|08-01-2013, 07:17 PM||#1|
Join Date: Aug 2013
Recommendation for a great Sci Fi
Ive not been much of a reader all my life. But in the last year, I've been actively reading.
So far, I've only read fantasy fiction. I am looking for a sci fi genre book that in this day and age will still surprise me(since I love scifi movies and seen most of them).
So recommend away.
|08-01-2013, 07:42 PM||#3|
Join Date: Aug 2009
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I agree that Empire of Man (4 books total) is great.
For hard science fiction, IMHO, its hard to beat Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Awesome stuff.
|08-01-2013, 08:52 PM||#4|
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Rural NW Oregon
Device: Kindle Fire HD, Kindle GDX, Kindle 3, KPW, Nook HD+
Oh.. So many..
Ian M. Banks .. The Culture series starting with Consider Phlebas
Neal Asher .. Agent Cormac series starting with Gridlinked
Octavia Butler -- Liiith's Brood, The Parable series, many more
C.J. Cherryh -- Start with Downbelow Station
James S.A. Corey -- Expanse series starting with Leviathan Wakes
Neal Stephenson -- Almost anything -- start with Snowcrash
John Scalzi -- Old Man's War and the rest of that series
Alastair Reynolds -- Revelation Space series -- starting with Revelation Space
If you get through these, I've got lots more.
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|08-01-2013, 09:06 PM||#5|
Join Date: Jan 2013
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The hardest thing about recommending great Sci-Fi is limiting the list of recommendations. Still, here's a few which immediately spring to mind:
Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and William Gibson's Neuromancer (and the rest of his Sprawl trilogy) are great stories and perfect starting points if you've not yet touched on Cyberpunk.
For large-scale, multi-species, galaxy-spanning action I can think of no better choices than Iain M. Banks' Culture series and Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy.
If you fancy some high-tech crime thrillers, Neal Asher's Agent Cormac series is a great read, as indeed are all his other books.
Finally, Pandora's Star and the sequel Judas Unchained, both by Peter F. Hamilton, is a great story of how it's sometimes better to leave alone things you don't understand.
PS: damn your quick fingers, jgaiser. Good choices though.
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|08-01-2013, 09:59 PM||#6|
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|08-02-2013, 02:49 AM||#7|
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Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga is my favorite scifi thing I've read this year. Action, adventure, great characters plus lots of other stuff like humor and romance and space fighting and whatnot.
I'd also third the Empire of Man rec. It tends to have too much explanations of stuff (like how guns work), but it's still an enjoyable series.
|08-02-2013, 05:19 AM||#9|
Join Date: Aug 2008
Device: iPad 2
Dan Simmons - Hyperion, and its 3 sequels. Amazing SF, and my favorite books. That man can write!
|08-02-2013, 08:14 AM||#10|
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: South Georgia
Device: Nook Color / Nook HD+
Another great Sci Fi book is Armor by John Steakley.
|08-02-2013, 08:48 AM||#11|
Join Date: Mar 2012
Timothy Zahn writes excellent sci-fi adventure. The Icarus Hunt is a great place to start, but I like almost all of his books. So far the only ones that were kind of disappointing were his Cobra series.
|08-02-2013, 09:12 AM||#12|
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Maine, USA
Device: Kindle PW; Nook HD; HTC Rezound
I would add Robert Charles Wilson. Spin is awesome. Also, I agree Snow Crash is so great, but I didn't care for Stephenson after that.Oh! And I almost forgot, no one has mentioned Orson Scott Card. Read Ender's Game, by all means! In fact it would be a very good introduction to the genre, since it is a little less complex than some of the ones we've all been endorsing. Though it does grapple with some pretty heavy moral issues. Great, great book. Cheers!
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|08-02-2013, 12:48 PM||#13|
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Monroe Wisconsin
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Travis Taylor's Warp speed and its sequel The Quantum Connection. (baen)
The sands of Mars by Arthur C. Clarke
Dragons egg and Star quake by Robert L. Forward
The city at worlds end by Edmund Hamilton (at manybooks for free)
|08-02-2013, 01:56 PM||#15|
Join Date: Jul 2013
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For a recommendation of my own, ah, I like the old sixties and seventies SF stuff that is perhaps a tad kitchy by today's standards. But if that's acceptable, then I'd suggest Harlan Ellison's anthologies "Dangerous Visions" and "Dangerous Visions, Again" (both have been re-published as e-books).
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