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« Reply #15 on: April 02, 2008, 05:03:26 PM »
The desert may be a metaphor but it's still hot and dry.

I agree completely with roger's assessment of Dune. I liked it a lot in high school. Read it this year. Not great. The writing style is annoying, too.

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« Reply #16 on: April 02, 2008, 05:30:06 PM »
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No deserts.
Gah!  I missed that little bit.

But if you don't read the book, then you won't chuckle when someone brings up organ donations and I say, "The flesh may be yours, but the fluids belong to the tribe."  Ok, maybe you won't chuckle anyways, but it amuses me and sometimes that's enough.  :P

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« Reply #17 on: April 02, 2008, 05:57:52 PM »
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But if you don't read the book, then you won't chuckle


You make a good point.


I've heard good things about Neil Stephenson so I reckon I'll pick up one of his books.

Thanks for the suggestions ye all.
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« Reply #18 on: April 02, 2008, 07:30:11 PM »
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But if you don't read the book, then you won't chuckle


You make a good point.


I've heard good things about Neil Stephenson so I reckon I'll pick up one of his books.

Thanks for the suggestions ye all.

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If you like solid, complete endings where all or most subplots (or, fuck, even the main plot) are resolved, Stephenson is not for you although he's still enjoyable, in my opinion.

Personally, I'd recommend Hyperion by Dan Simmons.
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« Reply #19 on: April 02, 2008, 08:56:43 PM »
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I like Michael Marshall Smith, whose books are kind of like futuristic noir. I also like William Gibson, which is again kind of noir.

I'm not much for the space stuff but I do like some stories set in the future, especially if they are kind of Bladerunner-esque.

Some space opera sci-fi that I like is Iain M. Banks. I guess I just like his writing style or something, although I've only read one or two of his books.

I also like China Mieville's books, which are a combo of sci-fi/fantasy/steampunk, but is a gigantic pinko and that politics is really inherent in the books, so if you don't like that then you wouldn't like them.
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« Reply #20 on: April 02, 2008, 08:59:55 PM »
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Is that guy made out of combs? And what's with the boat sailing across what appears to be a field of wheat? And Fantastical giant mushrooms in the background. It certainly has all the elements of a great yarn to be sure.

'Yea the man of Comb has come to the ship what sails upon wheat, separating the chaff from whatever chaff is attached to. My space buggy be broke. May I  use your phone?'
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« Reply #21 on: April 02, 2008, 09:01:52 PM »
I loved every book in the Ender Series. I thought the original Ender offshoots were better than the Bean ones, but I loved them all.

I also really liked Card's Homecoming Series, and I thought the concepts in The Worthing Saga were also really cool.

I don't care if he's a homophobic mormon, the guy can write science fiction!

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« Reply #22 on: April 02, 2008, 09:17:48 PM »
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Is that guy made out of combs? And what's with the boat sailing across what appears to be a field of wheat? And Fantastical giant mushrooms in the background. It certainly has all the elements of a great yarn to be sure.

'Yea the man of Comb has come to the ship what sails upon wheat, separating the chaff from whatever chaff is attached to. My space buggy be broke. May I  use your phone?'

Yes, that's the plot to a tee. Truly that Hugo Award was well earned.
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« Reply #23 on: April 02, 2008, 10:38:37 PM »
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I loved every book in the Ender Series. I thought the original Ender offshoots were better than the Bean ones, but I loved them all.

I also really liked Card's Homecoming Series, and I thought the concepts in The Worthing Saga were also really cool.

I don't care if he's a homophobic mormon, the guy can write science fiction!


Even Xenocide! Ugh, that book was awful. Way too long and just stupid to boot.
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« Reply #24 on: April 02, 2008, 10:44:17 PM »
I'm not ashamed to admit that I loved Xenocide. It felt like more of a filler between story lines, but I couldn't get enough of Ender.

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« Reply #25 on: April 02, 2008, 11:42:33 PM »
Maybe it would help if you told us what you've already read.

Must reads include Ender's Game, Neuromancer, Dune (yeah, the desert figures prominently), and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Though, as a SF fan, you've probably already read that stuff. I liked Asimov's Robot series (except 'I, Robot' which I never read), but then you don't want to read anything where a semi-human struggles with humanity.

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« Reply #26 on: April 03, 2008, 10:07:56 AM »
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I loved every book in the Ender Series. I thought the original Ender offshoots were better than the Bean ones, but I loved them all.

I also really liked Card's Homecoming Series, and I thought the concepts in The Worthing Saga were also really cool.

I don't care if he's a homophobic mormon, the guy can write science fiction!


agreed on all parts!

The pastwatch series is also good.  Most Card fans haven't read those.

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« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2008, 01:08:51 PM »
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I loved every book in the Ender Series. I thought the original Ender offshoots were better than the Bean ones, but I loved them all.

I also really liked Card's Homecoming Series, and I thought the concepts in The Worthing Saga were also really cool.

I don't care if he's a homophobic mormon, the guy can write science fiction!


Agreed.  I especially like Speaker for the Dead.
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« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2008, 10:29:35 PM »
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I loved every book in the Ender Series. I thought the original Ender offshoots were better than the Bean ones, but I loved them all.

I also really liked Card's Homecoming Series, and I thought the concepts in The Worthing Saga were also really cool.

I don't care if he's a homophobic mormon, the guy can write science fiction!

Ender's Game is fantastic, and Speaker for the Dead is quite good, but I didn't really care for Children of the Mind. I especially didn't like the teleportation stuff. What he describes is fun to think about, but I thought it was terrible in the context of that story. Near the middle of the book, I really started to feel like he must have been desperately trying to meet a deadline.
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« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2008, 10:47:15 PM »
guimauve, you might like Ship of Fools by Richard Paul Russo, or his Carlucci trilogy. I remember that a kid has a fairly large role in those Carlucci books, but it's not cheesy. The Carlucci books also definitely have a cyber punk atmosphere.

You also might like Marrow by Robert Reed. There is gratuitous sex with an alien at one point, and I wasn't all that crazy about his writing style, but it was a very interesting book.

I have become a really big fan of Jack McDevitt. He uses "faster than light" travel, but I would describe him as a "hard" sci-fi writer. Like Clarke, he likes to write about technology and physics, but he is also very good at character development. He's big on mysterious, ancient alien artifacts and ships.

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You mean John Brunner.

I haven't read that one, but I like Catch a Falling Star. I also want to read Stand on Zanzibar at some point.
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