I can post some Star Wars vs. Star Trek fan fiction I wrote for you to read...
I can post some Star Wars vs. Star Trek fan fiction I wrote for you to read...
One series I forgot to add is The Runelords by David Farland. A great fantasy series, re-reading it right now.
The Thomas covenant books were good(as were the first 3 Shannara books) but I really loved the Michael moor$#@! books because they were pretty out there...
Read 6 or 7 of the dune books....god emperor was god awful but it got better....(sorry bookman!)
The Star War books kicked some major ass...just follow the series up through the 60 or 70 books...easy reading though but fun...
Still haven't read Enders game or GOT....
Loved the Isaac Asimov stuff...and of course any Ph. K $#@!...
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I will add that Battlefield Earth and the 10 book Mother Earth(?) series were fun...
I started the Prince of Nothing trilogy by R. Scott Bakker based on CleverNickname's rec in this thread. I'm a few chapters into the 2nd book now and it's really $#@!ing good. Check it out if you're a fan of ASOIAF.
If you want to get into Heinlein I highly recommend Glory Road. It's probably his most fantasy like novel. You really should read Stranger in a Strange Land.
A good fantasy series is Zelasny's Amber series.
The Ender series and The Worthing Saga by Orson Scott Card are some of my favorite sci-fi books. I don't read a whole lot of sci-fi outside of those, though.
Ive been reading a free book from Amazon called Origins (Spinward) Fringe by Randolph Lalonde. It's almost set up like TV episodes with the book being three short stories about the same cast. It's pretty decent, especially for being free. The only issues I've run across are more spelling errors than normal.
My mom sent me a link to Lalonde's webpage. Apparently he has been unable to get it published so he's just giving it away for free.
Not sure if it has been mentioned or not, but there was a Firefly novel that you can get for free now called "My Own Kind of Freedom." Book was done and sent to the publisher when it got pulled since the movie didn't do real well. I read it a few months ago. The author captures the characters very well, IMO. It takes place between the end of the show and the beginning of the movie, so no Shepard or Inara, but still was a good read.
I'll mention three books I've read recently that are science fiction. All came to my attention because they had been optioned and there was talk they had a working script ready for shooting.
Forever War by Joe Halderman (rumored to be Ridley Scott's next before he began shooting Prometheus)--already mentioned by Mad Muthrat but I'll repeat here
(From Amazon) Mandella starts out as a foot soldier in man's thousand-year war against the Taurans and ends as a reluctant major. Spanning the stars at faster than light speeds, Mandella and his comrades age only months as the centuries zip by on an earth that becomes increasingly foreign. But few soldiers will return to the altered home planet; in battles fought with powered suits and other stranger weapons, the odds for survival approach zero. This war is the opposite of the one Heinlein glorified in Starship Troopers (1959) - bloody, cruel and meaningless. This is a splendid, thoughtful adventure.
Replay by Ken Grimwood (rumored that Paramount wanted Ben Afflect to star in and direct as a follow-up to The Town)
(From Amazon) In this intriguing fantasy adventure, Jeff Winston, a failing 43-year-old radio journalist, dies and wakes up in his 18-year-old body in 1963 with his memories of the next 25 years intact. He views the future from the perspective of naive 1963: "null-eyed punks in leather and chains . . . death-beams in orbit around the polluted, choking earth . . . his world sounded like the most nightmarish of science fiction." But Grimwood has transcended genre with this carefully observed, literate and original story. Jeff's knowledge soon becomes as much a curse as a blessing. After recovering from the shock (is the future a dream, or is it real life?), he plays out missed choices. In one life, for example, he falls in love with Pamela, a housewife who died nine minutes after Jeff; they try to warn the world of the disasters it faces, coming in conflict with the government and history. A third replayer turns out to be a serial killer, murdering the same people over and over. Jeff and Pamela are still searching for some missing part of their lives when they notice they are returning closer and closer to the time of their deaths, and realize that the replays and their times together may be coming to an end
The Passage by Justin Cronin (rights were optioned before publishing by Scott Free Productions)--its just went to paperback, too.
(From Amazon) Fans of vampire fiction who are bored by the endless hordes of sensitive, misunderstood Byronesque bloodsuckers will revel in Cronin's engrossingly horrific account of a post-apocalyptic America overrun by the gruesome reality behind the wish-fulfillment fantasies. When a secret project to create a super-soldier backfires, a virus leads to a plague of vampiric revenants that wipes out most of the population. One of the few bands of survivors is the Colony, a FEMA-established island of safety bunkered behind massive banks of lights that repel the virals, or dracs—but a small group realizes that the aging technological defenses will soon fail. When members of the Colony find a young girl, Amy, living outside their enclave, they realize that Amy shares the virals' agelessness, but not the virals' mindless hunger, and they embark on a search to find answers to her condition. PEN/Hemingway Award–winner Cronin (The Summer Guest) uses a number of tropes that may be overly familiar to genre fans, but he manages to engage the reader with a sweeping epic style. The first of a proposed trilogy, it's already under development by director Ripley Scott and the subject of much publicity buzz
Once I get off my lazy ass and finish my series(and get lucky enough to have it published), I recommend you people buy massive quantities of them.
