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Old 03-04-2013, 06:29 PM   #16
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Don't forget Pournelle and Niven's Lucifer's Hammer. Pretty close to home about a comet hitting the earth. And it was nominated for a Hugo for Best Novel in 1978.
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Old 03-05-2013, 02:46 AM   #17
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Cool Hugh Howey and Dana Stabenow

Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue (The Bern Saga #1) by Hugh Howey There are a total of 4.
Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool #1-5) by Hugh Howey There's a 6, 7 & 8 as well.
The Star Svensdotter Trilogy by Dana Stabenow They are also available as 3 different volumes.

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Would definitely endorse the Iain M Banks recommendation for intelligent space opera.
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Old 03-05-2013, 08:13 AM   #19
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Well to get the ball rolling I've decided to start with Consider Phlebas.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:52 AM   #20
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Well to get the ball rolling I've decided to start with Consider Phlebas.
Loved that book. Hope you enjoy it.
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Good choice. I'd second/third the recommendations for Banks and Alastair Reynolds.

I started with Player of Games, myself, and it's still one of my favourites, but Consider Phlebas was the first written, and it mostly makes sense to read them in order.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:48 AM   #22
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Speaking of Russell:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...list-novelist/

The Sparrow may be coming to TV.
(She also had to find a new publisher because Random House wasn't interested in her "literate, nuanced" work.)
Both are signs of the times...

Thanks for posting that. Yeah sadly, quality sometimes has very little to do with anything.
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Speaking of Niven:

Niven; Barnes: Dreampark trilogy.
Crime in a Startekish holodeck-like park offering live RPGs.
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I would also recommend the books Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Not space opera, more of a detective novel, but one that I fully recommend myself.
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I started with Player of Games, myself, and it's still one of my favourites
Also loved this book. I used to refer to it as an adult version of Ender's Game.
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Has Banks caught on in the USA yet?
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Has Banks caught on in the USA yet?
He's been nominated for several Hugo awards, so I imagine that he is not unknown.
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I have been reading his books for years.
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I think his Science Fiction books have caught on more.
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I just re-read the start of Transitions and I was reminded how unpopular some readers in the USA might find his outspoken politics.
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