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I'm looking for science fiction books that are based more in sociology and other social sciences than in the hard sciences. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin exemplifies what I'm seeking...as do many of her other books, but I was hoping to read some good books in this genre written by someone other than Le Guin. :-)

Date: 2012-01-10 05:33 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] the_rck
Hellspark by Janet Kagan is very much about linguistics. Is that in the direction you were hoping to go?

Date: 2012-01-10 06:04 pm (UTC)
clare_dragonfly: cartoon fox standing with arms out, eyes crossed, speech bubble: No! There's a crucial semantic difference! (Writing: semantic difference)
From: [personal profile] clare_dragonfly
Ooh, me too. ::sets up notifications and waits eagerly::

I think The Wrath of Trees by Bard Bloom is along those lines, but I haven't read it yet.

Date: 2012-01-10 07:41 pm (UTC)
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
From: [personal profile] twistedchick
For something funny in the lighter versions of social science, try Bellwether by Connie Willis.

Date: 2012-01-11 12:04 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] twistedchick
I haven't read those, but the ones I've read vary from break-your-heart devastating to fall-off-the-couch laughing. So be aware she's not just a humorist, okay?

Date: 2012-01-10 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] foxfinial
Maureen McHugh is worth checking out. Her novel Mission Child is about the consequences of humans returning to a planet they colonised after some time - the effects of this on the societies that built up there and especially on the main character. I gather that McHugh's other books are also excellent. Sadly a lot of them are out of print, but I heartily recommend tracking them down - the Amazon marketplace has used copies.

Eleanor Arnason seems to do more social-based sf too, although I've not read any of her novel-length work.

Date: 2012-01-10 09:37 pm (UTC)
themis: Brendan Frye (Joseph Gordon Levitt in Brick) (f: you are a runner & I am...)
From: [personal profile] themis
I haven't read Mission Child yet, but I really liked China Mountain Zhang - it's sort of plotless-at-first-glance and focuses very much on the everyday lived experience. Worth seeking out online or in used book stores.

Date: 2012-01-10 10:01 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] adrian_turtle
Rosemary Kirstein's series starting with The Steerswoman is superb. (The main thing that bothers me about the books is the long wait for the rest of the series.) The central problems have to do with library science and access to information, though there are other kinds of science in the background.

Have you read Cyteen, by C.J. Cherryh? It seems like it's about cloning and terraforming, but it's mostly not. It's much more about education, training, and how to build a particular kind of society. Cherryh also wrote a lot of hard sf, and some high fantasy, and this is quite different...though her writing is always pretty dense. (I think she edits by removing as much information as she can possibly get away with, including every scene that doesn't serve at least two purposes.) I don't recommend the sequel.

It's not a bit obvious from reading the back cover, but John Barnes' Orbital Resonance includes a lot of really fascinating sociology against a backdrop of life on a space station. It's better, and less creepy, than much of his other work, and I recommend it.

Date: 2012-01-10 10:16 pm (UTC)
prodigy: Sherlock Holmes tinkers with his chemistry set. (i used to live alone before I knew you)
From: [personal profile] prodigy
Haven't read it in full, but I've heard interesting things about China Mieville's Embassytown and linguistics.

Date: 2012-01-10 10:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] aidenfire
Would something like Ender's Game be relevant? Definitely science fiction, but more focused on the culture of the world than the technology itself, that sort of thing?

(obvious rec is obvious!)

Date: 2012-01-10 11:12 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] libskrat
Nancy Kress's Beggars series is often considered hard sci-fi, but it's also social extrapolation fiction, worth reading just for that.

Date: 2012-01-10 11:29 pm (UTC)
forestofglory: E. H. Shepard drawing of Christopher Robin reading a book to Pooh (Default)
From: [personal profile] forestofglory
Air by Geoff Ryman is about the social consequences of a technology that is like having the internet in your head. It is set in village in Central Asia, and deals with what it is like to live in developing country durning such changes.

Date: 2012-01-11 12:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kyriacarlisle
What about Nicola Griffith's Ammonite? (Link goes to LibraryThing page of reviews.)

Date: 2012-01-12 01:23 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] msmcknittington
Have you read The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russel? It has a strong anthropological theme, as well as a character who is a linguist.

Date: 2012-01-16 02:15 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] forodwaith
I definitely second the recs for Mission Child and Sir.

Most of Liz Williams' writing would fall into this category, but her debut novel The Ghost Sister, about a group of anthropologists trying to inconspicuously do field research on an alien-to-them planet, really strongly reminded me of Le Guin.
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