Ring Around the Sun

10 best books like Ring Around the Sun (Clifford D. Simak): The Humanoids, What Mad Universe, Norstrilia, Venus Plus X, Lord Kalvan of Otherwhen, A Mirror for Observers, The Paradox Men, Orbitsville, Journey Beyond Tomorrow, Bug Jack Barron

AuthorJack Williamson
ISBN0312852533
On the far planet Wing IV, a brilliant scientist creates the humanoids--sleek black androids programmed to serve humanity.

But are they perfect servants--or perfect masters?

Slowly the humanoids spread throughout the galaxy, threatening to stifle all human endeavor. Only a...
AuthorFredric Brown


Fredric Brown was a true ubermensch of the Golden Age of Science Fiction, and his short stories are still among the best ever written in the genre. I mean that. Best...Ever...Written.

What Mad Universe is one of only a handful of SF novels that he wrote, a tear-inducing shame given...
AuthorCordwainer Smith
ISBN0345323009
Rod McBan 151st farms 'stroon', the immortality drug, and is the last scion of one of the oldest and most honourable families on Norstrilia, only source of stroon. But he's also a telepathic cripple and faces the ever-present risk of being culled under the government's draconian population laws.

To...
AuthorTheodore Sturgeon
ISBN0375703748
Charlie Johns has been snatched from his home on 61 North 34th Street and delivered to the strange future world of Ledom. Here, violence is a vague and improbable notion. Technology has triumphed over hunger, overpopulation, pollution, even time and space. But there is a change Charlie finds even more...
AuthorH. Beam Piper
The Paratime Police patrolled the vast number of alternate time dimensions. Their aim was to keep the existence of the alternative Earths a secret and prevent these Earths from mixing and destroying each other.

But the Time Police made mistakes, and they made a big one when a seemingly ordinary...
AuthorEdgar Pangborn
In their attitude towards the Planet Earth, the Martians had long been divided into two camps: the Observers, benevolent meddlers in human affairs; & the rebellious Abdicators, who sought the Earth's collapse. But it wasn't until the extraordinary matter of the Earth-Boy, Angelo Pontevecchio,...
AuthorCharles L. Harness
ISBN0450029964
The Paradox Men is a science-fiction classic of its kind - a full-blooded adventure story of derring-do and distressed damsels, set after the Third Great War when North and South America are united into one country: Imperial America. A slave state run by a small noble elite who flaunt their wealth by...
AuthorBob Shaw
ISBN0575070986
[He] was a man who had looked on many worlds in his lifetime, yet his face was the face of a man in shock.

You’ll be forgiven if Orbitsville reminds you a lot of Ringworld. Both deal with megastructures around a star. Around a star, just in case you missed that part; these things are huge. Where...
AuthorRobert Sheckley
ISBN0575041226
Tomorrow... and the day after. Citizens worship the Almighty Machine. Passion is a beatnik, love the new frontier. Both God and Satan have been driven underground. The insane are treated by making their delusions real. Jail is a place to break into. Government is lost in the mapless Octagon. And science...
AuthorNorman Spinrad
ISBN1585675857
With over a hundred million viewers, Jack Barron is a media star of the highest celebrity—think Jerry Springer crossed with Ted Koppel—and his call-in talk show is the perfect platform for reform. But every man has his price, and when a cryogenics millionaire makes Jack an offer he can't refuse—immortality—anything...
AuthorIan Watson
Not really science-fiction, more linguistics-fiction - if you're a linguist who is the least bit interested in SF, this is a must, whether or not it happens to make sense. Super-intelligent aliens arrive on Earth in a giant spaceship. Their mission is find visitors from another dimension ("The Change...
AuthorJohn Calvin Batchelor
ISBN0805037861
It was... a difficult birth.

John Calvin Batchelor's The Birth of the People's Republic of Antarctica begins in Stockholm, Sweden—not quite as far away from Antarctica as one can get while still remaining on planet Earth, but almost. Published in 1983, this discursive and oblique novel's...
AuthorFrederik Pohl
ISBN0345016602
Quite a decent piece of SF satire, set (roughly) in the same universe as The Marching Morons . I liked the planet with the gerontocracy. The hero gets to participate in an election: they wheel out the candidates, all of whom are over 100 and with tubes coming out of their noses. With great fanfare of trumpets,...
AuthorWilson Tucker
ISBN0340250879
THE WRONG SIDE OF THE RIVER
Corporal Russell Gary - operator-angle man-black marketeer, junior grade-liberator of anything loose - veteran of Salerno and Normandy - a man who knew how to live by his wits and a gun.

Celebrating ten years in khaki, Gary went on a monumental binge...

While...
AuthorEric Frank Russell
In his 1955 collection entitled "Men, Martians and Machines," English sci-fi author Eric Frank Russell told, via one short story and three novellas, some of the adventures of a starship crew that strongly suggested nothing less than a proto-"Star Trek" ensemble. The collection featured visits to...
AuthorBarry N. Malzberg
ISBN0989239144
There is a spectre haunting the science fiction genre-the spectre of Barry N. Malzberg . . . In a genre that, with one hand, claimed to be the ultimate storehouse of innovation, and with the other, leveled strict rules for writing and codes of narrative conduct onto its authors, Malzberg stuck out like...
AuthorPhilip José Farmer
ISBN0517098733
So I recently picked up some oldies: Farmer, Pohl, Norman, and this one I picked up rather curious by the cover. Now the only other thing I've ever read by Farmer was Venus on the Halfshell, you know, the one "supposedly" written by Kilgore Trout, and I had like that book, so why not? It seemed like a good gamble,...
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