Discussion in 'Books' started by Redmanchu, Nov 13, 2017.
And here I was really hoping for some sci fi recommendations.
Not a lot of people read. I was disappointed to see the lack of book action going on here.
I would recommend the "Pirates of venus" series by Edgar rice burroughs. Old school, but very sci-fi
Issacc Asimov's Foundation Series.
William Gibson, Neuromancer
Great suggestions MeAgain! I read a lot of sci fi, and have to say I was disappointed recently with two Gibson novels, Virtual Light and Spook Country. After enjoying Neuromancer so much - it was disappointing.
However, The Foundation series is a wonderful example of Asimov at his best. I once met him, and he was quite jolly indeed.
I do recommend the Ring World books by Larry Niven. The first is captivating and you don't want to stop reading
'Moving Mars' by Greg Bear was a great book...
For a good classic, check out Clifford Simak's 'Way Station' and 'City' novels. Very good... a tad dated, but fun to read and think about.
Yeah, I didn't like Virtual Light, don't think I read Spook Country.
The Difference Engine by Gibson and Sterling was pretty good. It basically started the Steampunk movement.
It's an alternative history story where Babbage finishes his difference engine. Somewhere a mysterious stack of punch cards exists and a battle ensues to secure them.
I didn't like Ring World for some reason.
I did like The Mote in God's Eye by Niven and Pournelle and Lucifer's Hammer by the same. Also Footfall.
I most certainly do. Read all of the SF growing up,m and still do. Just don't like to talk about it too much. Those are my people.....or were since many are deceased now....all were great friends of my dad's.
I love sci-fi... it is my go-to reading material when I need an escape. Fantasy is not the same... I don't like it when they conflate the two different genres.
MeAgain, the Mote in God's Eye was great! I must reread it...
Actually I have to redo my last reply, I find sci-fi very inspiring also.
I used to have a very extensive collection of 1950's sci fi but I ran out of room and got rid of them all.
I must say one of the worse books I ever read was A Canticle for Leibowitz.
Must agree, MeAgain, it was tedious to read all that religious crap, and such a bleak future he portrayed in A Canticle for Leibowitz.
I find everything I want to read on the Internet and use my tablet anymore... I have a big collection of books in bins in the basement. No one wants them except the thrift store...so that is where they will go eventually.
I read more than I watch television. And certainly read more than use the Internet these days also... must be my advancing age
Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed
I know this is oldish but it got bumped so I'd like to respond
I tried reading this... I dunno I really couldn't get into it... Does it pick up? Where I left off it was kind of focusing on the relationship between the two protagonists and I had a hard time with it. They were both so... Indecisive it was kind of annoying.
This is really fantastic. The concept of psychohistory really fascinated me. I wonder if a combination of game theory and psychology might render similar results?
And just last year I got around to reading A Mote in God's Eye. Authors did a great job of inventing what seemed to be a plausible and truly alien species. I wonder if the sequel is worth a read.
I enjoyed Greg Bear's "Eternity." I couldn't finish "Moving Mars."
i wish the pagan forum was ongoing, when i first signed up it was slow but now its not existent.
I think it was Return of the Jedi that made me stop reading fiction, and the invent/ popularity if VCRs ( for the kids out there, VCRs are like mp4s that do like you rewinding or fastforwarding).
Use to read a lot of fiction as a kid, but after Return of the Jedi, i was like screw this, im watching the movie
And just read non fiction text books from then on
Moving Mars took a long time to get rolling, b ut the antagonists become heroes and all sorts of adventures they have in their revolution on Mars becomes interesting.
Some classic scifi authors I like
Philip K Dick
Ursula K LeGuin
I used to read tons of sci-fi back in the 70's. Still enjoy reading the odd one now and then.
No Arthur C Clarke?
He wrote some good stuff. My list wasn't meant to be exhaustive......
Paul Krugman, the Noble Prize winning economist, says that Asimov's Foundation Trilogy,
"grounded my economics."
Footfall is very much like A Mote in God's Eye, if I remember correctly.
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