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Good Books (Scifi)

Post by Sancria » Sat May 22, 2004 8:12 pm

Ok, I'm bored, starting a new thread..

Looking for good books to read, and I'm mainly interested in Sci Fi or related stuff. I love you Fel btw :)

so..to start things off..here's my blurb

Laurell K Hamilton--Anita Blake the Vampire Hunter
I'd gladly travel back in time, except I would have to wait longer for the next chapter of Fel's work...sorry, pass.

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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by Hearly » Sat May 22, 2004 8:21 pm

Harry TurttleDove, the Alien invasion series during WW2, and colonization series that takes place right after the first series

(alt-history sci-fi type story)

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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by Lytebringer » Mon May 24, 2004 5:20 pm

Laurell K Hamilton is wonderful!  Both the Anita Blake and the Merry Gentry series.

My favorite book has always been Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card.  Great sci fi book.  =)

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Post by Hallmist » Mon May 24, 2004 6:27 pm

Here's another vote for Ender's game.

Instead of listing individual books, I'll give some of my favorite Sci-Fi Authors.  Most have several books which can be found in any public library.

Orson Scott Card:  Ender's Game series, Enchantment, Pastwatch, and others.

Isaac Asimov:  Robot, Empire, and Foundation Series,  too many others to list.

Aurthur C. Clarke: Space Odessy series, Rondevous with Rama Series, Many others.

Frank Herbert:  Dune series.

Lois McMaster Bujold: Miles Vorkosigan series.


Thats all I got off the top of my head.

I have listed a few books (or series) for each author to get a new reader started.  I've read most of the science-fiction books that these author's have published, and enjoyed most if not all of them.
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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by locolobo1999 » Mon May 24, 2004 11:06 pm

Here is a site that has a lot of those books oline that you can download (Removed by Spec8472 - Sorry, no links to pirate books)
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Post by Journeywoman » Tue May 25, 2004 12:39 pm

Anne McCaffrey does a lot of good Sci-Fi!
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Post by Mark_Reed » Tue May 25, 2004 6:53 pm

This is just the lowly opinion of one reader, but in regards to Anne McCaffery- it depends. The first three books of the Pern series were great. Some of the pern books which followed weren't as good but were entertaining, and others I never finished because I grew board. Pern is, from what I've seen, her best work. I read the first three books of the Acornia series about 5 months back and stopped in the middle of the third when I realized that the plot wasn't really taking me anywhere I cared to go. The whole thing felt empty and mindless and I was trudging through it figuring that if it was written by someone as famous as Anne McCaffery it just *had* to get exciting at some point. All that said, the first three pern books were *really really* good.

Thanks to everyone above for the other suggestions. Save Asimov (two books of his are actually in my bag at the moment, freshly claimed from the library) and Herbert (the Dune series was indeed very good) I haven't tried any of them but have considered them and wondered if they were any good. I will be sure to check them out.

I have yet to be dissappointed by a book written by Marion Zimmer Bradley. Her Darkover series was very good. I also enjoy her fictional histories/mythical stories about Avalon and such. I haven't read all of those yet but I'll get around to it.

I discovered Robert Heinlein very recently. I started and finished Stranger In A Strange Land this past Sunday. It was very good. I'd recommend it for anyone, so long as you don't mind a book which (in the latter half) discusses religious ideals.

And if we are talking about science fiction, you can hardly go wrong with one of the forefathers of the genre- Jules Verne. Around the World in Eighty Days and Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea were especially good.
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Post by Spec8472 » Wed May 26, 2004 1:26 am

locolobo1999 wrote:Here is a site that has a lot of those books oline that you can download
Sorry, you can't link to those sites here -- it breaches the AUP for my hosting package.

If anyone else has a host that doesn't have such an AUP, and is just as reliable as the currrent host, let me know and I'll move the board over there. Until then, sorry, but its not possible.

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Post by locolobo1999 » Wed May 26, 2004 2:42 am

ok sorry about that just thought [[l might like it but I don't want anyone to get into trouble
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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by Furry_wolf2001b » Wed May 26, 2004 2:53 am

Well Baen Books do have -alot- of free books that they have released...

Google it fore an adress.
But got this link from my link library:
http://www.baen.com/library/defaultTitles.htm

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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by TFF » Wed May 26, 2004 5:25 am

You might look in to the 'Robotech' series of books. I've read some of them, and thought they were very good.

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Post by Greymist » Wed May 26, 2004 6:13 am

If you liked Robert Heinlein read Starship troopers nothing like the movie at all and a very cool book, regarding Anne McCaffery some of the pern books I did find quite dull but I've read the whole series, perhaps try her talent series?

Orson Scott Card, liked the Enders game series though Children of the mind was somewhat camp (I'd say how but I don't want to give spoilers) I still have to read Enders Shadow and Shadow of the Hegemon.

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Post by Journeywoman » Wed May 26, 2004 7:11 am

This is just the lowly opinion of one reader, but in regards to Anne McCaffery- it depends. The first three books of the Pern series were great. Some of the pern books which followed weren't as good but were entertaining, and others I never finished because I grew board. Pern is, from what I've seen, her best work. I read the first three books of the Acornia series about 5 months back and stopped in the middle of the third when I realized that the plot wasn't really taking me anywhere I cared to go. The whole thing felt empty and mindless and I was trudging through it figuring that if it was written by someone as famous as Anne McCaffery it just *had* to get exciting at some point. All that said, the first three pern books were *really really* good.
About Anne McCaffrey, I do admit that her Acorna isn't the best but that isn't all her work. I would recommend Freedom series and the Talents. They share some similar themes to Fel's work. But I think Pern is still has some of her best work.

Someone on the previous board recommended to me a series or book by Rojer Zelanzy. It had the main character doing Aikido, I think it may have been in a sci-fi setting ???. Well I was wondering if anyone knew the name of it, it sounded interesting but I've had no luck finding it on just the author's name.
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Re: Good Books (Scifi)

Post by negativecoew 1 » Wed May 26, 2004 10:17 am

robert heinlins a citicen of the galcy is relly good , but way to shot imho

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Post by Finn » Wed May 26, 2004 10:50 am

I agree with the Acorna series, I tried reading past the first book, but it really didn't pull me in. The Talent series is much better (especially the Pegasus pre-trilogy). One thing I admire about Anne McCaffery is her ability to create completely separate universes for her series, and keep them separate. Unlike some other authors (;DcoughEddingscough ;D) there is no bleed over in characters or concepts across the various different series

One other fantastic writer is L E Modesitt Jr, who has written an impressive number of high quality books, some fantasy (although, really sci-fi underneath), and a fantastic alternate history series that starts with 'Of Tangible Ghosts'  Review

He also has an impressive scifi series called Ecolitan and other one offs.

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