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Good Sci-fi book needed

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by alibaba, Apr 11, 2006.

  1. alibaba

    alibaba Libertarian

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    I am a sci-fi nut, I really like books like "War of the Worlds" and stuff like that. Also more Crichton style stuff is cool, nanotech sci-fi. Any good ones you guys have read?
     
  2. NitLion

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    One of my favorites: Way Station by Clifford Simak
     

  3. DepDuke

    DepDuke Glockitall

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    Here's a few you should like:

    The "Atlantis" series by Greg Donegan
    and the "Area 51" line from Robert Doherty.

    Science mixed in with some history, mixed in with military type action. Give them a read.
     
  4. elcuchillo

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    "Way Station" was good, but if you are into classics Like WOTW I would try out Robert Heinleins stuff, like "Starship Troopers". Assimovs Robot Stories are good, you can usually get the best of them in a single collection.

    Personal Favorites are Alfred Besters "Demolished Man" or "The Stars My Destination" A little off the beaten path for some, but I loved em both.

    I'll try to think of some newer authors that I enjoy. Frankly most of my newer authors are fantasy or thrillers (Jordan and Goodkind fantasy or DeMille and Sanford for thrillers).

    Good Reading!

    El
     
  5. AnimalK

    AnimalK Kilted Muppet

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    Matt Reilly's "Area 7", "Ice Limit", and "Scarecrow".

    "Contest" is an interesting SciFi "Gladiator Games" type read by the same author (His first work).
     
  6. Taipei Personality

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    Michael Z. Williamson - "Freehold" and "The Weapon"

    Robert Heinlein - "Beyond This Horizon" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress", in addition to "Starship Troopers", as mentioned.

    L. Neil Smith - anything

    *edited to add - my taste runs to a libertarian bent, so these may not work for you if your taste is different.
     
  7. woodstove

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    Dan Simmons Hyperion series

    Tad Williams Otherland seies

    any novel by Robert Charles Wilson
     
  8. GlockChuck23

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    "Dies the Fire" by S.M. Stirling Synopsis:What would people do if technology failed.

    "Trading in Danger" Three books in series so far by Elizabet Moon. Suprisingly good read.

    If you are into Fantasy/Humor ala Monty Pythonish/Douglas Adams then anything Terry Pratchett.

    Some older books if you like military/sci-fi:

    Bunch and Cole "Sten" series 5 or 6 books in series.
     
  9. bno762

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    jennifer government- max berry or barry. lots of action and tongue in cheek kind of humor. also matthew reilly's area 7 and contest were good fun reads.
     
  10. Arcangel7769

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    For really great epic sci-fi try Battlefield Earth. Yeah, I know the movie sucked big time, but I read the book long before that abortion of a movie ever came out. Just a warning tho. It's an addicting book. Hard to put down. L. Ron Hubbard should stuck to fiction...oh wait...mebbee he did.:alien:
     
  11. Egyas

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    I would vote for ....

    "Snow Crash" by Neal Stephenson
    "Rune" by Christopher Fowler
    "Iris" by William Barton and Michael Capobianco


    Be warned however: Iris is an odd book. A wierd mix of hard science and psychological intensity, and some of the subject matter may be disturbing to some readers. It has some really creative ideas however. People seem to either like the book (dispite it's odd combo and some distasteful subject matter), or hate it.
     
  12. Kentuckian

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    It's an older series of books, but the Foundation & Earth series by Isaac Asimov is outstanding.
     
  13. Nelybarg

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    not necessarily sci-fi, more like tech sci fi...(have also heard it called cyber-punk)

    check out the takeshi kovacs series by richard k morgan.
    in order: altered carbon, broken angels, woken furies.

    definately good stuff.
     
  14. copaup

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    My favorites

    Dune--Frank Herbert
    Mote in God's Eye--Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
    Starship Troopers--Heinlen
    Final Encyclopedia--Gordon R. Dickson

    I consider the above to be the classics of Sci Fi and nearly required reading. For something a bit newer and very cool read the James Alan Gardner "League of Peoples" novels. Be sure to read them in order. A great mix of satire, solid sci fi, humor, and well hidden social commentary. Think of the League as the Federation, except that humanity is a very junior backwards member that is barely tolerated by the more advanced races. Gardner is probably one of the coolest writers I've come across in a long while, although a couple of his latter books are a bit weaker than the early ones.

    Other authors I like a lot:
    Jim Butcher (fantasy novels set in modern Chicago)
    Douglas Adams (Dude, its Hitchiker's guide)
    David Drake (King of Military sci fi)
    Issac Asimov (Dude, its Issac friggin Asimov)
    Ben Bova (King of "hard" sci fi, and an astrophysicist)
     
  15. GlockChuck23

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    +1 on all those excellent choices
     
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    TRY ANY THING BY JOHN RINGO.YOU NOT BE SORRY.
     
  17. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Lifetime Member Millennium Member

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    Anything by John Ringo.

    Also, the entire Honor Harrington series by David Weber (the guy Ringo learned from).
     
  18. jacquejet

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    Try some Keith Laumer books.
     
  19. Squaw Man Wolfer

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    I am a big Robert A. Heinlein fan, but I think he went off the deep end after "Stranger In a Strange Land". Everthing before was first rate!

    A weird read is Joe Haldeman (sp?) "The Forever War".

    Also recommend, as did someone earlier, the Dan Simmons Hyperion series.
     
  20. AC37

    AC37 SystemicAnomaly

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    Haven't read these personally but I have a few friends who say they're great and they're on my list when my friends locate them. I highly recommend the "Dahak" series by David Weber, which starts with Mutineer's Moon, which you can download and read for free (among many others). Check here: http://www.baen.com/library/

    I would actually go so far as to say that so far the Dahak trilogy is by far the best sci-fi work I've ever read, and quite possibly my favorite fictional work ever. Hence why I highly recommend it. :)