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« on: May 03, 2010, 09:45:18 PM »

I'm playing Dead Space, I'm watching Firefly, I watched Surrogates last week (movie with Bruce Willis), I'm on a sci-fi binge right now. What are the quintessential sci-fi novels I should read?
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« Reply #1 on: May 03, 2010, 10:03:57 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 03, 2010, 10:05:34 PM »

For no particular reason other than they were good:

Ender's Game
Snow Crash
Neuromancer
Lucifer's Hammer
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« Reply #3 on: May 03, 2010, 10:07:05 PM »

i have a 5 book compilation of Philip K.Dick,he has some weird things running around his head....i have a very hard time reading his stuff,not sure what it is,i just can't get into them(but there must be some brilliance to them if the movies from his stories are anything to go by)...you may have better luck

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Old    Rank    Author/Editor    Title    Year       
1   1   Orson Scott Card   Ender's Game [S1]   1985      
2   2   Frank Herbert   Dune [S1]   1965      
3   3   Isaac Asimov   Foundation [S1-3]   1951   
4   4   Douglas Adams   Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy [S1]   1979   
5   5   George Orwell   1984   1949      
6   6   Robert A Heinlein   Stranger in a Strange Land   1961      
7   7   Ray Bradbury   Fahrenheit 451   1954      
8   8   Arthur C Clarke   2001: A Space Odyssey   1968      
9   9   Isaac Asimov   [C] I, Robot   1950      
12   10   Robert A Heinlein   Starship Troopers   1959      
10   11   William Gibson   Neuromancer   1984      
11   12   Philip K Dick   Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?   1968   
13   13   Larry Niven   Ringworld   1970      
14   14   Arthur C Clarke   Rendezvous With Rama   1973      
16   15   Dan Simmons   Hyperion [S1]   1989      
15   16   Aldous Huxley   Brave New World   1932      
17   17   H G Wells   The Time Machine   1895      
18   18   Arthur C Clarke   Childhood's End   1954      
19   19   H G Wells   The War of the Worlds   1898      
20   20   Robert A Heinlein   The Moon is a Harsh Mistress   1966      
21   21   Ray Bradbury   [C] The Martian Chronicles   1950      
22   22   Joe Haldeman   The Forever War   1974      
23   23   Kurt Vonnegut   Slaughterhouse Five   1969      
24   24   Neal Stephenson   Snow Crash   1992      
25   25   Niven & Pournelle   The Mote in God's Eye   1975   
26   26   Ursula K Le Guin   The Left Hand of Darkness   1969      
27   27   Orson Scott Card   Speaker for the Dead [S2]   1986      
28   28   Michael Crichton   Jurassic Park   1990      
29   29   Philip K Dick   The Man in the High Castle   1962      
30   30   Isaac Asimov   The Caves of Steel   1954      
31   31   Alfred Bester   The Stars My Destination   1956   
32   32   Frederik Pohl   Gateway   1977   
33   33   Roger Zelazny   Lord of Light   1967   
36   34   Jules Verne   20,000 Leagues Under the Sea   1870
34   35   Madeleine L'Engle   A Wrinkle In Time   1962   
37   36   Stanislaw Lem   Solaris   1961      
35   37   Kurt Vonnegut   Cat's Cradle   1963      
39   38   Michael Crichton   The Andromeda Strain   1969      
38   39   Carl Sagan   Contact   1985      
40   40   John Wyndham   The Day of the Triffids   1951   
41   41   Isaac Asimov   The Gods Themselves   1972   
42   42   Neal Stephenson   Cryptonomicon   1999      
