I would have a talk with her about how it glorifies an abusive relationship.
 
2017-11-06 03:21:07 PM  

Torgo_of_Manos: The first thing that came to mind was the Well Of Souls series by Jack Chalker

For an 11 year old girl?   Just how recently have you read that book?

How about Heinlein's "Have Spacesuit, Will Travel".   Also, Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood and company books (which are fantasy, I guess, but based on a single "what-if-ghosts-were-real".   Similarly, the Graveyard Game by Gaiman.

 
2017-11-06 03:22:06 PM  
Artemis Fowl series is a sort of sci fi take on the  magical world genre and is aimed at the same age range as the Potter books.
 
2017-11-06 03:23:57 PM  
Pratchett, Heinlein, Douglas Adams

I've never had an 11 year old girl, but I was reading these at 11.

Of course, I also read the Exorcist....O_o
 
2017-11-06 03:25:00 PM  
1984.

/not really sci-fi, but...
 
2017-11-06 03:25:49 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Pratchett, Heinlein, Douglas Adams


THIS! THIS! THIS! THIS!
 
2017-11-06 03:25:54 PM  

dv-ous: I started on the Foundation novels when I was 12. That and a few other things got me excited about classic Sci-Fi, but my parents mostly restricted me to short story collections, since Asimov and Heinlen were complete farking pervs in their novels.


I'll second the Foundation books - at least the first trilogy.  If she likes fantasy (which my kids, 10 and 13 devour) you might try the Dragonlance books, maybe Anthony's Xanth books and of course, Discworld - he has a young adult series built around Tiffany Aching.
 
2017-11-06 03:26:11 PM  
Bester was good.
 
2017-11-06 03:27:36 PM  

Equilibrist: Pick up some golden age anthologies.  If "The Cold Equations" doesn't give her something to talk about then she's a different type of awesome.

Also Dune, all Asimov, Delaney (avoid Dhalgren until she's older).  Lots more available at your local bookstore.

/Keep her away from Brian Aldiss and George RR Martin.  Too perverted for an 11 year old.


Major vote for H Beam Piper from me.  His stuff is kid-friendly yet deals with weighty issues.  And what 11-year-old wouldn't want to have a Little Fuzzy?
 
2017-11-06 03:27:40 PM  

netizencain: Subby here.... Interesting recommendations.  But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.  She's read and re-read all of the Potter stuff about a year ago so I'm looking for a series similar without some of the deeper religious and societal issues.  She's still just a 6th grader.  And while I like to give her challenges, I need to keep reading fun.


Forget 1984, then.

/read it in 7th grade
//wigged me out
 
2017-11-06 03:28:01 PM  

Satan's Bunny Slippers: Pratchett, Heinlein, Douglas Adams

I've never had an 11 year old girl, but I was reading these at 11.

Of course, I also read the Exorcist....O_o


Does it KEEP GETTING FUNNIER AND FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME??
 
2017-11-06 03:28:53 PM  

thecactusman17: Artemis Fowl series is a sort of sci fi take on the  magical world genre and is aimed at the same age range as the Potter books.


Good call.

And if that goes over well there's also:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.I.V.E​.​_(series)

In the 'criminal mastermind protagonist' genre.
 
2017-11-06 03:30:04 PM  
Oh, yeah, and Tolkien is mandatory. It's children's literature, after all.
 
2017-11-06 03:30:11 PM  

HowlinPreacherMan: The Parafaith War by L.E. Modesitt, jr.


His Recluse series was pretty good, too.  I have some issues with it but they were mostly good reads.
 
2017-11-06 03:30:26 PM  

dailygrinds: Enders game


They'll like Ender's Game xor its sequels.
 
2017-11-06 03:31:19 PM  

dj_bigbird: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?


Keep your 11 year-old daughters away from Dick until they're old enough
 
2017-11-06 03:31:24 PM  

This text is now purple: dailygrinds: Enders game

They'll like Ender's Game xor its sequels.


Eeehhh... they started getting pretty Mormon-wanky after the second one.
 
2017-11-06 03:31:42 PM  
Bratz in Space: The Mecha-Unicorn Wars trilogy

/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
 
2017-11-06 03:33:43 PM  

xanadian: 1984.

/not really sci-fi, but...


I recommend not reading 1984, Catch-22, and Seven Days in May consecutively, like I did. It tends to jaundice your view of politics.
 
2017-11-06 03:34:47 PM  
Just give her a bunch of Vonnegut.  Lots of sci-fi themes but not as lame and goofy as the rest of the genre. You don't want her turning into some sickly little weirdo, do you?
 
2017-11-06 03:35:19 PM  

netizencain: Subby here.... Interesting recommendations.  But I need stuff a bit more pedestrian.  She's read and re-read all of the Potter stuff about a year ago so I'm looking for a series similar without some of the deeper religious and societal issues.  She's still just a 6th grader.  And while I like to give her challenges, I need to keep reading fun.


Anything by Alan Dean Foster.
Nothing deep, but a good imagination. Try out one of his story collections to see if she likes his style.
https://www.amazon.com/Friends-Like-T​h​ese-Alan-Foster/dp/0345323904

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2017-11-06 03:35:51 PM  

whidbey: Satan's Bunny Slippers: Pratchett, Heinlein, Douglas Adams

I've never had an 11 year old girl, but I was reading these at 11.

Of course, I also read the Exorcist....O_o

Does it KEEP GETTING FUNNIER AND FUNNIER EVERY SINGLE TIME??


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2017-11-06 03:36:16 PM  

dv-ous: This text is now purple: dailygrinds: Enders game

They'll like Ender's Game xor its sequels.

Eeehhh... they started getting pretty Mormon-wanky after the second one.


That's why it's an exclusive-or. No one likes both.
 
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