Mitt Romney’s favorite novel is Scientology-founder L. Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth. I find this interesting, as Romney is a Mormon, and Mormons and Scientologists are easily the two most mocked religions among cynical liberals. Also, it reminds me that I want to read more sci-fi novels.
The first comment on the blog that posted this information noted that Battlefield Earth is a crappy novel, and you should instead be reading Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, or any of a number of other authors, including “Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Gibson, Heinlein, McCafferey, Zelazny.” I’ve read all of these and am kind of in the market for new, decent science-fiction novels to check out, so please feel free to suggest someone or something interesting and less well known. Also on the already-read list: Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, Diamond Age were good but his endings kind of fall flat), Kurt Vonnegut (Slaughterhouse 5 and Cat’s Cradle among my favorites), George Orwell (1984 a longtime favorite), Cory Doctorow (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was good), Neil Gaiman (pretty much all his modern urban fantasy stuff is decent), and Ursula K. LeGuin (never did much for me, but maybe I’d appreciate more if I went back and reread). So yeah, please feel free to suggest decent science-fiction novels in the comments, if you know of any.