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^agreed
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Originally Posted by artishard116 View Post

haha.. right.

it's really weird to read and then watch happen with this whole mars-one thing. it's all going to go down just like he wrote it in the 80's basically.

one of the first sci-fi collections I ever owned was one of those, uh, marsploitation things with sexy venutians and giant dragonflies and stuff. I still hope.
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sounds equally as steeped in research and facts as the mars books nod[1].gif

that little curiosity rover is a lucky bastard
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Also, thank god for this thread derailment, I just started re-reading the Shadow of the Torturer series again due to a lack of book recommendations (which is a great sci-fi/fantasy series too)
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leviathan wakes/caliban's war is the new mars trilogy with a noire twist


robert jordan is the trashiest garbage ever. dragonlance is better than robert jordan
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Wheel of Time is fucking miserable
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Maybe quaint was a bad choice of words on my part. What I meant was that the same set of technologies that enables e-readers to exist is also the same set of technologies that we use to have this conversation. People have lodged similar criticisms towards internet communications.

There are some real advantages that physical books have that e-readers simply can't match but I don't think nostalgia is one of them. also I typed this with my voice

Maybe there should be an SWD reading topic?
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Originally Posted by SuperBobo View Post

books is definitly what I buy the most. Have a heap right on my living room table. Topics like reinforcement learning, cognitive evolution, decision theory, game theory, evolutionary game theory, behavioral economics... Still so much to learn!

Loving this


Anyone got recommendations for good fantasy btw? Read the "game of thrones" series, which was enjoyable, anything else new worth reading?

Brandon Sanderson: dude makes some incredible magic systems.

 

Wheel of Time series (lot tamer than GoT though)

 

Tolkien if you haven't read them yet.

 

EDIT: Anathem by Neal Stephenson is pretty interesting, not sure I'd call it straight sci fi or alternate history or fantasy, it's kind of a mix of all 3.

 

EDIT2: Richard Morgan's got some grittier sci fi stuff too.

 

I'd definitely enjoy a reading thread.

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Dark Tower remains one of my favorite series. Also Infinite Jest/ all of DFW's work.
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i really wish i had more free time to read. it took me all summer and most of last semester to finish on the road frown.gif
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I don't like to read. I like to watch, look, listen, and taste of course foo.gifshog[1].gif
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Ive read a bunch of Neal Stephensons, good stuff. On a sort of related note, Im sad William Gibson abandoned cyberpunk proper...
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Ive read a bunch of Neal Stephensons, good stuff. On a sort of related note, Im sad William Gibson abandoned cyberpunk proper...

Neal Stephenson consistently amazes me with how he can write 1k+ page books about hugely different topics and themes.

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Neal Stephenson is great! Have loved everything I have read by him.

Great recs so far. I would also like to add The Book of the New Sun quartet by Gene Wolfe. Amazing, amazing series, one of my most read sets of science-fantasy (it's my Lord of the Rings I guess) along with Roger Zelazny's Chronicles of Amber and Lord of Light. Also, Jack Vance's set of stories "The Dying Earth". I think there was a Fantasy Masterworks release that collected all of them into one book so that is definitely the one to track down.

Surprised no one has mentioned Iain M. Banks so far wrt space opera. Use of Weapons, Player of Games, Consider Phlebas are all damn amazing sci-fi.

I would also throw in Perdido Street Station and The Scar by China Mieville.
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Yes, Book of the New Sun is my favorite (I called it Shadow of the Torturer because I couldn't remember the name of the actual series... shog[1].gif )
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