Sci-Fi Recommendations - for the unenlightened

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    The Master™

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    Since we've got a Fantasy one, how about your Sci-Fi favourites... Here are mine...

    Arthur C Clarke
    2061: Odyssey Three

    Philip K Dick
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

    Kevin Anderson
    Jedi Academy series
    Jedi Search
    Dark Apprentice
    Champions of the Force

    Sheri S Tepper
    Grass

    Greg Bear
    Eon
    Dinosaur Summer

    Robert Silverberg
    The Book of Skulls

    L E Modesitt Jnr
    Gravity Dreams

    Joe Haldeman
    Forever War

    Samuel R Delaney
    Nova

    Larry Niven
    Ringworld
    Ringworld Engineers
    Destiny*s Road

    Robert A Heinlen
    Starship Troopers

    Harry Harrison
    Stainless Steel Rat
    Bill, The Galactic Hero
    Bill, The Galactic Hero... on the planet of the hippies from hell
    Bill, The Galactic Hero... the final incoherant adventure

    Mary Shelley
    Frankenstein

    Alfred Bester
    The Demolished Man

    Richard Matheson
    I Am Legend

    STAR TREK STUFF

    Jean Lorrah
    Metamorphosis

    Judith & Garfield Reeves-Stevens
    Prime Directive

    Diane Duane
    Dark Mirror

    Peter David
    Imzadi
    Vendetta
    Star Trek: New Frontier Series (got all the books, but couldn't make a note of all the titles)...
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    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy Knivesout no more

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    Mmmkeh. Here are my essential (not always favourite) SF novels in no particular order(be aware that much of the best work in the genre is inthe short format - I'll post on that later):


    The Demolished Man, The Stars My Destination: Alfred Bester
    The Gods Themselves, Caves Of Steel: Isaac Asimov
    Starship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land: Robert A Heinlein
    Rendezvous With Rama, 2001: A Space Odyssey: Arthur C Clarke
    The World of Null-A, The Voyage of the Space Beagle: AE van Vogt
    A Harvest of Stars, The Avatar: Poul Anderson
    Venus Plus X, More Than Human: Theodore Sturgeon
    Nightwings, Dying Inside: Robert Silverberg
    Dune, The Jesus Incident: Frank Herbert
    Gateway, Man Plus: Frederick Pohl
    A Canticle for Leibowitz: Walter M Miller, Jr
    Ubik, The man in the high castle: Philip K Dick
    334: Thomas M Disch
    Cat's Cradle: Kurt Vonnegut, Jr
    Emphyrio, Wyst: Alastor 1716: Jack Vance
    Neuromancer, Idoru: William Gibson
    On, Polystom: Adam Roberts
    The player of games, Feersum Endjinn: Iain M Banks
    The Left Hand of Darkness, The Lathe of Heaven: Ursula K LeGuin
    Parable of the Sower: Octavia Butler
    The Sky Road: Ken MacLeod
    The Golden Age: John C Wright
    The Mote in God's Eye: Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle
    Norstrilia: Cordwainer Smith
    Mission of Gravity: Hal Clement
    Ringworld: Larry Niven (A novel I personally found vastly overrated)
    A case of Conscience: James Blish
    Stand on Zanzibar: John Brunner
    Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes
    Blood Music, Eon: Greg Bear
    The Uplift War: David Brin
    The Midwich Cuckoos, The day of the Trffids: John Wyndham
    Lords of Light: Roger Zelazny
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    ravenus

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    H.G. Wells' work too passe for you pundits? I'd at least recommend Island of Dr. Moreau.

    Edit: Am I retarded in only just realizing the likely intended phonetic resemblance of the name Moreau to morrow (as in tommorrow)?

