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PostPosted: Tue 10-Jan-2006 10:17 pm    Post subject: Michael Marshall Smith, Ursula Le Guin Reply with quote

Hi all!

I'm new and a totally avid Sci fi fan. My favourite auther is Michael Marshall Smith, who sadly has switched over to horror of late. I love Ursula Le Guin's anthropological and societal takes on sci fi as well.

Other authors I've read most of their books include Arthur C, Greg Bear, Alatair Reynolds, Neal Stephenson, Philip K Dick - all the classics.

Any other Sci fi lovers out there who'd recommend some new and interesting authors to me?!?!

Great to have found this site,

ais.
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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 1:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

have you ever read any Iain M. Banks? I'd heartily recommend him - Consider Phlebas or Excession would be good to start with, imho
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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

David Weber?
Simon R Green?
Anne McCaffery? Wink
China Mievile?
Charles Stross... ?
Kevin J Anderson?
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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 2:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh, Simon R. Green. Yeah, the Deathstalker books are great. I second that recommendation. And China Mieville, especially
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PostPosted: Wed 11-Jan-2006 9:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anne McCaffrey - nope.

And the others - any reasons for the recommendations?

I tend to like either space opera type books, or wildly imaginative.

Iain M. Banks is good but the books can be a bit thin in terms of content. He comes up with one or two fantastic ideas, but they can seem very stretched out then over the entire book IYKWIM?

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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lets start with Simon R Green.

The deathstalker books are great.
Epic space opera, with some nice twits and turns.
Personally i like his style of writing, Some science but more plot and character development than you find in some SF books.

Simon r green also writes fantasy, which are very funny. And also has a speculative/scifi fiction books out at the moment that seem to be reality bending more that SF, but i haven't read them yet... there on my list of what i want to read tho'.
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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

China Mieville fills in the wildly imaginative quota. His books are hard to explain...think steam-punk-fantasy-sci-fi. That guy comes up with some great ideas, and Perdido Street Station is one of my top 5 books
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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kevin J Anderson.
Well he has written for Star Wars, he had written for Star Trek,
Also for X-files and most memorable for what he wrote for Dune.

I'd suggest starting with his own series- 'Saga of Seven Suns'.
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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 10:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, Mr. Green and Mr. Melville it is...

and Mr. Andersen perhaps in the future.

For 15 years I've had no one to talk to about science fiction books. I'm thinking it shows. Smile

Great to get some educated opinions on it all guys. Many thanks.

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PostPosted: Thu 12-Jan-2006 11:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

LOL Well you found Loads of us now.


(I wonder, what is the collective term for scifi fans?)
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PostPosted: Fri 13-Jan-2006 1:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a "giggle", "crew" or "internet" of fans, I believe the correct plurals are Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat 14-Jan-2006 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes,
And for Gamers?

A Gaggle of Geeks?
An argument of Dorks?
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PostPosted: Sat 14-Jan-2006 2:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unless there's a female gamer about, then that particular group is called an Awkward of gamers Wink
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PostPosted: Tue 17-Jan-2006 1:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I understand the pural of Fan is in fact Fen.
If I am wrong, this could start a flame war and we ain't had one of those around these parts since the uprising of '78.
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PostPosted: Tue 17-Jan-2006 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aah, I have read of that uprising in the old books. The words were harsh, the tone was gruff and the punnage was mighty. Truely, to repeat such a thing would be folly itself! Or, if not folly itself, at least somebody close by.
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