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Old 02-27-2009, 04:24 PM   #1
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Science Fiction/Mystery

Right now, the Fantasy/Mystery crossover subgenre is fairly popular. I like it myself, but I'm feeling a little burned out on it.

Is there a thriving Science Fiction/Mystery crossover subgenre? I'm aware of Asimov's R. Daneel Olivaw series, but not much else.

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Old 02-27-2009, 05:28 PM   #2
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You could try Richard Morgan's Altered Carbon. Very, very popular violent detective thriller.
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:43 PM   #3
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There is also the In Death series by J.D. Robb that takes place in the future.
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:00 PM   #4
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Old 02-27-2009, 06:36 PM   #5
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There was an SF mystery anthology I've read in my teens that included (and was titled after) Asimov's The Naked Sun. I think it was the only one such I've ever encountered. I found the contents and here it is:

The Damned Thing (1893) // Ambrose Bierce
The Fly (1957) // George Langelaan
Who Goes There? (1938) // John W. Campbell, Jr.
The Little Black Bag (1950) // Cyril M. Kornbluth
The Martian Crown Jewels (1958) // Poul Anderson
The Key (1966) // Isaac Asimov
A Matter of Form (1938) // Horace L. Gold
Deadly Litter (1960) // James White
The Naked Sun (1956) // Isaac Asimov
The Billiard Ball (1967) // Isaac Asimov
Of Time and Eustace Weaver (1964) // Fredric Brown
A Run of Deuces (1969) // Jack Wodhams
Avventura di due nobili cuori (1962) // Sandro Sandrelli
The Sword Swallower (1967) // Ron Goulart
The Public Hating (1955) // Steve Allen
The Rip Van Winkle Caper (1962) // Rod Serling
Sharks (19??) // Walter Scherf

Mostly short stories, but there you have it. In the afterword they also mentioned many other stories and novels, here are some novels from it:
Mord pe 31 veningen (1964) // Per Wahl (Sweden)
Almost Midnight (1971) // Martin Caidin
Seven Days in May (1962) // Fletcher Knebel & Charles Bailey II
Vanished (1968) // Fletcher Knebel

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:23 PM   #6
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Wasn't gonna do this, but... wouldn't want you to miss something you might enjoy, so...

Take a look at As the Mirror Cracked, Encephalopath and Lambs Hide, Tigers Seek (not sci-fi) on my site, or ask others about them.

Also, if you can do sci-fi/mystery/humor, the Zakour-Ganem Zachary Nixon Johnson books are great:
The Plutonium Blonde
The Radioactive Redhead
The Doomsday Brunette
The Frost-Haired Vixen
The Blue-Haired Bombshell
The Flaxen Femme Fatale

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Old 03-04-2009, 04:51 PM   #7
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Old 03-04-2009, 05:16 PM   #8
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Wasn't gonna do this, but... wouldn't want you to miss something you might enjoy, so...

Take a look at As the Mirror Cracked, Encephalopath and Lambs Hide, Tigers Seek (not sci-fi) on my site, or ask others about them.
I bought the everything-bundle a few weeks ago but haven't read anything in it yet.
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Old 03-05-2009, 08:42 AM   #9
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I bought the everything-bundle a few weeks ago but haven't read anything in it yet.
Then I won't bother you anymore.
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Old 03-06-2009, 04:19 PM   #10
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Hmm, Several of Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan books include a fairly high mystery component to them. Off the top of my head, I think Memory, Cetganda, Komarr and Diplomatic Immunity all qualify to some extent. Oh almost forgot, the Novella Mountains of Mourning.

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Old 03-06-2009, 05:19 PM   #11
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Old 03-06-2009, 05:51 PM   #12
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I bought the everything-bundle a few weeks ago but haven't read anything in it yet.

Is there still an everything bundle?
I can see the category bundles; but not a bundle bundle.
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Old 03-06-2009, 08:02 PM   #13
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch has her "Retrieval Artist" series that starts with "The Disappeared". "The Disappeared" reads just a little differently than the rest of the series - it actually sets up the rest of the series. But I've enjoyed listening to them from Audible (the first one was offered free, which is what made me try it).
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Kristine Kathryn Rusch has her "Retrieval Artist" series that starts with "The Disappeared". "The Disappeared" reads just a little differently than the rest of the series - it actually sets up the rest of the series. But I've enjoyed listening to them from Audible (the first one was offered free, which is what made me try it).
I'm almost finished listening to "The Disappeared". I didn't realize it was part of a series. Looks like there are six more books. Well, I guess I know how I'll be using my Audible credits for the next couple of months.

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Is there still an everything bundle?
I can see the category bundles; but not a bundle bundle.
Sorry... I've taken down the perfect bundle. I wasn't going to make a big deal about it, but the perfect bundle wasn't working out as a product. I may re-introduce it later, or substitute it with some other configuration... I don't know yet.
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