Had a lot of down time, waiting for Uncle Sam to tell us where to go. I always had a paperback handy in my rucksack.
Here are some that I have enjoyed. I love to read but, there are ALOT of books that I would never pick up again. The ones listed below are on the list that I would read again. (Yes, very boring day at work)
I make no excuses for my choices. Thought provoking stories are great but, some days a good mindless story is what’s called for.
Fuzzy Papers – H. Beam Piper (Hell, read any of his stuff)
Armor – John Steakley (one of the best that I have ever read. If you like Forever War, read this.)
Vampires – John Steakley (Book good. Movie, not so much)
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott card
Ringworld – Larry niven
Well Of Souls – Jack L. Chalker
Heechee Saga – Frederick Pohl
Starship Troopers – Robert Heinlien
Lucifer’s Hammer – Larry Niven
Footfall – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Mote In God’s Eye – Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
Sea Of Time trilogy – S. M. Stirling
Sten series - Chris Bunch & Allan Cole
Helmsman – Bill Baldwin (Space Opera but very enjoyable)
Chanur series – C. J. Cherryh
Forever War – Jack Haldeman
Childe Cycle – Gordon R. $#@!son
Phule’s Company – Robert Asprin
Coldfire trilogy – C. S. Friedman
Dahak trilogy – David Weber
Starfire series – David Weber & Steve White
Empire Of Man series – David Weber
Miles Vorkosigan series - Lois McMaster Bujold
Chung Kuo series – David Wingrove (9 books? And very involved – be warned)
Lensmen series – E. E. Doc Smith (may be dated now but loved them as a teen)
The Disinherited trilogy – Steve White
1632 – Eric Flint (a town full of West Virginia hillbillies is transported to Europe in 1632, with guns and pickup trucks) I loved this series
Sunset Warrior trilogy – Eric Van Lustbader
Memory Of Sorrow And Thorn series – Tad Williams
Drenai Saga – David Gemmell (Druss and Waylander are two characters I could read about again and again)
Elric Of Melnibone – Michael Moor$#@!
Riftwar Saga – Raymond E. Feist
Talion Revenant - Michael A. Stackpole
Malazon Book Of The Fallen – Steven Erickson (Loved this series. Just gets better as the books go on)
Farside trilogy – John Dalmas
Myth series – Robert Asprin
Annals Of The Black Company – Glen Cook (Great read but enjoyed Dread Empire more)
Dread Empire – Glen Cook (In my top 5 in fantasy)
The Book Of The Gods series – Fred Saberhagen
Light & Shadows series - Janny Wurts
The Cycle Of Fire trilogy – Janny Wurts
The Legend Of Nightfall - Mickey Zucker Reichert
Basically the story of what happens to the rest of the world when Nantucket gets ripped into the past.
He's also continuing the "Dies the Fire" story with another series, "The Change" currently 4 books, with more to come.
I am in the middle of reading the first Hunger Games and it is fantastic. Hard to believe it is categorized as teen literature. Even despite reading the amazing reviews, that categorization made me hesitant. The author has a fantastic simple style to writing but really knows how to stir emotions in the reader.
Finished it today. Man, what a great book. Very few books can I literally say "I couldn't put it down", but this one was one of those.
Probably going to pick up the second book tonight.
The Hunger Games was definitely a great trilogy. I read it sometime last Winter and couldn't put it down.
Nice list TexasDan...will have to look into some of those...I'm really behind on current sci fi...
i cant believe it took 95 posts for the hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. kudos and +rep Bamachine.
i will also throw in The Engines of God by Jack McDevitt and its subsequent sequels. i picked up the rest of the HHGTTG series today and the last book in theTEoG today at the dubai mall. cant buy $#@! in a-stan, so i got them while i can get them. im re-reading HHGTTG now so i can start fresh for the rest of the trilogy in four parts. i wanted to get the last book in it, but decided ill wait. i are on a budget.
The Red Wolf Conspiracy
The Ruling Sea
The River of Shadows
(All by V.S. Recik)
The Way of Kings
The Name of the Wind
A Wise Man's Fear
Before They Are Hanged
Best Served Cold
A Betrayal in Winter
The Blade Itself
The Born Queen
The Blood Knight
The Briar King
The Charnel Prince
The Lies of Locke Lamora
The Warded Man
Old Man's War
Anything by Ian Chambers
Starship Troopers Rip-Off but easy reading
The Legion Series by Marshall S. Thomas
I don't usually read novels written by women, but this was a captivating story.
