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Old 08-12-2013, 11:50 AM   #61
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I have been a huge Heinlein fan for over 40 years. The Number Of The Beast is the only book I have ever physically thrown across the room! No - I didn't like it
Apart from the sexuality and the main characters being obnoxiously smart, it wasn't a typical heinlein so I can understand that. That said, I liked it.
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Old 08-12-2013, 05:14 PM   #62
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The Gap Series by Stephen R Donaldson was a great read. One of the best SF series that I have read.
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Old 08-12-2013, 09:09 PM   #63
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The Gap Series by Stephen R Donaldson was a great read. One of the best SF series that I have read.
I remember devouring the first 3 books in the Gap series, then the next two were also pretty good. Then all the many succeeding levels of gap series just became, to me, make-work reading.

But a hearty second to at least "White Gold Wielder" and the rest of that beginning quintology.
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Old 08-13-2013, 04:54 PM   #64
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Thanks for all the recommendations so far. I'm thinking of giving House of Suns a go at the moment.
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Old 08-14-2013, 03:05 PM   #65
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Robert Buettner's Orphan series

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Since I finished reading Spin by Robert Charles Wilson I have been casting about unable to find a new sci-fi novel to sink my teeth into. I put a unfortunate amount of time into The Reality Disfunction before I realized I found the central conceit of the villains too stupid to take the book or its universe seriously. So now I need recommendations.

My favorite books are Anathem, A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky, The Forever War and Hyperion.

Basically I love an intelligent Space Opera, the exploration of a strange yet believable world and the struggle of a soldier caught in the stupidity of war.

Any ideas?
Robert Buettner's Orphan series (Jason Wander books) is exactly what you are asking for. Well written and well plotted stories.

I've got to also say though, when you are ready for a change of pace, try Paolo Bacigalupi's "Wind-up Girl".
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I just finished reading Stepherson's Reamde and thoroughly enjoyed it. Yet another step away from the SiFi genre, mind you (in case you're exclusively reading SiFi), but if you've enjoyed Cryptonomicon then you'll be good with that, I think.

However, by the same author, you must read The Baroque Cycle.

Going off topic a little, into the mix I offer Amitav Gosh's The Calcutta Chromosome which is astounding and won the Arthur C Clarke award in '97

@Bossman - thank you for linking to that list.
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I heartily endorse the recommendation of The Sparrow by Mary Russell.

I also recommend the Xenogenesis Series by Octavia Butler. The ideas, the characters and the plots are unique and the writing is excellent. Aliens who rescue humans from their own depredations, alter them genetically to prepare them for a return to Earth, and find cancer interesting?

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