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Lucius Malvek
Posted - 2007.01.15 01:22:00 - [1]
 

I know there aren't any novels set in the Eve universe, save for player-made entries on the web. What are some good Sci-Fi novels you could recommend that are in a similar vein to Eve-Online? Just something that has the same sort of atmosphere and feel to it. Again, not stuff on the web, I mean something I can buy at a bookstore :-)

Dark Shikari
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2007.01.15 01:27:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Dark Shikari on 15/01/2007 01:23:06
Iain M. Banks.

Stephen Baxter.

David Brin.

Larry Niven.

ScreamingLord Sutch
Hand in Mouth
Posted - 2007.01.15 01:27:00 - [3]
 

Peter F Hamilton / Ian M Banks / Neil Asher.

They arent full of pod pilots but it's sci-fi in a similar vein imo.


Lucius Malvek
Posted - 2007.01.15 05:42:00 - [4]
 

Great, thank you. The Iain Banks Culture series looks very interesting.

Deious Troeyd
Minmatar
Kalear Fleet Systems
Posted - 2007.01.15 06:27:00 - [5]
 

Banks and Hamilton are both awesome. Havn't read the others.

The Archimandrite
Killers Network
Posted - 2007.01.15 06:39:00 - [6]
 

The Culture novels by Iain M Banks are definitely excellent reading for EVE-Online fans. Another worthy book to read is "The Algebraist", which has pod pilots (of a sort.)

Katrina Coreli
GreenSwarm
Posted - 2007.01.15 09:02:00 - [7]
 

Adolf Huxly - A Brave new world is a cracker

But for true scope its always goign to be Ian M Banks

James Snowscoran
Caldari Provisions
Posted - 2007.01.15 09:18:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Lucius Malvek
I know there aren't any novels set in the Eve universe, save for player-made entries on the web. What are some good Sci-Fi novels you could recommend that are in a similar vein to Eve-Online? Just something that has the same sort of atmosphere and feel to it. Again, not stuff on the web, I mean something I can buy at a bookstore :-)

Just for the record, most of the chronicles, short stories and other prime fiction published on this website was made by the fiction devs, I know there's at least one guy who just writes stuff for CCP as a full-time job, plus one or more independents who are contracted from time to time for longer stories I believe.

Milaahs Nithori
Amarr
Crimson Empire.
Nulli Secunda
Posted - 2007.01.15 09:56:00 - [9]
 

Defiantly the Nights Dawn triology by Peter. F Hamilton. I read it while I was out traveling. Never missed EVE so much in my life, hehe. It's great sci-fi in every respect.

RuleoftheBone
Minmatar
Black Viper Nomads
Posted - 2007.01.15 09:56:00 - [10]
 

Alastair Reynolds-"Revelation Space" novels.

David Brin-"Uplift War" novels.

Stephen R. Donaldson-"The Gap Cycle" novels.

Dan Simmons-"The Hyperion" novels.

And what DS recommended........

Spartaen
Posted - 2007.01.15 09:57:00 - [11]
 

Originally by: Milaahs Nithori
Defiantly the Nights Dawn triology by Peter. F Hamilton. I read it while I was out traveling. Never missed EVE so much in my life, hehe. It's great sci-fi in every respect.


Night's Dawn trilogy > all.

Rollio Polleaous
Cohors Alaria
Posted - 2007.01.15 10:19:00 - [12]
 

Off at a slight tangent I picked up The Algebraist by banks recently, It's not culture but the writing is still top notch. I had no idea that it was published so it was a pleasant enough surpise when I found it.

Smagd
Encina Technologies
Namtz' aar K'in
Posted - 2007.01.15 11:44:00 - [13]
 

I'd like to recommend C. J. Cherryh's Alliance-Union Universe books.

Zwaplat
Caldari
Deep Core Mining Inc.
Posted - 2007.01.15 11:50:00 - [14]
 

Hyperion, without a doubt. I think CCP got a lot of inspiration from those books.Very Happy

Rimfaxe
Swedish Aerospace Inc
Southern Cross Alliance
Posted - 2007.01.15 12:06:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Spartaen
Originally by: Milaahs Nithori
Defiantly the Nights Dawn triology by Peter. F Hamilton. I read it while I was out traveling. Never missed EVE so much in my life, hehe. It's great sci-fi in every respect.


Night's Dawn trilogy > all.



Signed!

PS: Alastair Reynolds-"Revelation Space" novels. DS.

