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Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
« on: December 26, 2013, 07:05:06 am »
It just seems difficult to find good sci-fi and fantasy.  Any recommendations?

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #1 on: December 26, 2013, 07:55:56 am »
    Here's a whole thread about general Science Fiction:

    https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,28574.0.html

    Also, check out this thread: https://www.kboards.com/index.php/topic,83367.msg1318768.html#msg1318768  which has links to other genre threads.  Lots of good suggestions for all types of stuff. :D
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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #2 on: December 26, 2013, 08:05:07 am »
    If you tell us what you like (and dislike), it's probably easier to come up with similar suggestions. In the meantime, if this helps...

    My GoodReads SciFi shelf sorted by rating

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #3 on: December 26, 2013, 08:45:04 am »
    What do I like?  Good question.

    I love science fiction filled with meaningful metaphors that are reflections of our society in all of it's vastness.

    A good example is Dune.

    Thanks btw for the great links. :)

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    « Reply #4 on: December 31, 2013, 09:01:36 am »
    I love science fiction filled with meaningful metaphors that are reflections of our society in all of it's vastness.
    Then you might be interested in, The Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee.
    Another great read along similar theme is Peter Hamilton's The Night's Dawn Trilogy.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #5 on: December 31, 2013, 09:44:06 am »
    It just seems difficult to find good sci-fi and fantasy.  Any recommendations?

    Here are a few that I typically go with when recommending fantasy to others - all very strong books in my view (others may disagree/add in), and in no particular order:
    • The Riyria Revelations and Chronicles series - Michael J. Sullivan
    • The Erevis Cale Trilogy - Paul S. Kemp
    • The Demon Cycle series (three books released) - Peter V. Brett
    • The Gentleman [illegitimate persons] series - Scott Lynch (three books now released, a fourth announced for 2014)
    • The Kingkiller Chronicles - Patrick Rothfuss [written in first person, so will be an interesting change from the others]
    • Elantris - Brandon Sanderson
    • Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
    • The Dark Elf Trilogy - R. A. Salvatore
    • Fritz Leiber's Lankhmar series (seven books)
    Hopefully that will keep you going well into 2014 :)

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #6 on: December 31, 2013, 10:00:30 am »
    The Lankhmar books are available as inexpensive omnibuses (omnibi?) on www.baen.com

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #7 on: December 31, 2013, 11:10:26 am »
    What do I like?  Good question.

    I love science fiction filled with meaningful metaphors that are reflections of our society in all of it's vastness.

    A good example is Dune.

    Thanks btw for the great links. :)

    In the fantasy genre, Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" books often (almost always?) use his flat-world setting to provide a satirical reflection of our "real" world. This is especially true in the "City Watch" and "Moist von Lipwig" story arcs (see the "groups" column here).

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    « Reply #8 on: December 31, 2013, 03:02:03 pm »
    I've been partial to the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne, although the reflection and metaphors are more cursory than direct in the storyline.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #9 on: January 02, 2014, 12:45:13 am »
    What do I like?  Good question.

    I love science fiction filled with meaningful metaphors that are reflections of our society in all of it's vastness.

    A good example is Dune.

    Thanks btw for the great links. :)

    The Dune series, in my view, is exceeded by only one other series in science fiction: Isaac Asimov's Foundation series, which he later merged with his robot series.   I'd recommend reading each and every one of them.  And then the Foundation novels by others, like Bear, Brin, and Benford.


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    « Reply #10 on: January 02, 2014, 10:51:32 am »
    Incarceron by Catherine Fisher is a great sf/fantasy read, well characterized, highly imaginative, and extremely well written.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #11 on: January 03, 2014, 10:19:36 am »
    I just finished reading A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge.   Very creative universe building and definitely worth a read.





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    « Reply #12 on: January 03, 2014, 02:29:08 pm »
    I enjoyed reading Malak by Heather Woods.
     

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #13 on: January 03, 2014, 04:18:11 pm »
    If you enjoy a strong female lead in sci-fi, I recommend Ann Aguirre's Sirantha Jax series. It starts with Grimspace. The series moves through several worlds and introduces interesting species and an imaginative form of space travel...

    "As the carrier of a rare gene, Sirantha Jax has the ability to jump ships through grimspace-a talent which makes her a highly prized navigator for the Corp. Then a crash landing kills everyone on board, leaving Jax in a jail cell with no memory of the crash. But her fun's not over. A group of rogue fighters frees her...for a price: her help in overthrowing the established order."
              

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #14 on: January 05, 2014, 06:44:14 pm »
    I just finished reading A Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge.   Very creative universe building and definitely worth a read.




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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #15 on: January 08, 2014, 12:20:25 pm »
    I always, always, always recommend Varley's Gaea Trilogy when talking sci-fi. Very original and quick off the gun to show you whether or not it's something you'd like. It starts with Titan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titan_(John_Varley_novel)

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #16 on: January 08, 2014, 03:05:06 pm »
    I enjoy Philip K. Dick. Eclectic and some don't consider his work SF. Definitely challenging at times.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #17 on: January 08, 2014, 04:56:57 pm »
    It just seems difficult to find good sci-fi and fantasy.  Any recommendations?

    Good is so subjective ;D. Depends on individual tastes and preferences. But for example, if you talked about works you liked, it would be easier to make recommendations.

    One of my favorite authors in Gene Wolfe, but I wouldn't recommend Gene's work to anyone without first knowing what kind of sci-fi and fantasy they preferred.

    Gene's work isn't the easiest to read. It's dense, it's not overt. It's certainly not for those looking for terse, fast, reads and certainly not for those who like sword-and-sorcery type fantasy (though Knight and Wizard may be exceptions).

    Gene's work is for those who are looking for works they can tangle their minds around and for those who can hang in there through lengthy beginnings to get to the expansive middles.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #18 on: January 09, 2014, 07:42:37 pm »
    I enjoy Philip K. Dick. Eclectic and some don't consider his work SF. Definitely challenging at times.

    Deckard

    Given your name, your recommend is no surprise :)

    But I quite agree with the recommendation, and I'm one who definitely does consider Dick's work science fiction.

    His "Beyond Lies the Wub" is one of the best short stories in science fiction.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #19 on: January 09, 2014, 08:06:34 pm »
    I'm gonna say Dan Simmons' Hyperion series. The first book's structure is based on Cantebury Tales, which makes it an interesting read in itself, and it definitely has Dune's sort of weird sci-fi tech and throws you into an elaborate and detailed universe with no preamble whatsoever (which I'm a big fan of in my spec fic).
             

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #20 on: January 11, 2014, 06:48:46 am »
    John Crowley's Aegypt series is about the surprising underpinnings of our society that came from Renaissance magical philosophy.  It is kind of a dense read, though, and not for everybody.

    I second the recommendation for Terry Pratchett's Discworld series.  A more perfect satirical lens for modern society would be difficult to find.

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    Re: Recommendations for great Sci-Fi and Fantasy
    « Reply #21 on: January 13, 2014, 05:45:39 pm »
    C.J. Cherryh's Foreigner series.

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