Sci-Fi Recommendations - for the unenlightened

clovis-man

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Finisterre universe by C. J. Cherryh is a Douolagy of Rider At the Gate and Clouds Rider.

I so enjoyed this series. I have no words!
A couple of her works that seemingly slipped under the radar for a lot of SF readers. I tend to read most of what she writes and have to say that this pair is quite enjoyable. suspenseful with a genuine air of mystery about them. I would certainly recommend them.
 
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A couple of her works that seemingly slipped under the radar for a lot of SF readers. I tend to read most of what she writes and have to say that this pair is quite enjoyable. suspenseful with a genuine air of mystery about them. I would certainly recommend them.
Couldn't agree more. They were great books and I have always thought that it was sad that a third was never published to finish off the series.
 

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A single Jack Chalker book that may be his best and not in itself intended to be a series (it was so successful it became his longest series) -

Midnight at the Well of Souls

How about Hal Clement - Mission of Gravity, or Needle? Extremely 'hard' SF, plot usually is man/alien vs. physics as much as anything except in needle.
 

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A couple of her works that seemingly slipped under the radar for a lot of SF readers. I tend to read most of what she writes and have to say that this pair is quite enjoyable. suspenseful with a genuine air of mystery about them. I would certainly recommend them.
I tried clouds rider and put it down; also found the foreigner series not to my liking by the 2nd or 3rd novel. That said, Cyteen and most of the A-U books as well as Morgaine's series were just great. Her writing changed around 1990 (imo) and I find that with few exceptions (regenesis) I don't like what she wrote after once she left AU space.

I may give cloud;s rider another chance.
 

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I will look out for Midnight at the Well of Souls.
A single Jack Chalker book that may be his best and not in itself intended to be a series (it was so successful it became his longest series) -

Midnight at the Well of Souls

How about Hal Clement - Mission of Gravity, or Needle? Extremely 'hard' SF, plot usually is man/alien vs. physics as much as anything except in needle.
 

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I will look out for Midnight at the Well of Souls.
A major notable plot feature of almost all of chalker's books is that some or all main characters undergo 'physical transformations.' This is even a comedy point in his Red Tape War written with Mike Resnick.
 

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Expanded Universe by Robert Heinlein

FOREWORD
Warning! Truth in advertising requires me to tell you that this volume contains The Worlds of Robert A. Heinlein, published 1966. But this new volume is about three times as long. It contains fiction stories that have never before appeared in book form, nonfiction articles not available elsewhere, a 30-year updating on my 1950 prognostications (as well as the 15-year updating that appeared in The Worlds of R.A.H.), with the usual weasel-worded excuses as to why I guessed wrong—and (ruffles & flourishes) not one but two scenarios for the year 2000, one for people who like happy endings and another for people who can take bad news without a quiver—as long as it happens to somebody else.
This is not truly a science fiction book though it contains some science fiction. It might be regarded as a rambling diatribe by a post-successful science fiction writer. But maybe his visions of the future are still clearer than most people's today.

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well reading this thread has added another 40 possible books and 15 authors to my buy/read list, which already contains 100 books - of which I've purchased 17. . .

:)
 

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Just finished reading llium & Olympos. Really enjoyed both as I also did the Hyperion series. I would recommend both with the caveats below.

Olympos got a little slow and drawn out in the last 3rd of the book with too much detail that in the end, did not matter and to me, made no difference to the reader.

The ending, as others have complained, was not very satisfying as I don't think Simmons did a good job explaining everything or tying everything together. The Wikipedia entries were helpful in better understanding the books.
 

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F. Paul Wilson
Healer - An alien pardner can be really annoying and useful when they get under your skin

Charles Logan
Shipwreck - Don't read the reviews or spoilers, just get a copy and turn the page for a once in a lifetime experience.

Chris Claremont
First Flight - Aliens, Space Pirates & Hackers with a master-class in zero-g hand to hand combat from a grizzled space marshal. The second half of the book gets even better.
 

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Have just finished the first two Neil Asher Polity/Ian Cormac novels, Gridlinked + The Line of Polity. Very enjoyable reads, excellent space opera! I am liking Asher's writing style and imagination.

I anticipate reading all of the Cormac books and his other books.
 

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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”



PS: sorry for the fonts ... copy & paste and HTML don't mix
I can read maybe half of them
 

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A couple of folk have mentioned Ursula K. LeGuin's Left Hand of Darkness but she's got some astounding short stories, as well, particularly "The Author of the Acacia Seeds" in the collection The Compass Rose.
I've read most of LeGuin's output excepting her children's books/stories and would recommend everything w/o reservation. She's a marvelous storyteller.
 

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I've read most of LeGuin's output excepting her children's books/stories and would recommend everything w/o reservation. She's a marvelous storyteller.
Jack Faust by Michael Swanswick

Ghost by Piers Anthony

The Dragon Never Sleeps by Glen Cook
 

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