[ot]sci-fi, good book -- any you like?

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[ot]sci-fi, good book -- any you like?

Post by mikemc » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:16 pm

'The Sheep Look Up" by John Brunner, I read this a long while ago, and it made quite an impression on me, and sad to say that current events remind me more and more of it:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sheep_Look_Up

any sci-fi you like?

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Post by frahnque » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:26 pm

If there's one book I'd recommend:
"Roadside Picninc" by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky. Absolutely brilliant Sci-fi if you ask me.
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Post by pulsoc » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:31 pm

"Valis" or any other by Phil K Dick

I have found the short stories anthologies (annual Best of's) to usually have some really good stuff.

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Post by d*cease » Tue Mar 04, 2008 3:56 pm

+1 on dick. i like scifi a bit, i even enjoy reading star trek books <laugh, i know>, but i really liked the ender's game books. i am interested in reading some more scifi, asmov has some good short stories, will def check out y'alls books.

i've really been into manga lately, as well. just finished the akira storyline, very, very cool. very scifi, plus the artwork is real nice, esp for black and white. if you haven't checked akira out, i highly recommend it... and if anyone can recommend some really good manga along the same lines, i'd def +1 that :D i prefer graphic novels to serials, tho, i run thru a serial in a very short time, too expensive for the amount of reading...

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Post by continuous » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:02 pm

William Gibson - Neuromancer, Count Zero etc.

old news maybe but worth checking out if you haven't read him....

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Post by logic_user99 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:09 pm

Angel Dust Apocalypse by Jeremy Robert Johnson

It's not really strict Sci-Fi, more 'Bizzaro' literature. Still, it's good.
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Post by Atypical » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:12 pm

continuous wrote:William Gibson - Neuromancer, Count Zero etc.

old news maybe but worth checking out if you haven't read him....
His latest, Spook Country is awesome: sci-fi, but set in today's reality. brilliant stuff.

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Post by continuous » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:14 pm

There's a new one! I am on it.

Thanks.

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Post by JDSampo » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:19 pm

Atypical wrote:His latest, Spook Country is awesome: sci-fi, but set in today's reality. brilliant stuff.
+1 for 'Spook Country' and it's predecessor, 'Pattern Recognition' is excellent as well.

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Post by Angstrom » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:20 pm

a few from the top of my head

'Quarantine' by Greg Egan (any of his books actually)
'Everyone in Silico' by Jim Munroe
'pattern recognition' by William Gibson (I prefer it to the recent most one)
'the postman' by David Brin is a good book and waaay better than the abysmal movie
'Vert' by jeff Noon
and the old favourite - 'Snowcrash' by Neal Stephenson.

Robert Reed's books are all worth a go, as are Vernor Vinge's and it goes without saying that most stuff by P.K. Dick is worth reading, even the pap.

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Post by Vercengetorex » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:28 pm

"The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester. First published in 1956, its old Sci-Fi that will easily stand up to any contemporary authors works. Just thinking about it makes me want to read it again!
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Post by Smashed Hat » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:49 pm

+1 for all of William Gibsons books


You could also try "Spares" by Michael Marshall Smith or anything by Ian M Banks.
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Post by arachnaut » Tue Mar 04, 2008 4:58 pm

Star Maker - Olaf Stapledon

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Post by ethios4 » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:23 pm

pulsoc wrote:"Valis" or any other by Phil K Dick

I have found the short stories anthologies (annual Best of's) to usually have some really good stuff.
Which would you recommend? I've been wanting to read some of his short stories lately, and maybe even try to apapt one into a live set. "Flow My Tears the Policeman Said" had a profound effect on me I can't quite describe.

I've been wanting to read Dhalgren by Samuel Delany for awhile.

+1 to Gibson, Dick, and Asimov.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is incredible, though not strictly sci-fi.

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Post by onehandstand » Tue Mar 04, 2008 5:25 pm

Almost any book by Stanislaw Lem is good.

oh, I saw this old tv-show Cold Lazarus which was really amazing, I guess it was Sci-fi

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