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Old 04-09-2010, 04:37 AM   #1
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Red face Suggest First contact SF novels and more Verner Vinge like authors please

Hi all

I have read almost all of verner vinge's stuff and I keep coming back to his A Fire Upon the Deep.


I would like to read more of the above kind of novels. Please suggest
Specially for two things -

1. First contact related - new kind of life and discovery and understanding and communication and comparison etc for e.g. the Tines understanding the children and their dataset

2. Space civilizations and Technology similar in vinge's work

doesn't have to be exactly same
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:56 AM   #2
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For first encounters with weird aliens, you should give James White's Sector General books a try-- though it is older material with an older writing style.

For the type of civilizations, try Iain Bank's Culture books, or Peter F. Hamilton's Commonwealth Saga, or Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space books, or Gregory Benford's Galactic Center Saga books, or Dan Simmon's Hyperion Cantos series, or Charles Stross'eses Singularity Sky and Iron Sunrise. What you are looking for (for the sake of googling) is post-human, post-singularity settings.
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Old 04-10-2010, 02:28 AM   #3
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@ardeegee thanks I will look into them. Hope I find some real interesting stuff
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Old 04-10-2010, 01:52 PM   #4
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James White is a great recommendation and I second it.

I'd also go for Ursula LeGuin's Hanish Cycle. Left Hand of the Darkness is Hugo award winner.
The Word for World is Forest is another gem not to be missed.
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The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell is an excellent 'first contact' novel with a literary/philosophical flavour. Basically, while the government is arguing about what to do when they discover another sentient life, the Jesuits send a private ship out. One survivor comes back, disfigured and traumatized. The novel goes back and forth between his treatment in the 'present day' and flashbacks to where exactly everything went wrong.
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Old 04-10-2010, 03:51 PM   #6
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All Seated On The Ground by Connie Willis is an amusing first contact novella that won a Hugo award a couple of years ago.
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I don't think that these will be of the same intricacy but others may like them.

The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Worldwar: In the Balance by Harry Turtledove
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What came to my mind instantly are the Brothers Strugatzki and their story "Baby" or "Little One" which was published in the US under the telling title "Space Mowgli" in: Strugatsky, Arkady and Boris. Escape Attempt (Best of Soviet Science Fiction) translated by Roger DeGaris. New York: Macmillan Pub Co, May 14, 1982, 321 pp. ISBN 0-02-615250-9. LCCN: 82000029.

Sadly there seem to be no ebooks of this story or the other writings of the Strugatzkis available (yet). It's the same with the works of the late Polish grandmaster of SF - Stanislaw Lem. A real pity!
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Old 04-10-2010, 05:45 PM   #9
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Just went looking to see if Fire Upon the Deep was available in ebook form and found this on Amazon:

A Fire Upon The Deep (Kindle Edition)
by Vernor Vinge (Author)

Kindle Price: $7.99 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Sold by: Macmillan
This price was set by the publisher

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Apparently it was about $1.50 cheaper earlier according to Inkmesh search (which has the "old" price).
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Old 04-10-2010, 06:17 PM   #10
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+1 for Iain Banks' Culture novels.

For a first contact novel, my personal favourite is Contact by Carl Sagan.
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Gosh! thanks you everyone. I am really happy and now I have so much stuff to add to my reading list

I have an event coming and I will be telling my firiends which books/ebooks to gift me
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Just went looking to see if Fire Upon the Deep was available in ebook form and found this on Amazon:

A Fire Upon The Deep (Kindle Edition)
by Vernor Vinge (Author)

Kindle Price: $7.99 & includes wireless delivery via Amazon Whispernet
Sold by: Macmillan
This price was set by the publisher

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Apparently it was about $1.50 cheaper earlier according to Inkmesh search (which has the "old" price).
This is one book I will never get tired of picking up and reading a few pages of. I dont know why
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My favorite first-contact story is The Color of Distance by Amy Thompson.
It has a sequel, which was OK, but I liked the first book the best.
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James Blish - A case of Conscience
Isaac Asimov - The Gods Themselves - First contact between two civilizations that don't exactly meet
James Gunn - The Listeners - Depends on what kind of contact contact means.
(And yes, THE MOTE IN GOD'S EYE rocks!) Hard to believe its 40 years old.
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I started reading James White's "Hospital Station". I am on the second story 'Sector General' and it makes me sad when the station is hit by the spaceship.

It is an oddly engaging book. Thanks @ardeegee

Only the word 'educator tape' gives away its era. I wonder what people in the future will think when current memory technology is replaced by something radically differnt

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