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Title: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: God Bomb on August 17, 2018, 03:57:08 AM
I jsut finished "Seveneves" audio book.  It started out like near future speculative fiction, somewhat in the vein of a more ambitious "the Martian" and became a lot more in the final third.  It was pretty good.

2 more  sci fi books from this century I strongly recommend are "Spin" by Robert Charles Wilson, and "The Three-Body Problem" by Liu Cixin.  Both are kind of Grand sci-fi trilogies, but the first books in particular are enthralling (the second and third books of three body problem also keep finding new ways to keep you hooked).

Any recommendations in similar veins? 
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on August 17, 2018, 05:24:21 AM
Artemis, by Andy Weir. Fun read with some nice convolutions in the plot. 
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: UnicornPoop on August 17, 2018, 08:31:15 AM
Robert Sawyer's www.wake is fun (internet achieves sentience)

Also Stephen Baxter's Evolution - a far reaching experience like Seveneves.



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Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on August 17, 2018, 11:40:36 AM
If you have a decade to spare you might look at Peter F. Hamilton's body of work. Remember! All great trilogies come in threes!
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: amysrevenge on August 17, 2018, 11:54:24 AM
If you have a decade to spare you might look at Peter F. Hamilton's body of work. Remember! All great trilogies come in threes!

Or even his stand-alone Great North Road, which I very much enjoyed.  One of my favourite books of the last decade.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on August 17, 2018, 12:52:01 PM
If you have a decade to spare you might look at Peter F. Hamilton's body of work. Remember! All great trilogies come in threes!

Or even his stand-alone Great North Road, which I very much enjoyed.  One of my favourite books of the last decade.
ONE BOOK? It's 1800 pages, right?  :P
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: amysrevenge on August 17, 2018, 01:03:00 PM
Like I said.  Stand-alone.   :jugglesaws:

I don't remember exactly - something like 30 hours on audio?
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Calinthalus on August 17, 2018, 03:30:50 PM
I just got around to reading John Scalzi's "Lock In".  It's not hard sci-fi...kinda UF but with science instead of magic.  I enjoyed it.  Enough so that I already bought the sequel.


I just went through my GoodReads list and that's the only scifi I've read this year that was published this millennia that wasn't named "Ready Player One".  A few UF, a lot of standard Fantasy, a couple of horror and like 8 non-fiction books.  I need to hit scifi next year like I did fantasy this year.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: God Bomb on August 17, 2018, 06:12:44 PM
Thanks for the recs, I've read most of Hamilton's stuff.  The original commonwealth saga I really liked.  The Night's dawn trilogy was OK, and the evolutionary void trilogy... I quit halfway through the 3rd book, I just completely lost track of what was going on.

Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on August 17, 2018, 06:20:55 PM
I've really enjoyed everything Scalzi has written.

I don't know if Charles Stross' series The Laundry Files fits your taste... it's a combination of sci fi and fantasy and horror. Very well written, but not for everyone.

Dennis Taylor's Bobiverse books are a blast.

Rob Reid's Year Zero had me grinning almost continuously. Hilarious reading by John Hodgman on Audible.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on August 17, 2018, 08:46:08 PM
Two hardcore prolific scifi authors I like, Alan Dean Foster and Jack L. Chalker.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on August 18, 2018, 07:37:02 PM
Two hardcore prolific scifi authors I like, Alan Dean Foster and Jack L. Chalker.

Are they still writing? Cool. I used to read a lot of them both. The Humanx stories from ADF were a lot of fun. I found Flinx tales spiralled out of control and stopped making much sense though.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on August 18, 2018, 07:40:11 PM
Two hardcore prolific scifi authors I like, Alan Dean Foster and Jack L. Chalker.

Are they still writing? Cool. I used to read a lot of them both. The Humanx stories from ADF were a lot of fun. I found Flinx tales spiralled out of control and stopped making much sense though.
Chalker's dead. I haven't checked Foster's pulse. I recently had enough time to read all the Flinx books straight through. I found his links past and future to be ... interesting.
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Post by: arthwollipot on August 19, 2018, 08:58:33 PM
The Expanse series is always worth a read. The TV series was good, but the books are extremely good.
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Post by: Tassie Dave on August 20, 2018, 02:27:11 AM
Some of my favourite Sci-Fi from this century.

