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samuri – Member
I think we were saying Snow Crash was his best sci-fi related book. Cryptonomicon is superb, I’d struggle to pick which one I preferred.
His latest (reamde) is pretty average, a generic thriller for large parts. Striking how weak it is when you compare it to something like Snow Crash, one of his earliest books. It’s still NS at the end of the day, so good fun, but defo not one to rush to the top of the reading list.Posted 5 years agoCountZeroMember
Z1ppy, if you’re going to read Gibson, then start with Burning Chrome. It’s a collection of short stories, one of which Johnny Mnemonic, sets up for Neuromancer, and introduces a crucial character. The other stories are really good as well, certainly well worth reading in their own right. He tends to write trilogies, so it’s Neuromancer, Count Zero, :D, and Mona Lisa Overdrive, followed by Virtual Light, Idoru and All Tomorrow’s Parties, and the most recent, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country and Zero History.Posted 5 years ago
I’m amazed nobody has mentioned Roger Zelazney! He was a master of prose, a writer who could turn out brilliant phrases and descriptions. He wrote fantasy and SF with equal aplomb, Damnation Alley was one of his better known novels, turned into a truly crappy film. He co-wrote a very good book with Alfred Bester, often considered the father of cyberpunk, so look for The Stars My Destination, also called Tiger!Tiger! and The Demolished Man.
He also wrote lots of tv and film scripts for stuff that many will recognise. (the Psi Ops character in Babylon 5 was called Alfred Bester…)mogrimMember
You might want to try the Night’s Dawn series by Peter F Hamilton. But they’re a bit iffy tbh, man needs an editor in the same way as I need a girlfriend
lol, and a perfect description – fun light reading, the ending was a slight let down, same thing happened in the Void trilogy. Worth reading, but don’t expect great literature.
And my favourite Stephenson book is The Diamond Age. Although the Baroque Cycle and Cryptonomicon come close.
Finally got round to reading Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion which were pretty good.
Also recently read “Sliding Void” by Stephen Hunt, entertaining but once again, hardly literature. Good enough I bought the second book in the trilogy, the 3rd has yet to come out.
Now reading Cloud Atlas. So far so good.Posted 5 years agoBigButSlimmerBlokeMember
Dragon’s Egg by Robert L Forward. Drags a bit at first, but the aliens are completely different to anything we can understand and not intent on destroying/eating usPosted 5 years ago
Asimov’s Robot series – nothing like that awful I, Robot film. No aliens apart from 1 short story IIRC, but all sorts of interesting takes on the famous 3 Laws of Robotics.haakon_haakonssonMember
+1 for the Asimov “Robots” series of novels and short stories, some very thought-inspiring stuff (my favourite would be the short story “That thou art mindful of him”)
A bit left field, but have you considered Ursula Le Guin’s Hainish series of novels? I’m currently working my way through them, and have really enjoyed the whole setup. Start with “The Dispossessed”, which has the added bonus of being set (partly) on an Anarcho-Syndicalist planet (as in Monty Python’s annoying peasant from “Holy Grail”)Posted 5 years agosmett72Subscriber
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Sorry for the hijack, but do any of these authors have series which have the same characters throughout?
There’s a few I know of:
Neal Asher’s ‘Cormac’ series
Peter F Hamilton – Greg Mandel, Night’s Dawn and Void Trilogies
Alastair Reynold’s – Revelation Space series
Of these I’d particularly recommend Peter F Hamilton’s Night’s Dawn and Void trilogies.Posted 5 years ago
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