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Old September 22 2009, 11:40 PM   #1
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Sci-fi book recommendations?

I started a thread like this once upon a time, and got a lot of great feedback. Sad thing is due to the pruning of old (partially of my own doing) the thread got lost, and I am slow.

But pruning is a thing of old, and I need to try this again!

So I ask for any suggestions for sci-fi books, to read, I'm eager for a new read.

If any of you have read the Tenebrea Trilogy by Roxann Dawson and Daniel Graham, I loved this. Loved it.

I guess that could be described as sci-fi drama and space opera. I want more of that.

While I love complicated TV, I'm not so good with complicated books. I like a complicated story, but find with books if there's too many characters I get confused and switch off. BUT, if I do get engaged then I commit and love it.

Any suggestions from you all?
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Old September 23 2009, 12:02 AM   #2
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

OK, brother, you asked for it:

The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress-R.A.H.

Santiago:A Myth of the Far Future-Mike Resnick

1632-Eric Flint(and the Universe he created, try Baen'sBar for free e-versions)

Little Fuzzy-H Beam Piper
Paratime- "
Federation- "
Empire- "

The Coming Of the Quantum Cats-Pohl(?)

anything by Allen Steele, anything at all

The Mote In God's Eye-Pournelle/Niven

Axis of Time trilogy by John Birmingham

Island In the Sea of Time by S M Stirling(actually, most of his stuff is good although some of his last 2 trilogies is a little heavy-handed)

Conquistador-S M Stirling

The Peshwar Lancers-Stirling

Freehold- Michael Z Williams

Old Man's War-John Scalzi

Startide Rising/The Uplift War-David Brin

Stirling's Draka series(only available in omnibus form new, very expensive individual novels used)-some of the most horrifying alt hist stories I've ever read.

The Chronicles of Amber-Roger Zelazny

Flash Forward-Robert Sawyer

Desolation Road-Ian McDonald

The Riverworld series-Phillip Jose Farmer

Starborn-Andre Norton

Armageddon Blues-Daniel Keyes Moran

BOLO-Keith Laumer

The Stainless Steel Rat-K Laumer

The Guns of the South- Harry Turtledove

Pavane-Keith Roberts

The Lord Darcy series by Randall Garrett

Lest Darkness Fall-L Sprague DeCamp
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Old September 23 2009, 12:14 AM   #3
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

and...

Time and Time Again-Jack Finney

Shakespeare's Planet-Clifford Simak

Norstrillia-Cordwainer Smith

Cowboy Angels- Paul J. McAuley

The Big Time - Fritz Leiber

A Canticle for Liebowitz-Walter Miller

The Forever War-Joe Haldeman

Rainbow's End-Vernor Vinge

The Peace War-Vernor Vinge

The Postman-David Brin

Emergence David R Palmer

Time Enough For Love-R.A.H.

The Time Patrol-Poul Anderson

Flowers For Algernon-Daniel Keyes

Dorsai!-Gordon R Dickinson

Kage Baker's Company series(The Garden Of Iden, et al)

by Ken MaCleod-
  1. Cosmonaut Keep (2000; US paperback ISBN 0-7653-4073-9) -- Clarke Award nominee, 2001 [11]; Hugo Award nominee, 2002 [12]
  2. Dark Light (2001; US paperback ISBN 0-7653-4496-3) -- Campbell Award nominee, 2002 [13]
  3. Engine City (2002; US paperback ISBN 0-7653-4421-1)
And that should keep you busy.
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Old September 23 2009, 01:17 AM   #4
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thomas harlan's the wasteland of flint..
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Old September 23 2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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I second Kage Baker's Company series... Absolutely brilliant series.

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Old September 23 2009, 05:34 AM   #6
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The Culture novels by Iain M Banks (start with Consider Phlebas)

The Sprawl trilogy by William Gibson (important for the shape of the net today)

Any books you can find by Howard Waldrop (mainly a short story writer but dazzlingly good).
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Old September 23 2009, 06:58 AM   #7
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Mistral! I'm shocked! How could you not suggest Space Viking (doesn't get more opera than this) and Cosmic Computer aka Junkyard Planet? Both by Piper. Space Viking has even seen a reprint in the last few years, picked up a new copy a couple months ago.

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The Berserker books by Fred Saberhagen (and now other authors)

Still waiting for someone to write a Berserker VS Bolo book. That would rock!
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Old September 23 2009, 09:19 AM   #8
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Mistral! I'm shocked! How could you not suggest Space Viking (doesn't get more opera than this) and Cosmic Computer aka Junkyard Planet? Both by Piper. Space Viking has even seen a reprint in the last few years, picked up a new copy a couple months ago.

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The Berserker books by Fred Saberhagen (and now other authors)

Still waiting for someone to write a Berserker VS Bolo book. That would rock!
I figured if he liked the 4 I suggested by Piper he'd find those on his own. I didn't suggest A Planet For Texans either but its one of the better stand-alone novels he wrote. For that matter, there's Earthblood by Keith Laumer-now that's opera at its finest.
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Old September 23 2009, 09:31 AM   #9
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Anything by Dan Simmons, John Scalzi, Vernor Vinge, Peter F Hamilton, and Alastair Reynolds. And in that order.
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Old September 23 2009, 04:51 PM   #10
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The Lensmen series by EE "Doc" Smith-that and Olaf Stapledon's work were the original space operas.
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Old September 26 2009, 04:24 PM   #11
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Bejesus, that's a lot of suggestions. Thanks guys. I'll need to trawl Amazon and read about them.

I wish I had an eBook reader, it'd be easier!
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Old September 26 2009, 04:39 PM   #12
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Antony, if you have an iPod Touch or an iPhone, you can get a nice eReader ap for it. I have one and never use it.

On to my suggestions:

Old Man's War by John Scalzi

The Tomb by F. Paul Wilson

The Outback Stars by Sandra McDonald

Dune by Frank Herbert

The Calling by David Mack
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Old September 26 2009, 06:53 PM   #13
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The Dark Beyond the Stars by Frank M. Robinson (Lambda award winner)
Raft by Stephen Baxter
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Old September 26 2009, 07:06 PM   #14
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I just started reading Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. I'm really enjoying it.
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Old September 26 2009, 07:47 PM   #15
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Midworld, by Alan Dean Foster. It's a wonderful and thought-provoking work. One of his best, in my opinion.
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