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Postby jackalz » Mon Feb 12, 2001 1:55 am

I like to try out new authors. Got any suggestions for me, and if you will, why.

I already have most of Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Stephen Donaldson.
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Postby Professor » Sun Feb 18, 2001 1:35 pm

Have you ever tried anything by Lyndon Hardy? His book "Master of the Five Magics" is excellent fantasy fiction, not strictly "science fiction," but it's good reading. There are others by him, but I've never read them. Also, there are some good Star Trek novels out there if you're interested. If you are, I'd recommend "Prime Directive".
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Postby jackalz » Mon Feb 19, 2001 5:59 am

I've never heard of this one, I'll start looking, Thanks.
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Postby theproffet » Thu Feb 22, 2001 6:40 pm

Among contemporary talents(authors who aren't dead), Greg Egan is both accessible and challenging. His last major novel, Diaspora, got cheated out of the awards by Vernor Vinge, but it's easily the most ambitious SF novel, post-cyberpunk-wise. It'll mess with any of your preconceived notions of space and time, and stop your dandruff as well. <img src=icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle>
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Postby Swedeman » Sat Mar 10, 2001 10:53 am

Im a big reader (about 1 book a week) Tom Clancy is great. Stephen King is awesome, and Anne Rice is the best. If you are into kink try her sleeping bueaty books (3 of them) written under A.N. Roquelaure.
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Postby Anakin » Wed Mar 14, 2001 8:26 am

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I like to try out new authors. Got any suggestions for me, and if you will, why.

I already have most of Frank Herbert, Robert Heinlein, Stephen Donaldson.
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An author that I've come across fairly recently (recent in this case being within the last 10 yrs) is <font color=green>Orson Scott Card</font id=green>. I know he has written some other stuff, but I would particularly recommend the four novel series that starts with <u>Ender's Game</u>. The title character, Ender Wiggins is (as I recall it) an orphan sent to a military acadamy on an orbiting space station. The story relates well to some strong subjects for the targeted teen audience--how to get along with others, how to 'fit in', how to suceed when no one thinks you can or you don't think you can--but it also is just a well written story that follows Ender through his training and up through the ranks as he becomes the leader of a crack military unit who succeeds in defeating a bug-like race from beyond our solar system. One of the latter stories looks at his life once all the fanfare has died down and all the banners have been put away, and the other two follow the story from the view of other main characters in the story.

So look for <u>Ender's Game</u>, <u>Singer of the Dead</u>(I think that's the title), <u>Ender's Shadow</u>, and the one I'm reading now, <u>Shadow of the Hegemon</u>.
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Postby jackalz » Wed Mar 14, 2001 1:22 pm

<font face='Bradley Hand ITC'> Well, thanks for all the tips, since I've been trying to keep up with here and another musical version of this, I hardly ever feel like reading books lately. But maybe I'll get back to it, soon enough.</font id='Bradley Hand ITC'>
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Postby theproffet » Wed Jun 06, 2001 10:31 am

Gene Wolfe anyone?

I fell under his sway years ago, when The Book of the New Sun first came out, and have finally got around to re-reading it. Usually, a second reading reveals flaws in even the most classic works, Dune to Tolkein, but Wolfe works the epic in an almost . . . verticle way. He's far more proficient in modern techniques than most genre writers, so he may not be for everyone. <img src=pix/icon_smokin.gif border=0 align=middle>

<hr>"Profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer." -- Mark Twain
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Postby Lizzie » Sun Jun 10, 2001 11:37 pm

Jackalz you mentioned a few..some others along those lines are: Asimov..the Foundation series. Anything by Ray Bradbury or Arthur C Clarke.. If you are more cerebral then try Ursula K. leGuin.
Frank Herbert's "Hellstroms Hive", Jack L. Chaulker's Well of Souls series. I have 100s of science fiction books..this is my escape from the tedium of 2 hours of bus travel every day. Some of early sci fi is great too: Harry Harrison, Jose Farmer. And for the modern how about Marge Piercy's.."A Woman On The Edge Of Time" or William Gibson's "Neuromancer".
For just pure silly laugh out loud fun read Douglas Adam's Hitch Hiker series.
Piercy's may be a bit feminist for you but the golem and the android are very interesting. I do not know how you would feel about her view of sexuality..but it was food for thought.
Herbert..(he wrote Dune) has a great story here..a bit creepy but again thought provoking.
Chaulker's Well series is a rollicking adventure with twists. A good bit of fun.
It all depends on why you read. I do it to escape, to learn new things, to have fun.
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Postby jackalz » Mon Jun 11, 2001 11:06 am

Lizzie,
I have read the first six (or seven) Foundation series, although maybe not the very last one. AC Clarke I've read about five of his. Herbert I think I've read all of the novels. Heinlein about half his. I read one Chaulker Quadralogy.

Anyway, right now, I'm reading a book that I'm not inspired to be reading, and it's taking a lot of energy to continue. Maybe I'll look into Marge Peircy, by feminist, do you mean she is in control of her life, because I don't mind that. But if she's blaming men for all the world's woes, then I probably wouldn't read very far into that.
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Postby Lizzie » Mon Jun 11, 2001 5:49 pm

Jackalz: Piercy is interesting. It has been 2 years since I've read her so I am winging this. I think she is probably gay but not bitter..like Rita Mae Brown. Likes men just fine but doesn't need them for sex. Marge Piercy is trying for androgeny..damn hope that's the right word...a unisex. I would recommend either of these women authors to men who are comfortable with an alternative lifestyle. I do not know you well enough I know, but think you'll enjoy A Woman On The Egde Of Time.
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Postby Lizzie » Wed Jun 27, 2001 5:44 pm

Jackalz: haven't seen you for a few days..life getting in the way of posting? Hope it's good life. I am missing your humour.

<hr>I always keep my promises, she said
      Except when I don’t
And I promise to love you forever

Fortunately, I understood exactly
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Postby jackalz » Sun Jul 01, 2001 4:15 am

Lizzie,

Thanks for the concern. Life has been changing a little. Between TV and the internet, I was staying up too late and not getting enough sleep. I was getting very drained. So I took a breather from the everynight posting and reading everyone's posts, and TV. Now I get home, dance a little to Yes or read some Carlos Castaneda, and watch the day turn to night, doing some stretching and go to sleep. I feel much better. Work is easier. Life is sweeter.
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Postby Lizzie » Sun Jul 01, 2001 4:42 am

jackalz: I"ll miss you then I guess..I am still in the addicted stage..hope you'll come by every once in a while just to keep me on my toes...

<hr>I always keep my promises, she said
      Except when I don’t
And I promise to love you forever

Fortunately, I understood exactly
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Postby jackalz » Sun Jul 01, 2001 9:09 pm

I expect to be here on weekends, during the day. As far as keeping you on your toes, I haven't done it yet, and I don't plan to. I miss, to a degree, everyone here, also. Who knows how long I will keep this up? I don't. But right now I feel very happy with my choice; a little stronger in real life. To every thing, there is a reason, there is a season.
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