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Old 11-20-2009, 12:19 AM   #1
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Science Fiction One Hit Wonders

The music world is full of one hit wonders. Can you think of any authors that had that sci-fi one hit wonder novel?

My entry is Contact by Carl Sagan
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Old 11-20-2009, 12:34 AM   #2
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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell I hated the sequel, and her work since then has been more literary fiction than sci-fi, and imho not as compelling.
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:27 AM   #3
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David Palmer, Emergence. He's written a couple of other books, but they were mediocre.

John Myers Myers, Silverlock. I actually have a copy of The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter. I have never been able to read more than a few pages. (Edited to add: Oops, that's fantasy, sorry)

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Old 11-20-2009, 09:50 AM   #4
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Pierre Boulle 'Planet of the Apes'
Paul Theroux 'O-Zone'
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Old 11-20-2009, 09:53 AM   #5
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Frank Herbert - Dune

The rest he did is crap IMHO.

(Time to go put on my asbestos-undies I asume)
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:01 PM   #7
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Old 11-20-2009, 01:05 PM   #8
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:12 PM   #9
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[QUOTE=dwanthny;662881]Can you think of any authors that had that sci-fi one hit wonder novel?

How about a one-hit wonder SF short story?

The Cold Equations by Tom Godwin

He wrote some SF novels and quite a few short stories, but nothing to match this.
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Old 11-20-2009, 02:22 PM   #10
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The Road by Cormac McCarthy.

Of course several of these writers mentioned aren't one-hit wonders as authors but only as sci-fi writers.

If the definition of "hit" is "bestseller", which is the common usage, then the Dune books after the original novel were hits.
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:07 PM   #11
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David Palmer, Emergence. He's written a couple of other books, but they were mediocre.

John Myers Myers, Silverlock. I actually have a copy of The Moon's Fire-Eating Daughter. I have never been able to read more than a few pages. (Edited to add: Oops, that's fantasy, sorry)
I read the sequel to Emergence, called Tracking, just recently, and while it was pretty good, it couldn't compete. However I wonder how much of that was the result of two decades worth of anticipation?
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Old 11-20-2009, 03:51 PM   #12
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Stella Gibbons 'Cold Comfort Farm'

(Yep, it's SF. )
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Old 11-20-2009, 04:01 PM   #13
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Stella Gibbons 'Cold Comfort Farm'

(Yep, it's SF. )
OK, how is it SF?

I mean, all fiction is SF if you consider it as alternate history, but apart from that?
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OK, how is it SF?

I mean, all fiction is SF if you consider it as alternate history, but apart from that?
It's set in the future and envisages new technologies:
http://www.ansible.co.uk/sfx/sfx144.html
"But in a quiet way, Cold Comfort Farm is SF. It's set after the grim "Anglo-Nicaraguan Wars of '46". There's internal air mail in Britain, with the air-postman dropping packets of letters into your back garden. And there are videophones, with the oddity that public call-boxes are fitted with cameras but not displays. When the heroine calls her boy-friend from a box, he can study her face but she can't see his."
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Pat Frank for Alas, Babylon.

I know it's not his only book, but it's really his only SF hit.
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