Originally Posted by StephenHero
Last year I asked for recommendations on sci-fi novels. I had never read one, so I finally started one and I'm halfway through Ender's Game
right now. The quality of writing seems really low, but I'm nonetheless following along with mild interest. This genre probably just isn't for me if this is the best it's got.
It isn't (the best writing in Science Fiction, I mean). Far from it. It's popularity is not due to the sophistication of the writing style, the complexity of the plot or the depth of character development. It's just a really fun story, that puts a nerdy kid in the Savior of the Universe hat, meaning other nerdy kids (and grown-ups) love it.
Some of the best "literary" science fiction:
Riddley Walker, by Russell Hoban
More than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula LeGuin
The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester