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Can anybody advise me with some good Sci-Fi reads?

I want to read something interesting, with a good plot (an addictive book). Something along the lines of Asimov, H.G Wells. I passed by the bookstore the other day, there were so many titles, and they were all part of various series so I didn't know which one to pick!


By those authors, or other ones - I'd appreciate worthwhile recommendations.

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There are too many authors and sub-genres of science fiction but you can't go wrong with Dan Simmons' Hyperion, Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash, Michael Marshall Smith's Spares or anything written by Lois McMaster Bujold.

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Alfred Bester IS sci-fi. Check out:

The Demolished Man: Simply the best book I have read. The characters are so brilliantly put together and intertwined with the plot, the dialogue is fantastic and everything is intelligent. There are also some very unique styles and approaches that you don't really see in most books (if at all).

The Stars My Destination: Starring one of the most vivid characters I have ever read in Gully Foyle. Everything moves at a furious pace with so many great idea's and events happening. A fantastic read.

The Computer Connection: I very much doubt you have come across writing like this, its like none other. Throughout the book it practically uses its own language that you pick up, an altered version of English from the future. All while introducing concepts and characters that are still original to this day.

Also check out:

A Scanner Darkly
Ender's Game
Ubik
Lord of Light
Brave New World
The Forever War
The Passing of the Technomages Trilogy
A Clockwork Orange
Fahrenheit 451
Childhood's End
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Apart from what you read..two monsters, both lunatics: Ballard and P.Dick, only with these two you are covered.

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One book above all others imo: The Stars, My destination (Alias: Tiger! Tiger!) by Alfred Bester. Marc has already gave a good review.
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Aldous Huxley and George Orwell are still in the sci-fiction line also, no...
If you liked Asimov, the closer sci-fic writer to him was Artur Clarke, but do not touch the recent stuff that are all senile...
H.G.Wells was just from a time when sci-fic was just fantasy with a fancy name...so I would give a try to something as unrelated (but not) as Chesterton, Robert Louis Stevenson or Conan Doyle...

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Hmmm...took down notes of all those titles and authors, went to the bookstore, and surprisingly found none of them! :irritate:

Anyway, I ended up with "The Songs of Distant Earth" by Arthur C. Clarke (needs no intro I guess...the author who wrote the Odyssey series...which I havent read, are they any good? yes I'm that new to this )

I also bought Archform: Beauty by L.E. Modesitt Jr.

I just read the summaries on the backs of the titles and picked those two which appealed to me the most.

When I finish those 2, I'll check out another bigger and better bookstore that has a wider selection. Thanks for your feedback though.

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You mean you did not found Brave New World or Clockwork Orange of Marc's list ?
Well, Clarke have his momments - 2001:the Space Odissey is a good book but I must say; The book is not the same for Literature as the Movie is for Cinema (I am not saying for adaptation and they are both very similar as the book was written basead on the screenplay wrote by Clarke and Kubrick but the movie is something else while the book is just good) , 2010 is fine, keeps the level but the other two books are just silly.(The same also goes with another popular serie Clarke wrote, the Rama books, just the first one is good)...

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Ok, again remedial questions here, so just bare with me fellas

In Clarke's The Songs of Distant Earth there is alot of reference to these space shuttle seeds and colonies, which is basically the setting for these stories.

I'd just like some background info on this - If these space shuttle seeds are launched from Earth in 2000 A.D (for example, or 2344 A.D hypothetical example)...I'm aware that there are frozen embryos in these seeds which are looking to colonise a planet or something. What I dont understand is how do these explorers survive this voyage at light speed? I'm talking about something trivial (for lack of a better term) like food and drink, leisure and fun? They're encapsulated all these years in a ship (like Star Trek or something)...until they find a colony. And what about issues of religion and nationality? Do Sci-Fi reads sort of omit that cultural aspect in the later milleniums?

Second question

In the book I'm reading, the main colony is a place called Thalassa composed of three islands if I've understood correctly. (also the Greek word for ocean/sea)

Is this Thalassa a round planet like Earth with Oxygen levels convenient for Humans to live in?

Third question p

What's the difference between a human and a humanoid?

And last question:

In Clarke's books when did the "end of the world" take place and how? Is there any where I can read more about this?

Thanks in advance guys. I told you, I need Sci-Fi 101 introduction to this.

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the two first questions; well there is about 20 years since I read This one book, so I do not remember anything...
but Clarke books are full of scientology - he had NASA information, a lot of scientific information and all - and always wrote in the "Most realistic possible way" although his books still sci-FICTION...

A human is us. A humanoid is similar thing - Orcs, Elfs, gnomes, dwarves -etc. Meaning they have our smilar shape.

I remember one short story about the end of world - it was "The Many names of God" - i do not remember which book, i can check later, it is...

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Ok I noticed that as I read along, some of the above questions are being partially answered. Next time I'll be more patient before posting :nervous:

Cryogenics. That stuff works miracles

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Don't suppose that their dancing raises them above their masters;
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but Clarke books are full of scientology
Are you sure you meant scientology? L. Ron Hubbard invented this religion ( I actuallyl like some of his science fiction books, btw) but I don't think Clarke has anything to do with it. I think that you meant that Clarke is part of the so called "hard science fiction" writers who like to make their scientific conceptions as close to reality as possible and are often full of scientific details. I think Clarke predicted some of the technical innovation of the 20th century really well.

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Not Hubbard's scientology, but yes, the "hard science fiction" writers have been called scientology some forums and discussion list - an use that is not perfect I agree...
Clarke even managed to have his name given to a kind of orbit done by the satellites because he suggested it before in one book...

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In my opinion Stanislaw Lem is the best sci-fi writer by far. Solaris, Eden and Memoirs Found in a Bathtub are all brilliant books by him. Philip K. Dick has also written some fine books, especially Man in a High Castle and The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldrich.

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Hmmm...took down notes of all those titles and authors, went to the bookstore, and surprisingly found none of them!
No Ballard?? NO P.Dick???? are you kiding????

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There are too many authors and sub-genres of science fiction but you can't go wrong with Dan Simmons' Hyperion, .......
Agreed, tough to beat the Hyperion if you like reading Sci-Fi. I would also suggest the Dune series.

For lighter reading any of Timothy Zhan's Star wars stuff is good. It is easy to read and gets you hooked right away.

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