Alternative to IMB

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  1. nogbadthebad

    nogbadthebad New Member

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    Hi Guys
    New to this forum, in fact any SF forums.

    IMB is the only SF I read (read em all more than once) and think it about time I broadened my horizons, can anyone reccommend some other authors who are on a par with IMB particularly on the tech level? or do I ask too much?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Moonbat

    Moonbat Chuckle Churner

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    I'm a big fan of Iain M Banks, I haven't found anything exactly like him, but a couple of other modern sci-fi writers that I enjoyed were/are

    Peter F Hamilton
    Neil Asher

    I'm sure the guys/gals here can recommend plenty more.
     
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  3. Abernovo

    Abernovo Well-Known Member

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    Not exactly the same, but you might try Alastair Reynolds or Ken MacLeod. Both are hard sf and space opera writers. Neil Asher was also on my recommendation list, but Moonbat got in first.
     
  4. iansales

    iansales Well-Known Member

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    Also Gary Gibson and Michael Cobley. Both write wide-screen space opera, like Banks.
     
  5. nogbadthebad

    nogbadthebad New Member

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    Thanks Guys, I`ll dip my toe in the water.
     
  6. Barracooda

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    I would concur, Alaister Reynolds (try Chasm City)
     
  7. Rodders

    Rodders |-O-| (-O-) |-O-|

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    There is no one quite like Banks. I will second Reynolds and Asher.
     
  8. Grunkins

    Grunkins Couch Commander

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    I haven't read any Asher yet, and have to say Reynolds is amateur hour compared to Banks.

    Like others have said, there is only one Iain M Banks.
     
  9. Gramm838

    Gramm838 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmm not sure I agree with the statement about AR being amateur hour...if nothing else his space battles use real world physics for the ships, whereas as IMB has his ships do whatever his imagination thought of.

    I would agree that IMB is out there on his own, and although Ken MacLeod and he were great friends, their books are quite different - MacLeod's books are generally a socialist rant from beginning to end...
     
  10. BetaWolf

    BetaWolf Keith A. Manuel

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    I'd like to see springs' novels published myself.
     
  11. steelyglint

    steelyglint Ancient leather-bound bookseller, all edges gilt.

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    Not many things required to see it done....

    1 - paper.
    2 - ink.
    3 - huge stack of money.

    Number 3 is usually the stumbling block.

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  12. Bick

    Bick A Member of the Forum

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    Hmm, the post about springs novel is a bit anachronistic - as the post hoping it would happen is 20 months old, and springs novels are, well, being published actually...
     
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