    And is the Jedi stuff really sci-fi or just fantasy with laser guns?
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    Jayaprakash Satyamurthy

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    Eek. Sorry abt Wells - I sort of take the lad for granted. And Moreau is my favourite of his books, too. Come to think of it, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and some of EA Poe's stories probably ought to be considered part of a through SF reading program too. And it's all fun!!!:D

    Personally I avoid SW/ST franchise fiction like the plague. Others are less fastidious. :p
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    The Master™

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    I'd like to read the original HG Wells stuff... The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, War of the Worlds, etc

    Read the free online version of The Island of Dr Moreau here: http://www.wells.omnia.co.uk/dr-moreau/ (as well as others)

    Or even Jules Verne...

    But there is so much good stuff out there, that there just isn't enough time... :(

    I enjoyed the Star Wars/Star Trek stuff... Something fun about it... And because ST/SW started me on my road to Sci-Fi/Fantasy stuff... ;)

    OH, AND I FORGOT TO ADD A BOOK I'VE ALMOST FINISHED AND ENJOYED:

    Ursula Le Guin
    The Dispossessed
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    Jay

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    I'm sure everyone will name the classics and will thus refrain from doing so, but will add that if not reading Philip K. Dick, there truly is no reason to read Science Fiction. I just wanted to drop a 3 names of authors who aren't getting enough attention, which is a shame because IMHO there work is among the best written currently. I also want to note that I don't consider SF jsut books with spaceships and aliens.

    In my mind these are 3 masters, and have written some of the best works in the last few years. I highly recommend them:

    Jeffrey Thomas:

    Punktown
    Monstrocity
    Everybody Scream
    Letter's from Hades

    Michael Cisco:

    The Divinity Student
    Golem

    First two are collected in the San Veneficio Canon

    Tyrant

    Zoran Zivkovic:

    The Fourth Circle
    Time Gifts
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    Brys

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    Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card. You've already said Dune (Frank Herbert). And depending on whether you classify the Book of the New Sun (Gene Wolfe) as science fiction, then I'd recommend that as well.
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    Rosemary

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    :) Apart from the brilliant Dune series, I would recommend Julian May's The Galactic Millieu Trilogy. :) :)

    Some of Robert Silverberg and Steven Baxter's works make quite good reading.:)
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    Taltos

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    Some more SF books, series and separate books mixed together:



    Mike Resnick “Widowmaker”

    Robert Asprin “Phule” & “Time scout” Isaac Asimov “Foundation” & “end of eternity”

    Henry Kuttner “Galloway Gallegher” & “Hogben”

    Roger Zelazny “This immortal”, “Today We Choose Faces” etc.

    Clifford Simak “They Walked Like Men”, “Way Station” & “City”

    Patrick Tilley “Amtrak wars”

    Dan Simmons “Hyperion”

    S. Andrew Swann “Forest of the night” (haven’t found any of his other books)

    Ben Bova “The Weathermakers”

    Jack McDevitt “Talent for War”

    George R.R. Martin “Tuf Voyaging”

    Lois McMaster Bujold “Miles Vorkosigan”

    Robert A. Heinlein “Time enough for love”, “Moon is a harsh mistress”, “Friday” etc.

    Michael Swanwick “Vacuum Flowers”

    Alan Dean Foster “Flinx and Pip Adventures” & “The Damned”

    Frederic Pohl “Heechee”

    Peter F. Hamilton “Night’s Dawn”



    Some classics: ;)



    Francis Carsac “Terre en fuite” & “Les Robinsonsdu cosmos”

    E.E. “Doc” Smith “Lensmen”

    Alfred Van Vogt “Slan” & “Silkie”

    H. “Beam” Piper “Little Fuzzy”



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    stormbard

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    I received I-Robot by Isaac Asimov as a birthday present when I was young, and have continued reading science fiction since. I really enjoy all of Asimov's work, especially the Foundation series & related books.
    I also recommend Nivon&Pournelle's The Mote In God's Eye, not the sequel though, which I found disappointing.
    Also, all of Kim Stanley Robinson's novels are awesome.
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    Rane Longfox

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    Neal Asher:
    Gridlinked
    The Skinner
    Line of Polity
    The Cowl
    Brass Man