45   43   Vernor Vinge   A Fire Upon the Deep   1991      
43   44   Anthony Burgess   A Clockwork Orange   1962      
44   45   Philip K Dick   UBIK   1969      
46   46   Robert A Heinlein   Time Enough For Love   1973      
48   47   Kim Stanley Robinson   Red Mars [S1]   1992      
49   48   Walter M Miller   A Canticle for Leibowitz   1959      
47   49   Daniel Keyes   Flowers for Algernon   1966      
50   50   Isaac Asimov   The End Of Eternity   1955      
54   51   Jules Verne   Journey to the Center of the Earth   1864      
51   52   Mary Shelley   Frankenstein   1818      
52   53   Neal Stephenson   The Diamond Age   1995      
53   54   Iain M Banks   Player Of Games [S2]   1988      
55   55   L Ron Hubbard   Battlefield Earth   1982      
56   56   Kurt Vonnegut   The Sirens of Titan   1959      
57   57   Ursula K Le Guin   The Dispossessed   1974      
58   58   Peter F Hamilton   The Reality Dysfunction [S1]   1996      
59   59   Orson Scott Card   Ender's Shadow [S1]   1999      
60   60   David Brin   Startide Rising [S2]   1983      
61   61   Greg Bear   Eon   1985      
62   62   Niven & Pournelle   Lucifer's Hammer   1977      
63   63   Philip Jose Farmer   To Your Scattered Bodies Go   1971      
64   64   Margaret Atwood   The Handmaid's Tale   1985      
65   65   Philip K Dick   A Scanner Darkly   1977      
66   66   Arthur C Clarke   The City and the Stars   1956      
67   67   Alfred Bester   The Demolished Man   1953      
69   68   Harry Harrison   The Stainless Steel Rat [S1]   1961      
68   69   Gene Wolfe   The Shadow of the Torturer [S1]   1980      
71   70   Robert A Heinlein   The Door Into Summer   1956      
72   71   Michael Crichton   Sphere   1987      
70   72   Philip K Dick   The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch   1964      
73   73   Connie Willis   Doomsday Book   1992      
76   74   Alastair Reynolds   Revelation Space [S1]   2000      
77   75   Robert A Heinlein   Citizen Of the Galaxy   1957      
74   76   Dan Simmons   Ilium   2003      
75   77   C S Lewis   Out of the Silent Planet [S1]   1938      
78   78   H G Wells   The Invisible Man   1897      
79   79   Robert A Heinlein   Have Space-Suit - Will Travel   1958      
80   80   Robert A Heinlein   The Puppet Masters   1951      
82   81   Edgar Rice Burroughs   A Princess of Mars [S1]   1912      
81   82   Clifford Simak   Way Station   1963      
84   83   Ursula K Le Guin   The Lathe of Heaven   1971      
85   84   John Wyndham   The Chrysalids   1955      
83   85   Iain M Banks   Use of Weapons [S3]   1990      
86   86   Richard Morgan   Altered Carbon [S1]   2002      
89   87   Edwin A Abbott   Flatland   1884      
88   88   David Brin   The Postman   1985      
90   89   Arkady & Boris Strugatsky   Roadside Picnic   1972      
87   90   Julian May   The Many-Colored Land [S1]   1981      
93   91   John Brunner   Stand on Zanzibar   1969      
91   92   E E 'Doc' Smith   Grey Lensman [S4]   1951      
92   93   Clifford Simak   [C] City   1952      
94   94   Philip K Dick   VALIS   1981      
99   95   Greg Bear   The Forge of God   1987      
96   96   Stanislaw Lem   [C] The Cyberiad   1974      
97   97   James Blish   [C] Cities in Flight   1955      
95   98   Greg Bear   Blood Music   1985      
98   99   Theodore Sturgeon   More Than Human   1953      
110   100   John Scalzi   Old Man's War   2005
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« Reply #4 on: May 03, 2010, 10:17:18 PM »

