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Offline Bangor the Dark

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Good Sci-Fi?
« on: May 25, 2015, 04:55:44 AM »
Hi guys. First post on the forum, and I waste it on fiction. Heh. Oh well, one has to have some entertainment, right?

Since I was a kid I have loved science - and science fiction. For the last few years I have not read very much for pleasure compared to what I used to, I have been enrolled in a 5 year integrated master in bio-nanotechnology (Making me a scientific generalist with expertise focused on the size domain 1-100 nm), and am currently working on my PhD. During the last six years in academia I have for the most part focused on other non-fiction literature. Now that I would like to read a little fiction again I find that with my current expertise in physics, chemistry and so on I find most science fiction horrendously annoying - much of what is suggested in the books is simply not believable or very clearly outright impossible or at the very least extremely impractical. I find this to be unfortunate, as I love to read and would really appreciate good books to sink my teeth into whenever I have the time after long days at the lab.

Some sci-fi is excellent. Like Andrew Weirr's "The Martian".  But it seems a little difficult to navigate the (fiction) literature for well written fictional books with sound scientific basis. Hence this post. Does anyone have some suggestions?
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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #1 on: May 25, 2015, 10:41:41 AM »
If you want a book that cleverly deals with the "technology jump" problem common in science fiction, I enjoyed reading Spin by Robert Charles Wilson.  Except the one major plot twist involves some implausible bio-nanotechnology, so good luck with that.   ;)

My problem is that there seems to be a wealth of hard sci-fi available if you really look for it, but the characters tend to be incredibly bland and forgettable.

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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #2 on: May 25, 2015, 10:45:23 AM »

Can't vouch for any of these except the 2 we've already mentioned.  And Asimov, which suffers from the character development problem that I can't stand.

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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #3 on: May 25, 2015, 11:58:43 AM »
Totally on board with this thread.  It seems like every time a try a new author I'm disappointed.  The exception being James Corey's Expanse series.   

You might like Kim Robinson's Mars books.  A series about the colonization and terraforming of mars and various political systems and infighting that develop. 

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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #4 on: May 26, 2015, 12:26:07 PM »
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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #5 on: May 26, 2015, 12:39:25 PM »
Lots of good content in a similar thread a few lines down here:,42897.0.html

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Re: Good Sci-Fi?
« Reply #6 on: May 26, 2015, 02:04:56 PM »
Iain M Banks Culture series is just fantastic. I have had visceral reactions from his writing.

I also really enjoyed Margaret Atwood's science fiction novels, The Handmaid's Tale and the Oryx and Crake Trilogy, especially the first novel, The Year of the Flood.

I also really enjoyed the first two books of The Expanse, I wasn't as keen on the next two, but I will give the third a try, and of course, there are a few classics, like Dune and A Canticle for Liebowitz.