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User Topic: Great Sci-Fi books?
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Default  Posted: 6:48 AM, November 16th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

"Ender's Game" is an interesting look at a future society. It's rough though.

"The Snow Queen" is another story about how technology can aid, or harm, a culture.


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Default  Posted: 8:06 AM, November 16th (Wednesday), 2011View ProfileEdit MessagePrivate MessageHomepage

Kage Baker, the Company series...start with In the Garden of Iden. It's historical sf. Or scientific hf. Or something.


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Thanks for the suggestions, Ladies. My mum read Dune when we were kids!
I'm not too keen on space or alien stuff...but who knows!

Despite the multiple planets, Dune is not really spacey at all, it is almost medeival fantasy in its themes, just that the various houses are on different planets.


Heinlein is great.


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The Moon and the Sun by Vonda N. McIntyre. It won a Hugo Award for best book in 1997, and remains a great, and unusual read. One of my all time favorites. I think it appeals to women more than men, as few men I know think it is as wonderful as I do.


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Connie Willis is great.

Marion Zimmer Bradley's Darkover series, although the earliest ones were out of print. I haven't checked in years however and with Amazon, Kindle and Nook who knows.

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I like the social order type...not so much the fantasy or mystery or aliens stuff...
I'm new to Sci-Fi...and am reading The Windup Girl & liking it.

I also loved The Giver.
Would love some suggestions...

Wow, hmm... I love sci-fi but am having a bit of a hard time with this one. I like both "hard" and "soft" sci-fi but haven't read much in the area of social order I guess.

The Gate to Women's Country comes to mind.

This isn't exactly social order, more like horror-sci fi but The Decent by Jeff Long is awesome!

I really like the Deepness in the Sky, Fire Upon the Deep, Children of the Sky series by Vernor Vinge... it's "hard" sci fi and has aliens tho. There's a series by the same author that might suit you, Marooned in Realtime.

Fahrenheit 451‎ is pretty classic, tho it's a little odd to read since it's rather old. Same with 1984. The Forever War is also a classic, it's got aliens but it's not really about them, more about dealing with war/human emotions/etc.

I really liked The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, and it might be a good lighter "hard" sci-fi book.

Oooo... Terrorists of Irustan is REALLY GOOD! It's set on an alien planet but basically with middle eastern-type values. Very good book if you can find it!

If you want something that's an easier read maybe The Girl Who Owned a City? I think I read that about the same time I read The Giver.

Lord of the Flies might suit too... that's not a sci fi exactly. It's a social order book.

Shade's Children by Garth Nix is also really good, tho sad. Actually I love his Abhorsen series too, if you ever get into the fantasy side of things.

Sheri S Tepper is another good author to look up. She has several series and all of them have a social focus. If you want a stand-alone book Family Tree is good, BIG twist part way through tho!

I hope this wasn't too disjointed. I love reading and books and get a little over excited.

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Despite the multiple planets, Dune is not really spacey at all, it is almost medeival fantasy in its themes, just that the various houses are on different planets.


Heinlein is great.

Couldn't agree more - got a Kindle for Xmas and Dune was the first book I downloaded - now upto no 4 in the series - excellent read and not all spacey - lots of social and religious themes.

Would highly recommend


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Despite the multiple planets, Dune is not really spacey at all, it is almost medeival fantasy in its themes, just that the various houses are on different planets.


Heinlein is great.

Couldn't agree more - got a Kindle for Xmas and Dune was the first book I downloaded - now upto no 4 in the series - excellent read and not all spacey - lots of social and religious themes.

Would highly recommend


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Despite the multiple planets, Dune is not really spacey at all, it is almost medeival fantasy in its themes, just that the various houses are on different planets.


Heinlein is great.

Couldn't agree more - got a Kindle for Xmas and Dune was the first book I downloaded - now upto no 4 in the series - excellent read and not all spacey - lots of social and religious themes.

Would highly recommend


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i don't really do sci-fi, except that i can do some dystopia sometimes.

i don't think anyone here has mentioned William Gibson. he's just brilliant. an icon. Neuromancer is his most famous, but middle and recent stuff is great too. lots of character depth, amazing foresight.

i loathe to pick a title for you. i've only read a few.

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My sister got me the Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula Le Guin for Christmas. I'm about 2/3 through it. It's okay...i sort of started reading The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest in the middle of this...so, I got distracted. hee!

But, I liked the Sci-Fi book Windup Girl (different author...:)better. NOT that you can comapre the 2 really...


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I can recommend "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" by Harlan Ellison. It's more a short story than a book but well worth the read.

Also "High Rise" by JG Ballard.

And those who said "Brave New World" are spot on also.


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I have to add my voice and plug Connie Willis!!! She's my absolute favorite!! She can be a bit wordy and sometimes overlong, but the stories overall will keep you hooked!! Many of her novels involve time travel. NOT time travel ROMANCE!!

I can't stress how much I enjoy her!


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