I'd heartily recommend Peter F. Hamilton's Night's Dawn saga (starts with The Reality Dysfunction).  Hamilton manages to mix multiple genres with ease- at times it's a horror novel, other times a space opera, or a ground based military novel, or about interstellar commerce, etc. 
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« Reply #5 on: May 04, 2010, 12:25:34 AM »

I really haven't read much sci-fi, but Dune was great.
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« Reply #6 on: May 04, 2010, 12:37:28 AM »

Series I loved:
Dune (at least the first few) - Frank Herbert
Saga of the Seven Suns - Kevin J. Anderson (wonderful series of 7 books)
Enders Game - Orson Scott Card (first few books again)
Lots of books by Robert Heinlein
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams (great comedic series)
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« Reply #7 on: May 04, 2010, 12:57:52 AM »

I really can't believe Ender's Game is at the top of that list. Am I the only one who thinks it's an over-extended short story?

Anyway, it's not Shakespeare, but I love Asimov for his storytelling. The Robot Books are great mystery stories. Childhood's End, Rendezvous with Rama, 2001 and 2010 by Clarke are good, but a lot of his further sequels are nothing special. There's a lot of heavy hitters and that list and many are certainly worth looking into if you haven't yet.

I'm a little surprised that Vonnegut is all over that list. He's one of my favorite authors, and I've never considered it sci-fi, even when the setting was somewhat sci-fi, like Sirens of Titan.
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« Reply #8 on: May 04, 2010, 01:29:42 AM »

The Androids Dream, John Scalzi,
Old Man's War, John Scalzi
Both Jack McDevitt and Alastair Reynolds have some great space based Sci Fi, start with:

McDevitt:
    * Academy Series - Priscilla "Hutch" Hutchins
          o The Engines of God (1994), ISBN 0-441-00077-0
          o Deepsix (2001), ISBN 0-06-105124-1
          o Chindi (2002), ISBN 0-441-00938-7
          o Omega (2003), ISBN 0-441-01046-6
          o Odyssey (2006), ISBN 0-441-01433-X
          o Cauldron (2007), ISBN 0-441-01525-5

    * Alex Benedict
          o A Talent for War (1989)
          o Polaris (2004), ISBN 0-441-01202-7
          o Seeker (2005) - winner of Nebula Award for Best Novel, ISBN 0-441-01329-5
          o The Devil's Eye (2008), ISBN 0-441-01635-9

    * The Hercules Text (1986) (a revised version was also published as part of Hello Out There)
    * Ancient Shores (1996)
    * Eternity Road (1998)
    * Moonfall (1998)
    * Infinity Beach (2000) (variant title (UK) Slow Lightning)
    * Time Travelers Never Die (2009)

I've read about 2/3s of these and have loved them all.

Reynolds:
   1. Revelation Space. London: Gollancz, 2000. ISBN 0-575-06875-2
   2. Chasm City. London: Gollancz, 2001. ISBN 0-575-06877-9
   3. Redemption Ark. London: Gollancz, 2002. ISBN 0-575-06879-5
   4. Absolution Gap. London: Gollancz, 2003. ISBN 0-575-07434-5
   5. The Prefect. London: Gollancz, 2007, ISBN 0-575-07716-6

Other

    * Century Rain. London: Gollancz, 2004. ISBN 0-575-07436-1
    * Pushing Ice. London: Gollancz, 2005. ISBN 0-575-07438-8
    * House of Suns. London: Gollancz, 2008, ISBN 0-575-07717-4
    * Terminal World, London: Gollancz, 2010, ISBN 0-575-07718-8

Collections

    * Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days. London: Gollancz, 2003. ISBN 0-575-07526-0
    * Zima Blue and Other Stories. San Francisco, CA: Night Shade Books, 2006. ISBN 1-59780-058-9 (Contains nearly all of the author's non-Revelation Space universe stories)
    * Galactic North. London: Gollancz, 2006. ISBN 0-575-07910-X (Contains all current novellas and short stories in the Revelation Space universe except those in Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days)

I've read most of these and have loved them all.
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« Reply #9 on: May 04, 2010, 01:33:51 AM »

whenever these threads pop up I always recommend A Fire Upon the Deep  by Vernor Vinge.  It won both the Hugo and Nebula awards and is a fantastic space opera.  Also since Asimov was mentioned Ill recommend his origonal Foundation Trilogy.  It expanded well beyond the 1st three books and ended up encompassing themes from many of this other works but the origonal 3 books are an excellent read by themselves.  One last suggestion, if you want to go for the classics and also see where the roots of much of modern sci-fi began, then read the Lensmen series by E.E. "Doc" Smith.  
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« Reply #10 on: May 04, 2010, 03:47:09 AM »

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Foundation Trilogy.  

You beat me to it. The granddaddy of all space empire stories. And while you're at it, I, Robot is a very quick short story collection that lays the groundwork for countless books and movies. It has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, btw.
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« Reply #11 on: May 04, 2010, 04:12:41 AM »

Quote from: Teggy on May 04, 2010, 12:57:52 AM

I really can't believe Ender's Game is at the top of that list. Am I the only one who thinks it's an over-extended short story?

