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Best Sci-Fi Book
« on: June 29, 2007, 12:49:42 PM »

Lots of geeks here.  Figure this dog will hunt.  I thought about doing it as a poll but too much work to handle the "others" that surely will arise. 

Please, no fantasy.  That's a different thread.    Grin

Best for me by leaps and bounds is Dune

There are probably a half-dozen Herbert books in my top ten including a few of the other Dune books.  White Plague is excellent.  The Jesus Incident and The Lazarus Effect are great.  I like the Foundation series by Asimov, they'd crack my list.  But the original Dune is, for me, perhaps the best novel ever written.

Hidden agenda here.  I need some recommendations.   Wink
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« Reply #1 on: June 29, 2007, 01:03:38 PM »

I'm not a huge sci-fi reader, nor have I really ever been. However, a few that I've read and enjoyed:

Starship Troopers
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Foundation Series
Fahrenheit 451 (might not qualify as pure "science fiction")
A Scanner Darkly
VALIS Trilogy

All time best Science Fiction book/s: A Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
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« Reply #2 on: June 29, 2007, 01:08:56 PM »

meh, all the great stuff out there merges scifi and fantasy
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is 1984 still sciFI, since it has come true ?  Devil
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« Reply #3 on: June 29, 2007, 01:13:09 PM »

meh, all the great stuff out there merges scifi and fantasy
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I thought about listing Nineteen Eighty-Four and A Brave New World, but somehow neither actually strikes me as science fiction so much as political commentary. Then again, Heinlein and Bradbury sort of fall there too...
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« Reply #4 on: June 29, 2007, 01:25:24 PM »

meh, all the great stuff out there merges scifi and fantasy
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Rules are made to be broken.  I didn't mean hard science only.  Just wanted to keep Tolkein, Eddings, etc. out of it.  List away.
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« Reply #5 on: June 29, 2007, 01:35:08 PM »

I dig Heinlein too.  Just finished Time Enough For Love for about the fifth time. 

Hard to classify that dude that's for sure.  Way too much man-on-man action going on though.  NTTAWWT.
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« Reply #6 on: June 29, 2007, 05:50:14 PM »

Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy is my fav.

Callahan's Crosstime Saloon and the entire Callahan series is pretty good too.

Anything by Robert Rankin.
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« Reply #7 on: June 29, 2007, 06:22:37 PM »

Really liked Dune and the one or two that followed it.  Then I thought they got weak.

Foundation series.  Asimov is (was) the Man.

I actually rather liked the couple Philip *8==>* novels I've read.  Titles escape me right now, of course.

Andromeda Strain and Jurassic Park were good reads., but I wouldn't class either as Best Sci-Fi Novel Evar.
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« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2007, 10:42:19 PM »

Dune.

Anything by Ayn Rand. Clarke. Asimov.
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« Reply #9 on: June 29, 2007, 11:07:36 PM »

Dune.

Anything by Ayn Rand. Clarke. Asimov.

I always considered Ms. Rand to be a bit "out there" but never had I thought of her as "sci-fi."  Shocked
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« Reply #10 on: June 30, 2007, 05:43:46 AM »

I almost feel like I'm missing out on something here.

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« Reply #11 on: June 30, 2007, 05:44:17 AM »


Stranger in a Strange Land



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« Reply #12 on: June 30, 2007, 06:25:08 AM »

Dune.
Anything by Ayn Rand. Clarke. Asimov.
I always considered Ms. Rand to be a bit "out there" but never had I thought of her as "sci-fi."  Shocked
Yeah, you're probably right in the classic sense, I guess I found elements of science and fiction in a few of her writings, most especially Atlas Shrugged, but as far as a pure Sci-Fi writer like say a George Orwell or an Isacc Asimov no.

Jules Verne was another that grabbed me at an early age, anyone who can think out of the box and write about a trip around the moon 100 years before it happened is aces in my book.

Pierre Boulle who gave us Planet of the Apes. Dang, how freaky was that for a 5 year old boy to watch and then later read.

[sidebar]
We have the Science Fiction Hall of Fame here in Seattle, and for a geek like me it was heaven, it would probably rank #3 in my list of all the "Halls".
http://www.sfhomeworld.org/
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Uisce Ba-Booey...go to the SF Hall link and then enter where it says "Hall of Fame", it list all enshrinees and the category they were nominated in, all the Halls writers are there.
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« Reply #13 on: June 30, 2007, 06:40:42 AM »

Oh man I forgot Phillip K. *8==>* (hey man, the dudes name is *8==>*, why can't we just say *8==>*, sometimes it really pisses me off that we can't say something like *8==>* especially when the guys name is *8==>*)

The Man in the High Castle
Martian Time Slip
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (which became the Blade Runner movie)

and H.G. Wells
The Time Machine: An Invention (1895)
The Island of Dr Moreau (1896)
The Invisible Man: A Grotesque Romance (1897)
The War of the Worlds (1898)

and Ursula K. LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Lathe of Heaven was an awesome book and a suck ass movie starring Kelso and I think a Cosby daughter.  Disgusted
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