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    61 KB Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:55 No.9437724  
    I need some sci-fi recommendations.

    /lit/ is made of fail and aids and you guys seem to have a pretty firm grip on fiction so any suggestions would be appreciated (no Banks).
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:56 No.9437739
    no Banks or no Transhumanist stuff at all?
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:56 No.9437742

    If you've already read it, read it again.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:57 No.9437749
    >> mithraw !uI4oigtzX2 04/26/10(Mon)04:58 No.9437752
    Arthur C. Clarke

    Good shit there boyz.

    Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein. Fuck me, best Sci-Fi out there.

    Herbert is good too.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:58 No.9437753
    I just don't like Banks.

    If you've read Desolation Road or Ares Express then that's the kind of sci-fi I enjoy. I'd rather have interesting characters and a fun story than a realistic world backed by hard science.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)04:58 No.9437754
    The Rediscovery of Man
    >> mithraw !uI4oigtzX2 04/26/10(Mon)05:00 No.9437760

    Clarke is hard sci-fi, as is The Forever War by Joe Haldeman. Also Haldeman is a good author.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:00 No.9437769
    Not just Dune, but most of the (huge) series is good too. Really interesting contrast between his writing and his son's.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:01 No.9437776
    Try the Orphanage series by Robert Buettner.

    Also, if you're into something different, I rather liked Rainbow Mars by Larry Niven. You also can't go wrong with Footfall.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:01 No.9437778
    Jack vance's dying earth books if you're a verbose individual.
    neal asher if you're not.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:01 No.9437779
    Also yeah, if you can get your hands on the collected short stories of Arthur C. Clarke, I really enjoyed them.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:02 No.9437787
    not sure what (no Banks) means.

    Dune fo sho, Do Androids Dream of Robotic Sheep is an absolute must (aka Blade Runner), anything by Robert A. Heinlein particularly starship troopers it's nothing like the movie except with references Rico Razcack and Roughnecks, Ender's Game is ok,
    If you don't mind reading fapfics try Dan Abnett's 40k novels.
    i'll post more later
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:04 No.9437801
    Peter F Hamilton's got some epic stories that should keep you going for a while.
    >> mithraw !uI4oigtzX2 04/26/10(Mon)05:05 No.9437806

    Dakka, dakka.

    I forgot Orson Scott Card. Great author. Ender's Game, Speaker for the Dead, Xenocide... All great.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:05 No.9437811
    I really liked Cugel's Saga and Eyes of the Overworld, the other ones not so much.

    >not sure what (no Banks) means.

    An author famous for the Culture series. Everyone but me seems to love him but I personally can't stand his writing.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:07 No.9437828
    Lois McMaster-Bujold. Vorkosigan saga FTW.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:10 No.9437845
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    Stanislaw Lem's The Invincible. (and other works)
    Richard Adam's Shardik.
    Clark Ashton Smith's Hyperborea, Zothique, Averoigne. (SF/Fantasy)
    Jack Vance's Dying Earth, Planet of Adventure, Demon Princes.
    Gene Wolfe's Book of the New Sun (SF/Fantasy)
    Edgar Rice Burroughs Barsoom Series (* of Mars)
    EC Tubbs
    EE Doc Smith
    Cordweiner Smith
    Theodore Sturgeon
    Roger Zelazny
    Arthur C. Clarke
    Robert A. Heinlein
    Isaac Asimov
    Jack Vance
    Strugatsky Brothers
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:13 No.9437859
    I am of the opinion that if you don't like Banks that simply makes you a bad person. If you must decline his fine works then I recommend Charles Stross. Especially Saturn's Children, though I would also suggest finding a British copy otherwise it just looks like an oversized Hentai Manga from the outside. Singularity Sky is more light-hearted though the characters fall into a few too many stereotypes.

    Alastair Reynolds books have the "interesting characters and a fun story" down to a tee, but is also (mostly) backed with science.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:14 No.9437867
    I'm partial to Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series. The world needs more scifi mysteries.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:15 No.9437878
    Slaughterhouse 5
    anyone who says it isn't scifi, fuck them.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:16 No.9437879
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
    Hyperion Cantos series by Dan Simmons
    Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch by Philip K Dick
    Mother of Demons by Eric Flint
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:18 No.9437899
    John Brunner
    Peter F Hamilton
    Steven Baxter
    Frederich Pohl
    Eric L Harry
    John Meany
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:22 No.9437929
    Alfred Bester's (seriously read this guy) Everything. The Stars My Destination, The Demolished Man etc.
    The Day of the Triffid by John Wyndham
    John Brunner's The Traveller in Black
    Jack McDevitt
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:27 No.9437960
    Stanislaw Lem for the most philosophical and probably most intelligent SF there is.
    Also, read it for the insane amount of puns. (The Kandel translation is excellent.)
    Also, because they're a bit older, for the goddamn charme of old SF technology.

    The Invincible (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Invincible) is probably his most "classic" SF novel.

    The Star Diaries (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Star_Diaries) is a series of stories centered around a traveller named Ijon Tichy. Ramps up the bizarre. Includes one story where time fuckups end with Ijon beating the crap out of himself for being such an unreasonable jackass. Fucking awesome, all of the stories.

    Tales of Pirx the Pilot (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tales_of_Pirx_the_Pilot) is less bizarre, more hard SF, more grimdark-while-sort-of-funny. Includes fucking up first contact due to a tape machine running out of tape due to space travel being like the Russian merchant navy.

    These are the three main things I'd recommend you. Anything else, go for it. Lem is uniformly awesome, and he's the most underrated SF author I know of. But it's not exactly light reading, what with him getting heavily into philosophy and shit at times.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:29 No.9437975

    Ah, Bester! That's how you write Pulp.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:31 No.9437998
    A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller Jr
    HP Lovecraft
    Ray Bradbury
    Octavia Butler
    Tim Powers
    Larry Niven
    H. Beam Piper
    John Steakley's Armor
    C.S. Friedman's Coldfire trilogy
    M.A.R. Barker's Tekumel novels (Fantasy-ish)
    Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:36 No.9438040
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:42 No.9438085
    If you're into star wars the New Jedi Order series is pretty kickass.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:42 No.9438093

    And by that you mean the Thrawn Trilogy.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:43 No.9438098
    Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars/Green Mars/Blue Mars. Last one can be skipped, gets weird and meanders all over the place.

    Haven't disliked anything I've read by Alastair Reynolds.

    Most fa/tg/uys would like John Scalzi, I think. Not really heavy-duty reading but almost always fun.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)05:49 No.9438164
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)08:52 No.9439739
    These are great, but the guy doesn't like hard sci-fi. The MARS books are basically the best possible hard sci-fi.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)08:57 No.9439759
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    >Roger Zelazny
    Fuck yes. "For a Breath I Tarry" is a goddamned master piece:


    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)09:19 No.9439912
    Jeff Noon- Vurt and Pollen are the only two of his I've read, but I hear they're all pretty good. Most everything else I'd suggest is already posted.
    Trippy shit. Weird and dark.
    >> Anonymous 04/26/10(Mon)09:24 No.9439962
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    Not sure its been said yet but for military sci-fi I'm calling out on Heinlein, John Ringo, and the Bolo Series all of them are just fun things to read and have some of the best action sequences I've read.

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