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  1. 31 Aug '08 09:22
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
  2. Subscriber AThousandYoung
    Poor Filipov :,(
    31 Aug '08 14:07
    http://www.playtheimmortalgame.com/board/showthread.php?subject=Best_Sci-Fi_Book%3F&threadid=93530
  3. Standard member HandyAndy
    Non sum qualis eram
    31 Aug '08 19:27
    Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
  4. 31 Aug '08 22:05
    The Sirens of Titan
  5. Standard member sonhouse
    Fast and Curious
    01 Sep '08 02:10
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
    Depends on your style, it sounds like you don't like space opera.
    Don't know if you like older stuff but 'The stars My Destination' by Alfred Bester is way up there on the classics list.
    You might try Enders Game, Orson Scott Card.
    You haven't given us much to go on as to what style you like.
    Robert J Sawyer has the Neanderthal series, 1, Hominids, 2 Humans, 3 Hybrids is a great series about a kind of time storm that mixes up the time frame of 40,000 years ago with our time frame where an alternate universe has Neanderthals winning out over humans but the two universes mix together and scientifically advanced neanderthals meet humans.
    If you like religious psychological SF, there is a great two volume one by Mary Doria Russell called 1, The Sparrow and 2 Children of God
    about the first trips to Alpha Centauri and finding intelligent life there.
    Back to Orson Scott Card, there is the Homecoming saga, The call of Earth and the rest of the series, great read in my opinion.

    Here is a telepathy story, Beyond Control by Rebecca York.
    Almost anything by Spider Robinson, Callahan's Pub stories I like!
  6. 02 Sep '08 02:10
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
    Go for the Hyperion and Endymion series of 4 books by Dan Simmons.
    Excellent.
  7. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    02 Sep '08 05:01
    I read The Shores Beneath twenty years ago, and frequently think of some of the stories even now.

    http://www.biblio.com/books/84454149.html
  8. Standard member Palynka
    Upward Spiral
    02 Sep '08 07:54 / 1 edit
    Originally posted by amannion
    Go for the Hyperion and Endymion series of 4 books by Dan Simmons.
    Excellent.
    The Hyperion series was awesome, but I didn't like Endymion one.

    Ilium was pretty amazing too, you can't get much more epic than that.
  9. Standard member Bosse de Nage
    Zellulärer Automat
    02 Sep '08 07:56
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
    Have you tried Julian May's Pleistocene series ... ?
  10. Standard member RSMA1234
    The Guvnor....!!!!
    02 Sep '08 14:43
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
    Mission Earth by L R Hubburd

    Just don't get sucked into the scieneolgy crap... ; )
  11. 02 Sep '08 15:53
    thanks for the help, i reckon ill take a punt on The Hyperion series. might give a few of the others a try aswell. cheers.
  12. Subscriber Sleepyguy
    Reepy Rastardly Guy
    02 Sep '08 20:41
    Originally posted by RSMA1234
    Mission Earth by L R Hubburd

    Just don't get sucked into the scieneolgy crap... ; )
    I second that.
  13. Subscriber mbakunin
    Radio Gnome
    03 Sep '08 10:33
    for epic sci-fi there is only one way to go, and that is asimov's foundation series. the best ever, by far.
  14. Standard member Wulebgr
    Angler
    03 Sep '08 13:42
    Originally posted by RSMA1234
    Mission Earth by L R Hubburd

    Just don't get sucked into the scieneolgy crap... ; )
    Scientology is truth! Just ask Tom Cruise.
  15. 03 Sep '08 18:10
    Originally posted by stellspalfie
    anybody got any ideas, last few i read were disappointing which were - consider phlebas and rendevouz with rama.
    i fancy something epic, needs to be better than the Nights dawn trilogy with its dodgy, super space god type thing comes along and sorts everything out in the last five pages.
    The House on the Borderland by William Hope Hodgson - a mixture of fantasy and science fiction.