RuleoftheBone
Minmatar
Black Viper Nomads
Posted - 2007.01.15 12:25:00 - [16]
 

Edited by: RuleoftheBone on 15/01/2007 12:25:26
How dare I forget the masters:

Issac Asimov-"Foundation Series"

and

Frank Herbert-"Dune Series"....the books by his son ain't bad and provide decent backstory to the originals but they smack a bit too much of commercialism.

p.s. This is probably the most useful, fun, and interesting thread I have seen pop up in weeks Very Happy

Twilight Moon
Minmatar
Tague Corp
Posted - 2007.01.15 12:33:00 - [17]
 

Edited by: Twilight Moon on 15/01/2007 12:31:56
Anyone know if Ian M. Banks has another book in the works? I've read the lot. Embarassed

His fiction (under Ian Banks) is top quality stuff too, I'd reccommend people read that as well.

Edit: Just realised it hasnt been mentioned. Joe Haldeman writes some good science fiction, in particular "The Forever War" is fantastic.

D'Mur Pilru
Posted - 2007.01.15 12:55:00 - [18]
 

Lest we forgot Arthur C. Clarke, old but ever good. And Orson Scott Cards 'Ender' series rocks as well. (as does the side novel Enders Shadow)

Hyperion has to be my all time favourite.../me makes a note to read those again soon :)

And I really liked Brian Herberts preludes to Dune, both Butlerian and Battle of Corinth. They read like a train...

*funny side note, D'Mur Pilru is actually a member of the Spacing Guild* :)


Aramendel
Amarr
Queens of the Stone Age
Black Legion.
Posted - 2007.01.15 13:15:00 - [19]
 

Those which are closest to the "feeling" of EVE are IMO Alastair Reynolds novels. The technology/universe is vastely different (no real FTL travel, for example), but it has a similar "dark sci-fi" flair.

Other good sci-fi authors are, as has been mentioned already

Dan Simmons "Hyperion"/"Endymion" Cantos (IMO best sci-fi saga around)

Peter F. Hamiltons "Nights Dawn" trilogy (but avoid "misspend youth" from him by all costs)

Iain Banks culture novels (do not miss "the algebraist" and especially "against a dark background", though)

Neal Ashers "Polity" books (a bit of a copycat of Banks, but still good)

Maestro Ulv
Phaze-9
Ushra'Khan
Posted - 2007.01.15 14:20:00 - [20]
 

Originally by: RuleoftheBone
Alastair Reynolds-"Revelation Space" novels.



Highly in agreement with that, also Neal Ashers "Polity" series

CCP Eris Discordia

Posted - 2007.01.15 14:31:00 - [21]
 

Mentioned here before but I second the Gap cycle. It's one of the best series I have read in years. Thanks to other devs who recommended it to me I can recommend it to you Smile

The start:
Morn Hyland, an ensign with the United Mining Companies Police, is on her first mission aboard the UMCP destroyer Starmaster. When they arrive at Com-Mine Station, a ship, Bright Beauty, piloted by the pirate Angus Thermopyle, flees, and Starmaster follows. Witnessing Angus slaughtering a small mining settlement. Starmaster attempts combat, but is almost destroyed by a massive internal explosion.


The who and why you'd have to read yourself but there are some nice twists in all of the books.

Joerd Toastius
Octavian Vanguard
Posted - 2007.01.15 14:40:00 - [22]
 

Backing up what other people have said, Iain M Banks (make sure you get the M), Hamilton, Asimov, Clarke and Scott Card are definitely worth reading, as is the original Dune. I've never managed to get into the Dune sequels. Greg Bear's also done some good stuff, and Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars series is awesome if you like serious science (or pseudo-science, albeit of the extremely well thought-out variety) in your reading. I'd also suggest in a slightly different vein William Gibson. And... I tried Baxter, specifically Manifold: Time, and thought it was terrible. Shoot me.

RuleoftheBone
Minmatar
Black Viper Nomads
Posted - 2007.01.15 14:55:00 - [23]
 

Edited by: RuleoftheBone on 15/01/2007 14:55:58
Edited by: RuleoftheBone on 15/01/2007 14:53:18
Morn Hyland-Carebear Cool

Angus Thermopyle-Total yarrrr YARRRR!!a.k.a "Angus Thermo-pile"......

