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Dr Rick said:
Against A Dark Background is a favorite, though I didn't like it the first time through.
I should give it another go really. Last time I got about fifty pages in. I am not the sort to read a whole book to the end even if I dislike it. I'd rather move on to another as life is too short.
 
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I love the fact that basically everybody in it is either deeply unhappy or thoroughly unpleasant much of the time, and that they mostly have good reasons so to be. It's definitely one I can only pick up when in the proper mood, though!

My last favorite of the M books is probably Inversions. Though I have to be in the right mental space to be able to even try to read Feersum Endjinn, for obvious reasons!
 
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Dr Rick said:
My last favorite of the M books is probably Inversions. Though I have to be in the right mental space to be able to even try to read Feersum Endjinn, for obvious reasons!
I found Inversions fascinating. I was lucky enough to read it having no idea it was a Culture novel so it was a brilliant feeling when it dawned on my what was going on.

Feersum Endjinn is nuts. Not just because of the language that's used - that starts to make sense about half way through! - but the virtual reality that it describes. Banks goes on to use this idea for the Hells and virtual wars in his excellent novel Excession.
 
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Excession is my favorite of his (though not his best art imo). I'm not remembering the virtual hells etc though, or there being much virtual about the battles? Infinite Fun Space, certainly. And I love Gravious (the bird). What have I forgotten?

Edit: suspect you mean Surface Detail.
 
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ChopperHarris said:
Oh, I also have a soft spot for Otherland by Tad Williams, but I met the author once and he was a genuinely nice chap, so I may be biased!
Read the Otherland series twice - really fascinating.

Also loved the Hitchiker series, in fact re-read it recently. Another blast from the past is Saga of Pliocene Exile or the Torc Trilogy as i remember it being called.

I didn't realise I was a SF fan until I read this post!
 
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Dr Rick said:
Excession is my favorite of his (though not his best art imo). I'm not remembering the virtual hells etc though, or there being much virtual about the battles? Infinite Fun Space, certainly. And I love Gravious (the bird). What have I forgotten?

Edit: suspect you mean Surface Detail.
Yes I think I did! Sorry, just spotted your post. :blush:
 
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Dr Rick said:
It was very useful, because it pointed out to me that I hadn't noticed there was a new Banks out! It's on my reading list :).
Well that's good then. I really enjoyed it and found the virtual parts of the book fascinating. Nudge it towards the top of your list. Fifty Shades can wait... :icon_razz:
 
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Hitchhiker's of course. Harry Harrison, Stainless Steel Rat series, anything by Arthur C Clarke. Best of all, Starship Trooper by Robert A Heinlein. I can reread it time and again
 
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Hitchhiker's of course. Harry Harrison, Stainless Steel Rat series, anything by Arthur C Clarke. Best of all, Starship Trooper by Robert A Heinlein. I can reread it time and again
Starship Troopers was a classic. Have you read Heinlein's Double Star?

Stainless Steel Rat, MacCaffrey's Dragonflight series. Most of Asimov. Oh, so much more! I kind of moved on to Fantasy after a whole, but there was some great writers working in SF. And Dick, Do Andoids dream of Electric Sheep? The spark for Bladerunner.
 
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