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Old April 29 2010, 08:59 AM   #1
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Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

I'm actually just working my way through my Ben Bova 'Grand Tour' collection again and wondered if any of you guys an gals could recommend something of a similar ilk?

I've got Kim Stanley Robinson's MARS TRILOGY and Robert Zubrin's FIRST LANDING waiting in the wings.

Any others I should give a try?
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Old April 29 2010, 05:18 PM   #2
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Re: Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

Are you kidding?

Allen Steele: Clarke County, Space
Orbital Decay
Lunar Descent


High Justice and Exiles to Glory-Jerry Pournelle

At Rainbow's End- Vernor Vinge

The Stone Canal- Ken MacCleod

anything by Cory Doctorow(suggest Down and Out In the Magic Kingdom)

Orbit-John Nance

The X President- Phillip Baruth

Jack Womack's "Dryco" series-suggest Ambient


That should keep you busy for a while...

ed.-Robinson has the 3 Californias novels too. The Gold Coast sounds like what you are looking for, as well.
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Old April 29 2010, 06:03 PM   #3
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Re: Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

Thanks Mistral!

Just added them to my "research" list!

PS Just realised where I recognised the name Allen Steele! I started reading COYOTE some while back and was somewhat put off by the present tense style. Might revisit that!
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Old April 29 2010, 06:32 PM   #4
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Re: Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

Check out Peter Hamilton's "Greg Mandel" trilogy, beginning with Mindstar Rising. Hard-boiled sf in a soggy, post-global warming Britain . . . .
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Old April 29 2010, 06:40 PM   #5
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Re: Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

Much appreciated Greg, and my thanks to YOU for the Eugenics Wars novels! Loved the intermeshing of the tidbits Trek had thrown at us!
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Old April 29 2010, 06:59 PM   #6
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Thanks Mistral!

Just added them to my "research" list!

PS Just realised where I recognised the name Allen Steele! I started reading COYOTE some while back and was somewhat put off by the present tense style. Might revisit that!
The books I listed are written in a more traditional sense.

Have you checked out Robinson's 40 Days of Rain trilogy? Very Near Future about Global Climate Change.
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Old April 29 2010, 07:29 PM   #7
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Much appreciated Greg, and my thanks to YOU for the Eugenics Wars novels! Loved the intermeshing of the tidbits Trek had thrown at us!
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed the EW books!
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Old April 29 2010, 08:00 PM   #8
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Re: Any recommendations for near future sci-fi reads?

@Mistral: Yea I'd been eyeing that one, though my interest is more 'space' oriented. I'll see how I progress with the Mars Trilogy though. Thanku!

@Greg: Actually, it was the EW novels that were part inspiration for my current fanfic trilogy (which I know you're not allowed to read btw!) exploring 2026-2053 era of Trekdom.
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Old April 30 2010, 06:47 PM   #9
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Read the Vernor Vinge. An accurate vision of my child's world, IMO.
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Old May 1 2010, 12:44 AM   #10
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I would recommend James P. Hogan's original Giants trilogy, beginning with Inherit the Stars. I'm sure that certain aspects of it may now be outdated, but at the time I read it, it left me thinking 'Wow' when I finished.
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