More like a shitty depressing story. I read through most of the Ender's Game series and each book was just more depressing than the last. Pretty much hate it now.

Depends on what genre you enjoy.

In no particular order.

Just about anything by David Weber:

Honor Harrington series.

Most stuff by John Ringo, be careful with the later books as he gets pretty fucking weird.

J.E. Pournelle's Falkenbergs Legion series. Awesome series I should read it again.

Richard K Morgon, Altered Carbon and so forth, along the same lines as Snow Crash.

Just about anything by Robert Heinlein, also FYI on the later books as he gets pretty fucking weird, he loves his polygamy.

Not necessarily Sci Fi and kind of hybrid fantasy type series but the entire frigging Amber Series is great, Dilvish the Damned is also awesome.


There is more but I've forgotten quite a bit. I need to start reading again.


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« Reply #12 on: May 04, 2010, 06:19:49 AM »

Timothy Zhan's Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command.
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« Reply #13 on: May 04, 2010, 06:23:23 AM »

Over the years I've heard Ender's Game recommended numerous times, I just might have to start there and then move along the rest of your recommendations. Feel free to keep throwing more in smile
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« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2010, 06:23:59 AM »

Quote from: SkyLander on May 04, 2010, 04:12:41 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 04, 2010, 12:57:52 AM

I really can't believe Ender's Game is at the top of that list. Am I the only one who thinks it's an over-extended short story?

More like a shitty depressing story. I read through most of the Ender's Game series and each book was just more depressing than the last. Pretty much hate it now.

sounds like I'll skip the rest of the books in that series.
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« Reply #15 on: May 04, 2010, 11:43:05 AM »

You have to read some Heinlein:

Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land at a minimum.  Personally I like them all but his very early stuff is mostly for younger readers imho but still fun

Arthur C. Clarke:
childhoods End and Rendezvous with Rama

Ray Bradbury:
Fahrenheit 451, Martian Chronicles

Asimov:
The Gods Themselves, Foundation books and the Robot books

If you really want to read the genesis of much modern sci-fi read the Lensmen Series form E. E. "Doc" Smith and also the novels of Alfred Bester.

No one ever mentions Greg Bear but he does some pretty darn good hard sci-fi

The Weber Honor Harrington series is excellent

John Ringo's Posleen war series is quite good and i second staying away from his Kildar series which is really just ultra-conservative fantasy porn (no kidding pretty hard core sex/rape scenes)

Highly recommend Michael Z. Williamson's Freehold and The Weapon

If you love grand space war the Weber Steve White collaboration is excellent as well and can now be read in 2 volumes titles "The Stars at War"  really good military/hard sci-fi

I greatly enjoyed Ian Douglas' first Space Marine Trilogy (Heritage Trilogy)

Dune of course is a classic and Frank Herbert one of the best...stay away from his son's work.

there is more but that's a start.  Really depends on what kind of sci-fi you like, really science oriented/military or more story.

Oh and I forgot one very memorable sci-fi string...Stephen R. Donaldson's The Gap series.  Avery dark but absolutely mesmerizing series of books
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« Reply #16 on: May 04, 2010, 05:28:16 PM »

glad to see greg bear's name pop in here:

i really enjoyed the two runner's books from william c deitz.  "Runner" and "Iago's run" are set in a post civilization crash where the vast sprawling empire is breaking down and nobody remembers how to fix anything.  the space faring ships are all automated and sentient and once in a while, the ship decides to retire to prevent a catastrophe.  it's post apoc without the galaxy wide destruction.

he also has the drifters run series and the legion of the damned series.  both great

also glad to see scalzi's name.  loved the old man's war books.  great heinlein-esque sci fi/

kim stanley robinson's mars series is good if you have interest in the red planet

ben bova has a series of books related to interesting planets/moons within the solar system and most of them tie in together. 
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2010, 05:40:49 PM »

