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Nigel Sheldon
Caldari
Skaro Mining Reborn
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:05:00 - [1]
 

Was doing a search for Peter F Hamilton and all of the threads appear to be closed now, so thought I would start a new one...so do you have any great sci-fi novels you can recommend to other players. I shall kick it off with of course Peter F Hamilton and his nights dawn trilogy as well as pandoras star/judas unchained and the first book of the void trilogy (anyone know when book 2 is out???)
I also recommend Alastair Reynolds and Ken McLeods engines of light trilogy....have also got but haven't got round to reading the saga of the seven suns, elizabeth moons the serrano succession and dan simmons endymion which i gather is a follow up to hyperion.
Also Banks and some bloke called tony gonzales which has written a book about a computer game ugh not read it yet, but hoping it's good...

Leonora Webb
Gallente
CompleXion Navy
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:18:00 - [2]
 

Frank Herbert's Dune series. Nothing else comes close, it's utterly monumental.

Any serious discussion of sci-fi of any kind can't leave it out.

MotherMoon
Huang Yinglong
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:26:00 - [3]
 

Dune is hard if impossable to beat, but I still recomend the book FEED everytime someone brings up scifi books.

that and the one simlar to eve... about the children that are put in pods to fly spaceships?

the ship that cried or something? help me out guys!

CCP Atropos

Posted - 2008.06.30 12:32:00 - [4]
 

Anything by Dan Simmons, David Brin, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter F. Hamilton, Vernor Vinge, Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, Richard Morgan, China Mieville, Jack Vance, Iain M. Banks.

Pretty much lifted verbatim from my Facebook profile Laughing

Leonora Webb
Gallente
CompleXion Navy
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:35:00 - [5]
 

Hmm yes Kim Stanley Robinson is a great choice, I absolutely love the Mars trilogy. And Baxter certainly errs on the "epic" side.

Brian Aldiss' Helliconia trilogy will also keep you going for a while.

P'uck
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:39:00 - [6]
 

Some bookstores still have a lot of those sci-fi short story collections that were published in the 70ties. Some of those stores sell those for ridiculous low prices, too.

Sometimes you can find real gems among those, like brilliant stories from guys that never got big and famous and therefore you'd normally miss them.

Sometimes you have great stories that are badly written, but still its a gain to get those ideas, without having the joy of a properly designed story, but heck, if we were there just for the prose, we wouldn't specifically look for sci-fi, now would we?


Baron Agamemnon
Caldari
The Einherji
Supernova Federation
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:40:00 - [7]
 

Edited by: Baron Agamemnon on 30/06/2008 12:50:56
Edited by: Baron Agamemnon on 30/06/2008 12:40:15
Originally by: CCP Atropos
Anything by Dan Simmons, David Brin, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter F. Hamilton, Vernor Vinge, Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, Richard Morgan, China Mieville, Jack Vance, Iain M. Banks.

Pretty much lifted verbatim from my Facebook profile Laughing


Good list there, I have yet to read form all of them, but I have many "waiting" for me to get started :).

Hamilton's Night's Dawn is currently my favorite. Gonna start on the Culture series next :)

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:40:00 - [8]
 

I agree with Dune being on top.

But one of the classic sci-fi authors is Isaac Asimov. His first book of the Foundation Series - Foundation is a classic.


Slade

Mary Me'Belle
Posted - 2008.06.30 12:58:00 - [9]
 

Originally by: MotherMoon
Dune is hard if impossable to beat, but I still recomend the book FEED everytime someone brings up scifi books.

that and the one simlar to eve... about the children that are put in pods to fly spaceships?

the ship that cried or something? help me out guys!


The ship that sang, Anne MacCaffery.

For epic space opera I would suggest David Brin's Uplift War series. It doesn't get more epic than a fully populated Dyson sphere that has a high fractal dimention for its suface area (a very very large population of sentients) gets destroyed.


Meiyang Lee
Gallente
Azteca Transportation Unlimited
Gunboat Diplomacy
Posted - 2008.06.30 13:06:00 - [10]
 

While not 100% sci-fi as such I can also recommend C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy.
Its appears mostly fantasy but it has some definite hints of sci-fi in there, and its an awesome read.

Another series I really enjoyed was Julian May's Rampart Worlds trilogy, its not as complex or deep as some of the works mentioned in this thread, but its a fun read and has some nice action aswell.

Aside from those, Greg Bear shouldn't be left out, I only have Moving Mars myself, but read plenty of other books by him and they're beautiful.

