- Recommend me a good book to read.
China Meville is one of the better SF writers around – in his prime and producing good stuff. A lot of fantasy / Lovecraft influences in his writing – not hard SF if that’s what you like. His latest one (embassytown) was just nominated for an award, but not read it myself.
Neal Stephenson is the guvnor of SF with a computation / software influence, what used to be called cyberpunk in the 80s. Outstanding writer – his book snow crash from the 90s is canonical work (maybe you’ve read it), but all of his stuff is interesting. Reamde is his latest.Posted 6 years agollamaknobMember
Anything by Irvine Welsh
He wrote train spotting,porno,the acid house,ectasy,filth, the maraboo stork nightmares.hes really dark and piss youself funny, if your a dark sort of fella you will love it.
He writes in a real distinctive style, not sure what ya call it but when you read it you sound scottish in your head and he’s a scotish writer so that fits well with your trip.
Happy reading dude:)Posted 6 years agokhegsMember
Well, depends what you like really 😉
Iain m banks is always a good read, and Surface Detail is his latest culture novel.
Anything else by him is good too, though Feersum Endjin can be hard work, but totally worth it.
Charlie Stross, Rule 34 is up for the Clarke, and is a fun witty near future thriller, his other stuff is also good, Halting State is the preceding book in that universe, but they don’t need to be read in order. He also has the Laundry series (The Atrocity Archive, The Jennifer Morgue and The Fuller Memorandum, plus various short stories) funny Cthulhu Mythos/British spy novel mashups* read an example here
China Mieville is very good, and embassytown, while not his best if still very good, and it is nominated for the Clarke award, like Rule 34. You are better off with The City & The City, Kraken is enormous fun too
Hull Three Zero is Greg Bear’s newest, and it’s clever and well done, and up for the Clarke as well.
Alastair Reynolds is also very much worth a look, and he has a new book out, Blue Remembered Earth, which again, is clever, interesting and well written.
I read a lot of SF (well I read a lot fullstop), if you couldn’t tell 😉
Hilariously Chris Priest, who wrote The Prestige, hilariously threw his toys out the pram fairly spectacularly about this years Clarke shortlist, much to the amusement of the rest of the worldPosted 6 years agorupertpostlethwaiteMember
I’m off away for the week up to bonnie Scotland 🙂Posted 6 years ago
I’m going to try and complete the seven staines all on my own.
Obviously I’m going to need some form of entertainment on the evening and one can’t think of anything nicer than to read a nice book, perhaps a science fiction! All suggestions most welcomed. 🙂
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