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Old September 30 2009, 03:15 AM   #31
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

The John Grimes series by Bertram Chandler. Space Opera at its best. Follow John all the way from Lieutenant to Commodore to Rim Runner. Bubble helmets and bikini-clad space vixens.
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Old September 30 2009, 03:17 AM   #32
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

Iain Banks (without the middle initial that indicates SciFi) has just released his new novel "Transition".

It sounds a bit like 'fantasy' - I wonder if I should try and see what he makes of that genre...
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Old September 30 2009, 04:16 AM   #33
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

The Deathworld Trilogy by Harry Harrison.
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Old September 30 2009, 09:33 AM   #34
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Of course... even if I do find most of Clarke a quite tedious read.
He keeps repeating lines and generally writes as if he thinks his readers are idiots... but of course that's just my HO.
I've never noticed either of those things. In fact, he writes directly to an audience that he assumes to be intelligent and well educated, as most SF writers do.

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The John Grimes series by Bertram Chandler. Space Opera at its best. Follow John all the way from Lieutenant to Commodore to Rim Runner. Bubble helmets and bikini-clad space vixens.
I could use a little of that.
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Old September 30 2009, 09:45 AM   #35
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Of course... even if I do find most of Clarke a quite tedious read.
He keeps repeating lines and generally writes as if he thinks his readers are idiots... but of course that's just my HO.
Honestly, of the traditional trinity - Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein - I'd consider Clarke easily the best and most readable. Asimov has much better ideas than he has prose, and Heinlein, well, he's a 'where to start' sort of guy.
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Old September 30 2009, 12:56 PM   #36
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I saw Banks's 'transition' in the bookshop, looks pretty cool.

If you haven't read any Culture novels, let me throw a few Ship names at you (Ships have their own Minds (AIs) and are classed as citizens in their own right, and can so choose their own name):

Nervous Energy
Prosthetic Conscience
No More Mr Nice Guy

Gunboat Diplomat
Just Testing
What Are The Civilian Applications?
Fate Amenable To Change
Shoot Them Later


And some of their chracters are... out there.
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Old September 30 2009, 02:10 PM   #37
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I just started reading Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. I'm really enjoying it.
Another vote for S.M. Stirling books. Most are generally quite fun reads, although with a bit of a pattern to them. All different flavors of alternate history. Island in the Sea of Time is a great book (and a great trilogy if you want to keep going). Takes a small, modern population (island of Nantucket, off of Cape Cod), and drops them into the distant past, as is.

"Dies the Fire" is the first book in another series, but plays off of the same event. This one stays with our world/timeframe, but all technology stops working (also screws with some chemistry, etc so that guns are out of the picture, essentially forcing people to go medieval/old school). Fun survival/rebuilding/end of the world series.

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Hard SF?

Ringworld by Larry Niven (and the sequels, if you like the original).
Another good one. Kinda odd in spots, and when you finish the series, you feel like you didn't really scratch the surface of the Ringworld, but that's only because it's so well built up, with all kinds of crazy history and backstory, and unbelievably massive to boot. Also, you get the Kzinti species involved in the story, so there's a Star Trek connection there as well. Although, in actuality, it's because Niven wrote that episode of TAS (Slaver Weapon), so there's plenty of carry over there, with Kzinti, Slavers, and the stasis boxes appearing in both places...

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And a push for Hyperion and its sequel.
Hell, i vote for all 4. The Hyperion Cantos is a great example of well-done world building, and split into two books of 2, seperated by a few hundred years. That makes it a little more fun, because you get very into these worlds, and then get to go back to those worlds later and examine the differences after the big changes at the end of the first duology. The first 2 books are set up similarly to Canterbury Tales, with a group of very different people on a pilgrimage, telling their stories of why they are going to Hyperion.

This series won all kinds of awards, and turned me on to Dan Simmons' other works, so I'm a big fan.
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Old September 30 2009, 02:24 PM   #38
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Re: Sci-fi book recommendations?

Great thread, with some great suggestions. Thanks, Anthony.

I'm glad someone finally mentioned Dune. If I might suggest to those who haven't read it, though, consider stopping after the original; or maybe the first 3. IMHO, they just go downhill from there, but the original is brilliant!

Also, though I didn't really love the Uplift novels, I really enjoyed David Brin's Earth. It has its quirks, but I liked it.

And since no one else seems to have mentioned it, one of my very favorite "non-scifi scifi" novels of recent times was The Sparrow, by Mary Doria Russell (the sequel, Children of God is pretty decent, as well.)

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Old September 30 2009, 05:34 PM   #39
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The John Grimes series by Bertram Chandler. Space Opera at its best. Follow John all the way from Lieutenant to Commodore to Rim Runner. Bubble helmets and bikini-clad space vixens.
This is fun. I've been collecting the original First Editions where i can.

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The Deathworld Trilogy by Harry Harrison.
Forgot about these-really worth a read. Fascinating concept and excellent resolution. Lots of fun.
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