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Old 05-21-2008, 04:45 PM   #1
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Looking for a new science fiction e-book

Howdy gang!

I'll be finishing my current book tonight (Empire of Ivory, book 4 of the Temeraire series by Naomi Novik) and I'd like to have my next one ready to go. I turn to those here for some suggestions on what to read next.

I haven't read much actual science fiction really because I've generally been more a fantasy fan, but lately I'm enjoying mixing it up more. That means there are TONS of sci-fi books out there just waiting for me to discover!

I'm in the mood for a good science fiction with solid science and engrossing characters. The last sci-fi I read that I really enjoyed were Revelation Space, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap by Alastair Reynolds. The 3rd book was a bit floundering IMO, but overall I definitely ate it all up. What might make a good next read for me that is available in some e-book format?

* I prefer the science to be fairly accurate as I'm a the sort that is bugged when it's obviously off.
* Space opera is obviously ok considering my Reynolds enjoyment.
* Plot and character development should not be overshadowed by the science - I know some others get a little carried away.
* Stand alone books or series of books are all welcome.

Ok that's still pretty open ended there, but I figure it's a start. Whatcha got?
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:01 PM   #2
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Night's dawn trilogy, by Peter F. Hamilton
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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Here's some reading for your edification...

Free - Baen book free library ($4 contributions accepted)

David Drake - Old Nathan - Historical Fantasy set in the 1830's Tennesee (by a hard science fiction writer)

Keith Laumer - Retief! (humorous satirical SF)

James H Schmidt - Tezley Amberdon - (telepathy)

James P Hogan - Inherent The Stars - (Space Opera, 1st in a trilogy)

Andre Norton - Time Traders - (Time Travel)

Eric Flint - 1632 - (Alternate History)

And if you can handle bad science in science fiction (for historical purposes)...The First readable Space Opera - Skylark Three (just to see where S/F has come from....) Project Gutenberg

A variety of types and styles, and competitvely priced.
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There's a thread in here with the top20 (or so) Sci-Fi books that will change your life, your have to read, or something ... might want to check those out too.
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Night's dawn trilogy, by Peter F. Hamilton
I was almost miffed at the lack of any description from you on this suggestion until I of course did a quick search on that author and those books in particular. That sounds like *exactly* what I'm looking for!

Now I just have to decide if I should pay the extra $$ to get it through Sony for my 505 so it's correctly formatted, or get it through Fictionwise for a bit less, but then have to convert. Hmm. Probably worth the $1.50 per book to just get it nice and clean.

I'll come back at some point with my thoughts on the series - thanks for the suggestion!
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:45 PM   #6
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There's a thread in here with the top20 (or so) Sci-Fi books that will change your life, your have to read, or something ... might want to check those out too.
Definitely a great thread there. I had already looked through that and yes most of those are now on my list to read sooner or later (if they weren't already hehe,) but for now I had a craving for something specific and I think I may have found it in leandroide's suggestion.
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:05 PM   #7
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Wow I'm triple posting. Someone stop me - I'm outta control!

Anyway, after seeing some more fairly in-depth reviews I think I'm gonna hold off on the Night's Dawn Trilogy for now, but keep it in mind to try another time. Feeling extra picky today.

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So... after seeing just how little is available as e-books from the crop of current hard sci-fi authors I think I may be right back to that Night's Dawn Trilogy. I'm frustrated by how little is available. Come on publishers! It doesn't take a genius to realize science fiction and e-books are made for each other! /sigh.

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Old 05-22-2008, 04:27 AM   #8
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The Electric Church by Jeff Somers
On fictionwise $8.99 and it has a Micropay Rebate: 25% right now on it.

I have not read it yet, bought it only yesterday, planning to read it over the summer.
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I actually envy you a bit, just starting to read SF !! I read tons of 'em and I find it hard these days to find something new and of good quality (I've grown critical too ...)
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Old 05-22-2008, 05:23 AM   #10
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I'd second anything by Peter F. Hamilton.

So far i've read:

Pandora's Star
Judas Unchained
Fallen Dragon

The books tend to be on the hefty side (that being 1000+ pages), but all have been top quality science fiction.
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I'd second anything by Peter F. Hamilton.

So far i've read:

Pandora's Star
Judas Unchained
Fallen Dragon

The books tend to be on the hefty side (that being 1000+ pages), but all have been top quality science fiction.
I've read these books too. Fallen Dragon is quite good. Pandora's star and Judas unchained are a good space opera too. But, as far as I have read, for me Night's dawn is "The space opera".

Hamilton is writing a now the Void trilogy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Void_Trilogy). But I am going to wait until the trilogy is complete. If I can...

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I have just remembered two more recommendations for you, Shadowplay.

They are "A fire upon the deep" and "A deepness in the sky" by Vernor Vinge.

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Now I just have to decide if I should pay the extra $$ to get it through Sony for my 505 so it's correctly formatted, or get it through Fictionwise for a bit less, but then have to convert. Hmm. Probably worth the $1.50 per book to just get it nice and clean.
Sony's versions have huge margins that waste screen space. I find it preferable to try to get a version that I can reformat according to my own taste. Plus, if you can get it without DRM (or if you can remove the DRM, like with MS Lit format) then you can keep the book for future ebook devices. The problem with Sony's format is that you can't do anything with it.
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When you suggest something, please make sure it's available as an eBook in a format that is for the Sony PRS-505 or can easily be converted such as MS Reader. Also, make sure the entire series (if you suggest books from a series) is available.

As an example, a suggestion for the Time Traders series was suggested. But the entire series is not available as eBooks as the series eventually switched publishers.
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