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Stranger than Sci-Fi
« on: March 23, 2015, 01:54:27 am »
Can you recommend any books or authors who explore the realms of science fiction and take us on a speculative futuristic journey in space, time, and beyond?
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #1 on: March 23, 2015, 07:56:28 am »
I've been into sci fi for as long as I can remember. First books I read were by Edgar Rice Burroughs. I was never a fan of his Tarzan stuff, but his John Carter series....Gods of Mars, Warlords of Mars, Thuvia Maid of Mars etc were my introduction to the genre.

Just noticed they are all on Kindle for under a pound so might reread them sometime.

I then moved on to Isaac Asimov and built up a collection of all of his books in paperback, and still have them. I rarely throw books out so have boxes of them taking up space.  I Robot was one of my favourites, til Will Smith ruined it!

Am about to start reading The Martian by Andy Weir

Edit, just realised this is released as a movie this year. Judging by the trailers it's one where the book is better than the movie!!
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2015, 01:14:24 am »
I will have to add I Robot to my reading list. I've not seen the movie as I'm not a huge fan of Will Smith  :P. The title of Andy Weir's The Martian sounds interesting so I'll check that one out as well :).

My introduction to science fiction came via my dad. When I was a teenager and looking for something interesting to read he recommended I read some Jack Vance books. Vance wrote many short stories that were published in magazines but also later in his career he wrote many novels. There's a style to his writing that an be very dry in tone. Certain themes reoccur as well throughout his writing.

One short story I like is called Houses of Iszm. It's a good story to begin with if you are new to Jack Vance's writing. Here's a review that's posted on the goodreads website. It sums it up nicely!:

*The Houses of Iszm*
An early Vance novel that contains in embryo all the special features of his more mature writing: rich imagery, quirky situations, baroque language, cloak and dagger plotting and individualistic ethos. The main character, Aile Farr, travels to the planet Iszm, where the houses grow on trees and are exported for sale in strictly limited quotas. Once on the ground he becomes literally entangled with a scheme to steal a female house and break the Iszic monopoly on this highly profitable business...
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2015, 04:59:19 am »
Haha re reading my previous post I just realised the irony in having boxes of sci-fi books taking up space! 😜
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2015, 09:01:46 am »
Haven't read sci-fi for a long time, but loved Ursula Le Guin. And, if I could remember who wrote The Shrike (UK title; was something else in the US), I'd add him. Can't even find the title on Fantastic Fiction. It was part of a trilogy. Anyone know who the author is?

PS it isn't Southwell.
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #5 on: April 02, 2015, 10:56:02 am »
Joe Donnelly?
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #6 on: April 02, 2015, 02:48:28 pm »
Joe Donnelly?

Don't think so, though I have often wondered if this author may have used not only a different title in different countries, but different psuedonyms. I stumbled on this book in a second hand shop in my little town of Sooke. Years later, after either losing or donating the book, I wanted to find it again. It has remained elusive. It was good enough to stick with me all these years...something like a futuristic Frankenstein story. Or, perhaps I just can't leave a mystery alone.
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #7 on: May 22, 2015, 03:01:53 am »
Gatecon - did you ever read The Martian?  I just finished it. I loved it. A nice bit of scifi thriller escapism. I can see why it was made into a movie. Such a fast paced drama filled story is well suited to a movie.
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Re: Stranger than Sci-Fi
« Reply #8 on: May 22, 2015, 11:49:23 am »
My book reading is a bit like my Game of Thrones viewing. Start. Stop. Start. Stop. Pause.
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