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  1. 09 May '08 22:41 / 1 edit
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
  2. 09 May '08 23:07
    Originally posted by Dance Master MC
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
    Good for you. Star Wars isn't real sci-fi. It's just the story of the young hero in white who saves the princess from the bad guy in the black hat. I would suggest short stories like Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison. If you don't like short stories, I would suggest you go back to books written in or around the 80's. I don't like much of the recent work. Most of it is Star Wars military type stuff although I could recommend Scott Westerfelds "The Risen Empire" and it's sequal "The Killing of Worlds". I think authors like Frederick Pohl and Robert Silverberg are better than their modern counterparts. I liked William Gibson a lot at first but he seems rather unfocused nowdays. Alastair Reynolds is OK sometimes.
  3. 09 May '08 23:41
    Originally posted by Dance Master MC
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
    Anvil of Stars by Greg Bear. It's actually part two of two, but is better than the first and holds up as a stand alone book.

    Also, The Galactic Millieu Trilogy by Julian May, and The Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F Hamilton.
  4. Standard member Nemesio
    Ursulakantor
    10 May '08 02:08
    Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  5. 10 May '08 03:41
    The Sirens of Titan---Vonnegut.

    It has my favorite line in all of fiction: "I am the victim of a series of accidents, as are we all."
  6. Standard member Seitse
    Doug Stanhope
    10 May '08 07:12
    Originally posted by Dance Master MC
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
    Don't do it.

    There are many wonderful books to be read.
  7. 10 May '08 09:21
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    Alas, Eternity, which is its sequel, is less favourable. Legacy, the third part, is a little better.
  8. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    10 May '08 10:56
    Originally posted by Dance Master MC
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
    Neuromancer is among my all-time favourites.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuromancer
  9. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    11 May '08 16:28
    Originally posted by Dance Master MC
    I want to read a good sci-fi book, know any good ones?

    Edit: BESIDES STAR WARS
    The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
  10. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    11 May '08 16:29
    Originally posted by Nemesio
    Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.
  11. 11 May '08 16:31
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov.
    Agreed, anything by Asimov is great. Robots and Empire was always a favourite of mine.
  12. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    It's only business
    11 May '08 16:34
    Originally posted by Starrman
    Agreed, anything by Asimov is great. Robots and Empire was always a favourite of mine.
    Jules Verne, in my opinion, is one of the best Sci-Fi writers out there, but he's not the same kind of sci-fi as most. He takes "current" science (current meaning early 20th century, I think, or even 19th century) and speculates on the possibilities. Electric submarines before there were submarines or much electricity. Going to the moon before anyone did that (he used a cannon instead of a rocket). Good stuff.
  13. 11 May '08 16:45
    Originally posted by AThousandYoung
    Jules Verne, in my opinion, is one of the best Sci-Fi writers out there, but he's not the same kind of sci-fi as most. He takes "current" science (current meaning early 20th century, I think, or even 19th century) and speculates on the possibilities. Electric submarines before there were submarines or much electricity. Going to the moon before anyone did that (he used a cannon instead of a rocket). Good stuff.
    Actually, Poe wrote 'The Unparalled Adventures of One Hans Pfall' 30 years before Verne wrote 'From the Earth to the Moon'. But I agree he was fantastic.
  14. 11 May '08 20:53
    Originally posted by Starrman
    Actually, Poe wrote 'The Unparalled Adventures of One Hans Pfall' 30 years before Verne wrote 'From the Earth to the Moon'. But I agree he was fantastic.
    Ah.
    Poes work is good.

    When you can get it.
  15. 12 May '08 02:39
    Originally posted by Seitse
    Don't do it.

    There are many wonderful books to be read.
    Remember, good science fiction IS good fiction.