TTT: Beam Me Up to Space Ships or Stations

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This Top Ten Tuesday’s topic was “Books with X setting”. I chose to do books that take place primarily on spaceships or space-stations. This was a fun one, but harder than I thought it would be, because I had to dismiss a lot of books almost immediately. Its interesting that for science fiction, there’s actually not a ton of books that seem to take place on ships or stations!  Top Ten Tuesday is brought to you courtesy of The Broke and the Bookish.

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Top Ten Books Set on Space Ships or Space Stations

(in order of preference)

Ender's Game beats Tau Zero by just a smidgen. Ender Wiggin is one of the strongest, most damaged characters in Sci-Fi.
Ender’s Game beats Tau Zero by just a smidgen. Ender Wiggin is one of the strongest, most damaged characters in Sci-Fi.

 

Tau Zero is breath-taking in its way. People who slam it for the soap-opera dialogue miss the whole point.
Tau Zero is breath-taking in its way. People who slam it for the soap-opera dialogue miss the whole point.
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln had me misty-eyed. Fantastic debut novel.
The Last Day of Captain Lincoln had me misty-eyed. Fantastic debut novel.
I Am is definitely a space epic that deserves this spot.
I Am is definitely a space epic that deserves this spot.
What can I say about Illuminae? I'm a sucker for star-crossed lovers in space.
What can I say about Illuminae? I’m a sucker for star-crossed lovers in space.
The Star Agency is a fantastic star to a new series.
The Star Agency is a fantastic star to a new series.
Aurora can make your eyes cross with the technical details, but if you can stay with it, it's so worth it!
Aurora can make your eyes cross with the technical details, but if you can stay with it, it’s so worth it!
Exodus enchanted me so much I bought the second book in the series. (Rare. So rare.)
Exodus enchanted me so much I bought the second book in the series. (Rare. So rare.)
Rendezvous with Rama... The rest of this series sucked, but Clarke nailed it on this one!
Rendezvous with Rama… The rest of this series sucked, but Clarke nailed it on this one!
The most unique 'space station', given that it takes place on a Dyson Tree. Children of the Comet is not well known, but it should be.
The most unique ‘space station’, given that it takes place on a Dyson Tree. Children of the Comet is not well known, but it should be.

8 thoughts on “TTT: Beam Me Up to Space Ships or Stations

  1. Space! Excellent choice. I like Anne McCaffrey’s brainship series–one of the main characters *is* a space station, or James White’s Hospital Station series.

  2. Yay for books set in space! It is way harder than it sounds, isn’t it? I found myself chucking books aside for being set on planets (I cheated a bit in the end – I let it in if there was a significant part of it in space).

    I’m also now feeling smug at only ever having read Rendezvous with Rama (which I can barely remember, but recall fondly) as I never got round to picking up the sequels. You have made me feel better about that. Thank you.

    (Aurora is on my TBR – looking forward to that!)

    1. I tried to read Rama 2 and it was so bad I DNFed it. Then read somewhere else (from more than one person) that it just continues to go downhill. Funnily enough, I’ve read a decent bit of Clarke now, and that seems to be his thing. He does EXCELLENT on initial novels, and flops on sequels.

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