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Postby chillin » Wed Nov 14, 2007 9:43 am

Looking for some good sci-fi... please post a list of your 'don't miss this' type SciFi novels... leave out the obvious stuff like Dune, Cluster, Foundation, PDK anything, Uplift, etc....

Military SF
The Honor Harrington series
Crown of Slaves

Hard SF
The Forge of God
Anvil of Stars
Blood Music - awesome Greg Bear
The Diamond Age


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Postby Joe Hillshoist » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:58 am

Have you read anything of he Culture series by iain banks?
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Postby Joe Hillshoist » Thu Nov 15, 2007 2:59 am

Oh Stanislaw Lem... How could I forget that.
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Postby annie aronburg » Thu Nov 15, 2007 6:36 am

The Sheep Look Up by John Brunner was always a favorite.


"O Oysters," said the Carpenter,
"You've had a pleasant run!
Shall we be trotting home again?'
But answer came there none--
And this was scarcely odd, because
They'd eaten every one.
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Postby chillin » Thu Nov 15, 2007 1:38 pm

Picked up the Hugo Award winning Hyperion by Dan Simmons. The first page mentions receiving a burst message via decaying tachyons which to me means it will be a cool book.

I'm about half-way, cool story but it has one of the most offensive paragraphs I've ever read.
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Postby chiggerbit » Mon Nov 19, 2007 5:39 pm

Well, Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series might be more like soft sci-fi, but I love them.
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Postby Penguin » Mon Dec 17, 2007 9:44 pm

One forgotten master of scifi:

Jack Vance

My favorites from him include:

The Dying Earth trilogy set in distant Earth at a time when the sun is dying..A tale of a morally unscrupulous (anti)heros journeys on Earths last days..Magick already waning with the sun.

To Live Forever

Vance has written tens of books, over several decades. Ive read maybe 20 of his books, and liked most.
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Postby FourthBase » Wed Dec 26, 2007 6:43 pm

Do you guys who read military sci-fi read any Baen/Ringo books?
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Postby chillin » Thu Jan 10, 2008 7:35 pm

I've read some military sci-fi, The Baen Free Library has tons and it's free!. I've read 10 or so the Honor Harrington series, found it really enjoyable. There's a book called Crown of Slaves that takes place in the same universe. The free library thing sells books too, they get you hooked to an author - then you have to buy their stuff.

I've read the March to the Sea trilogy by Ringo and David Drake, it was pretty cool.
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Postby Joe Hillshoist » Tue Jan 15, 2008 2:43 am

Ever read Micheal Morcock
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Postby chillin » Tue Jan 15, 2008 12:30 pm

Blood and souls for my lord Arioch!

I've only read a few Elric stories though. For me that stuff is beyond fantasy the way Lovecraft is supposed to be beyond horror. Speaking of Lovecraft... a bunch of free stuff is here:
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Postby pepsified thinker » Sun Apr 13, 2008 10:03 am

Frank Herbert's always good--

Dune, of course, but also some of his short stories and other novels.

Easy to see parallels between the Dune series and current events, a la 'spice' = 'oil', Arrakis = Arabia (or the general, oil rich regions of the middle east, etc. etc.

Along the same lines: Asimov's Foundation series is good: has a sort of elite, behind the scenes aspect (hope that's not a spoiler!) that looks a bit different to me now, after reading a lot here at R.I., than it originally did when I read it 10 or 20 years ago.

Also: Joe Haldeman's Forever War and Heinlein's Starship Troopers--but read Heinlein's S.Ts. first.

Last (for now) but not least: John Birmingham's Axis of Time alternate history series. (

--just a few I've enjoyed; maybe they're obvious, but if you haven't read 'em yet, you're in for a treat.
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Postby Telexx » Sun May 03, 2009 1:00 pm

I'd recommend Iain M Banks' Sci-fi (as apposed to his "Iain Banks" modern literature, which is also v.good and worth checking out).

John Varley's "Steel Beach" is a great read. A masterpiece really...

Finally Gene Wolfe probably my favorite author.


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Postby RomanyX » Thu May 07, 2009 6:16 am

Sorry if any of these are "obvious". Since the request was for Science Fiction novels, I'm limiting this list to stuff I consider to be SF (not Fantasy or Horror), and leaving out any collections unless they relate to a series.

Sheri S. Tepper's unnamed trilogy: Grass, Raising the Stones, and Sideshow. Read them in that order.

F. Paul Wilson's "LaNague" novels: Healer, Wheels Within Wheels, An Enemy of the State, Dydeetown World, The Tery, plus The LaNague Chronicles (anthology). And his "Sims" series: La Causa, The Portero Method, Meerm, Zero, Thy Brother's Keeper, and Sims (another anthology).

Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash.

William Gibson's Neuromancer and Count Zero.

John Shirley's City Come A-Walkin'.

Theodore Sturgeon's The Dreaming Jewels and Almost Human.

John Wyndham's Day of the Triffids.

Dean R. Koontz's Watchers.

More after I jog my memory...[/i]
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Postby jingofever » Fri May 08, 2009 11:51 pm

RomanyX wrote:William Gibson's Neuromancer and Count Zero.

I have read Neuromancer (on a computer screen, appropriately) but not Count Zero. How do they compare? And are you leaving Mona Lisa Overdrive off your list on purpose?

By the way, the Guardian had a list of must read sci-fi. That is part one. You can find parts two and three in the sidebar.
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