Dan Glebitts
Posted - 2008.06.30 14:30:00 - [11]
 

Edited by: Dan Glebitts on 30/06/2008 14:31:50
Greg Egan's Diaspora - Hard stuff but totally fascinating.
Philip K. D1ck - for some weird stories

And as for Orson Scott Card, if you own it throw his books out the nearest window... Horrible little soulless mind fart of book... trash.

Ender's Game has to be the most over rated sci-fi book I have ever read.

Also surprised the culture series hasn't been mentioned 10 times by now. Very Happy

Nuala Reece
Caldari
TROJAN LEGIONS
TROJAN.
Posted - 2008.06.30 14:44:00 - [12]
 

Originally by: CCP Atropos
Anything by Dan Simmons, David Brin, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, Alastair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter, Kim Stanley Robinson, Peter F. Hamilton, Vernor Vinge, Orson Scott Card, William Gibson, Richard Morgan, China Mieville, Jack Vance, Iain M. Banks.

Pretty much lifted verbatim from my Facebook profile Laughing


No Robert Heinlein? I'd add 'Stranger in a Strange Land' to the list.

And Alan Moore and Ian Gibon's 'Ballad of Halo Jones' to give a look in for the graphic novels.

Fink Angel
Caldari
The Merry Men
Posted - 2008.06.30 14:57:00 - [13]
 

I recommend you check out The Mammoth Book Of Extreme Science Fiction and then see which of the 20 or so authors you like the style of, then investigate them further.

Nigel Sheldon
Caldari
Skaro Mining Reborn
Posted - 2008.06.30 17:19:00 - [14]
 

no one has mentioned alfred bester either when I think about it, and not sure why I didn't mention it in my OP....you haven't lived till you have decified the demolision man

Jonathan Calvert
Minmatar
Sebiestor Tribe
Posted - 2008.06.30 18:03:00 - [15]
 

Originally by: Nigel Sheldon
Was doing a search for Peter F Hamilton and all of the threads appear to be closed now, so thought I would start a new one...so do you have any great sci-fi novels you can recommend to other players. I shall kick it off with of course Peter F Hamilton and his nights dawn trilogy as well as pandoras star/judas unchained and the first book of the void trilogy (anyone know when book 2 is out???)
I also recommend Alastair Reynolds and Ken McLeods engines of light trilogy....have also got but haven't got round to reading the saga of the seven suns, elizabeth moons the serrano succession and dan simmons endymion which i gather is a follow up to hyperion.
Also Banks and some bloke called tony gonzales which has written a book about a computer game ugh not read it yet, but hoping it's good...


Temporal Void will be out in the UK in October, and US in 2009, which means Ill be buying from Ebay again.

2 of my favorite EPIC sci fi books would be the 5 part Hitchhikers Guide trilogy, and Battlefield Earth (flamesuit on!)

Helen Hunts
Gallente
Red Dragon Mining inc
Red Dragon Industries
Posted - 2008.06.30 18:05:00 - [16]
 

David Weber, David Drake, Andre Norton (Northworld Trilogy is a fun combo of ultra high-tech and feudalism) Ann McCaffrey's "Ship who..." series as well as the Crystal Singer series and Powers That Be series. (What do you do when the lifeform giving you problems seems to be the bloody planet?)

The Bolo books.... That there metallic mountain covered in the deadliest weapons known to the galaxy at large....is very much sentient and isn't programmed to lose gracefully (or at all).

Kazuo Ishiguro
House of Marbles
Posted - 2008.06.30 18:29:00 - [17]
 

Arthur C. Clarke, the Rama series.

brakespear
Minmatar
Snowman Inc
Posted - 2008.06.30 18:44:00 - [18]
 

Stephen Baxter's 'Manifold' sequence ('Time', 'Space', 'Origin' and 'Phase Space') - big concept books Smile

Nachshon
Caldari
Tribal Liberation Force
Posted - 2008.06.30 19:00:00 - [19]
 

Anything by James P. Hogan. I highly recommend the Giants series - though they do tend to get worse as the series goes on. They're all quite good (at least, the first three - haven't read the others), but the first one is definitely the best.

Forum Warrior
Posted - 2008.06.30 19:14:00 - [20]
 

Thread was severely lacking in Asher, Steakley, Scalzi, Stephenson.
Until now.

Adhamhnon
Nocturnal Image Exploration and Salvage
Posted - 2008.06.30 19:52:00 - [21]
 

Originally by: Nuala Reece

No Robert Heinlein? I'd add 'Stranger in a Strange Land' to the list.

And Alan Moore and Ian Gibon's 'Ballad of Halo Jones' to give a look in for the graphic novels.