The sequel to Enders Game,  Speaker for the Dead, is a very good book.  It is completely different in tone and concept to Enders Game though and unfortunately I think that puts alot of people off.  It is not a book based in military action, it is more of a murder mystery/new species thing.  If you dont go into it expecting the continuing adventure of young soldier Ender and read it for what it is you might actually enjoy it.
  That top 100 list is interesting and Ive read most of whats on there.  Ill just throw out a few highlights you may like.  Harry Harrisons Stainless Steel Rat stories are great fun.  Its kind of a futuristic "It Takes A Thief"
Roger Zelanzy has been mentioned a few times and Lord of Light is a fantastic book.  Also while a bit more fantasy than hard sci-fi, The Amber Series is a blast to read.  Larry Nivens Ringworld is a must read as are his collaborations with Jerry Pournelle,  The Mote in Gods Eye and Luicifer's Hammer.   Damn  now I want to re-read about 75 books  
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2010, 09:25:43 PM »

Quote from: SkyLander on May 04, 2010, 04:12:41 AM

Quote from: Teggy on May 04, 2010, 12:57:52 AM

I really can't believe Ender's Game is at the top of that list. Am I the only one who thinks it's an over-extended short story?

More like a shitty depressing story. I read through most of the Ender's Game series and each book was just more depressing than the last. Pretty much hate it now.

Yeah, I read the first book because it was highly rated and I didn't like it much. Didn't like what was proposed in the book, ie kids being trained to fight in war, because unfortunately these things do really happen in the world. I found that the way it was written, ie the tone,  it was almost as if he was encouraging it. So, yeah, didn't like it at all.

Anyway, as for recommendations, someone mentioned Greg Bear, and I recommend Darwin's Radio. There's also a sequel to it, but it's not necessary to read it as  the first one is self-contained. Sequel isn't as good anyway.

Also recommend the Neanderthal Parallax by Robert J. Sawyer.  It's a trilogy of books surrounding a parallel neanderthal world where humans are extinct. Quite a fun read and very well plotted out.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_12?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=neanderthal+parallax&sprefix=Neanderthal+

Oh, and I liked A Fire Upon the Deep. I read that last summer. I was impressed with how well fleshed out the aliens were, however I felt it was dry and plodding at times. Still, a good read.
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2010, 09:30:17 PM »

Asimov.....The Foundation Trilogy  (the first 3 books)   I Robot Series as well.
Bova.......his planet series.....start at the beginning and read them until you hate them
Robinson?......the Mars Trilogy...the first one is great after that meh.....
Heinlein...I would always recommend his stuff
Bradbury.....Martian Chronicles
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« Reply #20 on: May 04, 2010, 09:56:55 PM »

I read the first two Ender books.  I enjoyed the first one, and the second one was good, but such a change from the first that I didn't continue in that series.  The second one is very much antithetical to any warmongering of the first one.

Oh, and OCS is a very polarizing figure with his outspoken views, most of which probably wouldn't go over well with most of the GT/OO R&P crew.
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« Reply #21 on: May 04, 2010, 10:23:33 PM »

I'm reading 'The Lensmen Chronicles', volumes 1 and 2, by EE "Doc" Smith right now... interesting in that they're some of the first ever hard sci-fi written and published.  Reading them really makes you feel like you're back in the 40's or so.
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« Reply #22 on: May 04, 2010, 11:01:43 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 04, 2010, 09:56:55 PM

I read the first two Ender books.  I enjoyed the first one, and the second one was good, but such a change from the first that I didn't continue in that series.  The second one is very much antithetical to any warmongering of the first one.

Read the Ender's Shadow series if you want more stuff like Ender's Game.
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« Reply #23 on: May 04, 2010, 11:10:58 PM »

Ender's Game is fun enough (and of course plenty of other good suggestions here) but if you want S P A C E, I'd recommend Ringworld if you haven't read it yet.
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« Reply #24 on: May 04, 2010, 11:21:23 PM »

if you want space read Weber's Honor Harrington and Weber/White Stars at War series.

Also the new Ringos latest Live Free or Die is a very good look at how we might mine the solar system, how we fight back if the planet was held hostage.  He also manges to keep most of his over the top BS that "libruls" are responsible for the ruin of the world bullshit to a minimum.  Great story well told and very much an in depth look at space stuff in areas not often touched.
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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2010, 12:45:19 AM »

The Mote in God's Eye and its sequel, The Gripping Hand are excellent books.
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« Reply #26 on: May 05, 2010, 02:34:00 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on May 04, 2010, 06:23:23 AM

Over the years I've heard Ender's Game recommended numerous times, I just might have to start there and then move along the rest of your recommendations. Feel free to keep throwing more in smile

I also read it because I'd heard such good things, and really didn't like it at all.  In addition to being completely repetitive*, some parts of it simply laughable (especially the bit referenced by XKCD).  The twist at the end was clever, but that was about the only redeeming factor imo. 

