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Old 08-01-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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Recommendation for a great Sci Fi

Hey Guys,

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.

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Old 08-01-2013, 07:20 PM   #2
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The Empire of Man Series by John Ringo and David Weber. Probably the best military Science Fiction Series to date.
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Old 08-01-2013, 07:42 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 08-01-2013, 08:52 PM   #4
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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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Old 08-01-2013, 09:06 PM   #5
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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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Old 08-01-2013, 09:59 PM   #6
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Warp Speed (Baen Amazon) and its Sequel The Quantum Connection (Baen Amazon) by Travis S. Taylor. Both are part of the Eye of the Storm CD which can be downloaded from The Fifth Imperium.

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Tomorrow the Stars—
Today, World War III!

Dr. Neil Anson Clemons was born at the very moment that men first landed on the moon and always strived to become an astronaut and reach the stars. Becoming an astronaut and traveling to the stars are not easy tasks. Neil devoted his life to staying physically fit as any astronaut should be through martial arts and mentally fit by studying and becoming one of the world's foremost experts in quantum physics and gravitational theory. Now he and his team have achieved a breakthrough, both in building a warp drive, and finding a new energy source powerful enough to make the drive more than an interesting theoretical concept.

With the help of attractive and outspoken southern astronaut, US Air Force Colonel Tabitha Ames, the US Government is convinced to fund the Top Secret warp project, including assembly in orbit of the first faster-than-light probe. Unfortunately, forces working behind the scenes have much darker dreams, and have infiltrated the Top Secret program. They do not hesitate to blow up a space shuttle, attempt to kill Neil and Tabitha, and use the stolen warp technology to start what they expect to be a short, devastating, and victorious war with the United States.

But Dr. Clemons has ideas for using his warp drive technology completely unsuspected by America's enemies, and repelling the all-out attack is only the beginning of a titanic struggle to reach the stars.

Warp Speed is lightning-paced science fiction adventure built upon authentic science in the grand tradition of Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, and E. E. "Doc" Smith.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Travis S. Taylor—"Doc" Taylor to his friends—has earned his soubriquet the hard way: He has a Doctorate in Optical Science and Engineering, a Master's degree in Physics, a Master's degree in Aerospace Engineering, all from the University of Alabama in Huntsville; a Master's degree in Astronomy from the University of Western Sydney, and a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Auburn University. Dr. Taylor has worked on various programs for the Department of Defense and NASA for the past sixteen years. He's currently working on several advanced propulsion concepts, very large space telescopes, space-based beamed energy systems, and next generation space launch concepts. In his copious spare time, Doc Travis is also a black belt martial artist, a private pilot, a SCUBA diver, races mountain bikes, competed in triathlons, and has been the lead singer and rhythm guitarist of several hard rock bands. He currently lives with his wife Karen, daughter Kalista Jade, two dogs Stevie and Wesker, and his cat Kuro, in north Alabama.
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Old 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.
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Old 08-02-2013, 03:39 AM   #8
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Old 08-02-2013, 05:19 AM   #9
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Dan Simmons - Hyperion, and its 3 sequels. Amazing SF, and my favorite books. That man can write!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:14 AM   #10
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Another great Sci Fi book is Armor by John Steakley.
http://www.amazon.com/Armor-John-Ste...Steakley+Armor
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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.
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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.
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Dan Simmons - Hyperion, and its 3 sequels. Amazing SF, and my favorite books. That man can write!
And yes!

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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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)
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John Scalzi -- Old Man's War and the rest of that series
I just wanted to second this! Awesome book, one of the few that really stayed with me after reading it.

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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