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A seconding for 'Consider Phlebas' by Banks: big, fast-paced, intelligent, hugely imaginative fun.
Alistair Reynolds, Stephen Baxter (who has "co-written" with Clarke, in that he wrote the books and Clarke stuck his name on the cover) and Greg Bear (esp 'Blood Music' (which is epic but not far-future or space-y) and 'Eon') are all good starting points for writers still writing and not dead. Greg Egan and Ted Chiang also good for mind-blowing short stories, if that's your thing.

James Morrison, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 00:46 (thirteen years ago) link

i got a TON of great recommendations on this thread:

School Me On Some Sci-Fi My Astral Brothers And Sisters!

scott seward, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 01:13 (thirteen years ago) link

Thanks all,

Quick update, I snuck into Borders yesterday after work and bought Fallen Dragon by Peter F Hamilton, it's a stand alone and is supposed to be one of his best.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 08:28 (thirteen years ago) link

I need to read more SF... maybe I should finally read some of the Phillip K Dick books (other than the two easy ones) so that I can have an informed opinion on this writer.

The Real Dirty Vicar, Tuesday, 8 July 2008 14:28 (thirteen years ago) link

two weeks pass...

I used to read TONS of sci-fi when I was a kid, continuing up through my late twenties, though not so much these days. Some favorites:

Ringworld: Larry Niven
The Anubis Gates: Tim Powers
Crash: J.G. Ballard
The Cyberiad: Stanislaw Lem
Way Station: Clifford D. Simak
The Master of Space and Time: Rudy Rucker
The Book of the New Sun: Gene Wolfe
Brightness Falls from the Air: James Tiptree, Jr.
Roadmarks: Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle: Philip K Dick
Bill, the Galactic Hero: Harry Harrison (skip the many sequels)
Dhalgren: Samuel R. Delany
Blood Music: Greg Bear
Neuromancer: William Gibson
The Iron Dream: Norman Spinrad
Presidio Street Station: China Mieville
Vurt: Jeff Noon
Dr. Adder: KW Jeter

Short stories by Theodore Sturgeon, Harlan Ellison, Connie Willis.

contenderizer, Thursday, 24 July 2008 16:49 (thirteen years ago) link

Also, The Difference Engine, a Victorian proto-cyberpunk thing by Gibson and Bruce Sterling. Not a great story, but the ideas and implications have stuck with me for years.

contenderizer, Thursday, 24 July 2008 16:52 (thirteen years ago) link

That's a hard list to argue with.

James Morrison, Thursday, 24 July 2008 23:04 (thirteen years ago) link

eleven years pass...

this YouTube channel looks..... intertsing

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sDT8jZ76VLV1u__krUutA

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 December 2019 13:25 (one year ago) link


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