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I don't think so...? I can count the number of anthologies I've read in the last ten years on one hand

Featuring Ben Jones as Geir's Cooter (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 26 March 2009 15:57 (eleven years ago) link

one year passes...

anyone here fuck with any alastair reynolds? new one seems cool

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 13:53 (nine years ago) link

yeah he's been enthused about on the ilb threads. superb combo of hard skiffy and space opera, although i get a bit bored when it's all planet based, no huge spaceships or vast distances and timescales (chasm city i'm lookin at you). also his characters are overly keen on holding very long very pointless grudges. am only two novels in to the revelation space series tho, never mind the new stuff.

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Friday, 19 November 2010 14:23 (nine years ago) link

haha that's why i didnt bother to read chasm city

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 14:24 (nine years ago) link

anyway the new one - terminal world - has a cool premise, it's like these layered cities that have progressively higher technology as you move up the chain - "horsetown" then "steamtown" then "neontown" then "circuittown" etc

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 14:25 (nine years ago) link

i mean cool if you're a nerd

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 14:25 (nine years ago) link

It's been okay to be a nerd for a long time now.

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 19 November 2010 14:30 (nine years ago) link

fo' reals? someone needed to let me know.

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 19 November 2010 14:31 (nine years ago) link

I'd say the nerd was out of the bag since X-Files and Buffy, which coincided with the internet giving them/us a place to play.

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 19 November 2010 15:10 (nine years ago) link

Reynolds is a mid ranker for me. Some cool ideas and good action, but nothing to really set him apart from the herd. He's better than Neal Asher at least.

Does anyone rate Peter F. Hamilton? The guy can't write for shit and almost certainly has some fairly dodgy politics (ethnically streamed space colonies proving to be an amazing thing for the human race? Hmmm...), but no-one does outer space bombast like him. His universe-building is kind of impeccable too. I haven't read anything he's written in the last decade or so though.

Also I see there's a new Culture novel out...

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:16 (nine years ago) link

I tried a +1000 page Hamilton on holiday once. Gave up when I realised there was not a shred of a consideration or understanding of solid science behind any of his flights of fancy. I mean I don't want everyone to be a phd-toting Greg Egan-alike but when it became clear that the book was about the SOULS OF THE DEAD COMING BACK AND TAKING OVER LIVING HUMAN BODIES...

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:23 (nine years ago) link

Really not looking forward to the new Culture, apparently it's going to be full of unpleasant descriptions of torture. And doubtless the baddie will get an ultra-violent comeuppance at the end.

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:26 (nine years ago) link

SOULS OF THE DEAD COMING BACK AND TAKING OVER LIVING HUMAN BODIES

that sounds awesome :(

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:27 (nine years ago) link

ya I'm not hearing great things :(

bought it though

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:28 (nine years ago) link

apparently it's going to be full of unpleasant descriptions of torture

Given how the Culture books have operated as overarching metaphor for now I can't say I'm surprised...

Ned Raggett, Friday, 19 November 2010 16:31 (nine years ago) link

I liked the undead conceit of the Night's Dawn trilogy! It was something different. And I couldn't really give a fig how solid the physics is, he dazzled me with a lot of long psuedo-scientific words, and that's always good enough for me.

Pity if the new Culture turns out to be shit. Matter built up splendidly, I thought, but the final third was disgustingly lazy.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:33 (nine years ago) link

Yeah if supernatural creeps into my skiffy, that's when I get off the bus. Science fiction! The clue's in the name!

The end of Matter was rushed but I don't think I'd write off the whole final third. Was a pretty great rollercoaster ride for however long it lasted anyway.

xtc ep, etc (xp) (ledge), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:38 (nine years ago) link

Just finished the new Culture novel last night and.......I have to admit to skimming a lot of the backstory about the political maneuvering between different factions of aliens etc etc blah blah WHEN IS SOMETHING GOING TO HAPPEN. Kind of feel like it could have been condensed some amount without rly losing anything -- is he too famous for an editor, now?

Kind of fell flat for me.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:39 (nine years ago) link

Also it's freaking huge so good luck balancing it in one hand on the bus/train while hanging onto a support bar with the other. I think I have RSI now.

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:40 (nine years ago) link

Pity if the new Culture turns out to be shit. Matter built up splendidly, I thought, but the final third was disgustingly lazy.

― A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, November 19, 2010 11:33 AM (6 minutes ago) Bookmark

otm

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:41 (nine years ago) link

Also it's freaking huge so good luck balancing it in one hand on the bus/train while hanging onto a support bar with the other. I think I have RSI now.

― I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Friday, November 19, 2010 11:40 AM (1 minute ago) Bookmark

LOL it was the first book i bought for my kindle

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:41 (nine years ago) link

Oh, this is that fun Passantino thread. Good times.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:42 (nine years ago) link

I like Banks' potted histories when there are dry little fillips, like if a one-sentence summing up of how the historic character met his extremely ironic end is hidden in the lesson, and they buoy you up from one to another. But a good bit of this one just seemed like "You'll need to know this later for the plot to make sense."