    Peter F. Hamilton:
    Nights Dawn trilogy
    Pandora's Star
    Another Chance at Eden

    Al Reynolds:
    Chasm City
    Redemption Ark
    Absolution Gap
    Revelation Space
    Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
    Century Rain
    Pushing Ice
    (not all in that order)
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    longplay

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    Another vote for Hamilton's Night's Dawn trilogy and Asimov's Foundation series and Robot books. I'd also add Jon Courtenay Grimwood. I prefer his earlier stuff but the three Arabesk novels are excellent too.
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    The Master™

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    Another I found that I forgot to mention:

    Aldus Huxley
    Brave New World

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    People talk about reading "classics"...

    I have never read Asimov or a lot of the early pioneers... And to be totally frank, the idea leaves me a little cold... Okay, I'd like to try maybe one or two, but I'm not gonna go out of my way to acquire them...

    I've read some books considered to be classics, and been left by some of them wondering why they are considered so... Maybe because they are, so called, pioneers; but I've found other writers to be a little more fun and easier to understand... There are some books that are products of their time, and not having lived through those times I can't associate with them... So, feel a little confused... Then, there are others that are timeless (The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester... I'd never believe that it had been published in 1953!!!!)...

    I guess it is all subjective and open to personal choice...

    Talking of classics, would anyone consider A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain to be classic Sci-Fi or Classic Fantasy??? In fact, has anyone ever read it, or just watched the two movies, like me???

    Nobody read 1984 by George Orwell???
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    GOLLUM

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    Yep also read 1984 by George Orwell more than once.. :D

    Check out my reply on your Twain question in the fantasy recommendations thread.... :cool:
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    stormbard

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    Still have to read this obvious gem
    Please do, his books are really one-of-a-kind.
    I'll have to check this one out, as I haven't read it.
    I thought this book was incredible, and very real. 'Check Your Head'
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    Jay

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    Anyone who like Huxley or Orwell, should check out Jack London's Iron Heel, as without doubt it heavily influenced both.
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    Rane Longfox

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    I am probably unique in not actually liking 1984. Though I read it with an English class, so thats never a good way to do it. Maybe I should try again some time...
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    The Master™

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    At school (many, many, many years ago), I was forced to read The Chrysalids by John Wyndham... Kind of put me off reading others of his...

    Has anyone read:
    The Chrysalids
    The Midwich Cuckoos
    The Day of the Triffids
    The Kraken Wakes
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    Stalker

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    Stanislaw Lem
    Solaris
    Edem
    Summa Technologia
    Arkady & Boris Strugatsky
    Roadside Picnic
    Beetle in the anthill
    Inhabited Island
    Hard to be a God
    Alfred Bester
    The Demolished Man
    Tiger! Tiger!
    Isaac Asimov
    The Gods Themselves
    Foundation
    Robert A Heinlein
    Starship Troopers
    Stranger in a Strange Land:
    Alfred van Vogt
    The Voyage of the Space Beagle: A Harvest of Stars,
    Poul Anderson
    Time Patrol series
    Frederick Pohl
    Gateway
    Beyond the Blue Event Horizon[size=-1] [/size]
    [size=-1]Heechee Rendezvous[/size]
    [size=-1]The Annals of the Heechee[size=-1] [/size][size=-1] [/size][/size]
    Walter M Miller, Jr
    A Canticle for Leibowitz
    Philip K Dick
    Ubik
    The Man in the High Castle
    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
    Francis Carsac
    Robinsons of the Space
    Escaping Earth
    From nowhere
    Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle
    The Mote in God's Eye
    Hal Clement
    Mission of Gravity
    Daniel Keyes
    Flowers for Algernon
    David Brin
    Startide rising
    The Uplift War
    Barry B. Longyear
    Enemy Mine
    John Wyndham
    The day of the Trffids
    Philip J. Farmer
    River World
    Still, the above list is far from being full.
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    chaos

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    And what about books of Erik F. Rassel?
    imo, every his short story or novel is masterpiece of genre.
    special for unenlightened;)
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