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Old 07-20-2013, 11:29 AM   #16
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I'll definitely second Roadside Picnic.

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B&N (US): http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/road...=9781613743447

If I'm not mistaken, you can't get it in UK or Australia in eBook form. You'd need a US account. If someone knows otherwise, feel free to correct me.

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Old 07-20-2013, 01:07 PM   #17
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I'll nominate Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke.
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I also nominate this.
I will third this. I haven't read any Arthur C Clarke, so this sounds like a good place to start.

I would second Revelation Space but it isn't available at my library (at least in e-book), I may still if I can find it. I have wanted to read it for a while.
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Old 07-20-2013, 01:20 PM   #18
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I will third this. I haven't read any Arthur C Clarke, so this sounds like a good place to start.

I would second Revelation Space but it isn't available at my library (at least in e-book), I may still if I can find it. I have wanted to read it for a while.
And I'll provide some links, since I was just about to third it when you jumped in.
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How about Lost Horizon by James Hilton or The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I can't remember if either has been nominated recently for a spot.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:13 PM   #20
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How about Lost Horizon by James Hilton or The Time Machine by H.G. Wells. I can't remember if either has been nominated recently for a spot.
I'm almost sure that Lost Horizon has never been put up. It you are nominating it I will second it.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:14 PM   #21
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I will third A Princess of Mars. Old School.
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:16 PM   #22
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Sure I'll nominate "Lost Horizon." It's a great read (IMO) and it's available here at MR:
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Old 07-20-2013, 02:37 PM   #23
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I'll finish my nominations with a second to Lost Horizon. I agree that it's a very good read.
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Old 07-20-2013, 06:57 PM   #24
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Old 07-21-2013, 03:59 AM   #25
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Old 07-21-2013, 07:26 AM   #26
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I'll nominate Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlen.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:26 PM   #27
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I nominate Great North Road by Peter F. Hamilton.

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A murder mystery set on Earth and the distant, tropical planet of St Libra

In Newcastle-upon-Tyne, AD 2142, Detective Sidney Hurst attends a brutal murder scene. The victim is one of the wealthy North family clones–but none have been reported missing. And the crime’s most disturbing aspect is how the victim was killed. Twenty years ago, a North clone billionaire and his household were horrifically murdered in exactly the same manner, on the tropical planet of St Libra. But if the murderer is still at large, was Angela Tramelo wrongly convicted? Tough and confident, she never waivered under interrogation–claiming she alone survived an alien attack. But there is no animal life on St Libra. Investigating this alien threat becomes the Human Defence Agency’s top priority. The bio-fuel flowing from St Libra is the lifeblood of Earth’s economy and must be secured. So a vast expedition is mounted via the Newcastle gateway, and teams of engineers, support personnel and xenobiologists are dispatched to the planet. Along with their technical advisor, grudgingly released from prison, Angela Tramelo. But the expedition is cut off, deep within St Libra’s rainforests. Then the murders begin. Someone or something is picking off the team one by one. Angela insists it’s the alien, but her new colleagues aren’t so sure. Maybe she did see an alien, or maybe she has other reasons for being on St Libra...

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Old 07-21-2013, 02:38 PM   #28
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I nominate Star Trek: Department of Temporal Investigations: Watching the Clock by Christopher L. Bennett
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Publication Date: April 26, 2011
There’s likely no more of a thankless job in the Federation than temporal investigation. While starship explorers get to live the human adventure of traveling to other times and realities, it’s up to the dedicated agents of the Federation Department of Temporal Investigations to deal with the consequences to the timestream that the rest of the Galaxy has to live with day by day. But when history as we know it could be wiped out at any moment by time warriors from the future, misused relics of ancient races, or accident-prone starships, only the most disciplined, obsessive, and unimaginative government employees have what it takes to face the existential uncertainty of it all on a daily basis . . . and still stay sane enough to complete their assignments.

That’s where Agents Lucsly and Dulmur come in—stalwart and unflappable, these men are the Federation’s unsung anchors in a chaotic universe. Together with their colleagues in the DTI—and with the help and sometimes hindrance of Starfleet’s finest—they do what they can to keep the timestream, or at least the paperwork, as neat and orderly as they are. But when a series of escalating temporal incursions threatens to open a new front of the history-spanning Temporal Cold War in the twenty-fourth century, Agents Lucsly and Dulmur will need all their investigative skill and unbending determination to stop those who wish to rewrite the past for their own advantage, and to keep the present and the future from devolving into the kind of chaos they really, really hate. (from Amazon)
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For my third and final nomination, I nominate Existence by David Brin.

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Billions of planets may be ripe for life, even intelligence. So where is Everybody? Do civilizations make the same fatal mistakes, over and over? Might we be the first to cross the mine-field, evading every trap to learn the secret of Existence?

Astronaut Gerald Livingstone grabs a crystal lump of floating space debris. Is it an alien artifact, sent across the vast, interstellar gulf, bearing a message from far civilizations?

"Join us!" What does the enticing invitation mean? To enroll in a great federation of free races?

Only, what of rumors that this starry messenger may not be the first? Have other crystals fallen, across 9,000 years? Some offering welcome... and others... a warning?
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