What books would you recommend to non-genre readers to get them interested in the genre? Keeping in mind that reading habits, preferences and industry standards have changed a few times since the heyday of 'golden age' science fiction, would you recommend more current works or classics? I think for adults, I would probably start off with some more recent suggestions. Either from the 80s onwards or something really current within the last 15 years. If I were recommending books for younger readers (between the ages of 10-15), I would most probably introduce them to the classics first - they're less likely to be jaded, and they will appreciate the wonders and ideas of what the books present more than trying to criticise any dated dialogue or problematic prose or insufficient characterisation (if such exist) that adults are more prone to complain about, nowadays. So, what are you suggestions?