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Ender joins a group in which he is the youngest and/or weakest.  Manages to outsmart everyone and moves up a level.  Repeat 4-5 times.  The end.
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« Reply #27 on: May 09, 2010, 05:43:39 PM »

I just began reading Ender's Game. I'm only on chapter 4 but I'm loving it so far!
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« Reply #28 on: May 09, 2010, 05:58:40 PM »

Quote from: Jaddison on May 04, 2010, 11:21:23 PM

if you want space read Weber's Honor Harrington and Weber/White Stars at War series.

I absolutely loved the Honor Harrington books up until the next to last one - what the heck was it, War of Honor? Haven't tried At All Costs yet, hope it doesn't take 400+ pages to get interesting like the other did. I'll have to check out the 'Stars at War' series, have been wondering about those.
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« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2010, 08:01:39 PM »

Quote from: Daehawk on May 04, 2010, 06:19:49 AM

Timothy Zhan's Thrawn Trilogy: Heir to the Empire, Dark Force Rising, The Last Command.

If Lucas had used these books as a basis for his 2nd trilogy of Star Wars movies he would be revered instead of reviled today.   You could practically hear John Williams sound track while reading these books.  If you liked the origonal Star Wars trilogy, then you will probably love these books.
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« Reply #30 on: May 10, 2010, 05:08:11 PM »

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Oops!  I missed that too, but now have it bookmarked on my laptop.  I've been reading a lot lately on my iPod - I think the old, dusty books I collect are going the way of the "You Take It" at my local library, so that's good!

Quote from: Montag on May 05, 2010, 12:45:19 AM

The Mote in God's Eye and its sequel, The Gripping Hand are excellent books.

Agreed!

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Agreed!

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« Reply #31 on: May 14, 2010, 03:10:14 AM »

I just finished Ender's Game. Awesome book! They do an excellent job getting into the mind of Ender, when he's thinking about something I almost feel like it's me thinking it. From what I understand there are four other books that take place in this universe?

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« Reply #32 on: May 14, 2010, 05:54:36 AM »

Quote from: Ridah on May 14, 2010, 03:10:14 AM

I just finished Ender's Game. Awesome book! They do an excellent job getting into the mind of Ender, when he's thinking about something I almost feel like it's me thinking it. From what I understand there are four other books that take place in this universe?



There is actually a lot more than that.  Originally, Ender's Game was followed by Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.  All are RADICALLY different than Ender's Game, though Speaker of the Mind is equally excellent (Xenocide I couldn't get through).  Card late went back and started writing more conventional sequels to the series starting with Ender's Shadow (Ender's Game told from Bean's perspective) and moving on with stuff with Peter, etc.  So if you are looking for something kind of similar to Ender's Game then you probably want to read Ender's Shadow instead of Speaker for the Dead. 
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« Reply #33 on: May 14, 2010, 05:35:28 PM »

Quote from: Kevin Grey on May 14, 2010, 05:54:36 AM

Quote from: Ridah on May 14, 2010, 03:10:14 AM

I just finished Ender's Game. Awesome book! They do an excellent job getting into the mind of Ender, when he's thinking about something I almost feel like it's me thinking it. From what I understand there are four other books that take place in this universe?



There is actually a lot more than that.  Originally, Ender's Game was followed by Speaker of the Dead, Xenocide, and Children of the Mind.  All are RADICALLY different than Ender's Game, though Speaker of the Mind is equally excellent (Xenocide I couldn't get through).  Card late went back and started writing more conventional sequels to the series starting with Ender's Shadow (Ender's Game told from Bean's perspective) and moving on with stuff with Peter, etc.  So if you are looking for something kind of similar to Ender's Game then you probably want to read Ender's Shadow instead of Speaker for the Dead. 

It doesn't have to be too similar to Ender's Game, as long as it's good. Speaker of the Dead sounds interesting, but I don't know if I want to read a story about Bean, as much as I liked him.

I might just move on to Dune smile
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