Aurora by Kim Stanley Robinson
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The novel concerns a generation ship traveling to Tau Ceti in order to begin a human colony. The novel's primary narrating voice is the starship's artificial intelligence.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and it's sequel (Children of God)
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In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be "human".

I loved the "Remembrance of Earth's Past" series you mentioned (Three-Body Problem and it's 2 sequels). That is one of the best series I have ever read
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: God Bomb on October 19, 2018, 10:32:00 AM

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell and it's sequel (Children of God)
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In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet that will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question what it means to be "human".



thanks for the rec, I checked out "The Sparrow".  It was very good, if a little implausible at times.  But incredibly depressing.  To the point where I didn't really want to read the sequel.  I read the wiki for the Children of God instead, and I think it would have depressed me too.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on October 19, 2018, 09:40:04 PM
Two hardcore prolific scifi authors I like, Alan Dean Foster and Jack L. Chalker.

Are they still writing? Cool. I used to read a lot of them both. The Humanx stories from ADF were a lot of fun. I found Flinx tales spiralled out of control and stopped making much sense though.
Chalker's dead. I haven't checked Foster's pulse. I recently had enough time to read all the Flinx books straight through. I found his links past and future to be ... interesting.
I never made it through all the Flinx books. I somehow got to them out of order and with gaps. I might have to revisit the series. At the time I thought it was an incoherent mess.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on October 20, 2018, 05:46:03 AM
Two hardcore prolific scifi authors I like, Alan Dean Foster and Jack L. Chalker.

Are they still writing? Cool. I used to read a lot of them both. The Humanx stories from ADF were a lot of fun. I found Flinx tales spiralled out of control and stopped making much sense though.
Chalker's dead. I haven't checked Foster's pulse. I recently had enough time to read all the Flinx books straight through. I found his links past and future to be ... interesting.
I never made it through all the Flinx books. I somehow got to them out of order and with gaps. I might have to revisit the series. At the time I thought it was an incoherent mess.
I read them hit-or-miss back in the day, but I've gotten into the habit of looking up the chronology and doing the slow march. For the Flinx books there's only one that wildly out of sequence with regard to publication date, The Tar-Ayim Krang. Otherwise I felt they were contiguous. I do wish we had more of September Skua's back story.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on October 20, 2018, 06:14:53 AM
Looks like I need to figure out that library app after all.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Noisy Rhysling on October 20, 2018, 06:41:56 AM
Looks like I need to figure out that library app after all.
If you have a lot of books the barcode reader is a blessing. Boss Lady had a lot of books to enter when I turned her on to librarything, and the mouse allowed her to enter >1,500 books in two days steady work. Like any demon-possessed electronic device it can be temperamental, but she got used to it in a few minutes.

Before that I had all her books sort by category:

(https://i.imgur.com/WcH49xu.jpg)
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on October 21, 2018, 11:46:26 PM
Oh wow. I didn't even know that barcode reading was a thing. So much to catch up on!
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Post by: Noisy Rhysling on October 22, 2018, 06:46:46 AM
Oh wow. I didn't even know that barcode reading was a thing. So much to catch up on!
They made it ... cute.

(https://www.librarything.com/pics/cuecat-300-2.jpg)
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Post by: starnado on October 23, 2018, 10:43:57 AM
I just listened to Perdido Street Station by China Mieville. I didn't take to it at first but it grew on me and in me, at first as a growing affection for the characters and then, as the plot developed, as an increasing sense of hopelessness and excited tension. The book that defines the term steampunk.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: PANTS! on March 01, 2019, 10:16:52 AM
Looks like I need to figure out that library app after all.
What app is this?
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: Ah.hell on March 01, 2019, 11:13:11 AM
Hmm....a library app, I'm going to have to get me one of those. 
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: brilligtove on March 01, 2019, 11:43:03 AM
Most public library systems have apps you can use do read books on your phone. I still haven't done this from my Toronto Public Library account.
Title: Re: got any recent sci fi recommendations?
Post by: amysrevenge on March 01, 2019, 11:54:12 AM
I've been a cardholder at two different libraries that use the "Hoopla" app for their digital libraries.  It's a mix of awesome and frustrating - if you are accustomed to Audible and/or Google Play Books, for instance, you might find the Hoopla interface less intuitive. 

And the selections are often kind of... mysterious.  Like, they don't have some traditional favourites (ie. expensive stuff), and have heaps of stuff you've never heard of (ie. cheap stuff).