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Old 04-11-2009, 09:01 PM   #1
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Recommend me a Sci-Fi Novel

Recommend me a sci-fi novel. I'm open to any author. I really like post-apocalyptic books too.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:24 PM   #2
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Post-apocalyptic - Refuge - Richard Herley
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:20 PM   #3
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Recommend me a sci-fi novel. I'm open to any author. I really like post-apocalyptic books too.
Fav Post Apocalyptic -
Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven
The Stand - Stephen King
Alas Babylon - Pat Frank (might be too dated for ya)

My favorite Sci-Fi
The Pride of Chanur - CJ Cherryh
Heavy Time - CJ Cherryh
Startide Rising - David Brin
Fire Upon The Deep - Vernor Vinge
Ringworld - Larry Niven
Dream Park - Larry Niven
Titan - John Varley
Gateway - Frederick Pohl
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Barrayar - Lois McMaster Bujold
Sten - Alan Cole and Chris Bunch
The Many-Colored Land - Julian May
Armor - John Steakley
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

I really like Neal Stephenson's sci-fi (Snow Crash, Diamond Age) too, like him better than William Gibson - but I can't think of one I've read more than once and all of the above I've read more than twice.

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Old 04-11-2009, 10:31 PM   #4
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Fav Post Apocalyptic -
Lucifer's Hammer - Larry Niven
The Stand - Stephen King
Alas Babylon - Pat Frank (might be too dated for ya)

My favorite Sci-Fi
The Pride of Chanur - CJ Cherryh
Heavy Time - CJ Cherryh
Startide Rising - David Brin
Fire Upon The Deep - Vernor Vinge
Ringworld - Larry Niven
Dream Park - Larry Niven
Titan - John Varley
Gateway - Frederick Pohl

I really like Neal Stephenson's sci-fi (Snow Crash, Diamond Age) too, like him better than William Gibson - but I can't think of one I've read more than once and all of the above I've read more than twice.
Absolutely! Anything by Cherryh... and she's still adding more!
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Old 04-11-2009, 10:46 PM   #5
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Absolutely! Anything by Cherryh... and she's still adding more!
hehe.. I'm a big fan of Cherryh but I can't say I've loved it all. Any of the Alliance/Union universe stuff and the Chanur stuff and the Foreigner stuff, so that's like 30 books heh, is great. Her dabbles into fantasy or fantasy/sci fi (fortress, morgaine etc) are marginal to okay with the occasional good (2 Rider novels), but not superior like her pure sci-fi. That's from someone who really digs fantasy as well as sci-fi (of course, everyone has their own opinion and likes and dislikes as it should be)

She's one of the few sci-fi writers to really "get" the future of mankind in space. To the degree NASA even named an asteroid for her 'for "challenging" them'.

Glad there's another fan of hers here!

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Old 04-11-2009, 10:49 PM   #6
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Cory Doctorow's Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom was one of the first sci-fi books I actively liked. I also liked Jonathan Lethem's Gun, With Occasional Music (though maybe that doesn't count totally as sci-fi?), and Simon Haynes' Hal Spacejock.
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Old 04-11-2009, 11:03 PM   #7
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Old 04-12-2009, 03:59 AM   #8
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Here is a smattering of authors i Like, you can find a whole lot more in my library thing in my sig
The Mote in gods Eye =Niven
the Acidental time Machine =Haldeman
Old Mans war =Scalzi
Tunnel in the Sky =Heinlein
the stars my destination =bester

though do check out my library thing, especially the 4 stars and above
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Old 04-12-2009, 04:21 AM   #9
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:57 AM   #10
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The two definitive early post-apocalyptic sci-fi novels are:

Star Man's Son (aka Daybreak 2250) by Andre Norton
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.

Other good examples are:

The Postman by David Brin
Lucifer's Hammer by Jerry Pournelle and Larry Niven
Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank (not really sci-fi)
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British SF has quite a rich vein of post-apocalyptic novels going back to Mary Shelley's 'The Last Man'.

John Wyndham, John Christopher and J. G. Ballard all wrote fine post-apocalyptic novels.
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Old 04-13-2009, 08:44 AM   #12
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Could you name a few books that you enjoyed in the past? It would make tailored recommendations a lot easier. Everybody has their favourites, of course. A lovely, simple story, would be Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon".

For something faster, with cool tech, you could try Scott Westerfield's "The Risen Empire".

And presumably you've read Frank Herbert's "Dune"?
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It's not sci-fi, but "On the Beach" by Nevil Shute is post-apocalyptic.

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I hate to argue, Dreamer, but since we haven't had an apocalypse yet, "On the Beach" is definitely Science Fiction
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