Sci-fi BOOKS you have to read.

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Post by AvatarIII » Thu Jul 25, 2013 3:12 pm

SimoRoth wrote:I just started digging into the Culture series. Well written and an enjoyable read. I like my sci-fi to ask a few more difficult questions, but I'm not too far in, so it might take off a bit more.
I bought a box-set of the first 4 Culture books when i heard Ian Banks had cancer, I still haven't got around to reading them, :( (although I read Use of Weapons a few years ago, and didn't think it was as good as people say)

on another note, I read First Men on the Moon by HG Wells, and it's amazing, it's now my favourite HG Wells novel (although the only other 2 I have read or The time Machine, which was my favourite before, and War of the Worlds, which I was disappointed in)

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Post by SimoRoth » Thu Oct 10, 2013 7:30 pm

Completed Consider Phlebas. Was a decent enough book, but it feels like the middle of it is just a bunch of filler, and wasn't particulary useful to the story.

Also completed Tau Zero recently, which is an excellent book!

I am now digging into to Larry Niven. :)

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Post by PlasmaDavid » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:14 pm

If you're getting into Niven then for sure give Legacy of Heorot a crack. As I said way back in this thread, the BEST "colonists vs an unfamiliar world" sci-fi story I've ever encountered. Though Niven and Pournelle really like to spend a lot of time working on their characters, sometimes to the detriment of the actual plot or action advancing. But if there's ONE novel you must read whilst making this brilliant game, it's LoH!
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Post by SimoRoth » Tue Oct 22, 2013 12:57 pm

PlasmaDavid wrote:If you're getting into Niven then for sure give Legacy of Heorot a crack. As I said way back in this thread, the BEST "colonists vs an unfamiliar world" sci-fi story I've ever encountered. Though Niven and Pournelle really like to spend a lot of time working on their characters, sometimes to the detriment of the actual plot or action advancing. But if there's ONE novel you must read whilst making this brilliant game, it's LoH!
Just finished off Ringworld last night. I'll look it up!

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Post by randommonicle » Tue Oct 22, 2013 2:47 pm

currently reading "the departure" by neal asher.

Damm good read. From where i am so far, it is set in a dystopian socialist future, and the main character has become the first true merginf of human and AI.
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Post by SimoRoth » Tue Oct 22, 2013 10:26 pm

Ok, can't make up my mind, someone help me choose my next book. I have the following on my desk:

A Fall of Moondust: Arthur C Clarke
Mockingbirds: Walter Tevis
Flowers for Algernon: Daniel Keyes
Flow my tears, the policeman said: PKD

The Player of Games: Ian M Banks
Use of Weapons: Ian M Banks

I recently finished Consider Phlebas, so I'm a bit burnt out on Banks though.

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Post by PlasmaDavid » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:00 am

Flowers for Algernon is an all time classic, and not a huge read.

I've just finished reading the second Kovacs novel by Richard Morgan, forgotten the name already. The first one is Altered Carbon. Think Ghost-in-the-Shell and you're on the right track to the tone of his cyberpunk universe. It's about the life and activities of an ex super-special forces grunt in a world where conciousness is freely transmitted between bodies or CG environments, death is a mere inconvenience for those with the means to procure a new "sleeve" after death and prisoners are mostly only ever data-stored for a few decades for their crimes. Hell, Ghost in the Shell is really tame compared to Richards work.

If anyone is interested in cyberpunk but has never read any, I suggest starting with Neuromancer. Considered a genre classic and all time source of the genre.
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Post by SimoRoth » Wed Nov 27, 2013 1:56 am

Have polished off Flowers for Algernon and Fall of Moondust, the former is a fantastically sad book. Both are excellent reads though.

Not sure what I'll start on next though. With the Steam release I won't have time for reading. :(

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