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Old 2010-11-10, 20:55   #12
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also, there is Bernard Werber, A french author, with his trilogie ' The ants' might be more suited to young adult, and his other books ('the thanatoanutes').
however, i 'm not sure if they have an english version.

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Old 2010-11-10, 20:56   #13
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Stephenson (especially Cryptonomicon): heartily concur
I'll second (third?) that, but again, this may be a biased crowd .
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I'll second (third?) that, but again, this may be a biased crowd .
Snow Crash was a lot of fun especially the crescendo toward the end. The Diamond Age was good and in a beautiful style. Hard to single one out as best. Didn't enjoy Zodiac though
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Old 2010-11-10, 21:14   #15
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Stephenson: heartily concur, on the assumption that you mean Neal Stephenson. I especially like Cryptonomicon but I'm not to be trusted because I'm a cryptogeek with an interest in WWII cryptanalysis.

Personally I like Ursula Le Guin but, then, I may not be typical.

In the hard fiction category, Robert L Forward is by far the best IMAO. For space opera, good old Doc Smith is hard to follow but my earlier recommendations make it, as does Alistair Ryenolds whom I forgot to mention in the previous post.

Paul
Ursula Le Guin is good; The Lathe of Heaven really resonated with me.
I agree that Forward has the best hard,hard science. I loved his nonfiction "Future Magic" book

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Old 2010-11-10, 21:16   #16
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I haven't read science fiction for a while and am looking for recommendations. I like it to be believable/realistic/thought provoking or just funny.
If you want funny, read Eric Frank Russell. One of the all-time greats.

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If you want funny, read Eric Frank Russell. One of the all-time greats.

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It might be that I completely missed him; I'll try to rectify that sometime soon.

I believe Jack Vance is quite good but strangely seems to be rarely mentioned. His work is whimsical and amusing. Over the years I have seen several author dedications to him. His demon prince series is about a man who dedicates his life in a very large space opera way to getting a complete and unlikely revenge that in the end seems unsatisfying. His Dying Earth series is fun, lighthearted read but is more properly fantasy literature.

Donald Moffitt is good; he is one of the authors I was straining to remember. A Gathering of Stars and Crescent in the Sky have a rich Islamic setting

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Old 2010-11-10, 21:59   #18
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And if you want to try cyberpunk : William Gibson, from "Neuromancer" and its celebrissime Matrix to "spook country", its last book (in french at least).

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Old 2010-11-10, 23:09   #19
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Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
Hey, I like that one too. :P
Speaker for the Dead has always been my favorite of the series, though.

Daemon and FreedomTM by Daniel Suarez are good reads as well.

Was never able to get into Neuromancer, I gave up about 2/3 through. I like the story, but the writing style just didn't work for me or something.
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Old 2010-11-11, 00:01   #20
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I forgot all about "Fantastic Voyage" by Asimov. If you want to avoid reading a series, then this book would be a good choice.
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Old 2010-11-11, 02:49   #21
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I used to read a great deal of scifi, especially at the shorter lengths, but fill up my time with hobby programming now. Random selections:

- 'Contact' was a good film but a fabulous book by Carl Sagan
- Ray Bradbury wrote wonderful short works ('Kaleidoscope' is pretty much my favorite written work)
- Cordwainer Smith wrote beautiful alternate history in four anthologies
- Charles Stross is a more modern read that was very enjoyable
- Gardner Dozois' 'Geodesic Dreams' has awesome short work of his, and his Year's Best Science Fiction anthology series has consistently been wonderful for getting good short scifi every year (it's probably in its 25th year now)
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Old 2010-11-11, 05:35   #22
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I've been trying to remember some of the mathematicians and computer scientists that I've read and enjoyed in Science Fiction. Of course many of these writers wear many hats. Just now Rudy Rucker springs to mind. I am trying to remember an Ian fellow that has some time travel /alternate world books that are good... I'm blocking at the moment because I keep thinking of Ian Stewart and I know that is not what I want to remember.

I think that I am thinking of Robert J. Sawyer. I know that is not an Ian. I haven't quite mastered this protean protein processor... a manual, super user status, a loaf of bread, a bell, book, and candle.. no that's not quite right either.

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