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#1 Post by kodama » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:07 pm

I picked up my copy of Anvil of Stars on thursday, umpty lost hours later I've finished it in 4 days. I'm tired and my hands hurt (crappy body) but it was worth it.

I must have read it 15 years ago but I'd forgotten everything about it and thoroughly enjoyed it. I might put a note in it to read in another 15 years, maybe after having read The Forge of God (not vital but it would be nice).

I'll not say to much about it, as that would spoil the ride, lets just leave it at quantum theory and vengeance.

Anybody recommend any other good hard sci fi authors? I've read some Ian M Banks, William Gibson, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and frankly too many others to mention, but not in recent years.

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#2 Post by Project-2501 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:26 pm

*tried to remember Anvil of stars*

I've got it... I think I've read it...

Eon is another good series from Greg Bear. Also 'Darwin's Children' and 'Darwin's Radio', but they are not quite as hardcore.

Read any Peter F Hamilton?
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#3 Post by kodama » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:37 pm

Yeah weird that, I couldn't remember a thing about it either, really enjoyed rereading it though.

I think I've read the Darwin's ones too, probably 10 years ago.

PFH doesn't ring any bells.

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#4 Post by Project-2501 » Mon Apr 13, 2009 8:45 pm

I need to go through my collection...

'The Reality Dysfunction' is a very good book.
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#5 Post by kodama » Wed Apr 15, 2009 9:31 pm

If I see it I might pick it up. Gotta be cheap though :wink:

Looks like we're the only 2 people that can read in here. 8)

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#6 Post by Project-2501 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:11 pm

Indeed! Have you read any Harry Potter?
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#7 Post by kodama » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:22 pm

Nah, they passed me by. I was too old by the time they came out. LOTR was my HP. Read that in primary school along with a ton of James Herriot and Isaac Asimov >.<

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#8 Post by Old Git » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:29 pm

I'm struggling to think of hard scifi authors. Can only go with Herbert and HG Wells. Really liked his stories. Even though knew though the movies, still enjoyed reading them.

Prefer Dune the book to the movie.

Read lot scifi when a kid, but things like 2001 were rare. I liked half of 3001, then lost interest.

For fantasy, Middle Earth and Narnia were the main ones. Read loads of David Gemmell though.
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#9 Post by kodama » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:35 pm

That would be because the movie sucked balls.

Read plenty of TP and DG.

Ben Bova is good, read a fair few of his books over the years.

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#10 Post by Project-2501 » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:53 pm

Ah good, another non-potter person! :)

Other authors to try:
Richard Morgan - although 'Market forces' is a bit strange, not at all sci-fi.
Ken MacLeod
Gregory Benford
Robert Reed
David Brin

Personally I would not bother with Stephen Baxter, most of his books follow the same basic outline. Something bad happens then the earth is destroyed.

On my to read pile are works by:
Alastair Reynolds
M.John Harrison
K.J. Parker
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#11 Post by kodama » Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:01 pm

Project-2501 wrote:On my to read pile are works by:
Alastair Reynolds


Read 4 of his now, someone in my local library has good eye, hiding these amongst all the ST, SW, and other tie in books.

Pushing Ice, Century Rain, Galactic North and The Prefect.

All with roughly the similar themes of sub light travel, nanotechnology, human space exploration and the future.

I've found them very readable (many late nights) and highly enjoyable.

Just wish some tosser hadn't put this wanky quote on the front of all of them. "Mastersinger of space opera" :puke:

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#12 Post by kodama » Thu Apr 21, 2011 4:49 pm

For anyone that reads these sort of books, Elon Musk is either the saviour of mankind or a megalomaniac who will have a stranglehold on space. 8)

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/04/21 ... gon_claim/

I'm undecided myself. >.<

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