Sci-fi books you must read....

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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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Stan said:
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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One Book? That's tough. But one book has everything you could want from Sci-Fi - Great writing, plausible plot, rational behavior, characters you care about.. And that book is Battlefield Earth by L. Ron Hubbard.
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Just kidding, what a POS that book is.

One book is tough, but given due acknowledgment to some of the brilliant books already mentioned I think I'd go with War of the Worlds by H G Wells.
 
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ChopperHarris said:
I also forgot my two favourite dystopian novels - Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and 1984 by George Orwell. Not exactly a barrel of laughs, but good reads nonetheless!

Then I'd reccomend 'We' by Yevgeni Zamyatin, it's a precursor to BNW and1984 and was inspired by the Russian Revolution and his time at the Tyne shipyards.

The last two Sci-fi books I read were Consider and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. I've not read anything by Philip K Dick before but I enjoyed so will have a look at some of his other stuff.
 
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The "Hitchhikers" series is mainly comedy rather than SciFi, but a great read nonetheless.
"Childhood's End" by Arthur C Clarke is fantastic.
I've got the "Ringworld" series by Larry Niven on standby once I finish the Game of Thrones series.
The video game "Halo" draws heavily from his work.
 
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Harry Harrison - stainless steel rat of course, also great Viking series (hammer and cross), desthworld, to the stars trilogy.

Anything by Philip Jose Farmer - lots of rip roaring adventure stuff including some Tarzan books, Doc Caliban (his version of Doc Savage) tierworld is great, but eclipsed by Riverworld which has an amazing cast of characters including Sir Richard Burton, Alice Hargreaves, Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain), King John of England, Cyrano de Bergerac, Tom Mix, Mozart, Jack London, Lothar von Richthofen, and Hermann Göring.
 
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