Stephen Donaldson does love his anti-heros. Read the ultimate Tolkien-killer "The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant" (no squishy little hobbits, annoying talking trees, and especially NO BLOODY ELVES. SD does owe a debt to dear old JRRT as do all fantasy writers-but we are talking fast-food to filet mignon literary comparisons here). To put it another way--if you think "Eragon" (not bad if you like candy and more &^$^Ģing elves) and "Harry Potter" (blatant theft of Roald Dahl's legacy..fun reads though) are the uber...you will HATE Stephen R Donaldson.

Another amazing author worthy of your attention:

Neal Stephenson. Start with "Snow Crash" and "Diamond Age"....trip into "Cryptonomicron"...and prepare for the monster "Baroque Cycle". Not exactly EvE-related...but this cat will leave you with a completely melted brain Very Happy

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p.s. Votes for a sticky somewhere. Books of any type are good and all the recommendations thus far would..I suspect...be well enjoyed by the EvE-player base.

Shadowsword
The Rough Riders
Ares Protectiva
Posted - 2007.01.15 14:56:00 - [24]
 

David Weber - Honor Harrington series

Battles very much like battleship/fleets clashs in Eve, lots of political schemes, charismatic characters.

Simply the Best, imho.

The first two volumes are alaivable for free on html format Here.

La Tortura
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2007.01.15 14:59:00 - [25]
 

Ken Macleod
Cosmonauts Keep and The Fall Revolution series

Anell
Minmatar
Evil Avatar Ltd.
Posted - 2007.01.15 15:02:00 - [26]
 

I want to second Frank Herbert's "Dune" as my favorite book of all time.

I would also second Joe Haldeman "The Forever War"

But I'm surprised no one has mentioned Robert Heinlein yet. Check out "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress" and "Starship Troopers" (better then the movie by far). I mean when going for scifi its safe to stick with a man so famous he has a crater on Mars named after him.

Also a big fan of Niel Stephenson and his books starting with "Snow Crash."

In summary go: Dune, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, Starship Troopers, The Forever War, Snow Crash.

Rana Ash
Minmatar
Gradient
Electus Matari
Posted - 2007.01.15 15:08:00 - [27]
 

Edited by: Rana Ash on 15/01/2007 15:05:27
Vatta's War, by Elizabeth Moon

Vatta's War

Ivan Kirilenkov


ISD YARR
Interstellar Services Department
Posted - 2007.01.15 15:11:00 - [28]
 

Alastair Reynolds has been mentioned many times, but since he's the one responsible for me returning from a break from Eve, I'll blame him, eh, recommend him aswell :)

Great series, and great for reading during downtime :P

Ogul
Caldari
ZiTek Deepspace Explorations
United Front Alliance
Posted - 2007.01.15 15:14:00 - [29]
 

Edited by: Ogul on 15/01/2007 15:12:57
Originally by: Spartaen
Originally by: Milaahs Nithori
Defiantly the Nights Dawn triology by Peter. F Hamilton. I read it while I was out traveling. Never missed EVE so much in my life, hehe. It's great sci-fi in every respect.


Night's Dawn trilogy > all.



Oh yes. 3000+ pages ending in a deus ex machina. I never knew a greater disappointment.

on topic: Richard Morgans's "Altered Carbon" and sequels (not exactly pods and spaceships, but people change bodies a lot)

RuleoftheBone
Minmatar
Black Viper Nomads
Posted - 2007.01.15 15:23:00 - [30]
 

Edited by: RuleoftheBone on 15/01/2007 15:22:57
Originally by: Ogul
Edited by: Ogul on 15/01/2007 15:12:57
Originally by: Spartaen
Originally by: Milaahs Nithori
Defiantly the Nights Dawn triology by Peter. F Hamilton. I read it while I was out traveling. Never missed EVE so much in my life, hehe. It's great sci-fi in every respect.


Night's Dawn trilogy > all.



Oh yes. 3000+ pages ending in a deus ex machina. I never knew a greater disappointment.

on topic: Richard Morgans's "Altered Carbon" and sequels (not exactly pods and spaceships, but people change bodies a lot)


Very fair comment. Hamilton must have got sick of keeping track of the whole story...but still-Al Capone as the leader of a gang of space-nasties? Now thats cool Laughing.

And speaking of deus ex machina...check out the Dan Simmons "Ilium" and "Olympus" for more "machinas" than you can shake a stick at Very Happy

If this gets a sticky....I suggest the name of the thread be changed to "Excellent Reading Suggestions When Stuck At Log-In/Gate or Station Camp/POS War/Extended Patch Day.....Or When Mining" Laughing


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