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Amenhotep04

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Location : New Mexico
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PostSubject: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 9:56 am

I've begun reading science fiction recently. Been wanting to read at least 100 books. So far I've read 'Fahrenheit 451', 'Stranger in a Strange Land', '1984'. Just started 'Foundation'. On the shelf I have 'Slaughterhouse Five', 'Enders Game', 'Wrinkle in Time', 'Blindness', 'The Time Traveler's Wife', and a list of stuff from H.G. Wells.

What good science fiction do you recommend?

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Location : Abington, Mass.
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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 10:07 am

been reading SF/Fantasy! Heinlen, Azimov,Hubbert, L. Sprague DeCamp, George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, Feist,et al, since !950, Ken tongue
My birthyear post!!! Very Happy
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Amenhotep04

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Location : New Mexico
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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 10:59 am

pipetongue1 wrote:
been reading SF/Fantasy! Heinlen, Azimov,Hubbert, L. Sprague DeCamp, George R.R. Martin, Terry Goodkind, Feist,et al, since !950, Ken tongue
My birthyear post!!! Very Happy

Thanks Ken. I'm thinking about developing a class looking at the themes of science fiction early post World War II, and then maybe comparing that with themes of recent years. Not sure yet. I'm finding it all very fascinating. Was never one to read fiction. So this is a new world for me.

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Dakki



Registration date : 2010-06-27

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 11:34 am

Aside from what you've listed, Iain M. Banks' Culture stories are all great (the non-Culture stories not so much), as is Joe Haldeman's Forever War. Asimov's robot stories are very cool as well.

And The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy of course. alien
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Dakki



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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 12:32 pm

Forgot to mention Snow Crash and The Diamond Age, both by Neal Stephenson. The only cyberpunk I've read I'd bother reading again.

Isaac Asimov edited this great series of books titled something like "The Best Science Fiction Short Stories of 19XX," "The Best Science Fiction Short Stories with Robots" and so on. They had them at my school library and maybe they spoiled SciFi for me by giving me unrealistic expectations. After reading through them the current stuff rarely measured up, not just in the quality of the writing but also in the sense that they informed my idea of what "real" SciFi should be like. The current stuff all seems to be "a war novel set in the future," "a hardboiled detective story set in the future" and so on rather than "real" SciFi, if that makes sense.

Sorry for the double post, the forum 404's when I try to edit my prev. post.
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Falconer

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Age : 69
Location : this side of Wichita
Registration date : 2010-06-12

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PostSubject: SF/Fanasty   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 8:34 pm

I'm not as big on the science part but for pure good fantasy I highly recomend the Thomas Covenant Chronicles by Stephen Donaldson, starting with 'Lord Fouls Bane'. Problem is they're addictive and he's now working on the 11th or 12th in the series. There's no doubt I'll have to have them all eventually.

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Tock the Always

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Registration date : 2010-05-23

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyTue Jul 06, 2010 9:07 pm

Big scifi fan here. The Time Machine was my first real venture into the genre and my mind was blown. Love me some H.G. Wells.

Dakki, you mentioned Snow Crash. That was recommended to me based on my undying passion for the Otherland series by Tad Williams. I'd suggest Williams to anyone looking for a long, epic journey. He usually puts out books in four part series.

If you wanna get slightly creeped out there's always Philip K. Dick... XD
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Centurian 803
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Location : Oak Ridge, TN
Registration date : 2008-09-10

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 2:29 am

Anything by Harlan Ellison is good. Never read a Heinlein I didn't like. And of course Ray Bradbury is good.
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Tock the Always

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 4:10 am

Centurian 803 wrote:
Anything by Harlan Ellison is good.

Yes! Harlan Ellison is excellent. I just recently watched the movie based on "A Boy and His Dog."
One of my favorite short stories of his is probably the furthest from sci-fi he got. The Three Most Important Things in Life.
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Doc Manhattan

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 7:51 am

If you're looking for Golden Age SF, "Doc" Smith's Lensman series are great, even if they aren't always good.

The first books in Orson Scott Card's Ender series are great.

Oh, and Harry Turtledove's alt-histories are tremendous.
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Location : Mexico City
Registration date : 2009-08-24

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 11:35 am

I've been working on the Asimov Foundation novels. Now that I'm on vacation I can get ahead on them!!
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Amenhotep04

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Location : New Mexico
Registration date : 2009-09-07

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 6:23 pm

Wow, thank you everyone. Definitely lots of good info. Very much appreciated. Over Labor Day weekend Dragon Con 2010 is down the road in Atlanta. I think I'll head on over there and maybe talk with some of the authors as well.



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rickf28

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Age : 48
Location : Sumter South Carolina
Registration date : 2009-08-16

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyWed Jul 07, 2010 7:48 pm

Terry Goodkind "The Sword of Truth " series are by far the best books i have ever read...Highly recommend
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Al in Canada

Al in Canada

Age : 75
Location : Blenheim, Ontario
Registration date : 2009-04-20

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 12:47 am

where to start, where to start?

I am not much on the fantasy line, unless they have a good dose of humor, such as Robert Aspirin's Myth series, "Little Myth Marker", "Mything link" , etc. the notable exception being those that are on the Arthurian legend.