Concur with Heinlein, though I would recommend starting with his Future History collection "The Past Through Tomorrow" then follow with "Time Enough For Love". Those combined are an epic progress of his percieved future. I also recommend "Starship Troopers" (not at all like the movie, the movie was an atrocity), and one of his last books, "Friday".

Ben Bova's "Titan" is pretty good as well and haven't seen it mentioned.

Atomos Darksun
D00M.
Northern Coalition.
Posted - 2008.06.30 20:24:00 - [22]
 

Absolutey agree with whoever said Coldfire Trilogy. Probably my favorite series of books.

Clarke, Asimov, etc.

F'nog
Amarr
Viziam
Posted - 2008.06.30 21:09:00 - [23]
 

We seriously need a sticky on this. We get a new thread at least once a week. We've got a music one, why not books?

Nigel Sheldon
Caldari
Skaro Mining Reborn
Posted - 2008.07.01 09:22:00 - [24]
 

Originally by: Jonathan Calvert
Originally by: Nigel Sheldon
Was doing a search for Peter F Hamilton and all of the threads appear to be closed now, so thought I would start a new one...so do you have any great sci-fi novels you can recommend to other players. I shall kick it off with of course Peter F Hamilton and his nights dawn trilogy as well as pandoras star/judas unchained and the first book of the void trilogy (anyone know when book 2 is out???)
I also recommend Alastair Reynolds and Ken McLeods engines of light trilogy....have also got but haven't got round to reading the saga of the seven suns, elizabeth moons the serrano succession and dan simmons endymion which i gather is a follow up to hyperion.
Also Banks and some bloke called tony gonzales which has written a book about a computer game ugh not read it yet, but hoping it's good...



Temporal Void will be out in the UK in October, and US in 2009, which means Ill be buying from Ebay again.

2 of my favorite EPIC sci fi books would be the 5 part Hitchhikers Guide trilogy, and Battlefield Earth (flamesuit on!)



Not read Battlefield Earth, heard it is a million times better than the movie (which i have refused to watch)....

Suze'Rain
Caldari
Posted - 2008.07.01 11:27:00 - [25]
 

Charlie Stross:

Accelerando, Glasshouse, Singularity Sky, etc, are some of the best sci-fi I've ever read.

and while not sci-fi, but more geek lovecraftian horror parody, his "laundry" series: "The Atrocity Archives" and "Jennifer Morgue" are among the best books I've ever read for sheer twisted genius. Think the BOFH crossed with Lovecraft and you're close.

Captain Falcord
Gallente
The Scope
Posted - 2008.07.01 12:27:00 - [26]
 

The Martian Chronicles -> Ray Bradbury

A masterpiece.


Btw I recommend you all read Flatland (Edwin A. Abott) It's not the typical sci-fi, but it's an awesome book that makes you notice how wrong our concept of the world is.

Slade Trillgon
Endless Possibilities Inc.
Posted - 2008.07.01 17:29:00 - [27]
 

Someone has said Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard. I can say that I thoroughly enjoyed the first 500 plus pages. When I got to this point I thought he could end this book in less then 25 pages but I still had close to another 500 pages and was like WTF else is he going to do with this story. It has been 10 years since I tried to read the book and at some point in time I will finish the book, but that is likely to be far in the future. I still have the page marked in a 1st printing of this book.

Adendum: The movie was not horrible, but it did not even hold a match flame to what I read of the book.


Slade

Prasolita
Posted - 2008.07.01 20:03:00 - [28]
 

Stanislav Lem - Stellar Diaries, Futurology Congress, Solaris

Sci-Fi + humor = win

Reiisha
Veto Corp
Posted - 2008.07.01 23:23:00 - [29]
 

Edited by: Reiisha on 02/07/2008 00:13:17
Edited by: Reiisha on 01/07/2008 23:22:49
I've always loved Eon by Greg Bear. Starts so mundane, but ends up pretty damn epic ^^

edit: I started with looking for Stepphen Baxter books, and i ended up reading up on the T-Rex on wikipedia. God, i love the internet.

Demiurgis
Amarr
Posted - 2008.07.02 04:35:00 - [30]
 

Ive got to say in order of favorites
1) Dune
2) The Diamond Age
3) Foundation
4) Neuromancer
Im in the middle of "The Peace War" by Vinge which is really good thus far. Ill probably read "A Fire in the Deep" or "Snowcrash" next Went to school with Greg Bear's son and have been meaning to read his books, he seemed like an interesting guy. He came and lectured at my mom's small book club about Forge of God. I dont think the dozen of middle aged women appreciated it as much as any of us would


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