Sci-Fi novel recommendations

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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Mike » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:21 pm

Work is ramping down, so I'm getting a lot more reading in - luxury beyond price! Chad gave me a copy of leGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven," soooo...

Wow. Just wow. I need to revisit this one in the near future in order to fully absorb it.

My first exposure to her work turned me off for some reason (and I don't even remember what that book was), so I never pursued her writing. "The Lathe of Heaven" has changed that.

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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Chad Peter » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:24 pm

Mike wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:21 pm
Work is ramping down, so I'm getting a lot more reading in - luxury beyond price! Chad gave me a copy of leGuin's "The Lathe of Heaven," soooo...

Wow. Just wow. I need to revisit this one in the near future in order to fully absorb it.

My first exposure to her work turned me off for some reason (and I don't even remember what that book was), so I never pursued her writing. "The Lathe of Heaven" has changed that.

Many thanks, Chad.
Nice! I'm due to revisit the book, as it has been quite awhile...

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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Mike » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:10 pm

Chad Peter wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:24 pm
Nice! I'm due to revisit the book, as it has been quite awhile...
It's definitely a faster read than "The Peripheral" though I'd consider both books to be complementary in terms of ideas.
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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Faldor » Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:54 am

John Scalzi’s “The Consuming Fire” came out last night, which was originally due out next spring which makes up somewhat for the next Expanse novel being put back. It follows a young woman ascending to the throne of a galactic empire, only to learn that their form of space travel will stop working in the next few years and how to deal with no one believing this.

The “We Are Legion, We Are Bob” trilogy is a lot of fun. It follows a copy of a guy who had his mind uploaded as an A.I. and then put into a space probe.

"2001: A Space Odyssey" is an interesting counterpart to the movie, written at the same time but holds pretty close to the movies plot but is able to, you know tell you what is actually going on, which some might not like.

"Cat’s Cradle" by Kurt Vonnegut really didn’t’ work for me. I really enjoyed Slaughter House Five and Sirens Of Titan and was looking forward to what is regarded as one of his best but it was just a total mess. There was a lot of potential but it never amounts to anything.

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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Faldor » Mon Jan 28, 2019 4:35 am

I just read Altered Carbon I've not seen the series on Netflix (Honest, I avoid most streaming shows these days as they usually have some Chad Peter involvement) but I gotta say. It was one dull novel.

Why is it whenever writers think of an interesting concept, Asteroid mining, The Nazis won the war, You can swap bodies, the Nazis won the war again. They always make it about solving a murder.

It doesn't help that the main character is completely lacking in personality, he comes from the mean space streets and has government issue drugs that make him good at beating people up.

Shame really.

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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Cory » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:07 am

Faldor wrote:
Sat Nov 03, 2018 10:54 am

The “We Are Legion, We Are Bob” trilogy is a lot of fun. It follows a copy of a guy who had his mind uploaded as an A.I. and then put into a space probe.
I enjoyed the first one but haven't moved on with the series yet. My tbr pile has gotten huge after joining a fantasy Facebook group.

I finally read Ready Player One a few weeks ago. I loved it for all the nostalgic reasons that made it so popular. The story/writing wasn't all that impressive, but it was great fun!

The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin was fantastic. She did some interesting things with POV that I didn't think I'd like, but she made them work quite well.
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Re: Sci-Fi novel recommendations

Post by Cory » Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:21 am

The Calculating Stars and The Fated Sky by Mary Robinette Kowal were my favorite reads from last year. It's an alternate history about a math genius woman with social anxiety rising through an accelerated space program in the 50's. It's a prequel to her short story, The Lady Astronaut of Mars. All really good stuff.
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