I've got ten bucks. SURPRISE ME. (Laurel), Friday, 19 November 2010 16:44 (nine years ago) link

i really really want to write a sci-fi novel, i hope i can find the time in my life sometime in the next couple years.

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 17:18 (nine years ago) link

I'm so old-school pedant that I hate the term sci-fi. IT'S "SF" DAMMIT! #tiresomepeopleintheirforties

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 19 November 2010 17:49 (nine years ago) link

SORRY I WANT TO WRITE A SF NOVS

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 17:52 (nine years ago) link

actually its SyFy now

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 19 November 2010 17:52 (nine years ago) link

aaagghhh

Unfrozen Caveman Board-Lawyer (WmC), Friday, 19 November 2010 17:56 (nine years ago) link

lol

Roberto Spiralli, Friday, 19 November 2010 17:58 (nine years ago) link

if you're gonna read reynolds i rep for 'house of suns'

omar little, Friday, 19 November 2010 18:00 (nine years ago) link

that channel's logo is an amazing blood boiler

http://www.fearnet.com/eol_images/Entire_Site/201011/syfy_logo.jpg

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:00 (nine years ago) link

to say nothing of their utterly shit programming

Tends to rush his endings does Reynolds. The final Revelation Space book is particularly bad for this. Still read most of his stuff, House of Suns and Pushing Ice are pretty decent stand alone works yeah.

Number None, Friday, 19 November 2010 18:03 (nine years ago) link

thank god for the xpost notification, that allowed me to come to my senses and NOT post the "Sharktopus" trailer

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:06 (nine years ago) link

i really really want to write a sci-fi novel, i hope i can find the time in my life sometime in the next couple years.

― shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, November 19, 2010 5:18 PM (1 hour ago) Bookmark

I've tried it is hard.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:43 (nine years ago) link

any tips

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:49 (nine years ago) link

Er... Know more about science than I do.

A brownish area with points (chap), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:50 (nine years ago) link

As a Philip K Dick fan I don't necessarily mind if my SF has some wibbling about psychics, supernatural powers and the living dead instead of any science, but I picked up "The Siege of Eternity" by Frederick Pohl and was disgusted to discover (possible spoilers but I think everything I mention becomes apparent fairly early on):

1. the plot devolved into some arsewater about space aliens reviving the souls of everyone who'd ever lived
2. it was the middle of a series with no indication on the outside of the book, and the last page was pretty much just an advert for the next book, which by that point I had no desire to read
3. also, a bunch of gratuitous hokey sex scenes - maybe I'm a prude but with some SF authors a female protagonist is such a red flag - "women only exist to be sexy, and the only notable feature of this flimsy caricature is that she is an intergalactic beacon of sexiness, start dreading the embarrassing sex scenes now"

so, Frederick Pohl is on my bad list, unless someone wishes to tell me otherwise (maybe his older work is better?)

moiré eel (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

I'm sorry, you said there were embarrassing sex scenes...?

ali-baba-boob-job-bomb.jpg (DJP), Friday, 19 November 2010 18:52 (nine years ago) link

Gateway by Pohl is fantastic. Never read any of the sequels though. Don't think there were any sex scenes, embarrassing or otherwise.

Number None, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:14 (nine years ago) link

Pohl turned into a bit of a hack as the years have worn on but some of 70s/early 80s work is canonical imho - especially Jem, and the Space Merchants and Merchants' War (great satire of "capitalism in space")

and the Gateway books are uniformly solid

Gateways are dope

shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:22 (nine years ago) link

been reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons...shit is bananas

glengarry glenn danzig (latebloomer), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:31 (nine years ago) link

any tips

― shirley summistake (s1ocki), Friday, November 19, 2010 1:49 PM (32 minutes ago) Bookmark

just don't forget that There Ain't No Stealth In Space:

http://www.projectrho.com/rocket/spacewardetect.php#nostealth

that whole site's a fun read

Onigaga (Princess TamTam), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:32 (nine years ago) link

dan simmons is bananas overall and pretty inconsistent afaict. read and enjoyed 'the terror', tried to read 'carrion comfort' and wanted to burn the book after 40 pages.

omar little, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:34 (nine years ago) link

Isn't Buffy the Vampire Slayer also a really creepy concept, when you consider how, throughout literary history, the vampire was an anti-semitic caricature? And then all of a sudden you have an hour on TV a week delighting in a blonde-haired, blue-eyed devil killing racist caricatures of Jews?

― Dom Passantino, Tuesday, 3 June 2008 13:21 (2 years ago)

nakhchivan, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:37 (nine years ago) link

SMG is a jew

Onigaga (Princess TamTam), Friday, 19 November 2010 19:38 (nine years ago) link

guessing he knew that

nakhchivan, Friday, 19 November 2010 19:40 (nine years ago) link


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