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Old 05-12-2008, 01:02 PM   #31
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These are all great recommendations. My only quibble is that I'd replace "The Uplift War" with "Startide Rising."
They're both great books - I just think that "The Uplift War" is a better story - much more going on in it. IIRC, the events of "Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War" happen in parallel, so it doesn't really matter which one you read first.
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Old 05-12-2008, 01:57 PM   #32
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I agree about the Foundation series not being very "hard" SF, but i found them a chore to get through. I just don't think there's enough action for her. I want her to get hooked on sci-fi, so I am hoping her first few reads are memorable.
If she also likes mysteries I like the R. Daneel Olivaw (was it?) series by Asimov. I think the titles where:

Caves of Steel
The Naked Sun
Robots of Dawn

Very soft SF... more like mysteries of the robotic laws.

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Old 05-12-2008, 04:53 PM   #33
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Eric Flint, Andre Norton, Bujould, Alan Dean Foster, (Bujolds Miles Vorkosigan would be a good one for her to read), SM Stirling....all of these have great stories but not "HARD core SF" in the that they don't dwell a lot on the High end technical stuff.IMHO that is.
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Old 05-12-2008, 05:26 PM   #34
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(There was a horrible movie with Cheryl Ladd, where far future people come back and crash airplanes for some reason or another. I remember thinking the story was much better than the movie.) But I digress.
I enjoyed that movie (back then) didn't know it was based on a novel, gonner do a bit of research


Movie is based on John Varley's book 'Millennium' and it's only available on the darknet

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Old 05-12-2008, 05:52 PM   #35
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This may sound funny, but Johanna Lindsey (romance novelist) wrote a few decent sci-fi/romance novels that might be a good bridge. I don't recall the titles (been 15 years or so) but I do recall enjoying them and they had some interesting twists on technology I hadn't seen elsewhere.

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These are all great recommendations. My only quibble is that I'd replace "The Uplift War" with "Startide Rising." It's one book earlier in the series; still a great starting point. And who wouldn't like a book in which (paraphrasing now) a character in the middle of a space battle experiences "a sudden overpowering sense of déjà vu" and recognizes it as being due to "a near miss with a probability weapon"? What a concept!

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i'm adding that book to my own list on the basis of that incident alone.
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Thanks everyone. I've managed to get her interested in The Caves of Steel, part of the Robot Series by Isaac Asimov. She seems to be enjoying it. I am going to suggest some of the fantasy work recommended here. Thanks again!
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Old 05-14-2008, 05:38 PM   #38
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For soft SF, I'm surprised someone hasn't suggested the entire Star Wars catalog. Easy to read, plenty of action, more about the people than the technology, and the tech is colloquially-worded for easy understanding at any level. Same goes for most of the Star Trek catalog, for that matter.
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Old 05-14-2008, 06:21 PM   #39
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For soft SF, I'm surprised someone hasn't suggested the entire Star Wars catalog. Easy to read, plenty of action, more about the people than the technology, and the tech is colloquially-worded for easy understanding at any level. Same goes for most of the Star Trek catalog, for that matter.

Hmm, if going for the Star trek catalog, would suggest going for books by some of the better authors such as Diane Duane, Peter David, D.C. Fontana, etc.

I've found that that usually gives a better introduction to the franchise then just picking one up at random :-) .
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For soft SF, I'm surprised someone hasn't suggested the entire Star Wars catalog. Easy to read, plenty of action, more about the people than the technology, and the tech is colloquially-worded for easy understanding at any level. Same goes for most of the Star Trek catalog, for that matter.
When you are trying to get your kid to eat their vegetables you put cheese on top of the brussel sprouts, not the brussel sprouts on a saucer of cheese. If these are for a person that needs to be 'eased' into SF, I think the last two books you would want to put in front of them would be SW or ST. I can almost hear a high pitched yelp coming from his g/f as she carefully backs away.

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Old 05-14-2008, 09:16 PM   #41
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Actually, my wife loves Star Trek. She even went to a convention once, a long time ago. I think she would be interested, except she doesn't know where to start, with either series. There's so many dang books.
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Allen M. Steele's Coyote Trilogy (Coyote, Coyote Frontier and Coyote Rising)

While some of Steele's work contains quite a bit of modern astro-science jargon, the Coyote series is much more just pure adventure and intrigue. When I originally gave Coyote an SFBC (science fiction book club) readers review I described it as something like:

first half is Political-Spy intrigue, and the second half is Mark Twain frontier adventure.

A great novel!

Donn

P.S. My 75 yo Mother, who is absolutely no SF fan, just loved Coyote too. It was probably the only science fiction she ever read.

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Allen M. Steele's Coyote Trilogy (Coyote, Coyote Frontier and Coyote Rising)

While some of Steele's work contains quite a bit of modern astro-science jargon, the Coyote series is much more just pure adventure and intrigue. When I originally gave Coyote an SFBC (science fiction book club) readers review I described it as something like:

first half is Political-Spy intrigue, and the second half is Mark Twain frontier adventure.

A great novel!

Donn

P.S. My 75 yo Mother, who is absolutely no SF fan, just loved Coyote too. It was probably the only science fiction she ever read.
That does sound interesting! Thanks!
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Actually, my wife loves Star Trek. She even went to a convention once, a long time ago. I think she would be interested, except she doesn't know where to start, with either series. There's so many dang books.
I agree... start with those by the authors busy mentioned.

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Women in general really don't seem to hit it off with SF don't they ??!!
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