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    Some of my favorite books:

    Frank Herbert's "Dune" series (at least the first 3 books)
    Philip Jose Farmer's To Your Scattered Bodies Go
    Isaac Asimov's "Foundation" series
    Greg Benford's Timescape
    Kate Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Bird Sang
    Frederik Pohl's Gateway
    David Brin's Startide Rising and The Uplift War
    Orson Scott Card's "Ender" series (at least the first 3 books starting with E'sG)
    Connie Willis's Doomsday Book and To Say Nothing of the Dog
    Vernor Vinge's A Fire upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky
    Joe Haldeman's Forever Peace
    Octavia Butler's Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents
    Neil Gaiman's American Gods
    China Mieville's Perdido Street Station and The Scar
    Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and Necronomicon
    Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    George RR Martin's "Fire and Ice" fantasy saga (soon to be an HBO series!! )

    ...long list!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ToasterOnFire View Post
    Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    My favorite Heinlein (so far) is the short story "The Long Watch".

    Also: Short stories are a great way to get exposure to lots of authors you haven't read. And some writers are better at short stories than novels, and others vice versa. I'll try any anthology that Martin Greenberg's name is on. That covers a lot of science fiction, combat fiction, fantasy, and modern.

    In the more-often-fantasy range are any of Esther Friesner's "Chicks" anthologies. And at least half the stories of any Sword and Sorceress volume (Marion Zimmer Bradley) are worth reading.
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    I'm more into military sci-fi lately, Honor Harrington series stands out and you can get most of them for free at www.baen.com/library/ "On Basilisk Station" is the first of the series. 1632 series is a favorite too, what if a small West Virginia town was transported back to Germany in the middle of the 30 Years War. The Belisariuus series is also very good, being a more historical background during the Holy Roman Empire "An Oblique Approach" is the first of the series and also free. There's a lot of free reading on that site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob407 View Post
    I'm more into military sci-fi lately, Honor Harrington series stands out and you can get most of them for free at www.baen.com/library/ "On Basilisk Station" is the first of the series. 1632 series is a favorite too, what if a small West Virginia town was transported back to Germany in the middle of the 30 Years War. The Belisariuus series is also very good, being a more historical background during the Holy Roman Empire "An Oblique Approach" is the first of the series and also free. There's a lot of free reading on that site.
    On Basilisk Station was a great book! I was really surprised about how much I liked it, considering it's not quite the type of thing I usually go for. Must be those ohhhh......wuddayacallem? Strong female characters? Yeah, that's it!

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    I've read a LOT of sci-fi and fantasy novels.
    So my recent fantasy love is
    Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series. His last book number 11 is to come out this November. I have to warn you though. They are long (except one really short one that was actually first written for a magazine or something) and once you start reading you can not stop!
    I started reading the books when I was pregnant with my first child. When I couldn't sleep I'd read for hours. My son is 7 now .
    There's talk of a movie for the first book. Hopping on the Lord of the Rings bandwagon I think.
    The books can be somewhat bloody. Lots of battles. Normally I can't handle that much of battles but the writting is so good and the characters well written, that I just can't help myself. Kind of like the t.v. show Criminal Minds. Normally I wouldn't watch the show but I found out Mandy (can't spell his last name)P was on it so started watching and got hooked. Though I do sometimes turn away from the screen.
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    Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. If you like it, Blue Mars and Green Mars follow.

    Anything by John Wyndham. He's v 1950s and v English, but if you can cope with that he's a great storyteller.

    Asimov's Foundation saga. The first five books, anyway. certainly the first three.

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    I´ve read many great sci-fi/fantasy books over the years but rather then listing all of them I´m just going to point out some of the more recent books I´ve read and liked.

    I just finished reading book 4 in the "Winds of the forelands" series by David B. Coe. This is a very good fantasy series and I can´t wait til I get my hands on the final book (due out in paperback early 2008 )

    "The council wars" series by John Ringo is pretty good. I´ve read the first three and so far the series is going strong. I recommend it if you enjoy military oriented books, not sure whether to call this sci-fi or fantasy.

    I´m currently reading the new dune book, the one that continues on with the series. I´m only about a fourth of the way through it but I´m already liking it a lot and quite frankly I prefer Brians Herberts and Kevin J. Andersons writing style over Frank Herberts even though I doubt the two of them will manage to have the same scope as Frank did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeleine_W View Post
    Anything by John Wyndham. He's v 1950s and v English, but if you can cope with that he's a great storyteller.
    Yay, "Day of the Triffids"! Lots of food for thought.

