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InvisibleDieCommie

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Science Fiction Books
    #4148954 - 05/08/05 02:32 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Im not sure whether the shroomery crowd is into science fiction books, but i love them.  Just finished reading "Rendezvous with Rama", real good  :thumbup:

Now that the semester is coming to a close i plan on going on a marathon fiction reading session... and would like some advice on what books to read.

I am going to read Dune (finally) and some old HG Wells i have yet to read. :rocket:

Whats your favorite fiction (preferably science) book?


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: DieCommie]
    #4148976 - 05/08/05 02:42 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I love the Dark Tower series by Stepehn King. It's probably more fantasy than sci-fi, but anyone who reads fiction should read that series in their life.

I just bought the entire Hitchhiker's Guide series. As soon as I finish The Life of Pi, I'm gonna start on that.


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: DieCommie]
    #4149124 - 05/08/05 03:43 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Orson Scott Card, Robert Heinlein, Spider Robinson, Issac Asimov, Ursula LeQuin...god I could go on all night. There's a wealth of great Science fiction out there! Be sure to read as much as you can!


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: Le_Canard]
    #4149333 - 05/08/05 05:52 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

oh man the Rama series is epic, probably my favorite sci fi series ever.  read ALL of them.  Garden of Rama, Rama Revealed... just keep reading the rama books, they only get better with Gentry Lee's influence.

I really like Orson Scott Card ... Ender's Game, Xenocide, Children of the Mind... that series is amazing as well. 

I coudnl't get through dune i dunno what, something just didn't fit with me, I almost never quit reading books, but i did with Dune.  :shrug: I was younger, maybe I'll give it another shot now.

William Gibson is the shit, read Neuromancer.

But seriously just read all the Rama books first, they're the best!


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: DieCommie]
    #4149464 - 05/08/05 09:08 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

I don't read as often as I used to, but I like Michael Crichton for sci-fi... the way he explains advanced scientific systems (quantum theories, nanotechnology, etc.) through dialog really helps the reader to embrace the concepts despite their complication.

I'd recommend Timeline (Don't see the movie.) and Prey.


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: JacquesCousteau]
    #4149470 - 05/08/05 09:14 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Gene Wolfe if you want something a little different.  His stuffs crazy but pretty good :thumbup:


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: MovingTarget]
    #4150677 - 05/08/05 06:16 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Samuel R. Delaney has written some of my favorites. Dahlgren, Triton and Nova are brilliant. Asimov's Foundation series and the whole idea of psychohistory is very interesting. Heinlein's hedonism is perfect and Dune will have to be attempted again. I don't remember who wrote "The Mote in God's Eye" but that was great and Childhood's End is a masterpiece. I also recall liking Frederick Pohl and Poul Andersen as well.


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: Noviseer]
    #4153949 - 05/09/05 05:43 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

Funny, I was just going to say STOP right there with the Rama books. Gentry Lee's influence turned them into a shitty space soap opera with completely unlikeable characters. Reading the rest of the series can only diminish the greatness of the first one.

The Space Odyssey series is consistently good, as are Childhood's End, The City and the Stars, and all Clarke's other non-collaborative novels.

Read The Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut if you want to see where Douglas Adams got a lot of his ideas.


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: MarioNett]
    #4153987 - 05/09/05 05:50 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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Funny, I was just going to say STOP right there with the Rama books. Gentry Lee's influence turned them into a shitty space soap opera with completely unlikeable characters. Reading the rest of the series can only diminish the greatness of the first one.



Thats the consensus i get from my friends. I dont want to read space soap opera thats for sure. But the first one left me wanting more.... I guess thats a trait of all of his books.


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: DieCommie]
    #4155032 - 05/09/05 10:53 PM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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supercollider said:
Funny, I was just going to say STOP right there with the Rama books. Gentry Lee's influence turned them into a shitty space soap opera with completely unlikeable characters. Reading the rest of the series can only diminish the greatness of the first one.



Thats the consensus i get from my friends.  I dont want to read space soap opera thats for sure.  But the first one left me wanting more....  I guess thats a trait of all of his books.




Don't let em persuade you man... if you're wanting more, at least give Rama Revealed a shot.  Its all personal preferance after all, but I love the whole series.  yes there is a lot of drama... when did that become a bad thing?  Are we such purists that we can't have a bit of humanity mixed in with the technical specifications? :tongue:

Yea, rama II kinda sucked.  Garden of rama is better, and Rama Revealed is fantastic.  Just don't read like a literary critic or a nerd and you'll enjoy it;) :wink:


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Re: Science Fiction Books [Re: Noviseer]
    #4156233 - 05/10/05 05:21 AM (12 years, 3 months ago)

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