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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #30 on: August 23, 2012, 10:50:27 AM »
Stanislaw Lem - great, funny, imaginative, smart, and totally unique.  More Borges than Heinlein. 
And he coined the term Robot
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #31 on: August 23, 2012, 11:40:17 AM »
Stanislaw Lem - great, funny, imaginative, smart, and totally unique.  More Borges than Heinlein. 
And he coined the term Robot

No he didn't. That was Karel Čapek in "R.U.R" ("Rossum's Universal Robot"). "Roboti" is a not-so-nice Czech word for "worker". Not quite a strong as slave, but in that direction.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #32 on: August 23, 2012, 04:16:13 PM »
Stanislaw Lem - great, funny, imaginative, smart, and totally unique.  More Borges than Heinlein. 
And he coined the term Robot

No he didn't. That was Karel Čapek in "R.U.R" ("Rossum's Universal Robot"). "Roboti" is a not-so-nice Czech word for "worker". Not quite a strong as slave, but in that direction.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #33 on: August 24, 2012, 02:23:04 AM »
I’m a huge fan of the Ender series (hence my handle).
Speaker for the dead is a very different story to Enders Game and arguably a better book.

Also The Dispossessed, A Canticle for Leibowitz, Ringworld, The Handmaid's Tale
 

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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #34 on: August 24, 2012, 03:05:08 AM »
I have the first Ender's Game book but I have a lot of difficulty trying to finish it not because it's bad or anything but because knowing I gave money to Card makes me feel so uncomfortable reading it.

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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #35 on: August 26, 2012, 12:12:50 AM »
Riverworld is fun.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #36 on: August 26, 2012, 12:35:05 AM »
The conclusion of Ender's Game got to me the first time I read it.

I sat down with this the other day for a while at Barnes and Noble, Future Lovecraft: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/future-lovecraft-silvia-moreno-garcia/1107839347

I enjoyed it. It made me have a weird dream where I was watching Conan The Barbarian only it was H.P Lovecraft sitting on a table when they asked "what is best in life?". He said "to show your enemies the madness of the cosmos, see them driven insane before you, and hear the ululations of their women".

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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #37 on: August 26, 2012, 07:09:43 AM »
I have the first Ender's Game book but I have a lot of difficulty trying to finish it not because it's bad or anything but because knowing I gave money to Card makes me feel so uncomfortable reading it.
It really is one of those ignorance is bliss situations.
Knowing about his rampant homophobia did taint my view of his writing a touch.

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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #38 on: August 26, 2012, 10:05:31 AM »
Riverworld is fun.

It is fun, if you stop early enough.  Eventually it runs into the problem of a lot of free-wheeling series, it can't quite land the premise.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #39 on: August 26, 2012, 03:05:38 PM »

It really is one of those ignorance is bliss situations.
Knowing about his rampant homophobia did taint my view of his writing a touch.
Didn't Ender's Game take place in a future where Christianity was illegal too?

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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #40 on: August 26, 2012, 03:58:28 PM »
I'm glad I read "Ender's Game" before knowing anything about the author. Otherwise, I might not have bothered.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #41 on: August 26, 2012, 04:28:58 PM »
Harlan Ellison is one of my favorites. I recommend starting with the collection I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream. Besides his short story collections, he's well know for writing many classic episodes of Sci-Fi television episodes.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #42 on: August 26, 2012, 09:09:19 PM »
I enjoyed it. It made me have a weird dream where I was watching Conan The Barbarian only it was H.P Lovecraft sitting on a table when they asked "what is best in life?". He said "to show your enemies the madness of the cosmos, see them driven insane before you, and hear the ululations of their women".
:D No, no I think you need more of whatever you're on.

I'm glad I read "Ender's Game" before knowing anything about the author. Otherwise, I might not have bothered.
Same here. His various -isms aren't as prevalent in the two Ender's series books I read, but they're super obvious in his Alvin Maker series. I could even get half-way through the first Maker book. Seriously, the lead female's driving motivation is to marry a teenager she hardly knows. Because she's psychic or something and can see it in the future.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #43 on: August 26, 2012, 09:44:21 PM »
The Ships of Earth series are even worse in that regard, being essentially a retelling of the book of Mormon.
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Re: Must-read Sci-fi?
« Reply #44 on: December 07, 2014, 07:22:24 PM »
I just finished all the available books in 'The Expanse' by James S.A. Corey (made up name for two guys who write the series).

Leviathan Wakes was absolutely amazing, an atmospheric, futuristic, creepy thrilling, detective story. Seriously, I had to stop reading it a few times, especially at night as it gave me the creeps, a truly visceral reaction.

The second book, Calaban's War, was almost as good.

Then the books sort of fades a bit, and the last one, Cibola Burns, is mediocre at best. They do have a few more books planned, I hope they manage to come up with something a wee bit better.

I think the popularity of the first two books may have forced them to write a bit too quickly for the publishers.


 

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