Books To Read

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  1. Bradford

    Bradford Current Events Moderator

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    Some of my favorite sci-fi authors and series:

    Asimov - Foundation series, I-Robot series (not the same as the Will Smith movie)

    Heinlein - Future History series and his juvenile books are like old friends that I still come home to at least once every year or two.

    Herbert - The first three books in the Dune series, Dune, Dune Messiah, Children of Dune - after that they get boring and Brian Herbert's new series is a travesty (although I've read several of them.)

    Gordon R. Dickson - Dorsai series

    Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash, Cryptonomicon

    Alan Dean Foster - Flinx and Pip series, Commonwealth series

    Harry Harrison - The Stainless Steel Rat series

    Anne McCaffrey - Dragonriders of Pern series

    Steve Erickson - Rubicon Beach, Days between Stations (both probably out of print, but some of the most beautiful and haunting writing ever)

    William Gibson - Neuromancer, Pattern Recognition, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Count Zero, Mona Lisa Overdrive
     


  2. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    Oohh good call.



    I also thought Stephenson's Snow Crash was a laugh riot!
     


  3. Tokyo Slim

    Tokyo Slim In Time Out

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    Armor - John Steakly. I second, third, fourth, whatever William Gibson and Neal Stevenson. If you like those two, check out Rudy Rucker and John Shirley. Neuromancer was influenced by John Shirley's City Come A Walkin'. Plus Shirley was the one who put the "punk" in cyberpunk, he fronted two or three bands in the 70's, and wrote lyrics for a few others.
     


  4. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I'm shocked no one has mentioned Philip K. Dick yet.

    koji
     


  5. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Other sci-fi faves:

    Stanislav Lem
    Fritz Leiber
    Joe Haldeman
    Ursula LeGuin

    Fantasy:

    Anne McCaffrey
    Guy Gavriel Kay
    Susan Cooper
    Lloyd Alexander

    (the latter two are considered more for children, but I still go back and read the Dark is Rising Sequence and the Chronicles of Prydain to this day)

    Roger Zelazny's Amber series is also tremendous, he was able to move seamlessly between fantasy/sci-fi work (and penned a novel with Philip K. Dick).

    koji
     


  6. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    I'm shocked no one has mentioned Philip K. Dick yet.

    koji


    I had [​IMG]
     


  7. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    I had [​IMG]

    Good man[​IMG]

    koji
     


  8. skalogre

    skalogre Senior member

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    Good man[​IMG]

    koji


    [​IMG]

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    Ok, I need to mention this.
    Terry Pratchett's Discworld books. Especially the ones involving the Vimes' uhm, "creatures"
    And of course many of the Rincewind centred ones.

    P.s. if you do like those, make sure you see the Wyrd Sisters cartoon with Christopher Lee providing the voice of Death.
     


  9. Thracozaag

    Thracozaag Senior member

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    Pratchett's terrific; wicked sense of humour.

    koji
     


  10. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Also, there's a wide variety of takes on the Arthurian legends. "Once and Future King" is a good read.
     


  11. faustian bargain

    faustian bargain Senior member

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    the connecticut yankee! another fun arthurian variation.

    it's best if you read a canonical version first, though - I've got Mallory's Le Morte D'Arthur, but i've never had time/motivation to actually read the whole thing.

    how about really old school - Edgar Rice Burroughs's (do i put an 's' after that apostrophe?) Barsoom and Pellucidar book series. Some of the first outer-space science fiction novels.
     


  12. chrysalid

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    read The Handmaids Tale by atwood recently - very good but depressing as shit. I second everyone who has mentioned pk dick, asimov, herbert, gibson etc. i don't think arthur c. clarke has been mentioned yet, i've not read any but my brother loves his stuff.

    i love the sci-fi of john wyndham - i see him almost as a stuffy english version of dick (or maybe not?....) - the day of the triffids is great, so is the chrysalids and the midwich cuckoos (filmed as the village of the damned), the kraken wakes is also decent.

    from a fantasy standpoint i really reccomend the gormenghast trilogy by mervyn peake (a bit dickens, a bit tolkein) - the first book, titus groan is a slog, but contains some beautifully vivid imagery. the second book, gormenghast, tempers the imgaery with some pretty decent drama. and the third, titus alone, though the weakest (i believe peake was in pretty shitty health), is a decent stab at sci-fi.

    the only stephenson i've read is cryptonomicon - neither fatasy nor sci-fi, but ver enjoyable.
     


  13. countdemoney

    countdemoney Senior member

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    Iain M. Banks. Banks writes both fiction and sci-fi. On his sci-fi work, he uses the M.

    The best starting place with Banks is The Player of Games, it will introduce you to his "culture" universe and is an easy, friendly read.

    My favorite books by him, Against A Dark Background and Use of Weapons will make much more sense if you are familiar with his style from Player.
     


  14. AlanC

    AlanC Minister of Trad

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    Take a look at Bernard Cornwell's Arthurian stuff as well as his Grail books. I haven't read the Arthurian books yet, but I'm reading the third in his Grail set ("Heretic") right now. He treats them more as historical novels than fantasy, however. I'm a big fan of his Sharpe novels.

    Good Omens is highly recommended as are Gaiman's graphic novels.

    Try A Canticle for Leibowitz for a more serious science fiction novel.
     


  15. shellshock

    shellshock Forum Mascot

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    Other sci-fi faves:

    Ursula LeGuin


    i randomly picked up one of her books [the left hand of darkness] at a thrift store and it took me foreverrrr to get into but then eventually it picked up and i really really enjoyed it!
    any you would recommend?



    my favorite would have to be Starswarm by Jerry Pournelle.
    my dad got my copy signed for me years ago. [​IMG] it rules.
     


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