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Old 08-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #1
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More Recent Science Fiction Authors

I havent read much in years but started again recently. I started with a writer i remembered always enjoying, Arthur C. Clarke.

His stories seem almost dated in terms of technology to me. I was wondering if anyone could suggest any authors who are more recent or have a more modern feel to them.

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Old 08-15-2012, 10:16 PM   #2
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I'll start with one... John Scalzi.

Check out the page for him at Fantastic Fiction.

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/s/john-scalzi/
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thanks muchly
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Old 08-16-2012, 06:52 AM   #4
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Off the top of my head:

Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, Dan Simmons, James S.A. Corey, Dan Abnett, Stephen Baxter. Errr, and me!
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Old 08-16-2012, 07:25 AM   #5
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Off the top of my head:

Iain M Banks, Alastair Reynolds, Peter F. Hamilton, Dan Simmons, James S.A. Corey, Dan Abnett, Stephen Baxter. Errr, and me!
That's a good starting list!
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:20 AM   #6
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:24 AM   #7
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Old 08-16-2012, 09:28 AM   #8
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I'd suggest Robert J. Sawyer, he is one of my favorite authors. It depends on what sort of book you are looking for, he writes both hard scifi and scifi/mystery crossovers.

For a stand-alone, I would perhaps start with Factoring Humanity or Starplex (if you are looking for space Opera). He has also written three trilogies, The Neanderthal Parallax about a parallel earth where Neanderthals survived and Homo sapiens got extinct, and his more recent WWW trilogy about the world wide web developing conscience.

Other people have already mentioned Stephen Baxter, whom I enjoy, too. He has written a great sequel to H. G. Wells's The Time Machine: The Time Ships.

I also like about anything by Jack McDevitt.
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I'd suggest Robert J. Sawyer, ...

He has also written three trilogies, The Neanderthal Parallax about a parallel earth where Neanderthals survived and Homo sapiens got extinct, ...
Good author, yes.
Good trilogy, yes.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:05 AM   #10
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I think geordietastic needs to define what he/she means by a "more recent" sci-fi author. No doubt the author needs to be alive, how about the number of books that the author has written, David Weber is still with us however he has published quite a few books, is he still "more recent"?
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:47 AM   #11
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Yes, I second Stross. Also Neal Stephenson, Vernor Vinge, and Cory Doctorow as futurists who, um, stay current, lol.
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Ok, my feelings about Clarke are that he writes slightly rubbish stories with weak characters and great ideas. I'm not sure who the modern equivalent of that is.

From the other recommendations in here, I'd give my unreserved backing to Iain M. Banks and Alastair Reynolds, both space opera with some nice big leaps of imagination, and my reserved backing to Peter F. Hamilton (who entertains and infuriates me about equally), Dan Simmons (Hyperion is great, but he's reportedly gone off the rails), Neal Stephenson (later works too long, struggles with endings) and Stephen Baxter (some of his are a bit dull - he's maybe closest to Clarke, though.)

Corey, Stross, Sawyer and Scalzi I don't particularly rate, based on what I've read so far. The others I haven't read enough of to form an opinion, except maybe Weber who writes entertaining, undemanding military SF.

A couple more: Kim Stanley Robinson has a major new book out this year (which I haven't read) and Ian McDonald probably hasn't written a bad book.
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Almost exactly the list I would have written myself, except for that last geezer whom I've not read yet.
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Old 08-16-2012, 03:29 PM   #15
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Wow thanks for all the replys, that should keep me going for some time
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