In 2019, humanity finally finds proof of extraterrestrial life when a listening post in Puerto Rico picks up exquisite singing from a planet which will come to be known as Rakhat. While United Nations diplomats endlessly debate a possible first contact mission, the Society of Jesus quietly organizes an eight-person scientific expedition of its own. What the Jesuits find is a world so beyond comprehension that it will lead them to question the meaning of being "human." When the lone survivor of the expedition, Emilio Sandoz, returns to Earth in 2059, he will try to explain what went wrong... Words like "provocative" and "compelling" will come to mind as you read this shocking novel about first contact with a race that creates music akin to both poetry and prayer.
another good fantasy series is:
(there's a third as well)
by Ken Scholes
Finally read American Gods and Neverwhere by Gaiman this past week, both were good. Also read the Voyage of the Jerle Shannara series by Brooks this week, pretty good. Just have the High Druid series left and I will have finished all the completed Shannara series(I know another is in the works).
1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
3. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song of Ice and Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
Also, for the record, and to steal a friend of mine's statements: I don't understand why the Cryptonomicon is always classified in Sci Fi. I mean, I get it, that's what people mostly associate with Stephenson, but there's literally NOTHING in that book that is related to Science Fiction. It's $#@!ing historical fiction 100%. Someone name ONE thing about that book that is science fiction, please?
Excuse me, I need to give myself a time out now.
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I finally looked at that entire top 100 list. I own 60 of those(series included) and have read 69(ohh yeah) of them.
Really have enjoyed what I've read in the past year from Jim Butcher. He's got a noir detective/wizard/urban series taking place in modern day Chicago called The Dresden Files (also a short lived sci-fi series by the same name, books are way better). Fun reads, not too long (avg 250-250 pages), but a lot of books (just read the 13th). The man writes action VERY well. I've even been able to get my wife hooked on them. The author has a really good sense of humor, does a good job of breaking up some intense moments with humor. Fun reads, just the right amount of grit.
He also has a more traditional fantasy series called the Codex Alera. It has a (somewhat) unique magic system (everyone BUT the main character has some kind of magical ability) and is heavily Roman Empire influenced, which is a fun approach to take instead of traditional medieval fantasy. Again, no shortage of action, the epic battles are described in great detail. First half of the first book is kind of slow, but everything picks up from there, I highly recommend it.
Have also read Way of Kings by Sanderson and the Kingkiller Chronicles by Rothfuss, if you haven't read them, you are doing yourself a disservice.
Fans of The Hunger Games should give Battle Royale a read
The Magicians and The Magician King by Lev Grossman are solid
The Vlad Taltos series by Stephen Brust are entertaining
Wikipedia agrees with your friend.
I'm reading Anathem by Neal Stephenson right now, and it's been dubbed "speculative fiction"--whatever in Sam's nine $#@!s that genre is supposed to comprise. Isn't the very definition of fiction somewhat speculative?Cryptonomicon is closer to the genres of historical fiction and contemporary techno-thriller than to the science fiction of Stephenson's two previous novels, Snow Crash and Diamond Age. It features fictionalized characterizations of such historical figures as Alan Turing, Albert Einstein, Douglas MacArthur, Winston Churchill, Isoroku Yamamoto, Karl Dönitz, and Ronald Reagan, as well as some highly technical and detailed descriptions of modern cryptography and information security, with discussions of prime numbers, modular arithmetic, and Van Eck phreaking.
Didn't stop be from enjoying it however. Although I thought the part at the end where the crazy lawyer/anthropologist just shows up in obscure south east Asia on a rampage still wearing his expensive suit was a little too far fetched. Still a great book, however.
I've never heard of speculative fiction in my life, but it's hard to avoid the idea of someone using or coining that term seriously as anything other than a method to jerk off to their own cleverness.
I'm just now finishing the Death Gate Cycle by Margarette Weis and Tracy Hickman (of Dragonlance fame for those living under a rock). It's a series of 7 books. I didn't really like the first one, but at the end it started to peak my interest, after that, they get pretty good.
Working on the series Long Price Quartet by Daniel Abraham. 2 books in out of 4, good, quick reads (around 250 pages on Nook, for comparison Dance for Dragons was around 800). A nice break after reading Martin (don't have to remember hundreds of characters but it is still well developed). I typically break up fantasy series with short nonfiction between each book (I can kinda burn out if I don't), but these I'm cruising through these.
Still amazed at how this thread turned out. Figured it might get a couple responses but nothing like this. It's great to continue to see the reviews and recommendations. I've got a long list of things to read just from what was mentioned here.
Football .. OC .. Basketball .. Baseball .. Other Sports .. RC Didn't Offer .. Gamboool
Varsity .. Hole in the Wall .. PCL .. Einstein's .. Nasty's .. GM Steakhouse .. NSAA .. Classics
Bada Bing .. Bernard .. Nerdz .. Can you help me with this? .. Shagslist .. Cloak Room .. Bellmont