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Old 08-20-2015, 08:17 AM   #1
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The Evil Avatar Recommended Sci-Fi/Fantasy Reads!

Hey all, affiliate links will be added to the books. Currently, the list is mainly sci-fi. Fantasy is also welcome, or we could do it as a separate thread (though Redwall is a fantasy series). Let me know. Also, post has been stickied. Cheers.

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Old 08-20-2015, 09:56 AM   #2
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The Hyperion Series and Revelation Space books were awesome IMO. Definitely a great sci-fi reading.

Also would recommend the The Frontiers Saga by Ryk Brown and the Odyssey One series by Evan Currie as more great sci-fi / space opera type reading.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:44 AM   #3
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Lois Bujold's Vorkosian Saga books are worth a shot if you've never read them. Even got my wife hooked on those.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:47 PM   #4
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Going through American Gods right now.
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Old 08-20-2015, 01:48 PM   #5
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I like it! I have not read a single one of those. I need some new reading material.
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Old 08-20-2015, 04:13 PM   #6
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Additional recommendations:
  • David Brin's Uplift series: Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War... (skip the last 3 books in the series)
  • George Alec Effingers "Budayeen" series: When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, The Exile's Kiss
  • Jack McDevitt's "Hutch" series
  • Connie Willis time travel series: The Doomsday Book, To Say Nothing of the Dog, Blackout, All Clear
  • David Wong: John Dies At the End
  • Frederick Pohl: Gateway
  • Greg Bear: Eon
  • Mary Shelley: Frankenstein - Yes, it qualifies as sci-fi
  • Walter Miller: A Canticle for Leibowitz
  • John Scalzi: Old Man's War

Really refreshing to have a list without "Ender's Game" which is hugely overrated in my opinion.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:13 PM   #7
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Read Old Man's War. Loved it. Also a Canticle for Lebowitz. Never liked that but I was a teenager. Frankenstein is totally sci fi.
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Old 08-23-2015, 12:03 PM   #8
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No Jack Vance*? Asimov? Frank Herbert? Where are the classics?!

*Yes Jack Vance is a Sci-Fi Classic and if you don't know the name SHAME ON YOU.
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Classic Sci Fi (Not SyFy)

Check out John Varley's series, Titan, Wizard and Demon.

Those should totally be made into a movie.
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Wait, do people actually call the genre SyFy now? I thought that was just a ridiculously stupid naming convention for the TV channel because they're insanely out of touch with what people actually want.
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You want to read a Kick-butt western, check out The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt.

I'm going to read that one again soon, it was fantastic.

I also want to read The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge by Michael Punke which is the basis for the new DiCaprio movie.
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Old 08-23-2015, 01:58 PM   #12
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Wait, do people actually call the genre SyFy now? I thought that was just a ridiculously stupid naming convention for the TV channel because they're insanely out of touch with what people actually want.
They had to change the name from the Sci Fi Channel to SyFy Channel because you can't copyright "Sci Fi". It makes sense on paper in a twisted sort of way. They need that branding for their channel and their DVD's/Blu-ray, etc.

I admit that it sounds totally gay, but I guess I understand it.
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Check out John Varley's series, Titan, Wizard and Demon.

Those should totally be made into a movie.
Movie? Make this HBO's next series priority. Loved this series. Been awhile though, should read it again.
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After mentioning Varley I had to come back and reference two other books of his that I just noticed again in my bookshelf... 'Mammoth' and 'Red Thunder'. I think both are fun reads and would translate well to movies.
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No Jack Vance*? Asimov? Frank Herbert? Where are the classics?!

*Yes Jack Vance is a Sci-Fi Classic and if you don't know the name SHAME ON YOU.
Was just thinking about Herbert. Give us recommendations on Asimov or any, and they'll be added.
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:03 PM   #16
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Jack Vance: Planet of Adventure (For Sci-Fi) and Tales of the Dying Earth (for Fantasy)
Fun Fact: Tales of the Dying Earth is where D&D got its magic system (The Vancian system)

Asimov: Foundation is the obvious ones, but I prefer The Robot Series

Honestly, Asimov's short stories are his best stuff, so I'd say to go with a compilation like The Complete Robot

Asimov has this thing going on when, eventually, (nearly) all of his stories eventually create a gigantic crazy historical legacy of the future.
http://www.sikander.org/foundation.php

For Herbert, the obvious choice is Dune, still my favorite novel of all time. For his lesser known stuff, I'm a big fan of Whipping Star and The Dosadi Experiment
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I've read various Asimov short stories. Really liked them. Thanks for the links!
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Old 08-23-2015, 09:26 PM   #18
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Probably my favorite Frank Herbert stuff is when he got together with Bill Ransom for The Jesus Incident, The Lazarus Effect, and Ascension Factor. (collected as The Pandora Sequence)

EEEEeverything Waterworld could have been... kinda.
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I really like how those novels started, I got really frustrated with how they ended. The first two are awesome. I've actually been seeing the Pandora Sequence in book stores lately with a new cover (that you linked) which is pretty cool.

I love the old covers though. (which are the copies that I have.)
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Good one on sale: The Martian: A Novel (Kindle Edition) - $1.99
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