I came to sci-fi (and fantasy) through my love of Star Wars, Star Trek and Doctor Who. And after reading a lot of tie-in novels for those universes, I found myself a couple of decades ago wanting to expand my reading palate a bit.
But the question facing me was where do I start? As I skimmed the shelves at my local bookstores and library, every book’s cover shouted at me that it was a “great” sci-fi novel and I should definitely pick it up and read it first.
Luckily, I stumbled across a sci-fi/fantasy book discussion group that met at my local bookstore. It not only gave me a reason to read the book for each month’s discussion, but it also brought me into contact with other sci-fi fans who had more read more than I had to look to for recommendations.