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Old September 26 2009, 10:29 PM   #16
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For that matter, there's Earthblood by Keith Laumer-now that's opera at its finest.
Keith Laumer, people say?

If someone's looking for a space opera satire about diplomatic politics (and who isn't) his Retief series is very funny.
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Old September 26 2009, 10:56 PM   #17
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Two of my favorites: The Man Who Folded Himself by David Gerrold (Of "The Trouble With Tribbles"), and Tommorrow and Tommorrow, a time travel romance by Charles Sheiffeld.
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Old September 26 2009, 11:41 PM   #18
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My favorite is Titan by Stephen Baxter.

Stay away from 3001 by Clarke. It sucks!
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Old September 27 2009, 12:54 AM   #19
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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!
Keep in mind, Antony, that what I posted was a distilled list of 31 years of reading scifi at an average rate(until 3 yrs ago when my son was born) of 5 books a week. What I listed is truly cream-of-the-crop stuff, albeit an incomplete list of same.

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I just started reading Dies the Fire by S.M. Stirling. I'm really enjoying it.
I dug it too but he gets very heavy-handed about the Wicca stuff later on. Don't say I didn't warn you. I actually found myself skimming in sections of the later books. I never did that in his Nantucket trilogy.
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Old September 27 2009, 01:28 AM   #20
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Just one suggestion for now. This is the most recent one I read:

"Ubik" by PKD
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Old September 27 2009, 02:31 AM   #21
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Any books you can find by Howard Waldrop (mainly a short story writer but dazzlingly good).

if you can find some of his short story collections.
especially his take on the war of the worlds.
the martian meet the texas rangers.
guess who loses..

really some authors did their best work in short fiction.
try and find the collection..
best of cordwainer smith for instance.

for something newer cory doctorow.
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Old September 27 2009, 11:22 PM   #22
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Hard SF?

Rendevous With Rama and the Odyssey series by Arthur C Clarke (well, anything by ACC, actually).

The Foundation and Robot series by Isaac Asimov.

Friday by Robert Heinlein, as well as just about anything else he wrote.

Ringworld by Larry Niven (and the sequels, if you like the original).

Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge, especially "Marooned In Realtime."

Chindi by Jack McDevitt, and the rest of the Patricia Hutchins series as well.

Telzey Amberdon by James Schmitz, and any other Hub-related stories as well.
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Old September 28 2009, 04:56 AM   #23
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Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge, especially "Marooned In Realtime."
This. ... is an awesome book. You won't look at time the same way again.
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Old September 28 2009, 04:07 PM   #24
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Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge, especially "Marooned In Realtime."
This. ... is an awesome book. You won't look at time the same way again.
Yeah, I had this in my list. It's really good. His newer novel, Rainbow's End, took the Hugo recently and the Realtime books were nominated in their time, too.
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And a push for Hyperion and its sequel.
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Old September 28 2009, 11:38 PM   #26
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Across Realtime by Vernor Vinge, especially "Marooned In Realtime."
This. ... is an awesome book. You won't look at time the same way again.
Yeah, I had this in my list. It's really good. His newer novel, Rainbow's End, took the Hugo recently and the Realtime books were nominated in their time, too.
"Marooned In Realtime" really has that epic sense of wonder that I read SF for.
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Old September 29 2009, 12:36 AM   #27
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"Ubik" by PKD
Brilliant story, read it a while back and found it in a 2'nd hand shop recently -decided I had to own it
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The Culture novels by Iain M Banks (start with Consider Phlebas)
Considering Banks' Culture-novels, I'd recommend beginning with something where The Culture itself is a little closer, The Player of Games, perhaps.
And, of course, his non-Culture SciFi is brilliant space-opera -even if he limits himself by not having FTL flight
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Rendevous With Rama and the Odyssey series by Arthur C Clarke (well, anything by ACC, actually).

The Foundation and Robot series by Isaac Asimov.

Friday by Robert Heinlein, as well as just about anything else he wrote.
Of course... even if I do find most of Clarke a quite tedious read.

If you can find it: "Terra" by Stefano Benni is both fantastic, funny and a thrill-ride of strange environments and people.

Aldous Huxley's "Island" is a down-to-Earth utopia where the science is pretty real (for a 1962 novel).

Philip K. Dick is also worth a read. Mostly because his novels are a better read than the films Hollywood made loads of them into.
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Old September 29 2009, 11:54 PM   #28
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Of course... even if I do find most of Clarke a quite tedious read.
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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.
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Old September 30 2009, 03:05 AM   #30
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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.
Well, I think yo Ho needs to take another look!
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