OT: Really good, long-form epic science-fiction

Discussion in 'Trek Literature' started by Thrawn, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. JWolf

    JWolf Commodore Commodore

    Oct 9, 2005
    Massachusetts, USA
    I tried Consider Phlebas and can honestly say it was very weak. I started off OK and then quickly went downhill fast. I wouldn't bother with it.
  2. Thrawn

    Thrawn Rear Admiral Premium Member

    Jun 15, 2008
    Washington, DC
    I've read that one, actually, and had mixed feelings. But I've been told by many people that the rest are different and much better, so it's been on my list to try again for a while.
  3. sulfur

    sulfur Lieutenant Commander Red Shirt

    Sep 6, 2010
    Aside, if you like John Ringo's Troy Rising, I'd recommend checking out Schlock Mercenary, a web comic that is set in the far future of the world of Troy Rising (Ringo read the web comic and was taken so wrote a story about how the first contact from the comic may have happened).
  4. indianatrekker26

    indianatrekker26 Fleet Captain Fleet Captain

    Oct 8, 2006
    I recently started The Saga of the Seven Suns by Kevin J. Anderson. I'm really enjoying it so far.
  5. RandyS

    RandyS Vice Admiral Admiral

    Nov 9, 2007
    True, the radio series was the best adaption, but I liked the books too.

    It was the latest movie that I thought was uneven.
  6. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^That's just it, though -- the radio series was the one form of it that wasn't an adaptation, because that's where it originated.
  7. NightJim

    NightJim Captain Captain

    Feb 12, 2013
    Despite the man's real life politics, I really enjoyed the first Ender's Game, and the rest of the series is pretty good even if it goes in a totally different direction. Never did get round to the Shadow series.

    Forever War is brilliant, the sequel Forever Free does a similar thing. The thematic sequel Forever Peace explores the same ideas but in a slightly different universe. There's apparently a short story that explores the space between War and Free from a different character, but I literally just found out about it while I was looking up the names for the sequels.

    I've always meant to try the Honorverse by David Weber, but have never got round to it.
  8. Kane2026

    Kane2026 Lieutenant Red Shirt

    Nov 15, 2014
    I am surprised no mentioned Dan Simmons sci-fi series Hyperion Cantos. It took me a while to get through the first book, Hyperion, but the payoff is considerable.

    Another book I only recently finished is Peter F. Hamilton's The Reality Dysfunction. It is the first novel in the - The Night's Dawn Trilogy. I have got the second book lying on a shelf. The first took quite an effort to read but it is excellent.

    As for other sci-fi epics. Dune is a dead giveaway and so is Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space. I especially enjoyed his standalone novel Chasm City.
  9. Christopher

    Christopher Writer Admiral

    Mar 15, 2001
    ^Chasm City is in the Revelation Space universe, as I recall. So it's not entirely a standalone, though it is one of the books that are apart from the main 4-novel sequence.
  10. Sci

    Sci Admiral Admiral

    Mar 2, 2002
    Montgomery County, State of Maryland
    I am in the midst of Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy, and I can heartily recommend them! Red Mars was brilliant, and Green Mars is shaping up just as good so far.