Amph Book Recommendations

Discussion in 'Archive: SF&F: Books and Comics' started by NYCitygurl, Feb 4, 2006.

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  1. Whizkid Jedi Master

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    Can someone recommend me a good Sci-Fi series which doesn't depict humans in a secular humanistic way? One thing I love about Star Wars is despite the setting and time of the stories, it shows humans still haven't conquered greed or lust for power. Most Sci-fi stories i've read depict humans as completely devoted to their governments, devoid of real emotions or religious needs, and completely dedicated to the advancment of mankind (Star Trek being the most prominent example). These utopian stories really wear thin with me. Any suggestions?
  2. Excellence Jedi Grand Master

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    Really? Most sci fi I've read don't have humans so sedative. Have you read The Evergence and Orphans Trilogies? Revelation Space?
  3. VadersLaMent Chosen One

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    Can someone recommend me a good Sci-Fi series which doesn't depict humans in a secular humanistic way? One thing I love about Star Wars is despite the setting and time of the stories, it shows humans still haven't conquered greed or lust for power. Most Sci-fi stories i've read depict humans as completely devoted to their governments, devoid of real emotions or religious needs, and completely dedicated to the advancment of mankind (Star Trek being the most prominent example). These utopian stories really wear thin with me. Any suggestions?

    The Rama series, Clarke and Lee.

    The Dune series.

    Ian M. Banks Culture books. A Utopia to be sure, but hardly without gods.

    Wild Cards series, George Martin.

    The first couple of Odyssey books, Clarke.



  4. Excellence Jedi Grand Master

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    Anyone who's read The Eternity Artifact by whoever Modesitt is, can you seriously recommend it?

  5. DarthBoba Manager Emeritus

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    I'll give it a read tonight at Borders. :p
  6. Excellence Jedi Grand Master

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    Elf it. Saw it cheaply priced, snatched it on the spot. Guess I'll find out in a few months! The premise of the story intrigued me, and I always had in mind to backdrop an abandoned world of exotic cityscape myself. Lets see how the geeks do it.
  7. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    I haven't read that book, but I really like Modesitt.
  8. Excellence Jedi Grand Master

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    Is Modesitt male, female, shemale, droid, what? What? Why must you look up authors who initialise their name like that? If I call them a default male, they have only themselves to blame. [face_not_talking]

    The Risen Empire won the coin toss, Eternity Artefact will have to wait. 7 pages into Risen, I'm understanding how that got published. The temptation to plagiarise is a seductive maiden . . . must resist. Activate emergency saving throw.

    Phew!
  9. DarthBishop Jedi Knight

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    amen the first two books on the sci-fi classic's


    also do andriods dream of electric sheep is a good book
  10. JediTrilobite Force Ghost

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    A couple of random, newer authors to recommend:

    Charles Stross - I'm reading Singularity Sky again, which is a fantastic read. I've read a number of his short stories are outstanding, although I have yet to read any of his other novels.

    Karen Traviss - I'm sure a lot of people have heard of her Star Wars books, but her non-SW works are amazing - City of Pearl, Crossing the Line, the World Before and Matriarch, all stunning SciFi books. Her shorter fiction is also just as good, from what I've read in Asimovs

    Karin Lowachee - She's got three books out, Warchild, Burndive and Cagebird. All fun reads, although Warchild is by far the best of the three of them.

    Allen M. Steele - He's won a couple of Hugo Awards, but my favorite books by him is his three part Coyote series, Coyote, Coyote Rising and Coyote Frontier. They began as short stories and are essentially a series of shorter stories carrying a storyline. Really good books.


    Can anyone recommend any newer SciFi novels? Newer authors?
  11. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    He's a guy; the 'L' stands for Leland.

    She's not a new sci-fi author, but Maria V. Snyder is amazing!!! She wrote Poison Study and it's sequel, Magic Study. I like the first one better, but both held my attention very well.
  12. Excellence Jedi Grand Master

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    Good; I was calling Modesitt male anwyay. :p Without spoiling me like Amazon's Storm of Swords reviewers, anyone read his Eternity Artefact and thought it worthwhile?
  13. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Sorry, I'm working my way through his Recluse books first.
  14. barabel_humour Jedi Master

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    Would anyone recommend Clone Republic by Steven L Kent or is it very derivative?
  15. Kol_Skywalker Jedi Master

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    I am mainly interested in stand alone novels, mainly science fiction, cyberpunk, dystopian. Will try fantasy once in a while. Will also like to read 1st novels in a series if they can be read as a stand alone, ie: Ender's Game, Nueromancer.

    Any recommendations?

    I have Forever War coming in the mail from Amazon.com - looking forward to reading that.
  16. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

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    Terry Goodkind's first Sword of Truth book, Wizards First Rule, can really be read as a stand-alone, IMO.
  17. emilsson Force Ghost

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    Have you read anything by Charles Stross? His Iron Sunrise is quite good, and it fits with your interests.
  18. ShrunkenJedi Jedi Grand Master

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    Please don't get annoyed at me because I'm pointing this out... but just because religion doesn't enter into the equation doesn't mean people have conquered greed or lust for power, as you put it, or are 'devoid of real emotions'... anyway, I'll take this as an opportunity to plug my own favorite author. Try CJ Cherryh, some of her stuff has religion as a medium-important element and the rest most definitely includes human drives, needs and desires as well. Her plots are some of the best and most character-driven ones I've seen. Sci-fi of hers I'd recommend: Cyteen, the Faded Sun Trilogy, the Foreigner series (first book is named Foreigner). Fantasy: the series starting with Fortress in the Eye of Time.
  19. Raven Administrator Emeritus

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    Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. The entire series stands alone, though there are a lot of plot threads that continue on through.
  20. lightning-girl Jedi Knight

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    Hey in about a week or two i'm gonna be finished my summer reading list 'til august at which time i must read watership down. any good recommendations? all i ask is no perverted content and not "girlie girl"
  21. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    If you have The Forever War comming in the mail, you should read Starship Troopers. Its completely different from them movie. but its a good book and well worth your time.

    I would also recomend His Dark Materials.
  22. crystalashes Jedi Padawan

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    I don't know if you're familiar with Magic (The Gathering) books. If yes, I recommend them to you.


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  23. Darth-Liam Jedi Master

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    The Doctor Who books are really very good, they are all by different authours and I have got about 8 of them. If your in the UK then you cna get most of them from Water Stones if your in AmericaI'd try Amazon.
  24. Hammurabi Jedi Master

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    I don't know about Golden Compass as a stand alone book... Too much is left unresolved at the end for it to work out well without the rest of the trilogy.
  25. Chancellor_Ewok Force Ghost

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    If you're looking for stand alone novels, then maybe you should think about Carl Sagan's Contact. Its quite different from the movie, but its an excellent read.
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