On older SF I particularly like: all the Heinlein novels involving Woodrow Wilson Smith, AKA Ted Bronson, lazrus Long, etc. starting with "Methuseluh's Children"; Asimov's Robot and the Foundation novels (especially the first 3), Philip Jose Farmer's novels with the real stories behind the pulp fiction heroes Tarzan, Doc Savage, Sherlock Holmes, Phinneas Fogg, etc., but not so much the riverworld series which got redundant an repetitive; Harlan Ellison as an suthor, but better still as an editor in Dangerous Visions; Samuel (Chip) Delaney; Keith Laumer ; Hary harrison (esp. the Stainless Steel Rat stories); and so many more.

A word to the wise, it was hard to make a living writing SF back when the primary sales were to the pulp magazines. the authors were paid by the word (2 to 5 cents per), so the emphasis was on turning it out quick and in quantity. A lot of the stories that were published as Ace Doubles today would have been expanded, and bulked up with intellectual steroids so that they would have been much bigger books, or trilogies or series. Some of the most successful of these early authors had many pseudonyms, so that you wouldn't feel that when you bought the current copy of Analog that you were buying a magazine written mostly by one or two authors. ;-)

Among more contemporary authors : Niven, possibly the best of "hard" science authors; David Weber whose Honor Harrington series is the SF version of the "wooden ships and iron men" novels of the like of C.S. Forester, Bernard Cornwell, etc.; Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan Adventures; Robert Aspirin's "Phule's Company" series,: Spider Robinson's Callaghan's Crosstime Saloon series, and harry Turtledove's alternative history series are fun too.

Hope that helps you get a start. Welcome to SFAD!

Al (in Canada)
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Tock the Always

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 1:11 am

Oh, one more I'll mention. Matt Ruff. His two best as far as I'm concerned are Fool on the Hill and Bad Monkeys. Fool on the Hill is sort of a fantasy based in the real world. Bad Monkeys is a little more... out there. He's a creative bastard though.
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SmokeyTweed

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 3:01 pm

What no L. Ron Hubbard mentions?! Cool
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babysinister

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Registration date : 2009-05-09

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 4:10 pm

I read Theodore Sturgeon back in the early sixties and have never managed to get two of his books out of my mind: The Dreaming Jewels and More Than Human (alt. title The Synthetic Man), both of them belong more, perhaps, in the straight fantasy genre than traditional science fiction. He was also a pipe aficionado, btw.

Another long-forgotten (seems to me, unfortunately) writer is John Wyndham, the author of The Midwich Cuckoos and The Day of the Triffids, both of which were adapted into film versions. The former novel was filmed twice (with George Sanders and Christopher Reeve, respectively) and released as The Village of the Damned.
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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 4:30 pm

Over the course of my life I've read Triffids 50 times!! Great Stuff!! Very Happy tongue Ken
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St Fiacre

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Jul 08, 2010 11:05 pm

A great and inexpensive series of books are produced by Robbin Hobb. She produces books under several names but this moniker is the best IMO. I have read all twelve produced under that name and they were all excellent. A unique aspect is that of the four sagas three of them have the same setting even though one of the sagas has different characters.
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adauria

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyFri Jul 09, 2010 10:45 am

I can't believe no one has mentioned one of the great sci-fi novels of all time: Dune by Frank Herbert. The sequels got a little out there, but the original is a MUST READ.

-Andrew
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Al in Canada

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyFri Jul 09, 2010 1:21 pm

adauria wrote:
I can't believe no one has mentioned one of the great sci-fi novels of all time: Dune by Frank Herbert. The sequels got a little out there, but the original is a MUST READ.

-Andrew

How true, how true.

And what a horrible movie they made of it. Blech!

And I omitted one of the earliest and greatest American sf novels, told with humor, and it also fits my Arthurian interest....
"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthurs Court", by the old pipe (and cigar) smoker himself
Mark Twain, which I am proud to own an early printing of the first edition. Very Happy

Al (in Canada)
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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyThu Sep 30, 2010 10:21 pm

No one's mentioned Arthur C Clarke either. David Drake would be in my opinion one of the best military SF authors out there, particularly his "Hammer's Slammers" series. Gordon R Dickson's "Dorsai" set is also a good read.

Just a few that I enjoy that hadn't been mentioned above. Though with everything listed so far you'll be busy for a few years at least.
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Jack Straw

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyFri Oct 01, 2010 12:52 am

I highly recommend the Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan. First book is called Eye of the World. Great stuff.

I haven't read a lot of Sci-Fi, just Tolkien stuff and went through a Star Wars book phase when I was younger, but my friend has gotten me into it recently starting with the Jordan series. Also have Dune on the shelf, but have not cracked it yet.
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Hunter5117

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyFri Oct 01, 2010 10:34 am

Sorry if it has already been mentioned but the Ringworld series by Larry Niven is a 100% classic. KInd of like with the Star Wars series, I would start with the original novel (actually #4 in the series) then read the prequels and sequels.

Most of the other really good stuff, especially classics, have been mentioned. When I was young I was fanatical about all things Heinlein, from the Lazarus Long series, Stranger in a Strange Land, to the pulpy ones like Green Hills of Earth, Have Space Suit Will Travel, Citizen of the Galaxy, Starship Troopers, etc.

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PostSubject: Re: Science Fiction   Science Fiction EmptyFri Oct 01, 2010 10:44 am

adauria wrote:
I can't believe no one has mentioned one of the great sci-fi novels of all time: Dune by Frank Herbert. The sequels got a little out there, but the original is a MUST READ.

-Andrew

I agree completely!!
Also, David Drake has done some great stuff with the 'Hammer's Slammers' series (Military Sci-Fi)
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