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Old October 7th, 2009, 9:20 pm
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I highly recommend In Her Name: Omnibus Edition by Michael Hicks. Epic sci-fi, fantasy, romance. I'm not a big fan of sci-fi, but I loved this and spent many a late night reading it. He broke up the omnibus into three parts, which you can get separately if you want, but I recommend the Omnibus.
I just read these books recently and have to agree with you, I really enjoyed them. With sci-fi more than any other book genre I can tell whether something is going to interest me or not within the first couple of chapters, it's not necessarily the type of story just the style in which it's written either grabs me or not. This definitely did, and I would reccomend.


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I'd go with Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes. It's just fantastically wonderfully brilliant.
You'll only find "Flowers for Algernon" in anthologies...it's a short-story. But a classic one.

Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein...those are no-brainer choices. "Starship Troopers" is a great read (and should not be compared to that disaster of a movie by the same name). His "juvenile" books (his first market was 12-17 year-old boys) are fun reads, with my favorite probably being "Starman Jones". His "adult" novels are quite thought-provoking...and, as has already been mentioned, are not family friendly.

I've been meaning to read Niven...just haven't gotten around to it. However, his collaborations with Pournelle are fantastic.


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I seriously, seriously recommend ANYTHING Scott Westerfeld.
My favorite author EVERR and his science fiction works are THE BEST.

Oh, and THE HUNGER GAMES TRILOGY!!!
It's so awesome! The third one is expected to come out this August and I'M SO EXCITED!
The Hunger Games was one of the best non-Scott Westerfeld books I have read this year (and I've read like 33 books since school started...)
Team Peeta, man. Team Peeta.

Oh and I really enjoyed the Ember series.
People of Sparks pretty much defined my views on war.

Basically, I recommend anything that is Apocolyptic/Doomsday.
Yes, that makes me seem like a bad person for enjoying stuff like that, but I love hearing all the theories! The best ones are always the ones that have to do with the world reviving itself after a huge war that wipes out most of the entire human race that leads to an even more screwy government.


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I don't know if this is the correct thread for this, but here goes . . .

Has anyone on here read a book by Wendy Alec, called The Fall of Lucifer? I seen it at my local book shop and liked the blurb. I'm considering buying it, and was just wondering was it worth it??


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I'd go with Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes. It's just fantastically wonderfully brilliant.
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You'll only find "Flowers for Algernon" in anthologies...it's a short-story. But a classic one.
I just finished this for the second time. It's touching, one of my favorites. It's actually a full novel.

I don't really go much for science fiction, it's not generally my area. Actually I didn't know Flowers was science fiction. Anyhow, I'm currently reading The Martian Tales Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's actually rather interesting, I wasn't too sure when I picked it up, but it's turning out to be a good read. Has anyone heard of it?


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The Rama books by Arthur C. Clarke
The Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Hitchhicker's Guide to the Galaxy series by Douglas Adams (extremely funny)

Also (I think the first book in the series) is called Hyperion Cantos... I forget who by...


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I agree. Anything by Heinlein, Asimov (well his SF anyway, although his straight science books are also very readable), Arthur C. Clarke, Jules Verne "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" and "Journey to the Center of the Earth", Michael Crighton (particularly Jurrassic Park, The Lost World, The Andromeda strain, and The Terminal Man) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Lost World", all the Dune books by Frank Herbert, Anne McCaffrey's PERN books - for the science behind it read "First Fall", H.G.Wells - "The Invisible Man" and "War of the Worlds" and "The Time Machine", Robert Louis Stevenson's "Doctor Jekyll and Mr. Hyde". Edgar Rice Burroughs also wrote some stories set on other planets or at the earth's core.

If you're into doomsday scenarios you could read "A Canticle for Leibowitz" by Walter J. Miller Jr., "1984" by George Orwell, "Brave New World" by Aldus Huxley, "Logan's Run" by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson, "Farenheight 451" by Ray Bradbury, and yes, "City of Ember" by Jeanne DuPrau

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1. Twilight by Stephanie Meyer
2. His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
3. Gregor Series (I've forgotten the author! )
4. City of Ember Series (forgotten the author again)
5. Spiderwick Chronicles (a slightly childish series)
6. So You Want To Be A Wizard series by Diane Duane


I'll definately have to post some more later, because I am the ultimate reader. I've read almost every good book out there, and I'm still trying. The first and second books on the list are extremely amazing, so I'd recommend them the most to any SF readers or fiction readers.
"The City of Ember" Series, "Spiderwick Chronicles", and
So You Want to be a Wizard" are all children's books. Of the three of them only City of Ember is really SF, the others are fantasy."His dark Materials' is also fantasy. The only thing SF about it is the postulate that it takes place in two parallel universes.



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Re: Science Fiction Recommendations

Hmm...

For SF I would have to say
Pittacus Lore's Lorien Legacy Series

- I am Number Four
- The Power of Six

If you have not read these already I recommend them to you.


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I just finished this for the second time. It's touching, one of my favorites. It's actually a full novel.

I don't really go much for science fiction, it's not generally my area. Actually I didn't know Flowers was science fiction. Anyhow, I'm currently reading The Martian Tales Trilogy by Edgar Rice Burroughs. It's actually rather interesting, I wasn't too sure when I picked it up, but it's turning out to be a good read. Has anyone heard of it?
The definition of "Science Fiction" is fiction based on science. That means that any story based on extrapolation from existing science or scientific theory, or any story that takes place in space or on another planet or some other unusual environment is included in the genre. "Flowers for Algernon" was about cutting edge medical research that had not yet happened. That qualifies it as science fiction along with Jules Verne's "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea". Personally, I like Sci-Fi because it includes all other writing genres within it. All they need to be Sci-Fi is a scientific framework no matter how minimal. You can have adventures, crime solving, romances, social commentary, future speculation and fantasy all within science fiction.



