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ryanthesearcher
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Recommended Smart Action/Sci-Fi Novels

After discovering the Vorkosigan Saga and rereading The Forever War I'm trying to find more Science Fiction novels that combine exciting action with smart/smartly executed story telling. Now to clear things up, by "action" I don't necessarily mean Military Sci-Fi(although those shouldn't be excluded) I'd like more variety like cyberpunk or present based science fiction.

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MacMcK1957
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If you like the Vorkosigan Saga.you might enjoy the Culture novels by Iain M Banks. They're not really a series with any common characters, more a series of books set in the same universe, a highly advanced civilization of people and AIs who dominate a galactic culture. A lot of action, some military, some espionage. I've been enjoying them.
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Re: Recommended Smart Action/Sci-Fi Novels

The Dorsai saga by Gordon Dickson

The Honor Harrington series by David Weber

The Prince Roger series (March Upcountry, March to the Sea, March to Space, and We Few) by David Weber and John Ringo

Belisarius series by David Drake and Eric Flint

The Posleen War series by John Ringo

1632 by Eric Flint (and sequels)

Janissaries series by Jerry Pournelle

Warworld series edited by Jerry Pournelle

Footfall, Lucifer's Hammer, and The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

Revolt in 2100 and Methuselah's Children by Robert Heinlein

Guns of the South by Harry Turtledove

The Trikon Deception by Ben Bova and Bill Pogue

 

Of course, there are classics like the Lensman series by E. E. "Doc" Smith and the Stainless Steel Rat series by Harry Harrison

 

Somewhat different kind of action:

Starbridge series by A. C. Crispin

 

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Snow

Snow Crash  

 

 

An all time favorite.  Sadly, I don't find that anything else from Mr. Stephenson lives up to this.  A lot of people disagree with that sentiment, however, so if you like this one you might want to try out his other stuff as well.

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There are some other Dickson stories such as Spacial Delivery, None But Man, Wolfing... and there is also the classic Fuzzy Papers or even Asimov.  I have a special foundness for the classic stories by Hamilton and Wienbaum, which also fit this thread.  Of course I need to plug my own tales since I like to think I copied some of the style of EE Doc Smith and Poul Anderson, the first you have mentioned already while Anderson is harder to find today outside of the best story collections from the past but he is worth looking for.  Come to think of it just looking for the Amazing story collections or Golden collections will give you a number of possibilities...

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@Htom_Serveaux:

 

I agree with your opinion of most of Neal Stephenson's body of work, but I did enjoy The Big U.  Have you read that one?

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ManuelGarcia wrote:

IO9.com has a list of 10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies


Wow, that's actually a pretty good list.

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@BrandieC:

I have not. I'll have to give it a look, thanks. I've still got Reamde on the shelf, I just can't work up any enthusiasm for it after Anathem and the whole "Baroque Cycle" thing.
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kamas716 wrote:

ManuelGarcia wrote:

IO9.com has a list of 10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies


Wow, that's actually a pretty good list.


And some other interesting lists there.  I rather liked the 10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them).  (I've actually read four of them.)

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MacMcK1957 wrote:

And some other interesting lists there.  I rather liked the 10 Science Fiction Novels You Pretend to Have Read (And Why You Should Actually Read Them).  (I've actually read four of them.)


I've read three plus skimmed through Dune.  I put The Long Tomorrow on my list to read along with Jonathan Strange.  The guy sitting next to me monitoring a door while some work was taking place last night was starting Gravity's Rainbow and said it was pretty slow going.

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Gravity's Rainbow may be at the very top of the list of books people claim to have read but never actually have. Even more than Finnegan's Wake.