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Favourite Science Fiction Book
MarcusDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 01:12 | Message # 1
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This thread is here to share thoughts and opinions on sci-fi books you may have enjoyed or disliked.

My favourite has to be Red Dwarf, then Hitchhiker's. Both are freaking awesome imo!





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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 01:51 | Message # 2
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I'm not sure if I can pick a single favorite. I'm drawing a blank and forgetting a lot of books that I've read, but I'll try to name a few. I'll add more as I remember them.

Twenty-thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
Contact by Carl Sagan
Ringworld by Larry Niven
The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells
Green Mars (my favorite of the Mars trilogy) by Kim Stanley Robinson
Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

For some reason, I can't pick between great sci-fi books. I could easily name one or two favorite fantasy books, but good sci-fi all runs together for me.





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pebbleDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 02:34 | Message # 3
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I love so many books. But here are some favorites.

Contact by Carl Sagan
Everything John Varley ever wrote
The Mote In God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
William Gibson's cyberpunk stuff
Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov
The books The Dispossessed, The Left Hand of Darkness, and Always Coming Home by Ursula LeGuin
Frank Herbert's Dune series
The books Blood Music, Eon, and Eternity by Greg Bear
Up The Walls Of The World by James Tiptree, Jr. (pen name of Alice Sheldon)
The War Of The Worlds and The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
Last and First Men, and The Star-Maker, by Olaf Stapledon
Flowers For Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The John Grimes novels set on the galactic rim, by A. Bertram Chandler

And about a thousand other books.
 
Joey_PenguinDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 03:24 | Message # 4
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I haven't read that many, but I'd have to say Expedition, by Wayne Barlowe. It's what got me so interested in space and alien life love




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Antza2Date: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 10:03 | Message # 5
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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and The Algebraist.




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apenpaapDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 10:24 | Message # 6
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I have a hard time picking a single favourite sci-fi book, but Arthur C. Clarke's are probably my favourites:
The 2001 series by Arthur C. Clarke, particularly 2010: Odyssey Two are really great, and I love their more or less realistic depiction of spaceflight and their view of the future Solar System (Well, past Solar System in the case of the first two books by now :o)
Rendez-Vous With Rama, also by Arthur C. Clarke, is wonderfully mysterious, and again, I love its depiction of the future Solar System, which I can only hope reality will be similar to; as well as a realistic way humanity might have First Contact with an alien species and a beautiful, unexpected ending that really puts us in our place. Too bad Clarke never wrote any sequels to it.





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SpaceEngineerDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 10:26 | Message # 7
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I like all Arthur C. Clarke books, espetially Rendezvous With Rama and The Space Odyssey series.
Our Russian sci-fi writer Vasili Golovachov also writes good books, I shuold mention The Vague Time ("Смутное время") series - The Scourge of Times ("Бич времен") and its sequels. I am not sure if English translation of these books available.
I want to read Kim Stanley Robinson Mars trilogy, but there are no Russian translation available, so sad ((





 
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I want to read Kim Stanley Robinson Mars trilogy, but there are no Russian translation available

That is very unfortunate. It is such a great, popular, and successful trilogy of books, and Russian is a widely spoken language. I'm surprised that there is no translation. Hopefully they make one someday...





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apenpaapDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 10:42 | Message # 9
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Ugh, I know how annoying that can be, a few years ago I could almost never find Dutch translations of sciene-fiction. So I was forced to read them in English; though in the end that turned out well, as I speak English like a native nowadays and even prefer to read in English.




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HarbingerDawnDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 10:47 | Message # 10
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Thank you guys for reminding me! Possibly my favorite sci-fi book of all time is "Twenty-Thousand Leagues Under the Sea" by Jules Verne. One of my long-term goals is to learn to read French fluently and read the book in its native language smile




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AerospacefagDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 15:51 | Message # 11
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In my computer, I have a huge library in my native language(several GB of .txt and .doc files) that I've got somewhere in my local net several years ago. I never bought any sci-fi book in my life happy
In general, I do not have a favorite book of any author, I just enjoying every story in a new universe. And I terribly hate any fantasy stories.

My favorite writer (apart from Strugatsky brothers from USSR) is Clifford Simac, I even downloaded a collection of books in English to read them in the original.

Ray Bradbury
Larry Niven's "Known Space"
Arthur C. Clarke's works
Isaac Asimov "The Caves of Steel"
Victor Pelevin and Sergey Lukyanenko - from my country

"Doorways in the sand", "Coils" by Roger Zelazny
"The Postman" by David Brin
"The Invincible" by Stanisław Lem
"Passage at Arms" Glen Cook
And "Contact", of course, too - before last year, I've never thought that apart from movie there's original book.

By the way, William Gibson is one of my latest discoveries.
 
pebbleDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 17:26 | Message # 12
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Rendez-Vous With Rama, also by Arthur C. Clarke, is wonderfully mysterious, and again, I love its depiction of the future Solar System, which I can only hope reality will be similar to; as well as a realistic way humanity might have First Contact with an alien species and a beautiful, unexpected ending that really puts us in our place. Too bad Clarke never wrote any sequels to it.


You're in luck. There actually are sequels to Rama. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama They were written by Gentry Lee with Clarke as copilot. I haven't read them, myself. I have heard they're not quite as good, but your mileage may vary.


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apenpaapDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 18:31 | Message # 13
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http://xkcd.com/566/ tongue

In all seriousness, yes, I have read Rama II and thought it was bloody awful, which is why I specified sequels written by Clarke. I prefer to think of those sequels as pieces of author-approved fanfiction, really.





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TalynDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 18:47 | Message # 14
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as pieces of author-approved fanfiction


I'm affraid I have to correct you there my friend smile
The book Rama II was written by Clarke and Lee on an e-mail cooperation smile

Granted the book looks and feels "bellow average" for a Clarke book. But the fact is that the book Rama II acts as a launch pad for the next 2 books, creating the much needed background for all the characters.

Try to get past that awfull feeling you get when readind it, make an effort and then go for the last 2, and I promisse you won't be disapointed. I loved the way he finnished the series but I will not talk about it here wink

Edit: On the book Rama II, you can actually tell who wrote each chapter by the style alone. I felt that the ones written by Clarke were far easier to read the the ones by Lee





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SpaceEngineerDate: Tuesday, 07.08.2012, 19:00 | Message # 15
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You're in luck. There actually are sequels to Rama. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rendezvous_with_Rama They were written by Gentry Lee with Clarke as copilot. I haven't read them, myself. I have heard they're not quite as good, but your mileage may vary.

I have read them. Well, Rama II is very boring, first half or 2/3 of it may be skipped without harm to one's understanding. But the next two books are pretty nice - interstellar flight, well described aliens and their culture...
So you may read the content of Rama II somewhere on wiki for example and start reading Rama III.

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