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Hey everyone! I've got a 4 part series i'm working on, and two of the books are already published. I do all the illustrations inside and oustide the book. Check it out. I've been working on this Sci-Fi/Fantasy series for years. http://www.lulu.com/product/paperbac...shelf/center/2

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I got a kindle for a 41st wedding anniversary present and two of the things I put on it for free or maybe a dollar were the complete works of H.G. Wells and Jules Verne. Wow! Talk about a payload of SciFi.

Two of my favorite books after all these years are: The World Inside by Robert Silverberg and This Perfect Day by Ira Levin (who wrote Rosemary's Baby). I used to love to read about the lone protagonist winning against the dystopic society in which he lives. Today I notice that much of young adult Sci-Fi is exactly that - a dystopic world where the young people rebel against the restrictions and "clean up Dodge."


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Most of these books that I am about to recommend are all technically YA, but they are great for all ages-
Hunger Games- Suzanne Collins
Legend-Marie Lu
Divergent and Insurgent-Veronica Roth
Delirium and Pandemonium-Lauren Oliver
Micheal Vey-Prisoner of Cell 25-Richard Paul Evens
Secret Series-Pseudonymous Bosch


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I joined the science fiction book club in my teens and was a member for over twenty years but gave it up because all of a sudden there was all this ridiculous fantasy, vampires and werewolves and such. I do not count fantasy as science fiction although there have always been magazines that feature both.

But here is a list of books that I especially like:

Adams, Douglas
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
Life, the Universe and Everything
So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish
Young Zaphod Plays It Safe

Adams, Douglas; and Gaiman, Neil
Mostly Harmless

Asimov, Isaac
The Caves of Steel
The Naked Sun
Robot Dreams
The Robots of Dawn
The Foundation Trilogy

Baxter, Stephen
Coalescent
Transcendent

Blish, James
Cities in Flight
They Shall Have Stars
A Life for the Stars
Earthman, Come Home
The Triumph of Time

Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451

Farmer, Philip José
They Twinkled Like Jewels
Tongues of the Moon
The Green Odyssey
Riverworld Saga
To Your Scattered Bodies Go
The Fabulous Riverboat
The Dark Design
The Magic Labyrinth
Gods of the Riverworld

Clarke, Arthur C.
Rendezvous with Rama
Rama II
Rama Revealed
The Garden of Rama
2001: A Space Odessey
2010
2061

Heinlein, Robert
Time Enough For Love
Methuselah’s Children
The Cat Who Walked Through Walls
The Notebooks of Lazarus Long
Stranger in a Strange Land
Citizens of the Galaxy
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress

Herbert, Frank
Hellstrom’s Hive
The Santaroga Barrier
High-Opp

Huxley, Aldous
Brave New World

Niven, Larry
A Hole in Space
The Ringworld Series
Ringworld
The Ringworld Engineers
The Ringworld Throne
Protector
Ringworld’s Children
Ringworld’s End (coming)

Niven, Larry; and Pournelle, Jerry
Oath of Fealty
The Mote Series
The Mote in God’s Eye
The Gripping Hand

Niven, Larry; and Lerner, Edward M.
Destroyer of Worlds
Juggler of Worlds
Fleet of Worlds

Robinson, Kim Stanley
Red Mars
Green Mars
Blue Mars
The Martians
Antarctica

Silverberg, Robert
The World Inside
The 13th Immortal
Roma Eterna

Simmons, Dan
Carrion Comfort
Worlds Enough & Time
Hyperion Cantos
Hyperion
The Fall of Hyperion
Endymion
The Rise of Endymion

Westerfeld, Scott
Uglies
Pretties
Specials
Extras
Mind Rain: Your Favorite Authors on Scott Westerfeld’s Uglies Series

Whyndam, John
The Day of the Triffids
The Midwich Cuckoos
The Chrysalids

And of course, H. G. Wells and Jules Verne

For Kids:
The Cat Patrol Delta Series by Richard Alan Dickson which is hilarious.

BTW the 'Gregor' books were written by the woman who wrote the Hunger Games.


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Re: Science Fiction Recommendations

I love The Time Machine by HG Wells. Island of Dr. Moreau is good too. I found War of the Worlds to start off quite dry, but mean to pick it up again someday. I have been listening to Invisible Man, which is also good but i don't know if that's just because the reader has a great accent lol.

I just finished The Sundered by Ruthanne Reid a few weeks ago but it's more fantasy.

In theory sci-fi (or science fiction, since Vig doesn't like sci-fi for some reason) is my favorite, but i realized I haven't read a lot, and usually end up reading fantasy or historical fiction. I have a few Star Wars books on my shelves I mean to pick up eventually.


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The books in RCN series by David Drake are great as are the books in the Hammers Slammers series .

There are three great Star Wars books edited by Kevin J. Anderson all are based on minor characters from the Star Wars movies .

Tales From Jabba's Palace

Tales From The Mos Eisley Cantina

Tales Of The Bounty Hunters


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If you like "hard" science fiction (as opposed to Fantasy) I'd recommend James Hogan's books, in particular Inherit the Stars and Voyage from Yesteryear. For a good time travel story, Thrice Upon A Time by the same author.


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