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Posted: 31-Mar-2004, 01:17 PM
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Heinlein and Asimov are the masters. Glory road and Future History by Heinlein set many standards. Lazarus Long is one of the truly great lechers of literature. biggrin.gif

The more recent books and authors abound. The Honor Harrington stories are entertaining and original, if tedious at times. Elizabeth Moon has some good stuff.


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Interesting that no one has mentioned Frank Herber, author of the Dune series. I have to admit that I'm not as well-read as some of you, but if you haven't read Dune and the rest of the series, you're really missing out.

Then there's the Chronicals of Thomas Covenent, the Unbeliever. I'm beating my head trying to think of the authors name. It's similar in plot to LOTR, but done in very different way. Great stuff.


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QUOTE (tsargent62 @ Apr 1 2004, 11:58 AM)
Interesting that no one has mentioned Frank Herber, author of the Dune series.  I have to admit that I'm not as well-read as some of you, but if you haven't read Dune and the rest of the series, you're really missing out. 


Herbert is an excellent writer. I really enjoyed Dune, but the rest of the books in the series left me sort of cold. None of them measured up to the first book, IMHO.

QUOTE (tsargent62 @ Apr 1 2004, 11:58 AM)
Then there's the Chronicals of Thomas Covenent, the Unbeliever.  I'm beating my head trying to think of the authors name.  It's similar in plot to LOTR, but done in very different way.  Great stuff.


Thomas Covenant was an excellent series. Lord Foul was one of the ultimate villains, right up there with Sauron. It was written by Stephen R. Donaldson. I got hooked on them in the 8th grade, right after reading LOTR and The Silmarillion.


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Although I have not had a chance to pick them up yet, I hear that the Space trilogy by C.S. Lewis is pretty good... has anyone read them?
When I think about Lewis, I think fantasy though, since he was a professor of in Medevil British literature at Oxford, and a great friend of Tolkin.

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I love the Triffid series!

Also Dune... By the time I was 20 I had read Dune at least 7 times. I credit Dune, Lord of the Rings, Ivanhoe, and Ben Hur as most influential in shaping my moral & ethical character. I was fascinated by those books and read them over and over. Authors like Heinlein, Asimov, Niven... made me think, though I always felt a little inadequate when reading Heinlein, I can't do regular calculus in my head, never mind Tensor Calculus - what is Tensor Calculus?

Thanks for the tip about Charles DeLint I'll look him up! You might like The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The first one in the series is Storm Front. Harry Dresden is a private detective specializing in magical phenomenom. His ad:

Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.

The books are very like the golden age of detective fiction (Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler...) but with a sense of humor and magic!
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I like reading Philip K. Dick books. He writes interesting and sometimes funny books. Other writer i like is Terry Pratchett who wrote The Disc World!! It's my favorite writer cool.gif cool.gif cool.gif cool.gif
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Well, seems like most everyone here enjoys reading all the masters from the
'Golden Age', myself included.

One of my favorite pastimes is to wonder through Boarders, checking out what's new.
Now, I don't know if it's my imagination, my age, or what, but has anyone else noticed that over say the past 5 - 10 years, science fiction has been real weak in the "new" area??

Seems like most of the new authors are just writing in "old universes"
I mean, is anyone else tired of reading Star Trek and Star Wars Books???


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Posted: 12-May-2004, 12:03 PM
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Like some of the others in this thread, I have a fairly extensive science fiction collection mostly from the Golden Age, perhaps a thousand volumes. However, I have almost nothing published since 1990. There are two trends that have polluted the stream of science fiction novels available in the main stream that has made it difficult for good novels to be published.

The first is the media crossover genre. It seems like every vaguely science fiction TV, movie or videogame has its line of novels, which although dreck, sell like hotcakes to the hardcore fans. Star Wars and Star Trek novels started the trend. Now there are hundreds published every year.

Second, every book now is part of a never ending series. The first Thomas the Covenant books and the first Xanth books were entertaining, but by the fourth or fifth book, the series had run its course. Even great books like Dune spawned horrid sequels. The worst crime in this is publishing a novel that is part of a multivolume novel without indicating that anywhere but on the last page on the novel.

Getting a standalone novel with no media connection published and on bookstore shelves and then reviewed can be so difficult.

I would appreciate any pointers to decent review sites to find out what independant novels are being published.

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I haven't been following this thread, so I don't know if this has been mentioned.

Check out Baen Books at www.baen.com. Baen is well known in the publishing field, authors include Mercedes Lackey, Anne McCaffery, Jerry Pournelle, Andre Norton, and tons more. Genres range from hard SF to fantasy.

Oh, yeah, he has a free library on the site, also. Awesome!


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Posted: 13-May-2004, 12:50 PM
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Cool, thanks for the tip, will diffinitly have to look into that.

The last 'Modern' author I've found that write in his own universe was Allen Steele, I llike his style of writing and his stories. I was lucky enough to meet him once at a convention, he was a real down to earth guy, very freindly.

Something else that has gone commercial, Conventions. Now you go to convention, half the people are dressed as Kilgeons, the other as Stormtroopers, and none of them have a clue as to aho H.G. Wells was........sad.
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Something else that has gone commercial, Conventions. Now you go to convention, half the people are dressed as Kilgeons, the other as Stormtroopers, and none of them have a clue as to aho H.G. Wells was........sad.


Which is why I seldom attend conventions. My SF roots go back to age 9 (1962!!) when a friend gave me a box of books. Titles included "Men, Martians and Machines" by Eric Frank Russell, "Alien Planet" by Fletcher Pratt, and my favorite "The Naked Sun" by Isaac Asimov. That book made me a Asimov fan (although for the life of me I can't get into the Foundation series).
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Something else that has gone commercial, Conventions. Now you go to convention, half the people are dressed as Kilgeons, the other as Stormtroopers, and none of them have a clue as to aho H.G. Wells was........sad.

Things haven't changed much. My last convention was Chicon in 1982 and they were already commercial then. I paid for convention travel by selling T-shirts in the dealer's room and playing poker up in the suites. A few writers (Gordie Dickson, George RR Martin and the Haldemans come to mind) dropped in and either played or watched.
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Raven,
I have heard alot about how good Lester Del Ray wrote. Had an ex-father-in-law that was his favorite author, and was even lucky enough to have meet the man.

I think I'll take your advice, next book......Lester Del Ray.
Got any suggestion for any perticular book?
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Just bought "Callahan's Con" by Spider Robinson. I read 71 pages at lunch, and am trying to figure out how to duck out of work for the rest of the day to finish it. Spider is one of my top two favorite living authors (the other being Mercedes Lackey).

If you haven't read the "Callahan" series, I highly recommend it, for the puns if nothing else.
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QUOTE (kelaorqu @ 18-Mar-2004, 05:00 PM)
has anyone ever read Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell? I don't know if you consider it science fiction, but it was one of the scariest, but good book I ever read...
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yes i read 1984 and Brave new world at the same time when i was in high school ( suprisingly i did it for fun not for class work) Really strange book. Theres a movie based on the book too, i believe it stars John Hurt. FREAKY movie.

also good description there Silverdragon. i am a fan of both so i lump them together when i talk about them but i do know the differences between them.

and gtrplr i have read EVERY book in the Callahan series, including the ones about his wife Lady Sally. Spider Robinson is a genius. although the puns get to be pretty bad. Callahan is a definate must read for any fan of ... well anything. I give it thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif thumbs_up.gif .


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