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 Post subject: Science-fiction books
PostPosted: Mon Jun 15, 2015 9:21 am 
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Skimming the what are yall readin thread, I saw that some of you like to read SF. What are your favourite books and authors?

Authors for which I'll read anything they write no questions asked:
  • Alastair Reynolds. My favourite author (Pushing Ice, Revelation Space, ...) He hits exactly the sweet spot of realism and amount of technical details that I enjoy. It's just hard enough to allow the stories to be as good and interesting as possible while still being believable.
  • Ted Chiang. He only writes short stories (Stories of Your Life and Others), and even that he rarely does, not very prolific. I my opinion he's hands down the best SF author alive. Every single story he writes is consistently deep and high quality fiction.
  • Vernor Vinge. A Deepness in the Sky is the novel I'll recommend to anyone who wants to try reading SF for the first time (unless they want a specific theme). The protagonist of Deepness is by far my favourite fictional character. I didn't like Vinge's other books as much, they're still pretty good but don't reach the level of excellence that Deepness has. I keep reading his stuff because it's at least good and I'm always hoping it gets Deepness kind of good again.

Some authors that I'm not confident enough to put on the previous list but that still stand out:
  • Neal Stephenson. I like Anathem and Seveneves, but didn't like Snowcrash and gave up on Diamond Age very early. I guess I prefer Stephenson when he's not too punk. I'm going to read Cryptonomicon and The Baroque Cycle someday, looks pretty good.
  • Greg Egan. I really enjoyed Permutation City, and I can gather from his style that I'd probably like his other books, but I haven't read anything else by him yet.

And then there's a lot of authors that I just like a little bit, that I don't like consistently enough, that I find forgettable or even that I don't like. I think I'm too picky, but it's easy to be picky when there's so much good stuff to choose from and only so much time to read (and I'm a very slow reader, so every book is a huge commitment). I mostly avoid older stuff (Asimov, ****, Heinlein, Clarke, ...) and soft SF.

So let me know what you like, and let's talk SF!



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 12:17 am 
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I didn't read it yet, but I know several people here really like Solaris.

I own it. I could maybe read it over the summer.


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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2015 5:00 am 
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jozoz wrote:
I didn't read it yet, but I know several people here really like Solaris.

I own it. I could maybe read it over the summer.

Heard extremely good things about it! Haven't read it myself though, if I do someday it will be in Polish. :D



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I'm very very fond of Solaris. Dune is also p popular. Most recently I did tiger tiger, a stranger in a strange land and asimovs short stories. I might do ubik soon.



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how dare you mention stranger in a strange land you HEATHEN

but yes siasl is nice



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I've been reading the Southern Reach Trilogy. I like it.



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brannnn wrote:
I've been reading the Southern Reach Trilogy. I like it.

Didn't they win the Nebula Award this year or last year or something like that? I may put them on my to read list.



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I have the feeling hardly anyone visits the music forum so here you go just in case:

I started to listening to two SciFi podcasts, SciFi on Relic Radio and SciFi Friday.

The first is pretty great. it features old SciFi radioplays from the 50s once a week (e.g. the X Minus One series which frequently made adaptations of classic SciFi stories from all the classic writers). They're quite hilarious, highly recommended. Can't really say much about the latter, didn't have the time to dive into it fully, yet.



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