    Nice thing about pre-1980s books: They're a fraction of the length of books these days.
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    *jumps up and down* I was just thinking of starting a Scifi/fantasy books thread


    I love all sci fi books - not a huge fan of the fantasy but have to admit i love all of tolkein's works. there's just something about the way they're written.

    I own and have read all of the Star War Extended Universe books and love them all especially the ones written by Timothy Zahn (think Commander Thrawn - is there a better tactician?).
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    Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Really only the original three (Foundation, Foundation and Empire, Second Foundation), the other ones really just did not have the same magic to them.

    I don't think anyone else has mentioned Larry Niven's Ringworld. I haven't read any of the sequels, but the first book is just stellar. No pun intended.

    I also seem to be in the minority on this (at least at these boards), but as far as Dune goes, only read the original. Personally, I didn't think any of the others were worth the time I invested in them and wish I'd stopped after the first.


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    Quote Originally Posted by DigiFluid View Post
    I also seem to be in the minority on this (at least at these boards), but as far as Dune goes, only read the original. Personally, I didn't think any of the others were worth the time I invested in them and wish I'd stopped after the first.
    Interesting- I've only got and read the first Dune book, and while I absolutely loved it, I don't really have the inclination to read more. Though I'll probably borrow Dune Messiah sometime, out of curiosity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Madeleine_W View Post
    Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. If you like it, Blue Mars and Green Mars follow.
    Oh yeah, I completely forgot about this series. It's probably the most accurate and detailed series on the colonization and terraforming of Mars ever written. Delves into Mars societal changes, human genetic alterations, even pro and anti-terraforming factions. Great set of novels!

    I heard that skiffy was going to make Red Mars into a miniseries, but that was several years back and there's been no news since then...

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    Add me to those who recommend Anne McCaffrey. She is excellent! Especially with the Pern series and the Doona series!I've also read her Planet Pirates/Dinosaur Planet books. They're good, too, but come behind the other two I mentioned in favoritism.

    I also enjoy:

    Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth books (I'm reading one right now--Midworld). The insect-like Thranx in that series are one of the best aliens created in all science fiction.

    Timothy Zahn's current Dragonback series. There are six books--four are out now, one is due at the end of this month, the last one next May.

    Don Callander's Dragon Companion trilogy is excellent, though I can only speak on the first book.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jesserella View Post
    Star wars books, there easy to follow, and tend to have good plots and exciting twists, plus all our fav characters from the movies and exciting new ones, try the X wing series, they are V funny
    amen to that sistah. Star wars books rock! lol, I"m still trying to collect them all to be able to read in order....


    Has anyone else here read E.E "Doc" Smith's Skylark series???

    I read and re-read and re-read these through primary and then through high school, would have been no less than a dozen times each (4 books) love them!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by McClance View Post

    Alan Dean Foster's Humanx Commonwealth books (I'm reading one right now--Midworld). The insect-like Thranx in that series are one of the best aliens created in all science fiction.

    I´ve seen many threads like this but this is the first time I´ve ever seen someone other then myself mention books by Alan Dean Foster

    My personal favorite ADF books are "The I Inside" and "A call to arms", if you haven´t read them I´d strongly recommand giving them a chance.

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    *madly writes down everyone's recommendations*
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    Quote Originally Posted by katTheBird View Post
    *madly writes down everyone's recommendations*
    Hehe, I know what you mean.

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    Asimov is always a good read. Especially foundation and robot series.

    David Feintuch's Seafort Saga (Midshipman's Hope - Children of Hope) was also a fantastic read. Anyone else read them?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MB.Eddie View Post
    Asimov is always a good read. Especially foundation and robot series.

    David Feintuch's Seafort Saga (Midshipman's Hope - Children of Hope) was also a fantastic read. Anyone else read them?
    I´ve read most of them. I actually read the last book first not knowing that this was part of a series (that book can stand on its own). I then read the first three books and they were great but for some reason I´ve never managed to get around to reading the next couple of books.

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    My favourite is Stephen Donaldson's "The chronicals of Thomas Covenent, The Unbelievere".

    Awsome story telling, awsome landscape, and awsome depth in the human psychie. The 8th book is about to come out and there are 2 more to finish the series. I highly recommend. Check out donaldsons website and see what he has got.

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