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onalake1
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SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

After about 20 years of not reading any SciFi but reading mostly Fantasy, I decided to get back in and read some good SciFi but not sure what would be some good books that others would recommend. I would like a good action based story with some good hard SciFi elements.
 
I bought The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and so far I like it a lot. Can anyone recommend something along the lines of this book or any book with a decent amount of action, good story and thought provoking SciFi elements?
 
Thanks,
Tom.
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TiggerBear
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

Old school, or new? What have you read long ago?
I don't want to drown you in stuff you've read before.
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onalake1
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

I would like more new school books as I have read some of the classics a long time ago like Dune and Starship Troopers. If you could just give me a few ideas that would be great! You don't have to give me a long list. Just something to get me started back in this great genre again.
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

Alright here's a good starter Spider Robinson. He writes humor books, but his straight scifi has a wonderful unadulterated purity. A little on the lightside.

Ques would you prefer dark stuff, space, time travel, alien societies?
A lot of the newer stuff is Star Wars, Star Trek, ect .. spins; would you prefer more independent authors?
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onalake1
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Ques would you prefer dark stuff, space, time travel, alien societies?
 
I would prefer them in this order rank highest to lowest:
 
Space
Alien Societies
Time Travel
Dark Stuff
 
I will look at Spider Robinson books and see what looks appealing. Thanks for giving me some direction in which to look.
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LeisureSuitLarry
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

How about some Honor Harrington? It's a series by David Weber. Probably better considered space opera rather than sci-fi, but you've got the important elements: flying through space and shooting things. First book is On Basilisk Station.
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

If you liked "Dune" try Brian Herbert's "House Atreides" a prequel.
 
If you like the "Forever War"  I'd suggest reading Jerry Pournelle's Falkenberg's Legion series which are a prequel to Pournelle and Larry Niven's "The Mote in God's Eye".
 
I'd also reccomend Honor Herrington.
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onalake1
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

The Honor Harrington series sounds like something I would be very interested in readling. I'll get the first book of the series. Thanks!
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

You might also try Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald Mageworlds series. New space swashbucklers, highly enjoyable.
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

   Here's a good sci-fi book:  Spin by Robert Charles Wilson(the sequel is called Axis).  Spin's and Axis' sub-genre is somewhere in between Space, Dark Stuff and Alien Societies.
  Also try Heartlight by T. A. Barron:  it's somehere between Dark Stuff and Space sub-genres.
 


onalake1 wrote:
After about 20 years of not reading any SciFi but reading mostly Fantasy, I decided to get back in and read some good SciFi but not sure what would be some good books that others would recommend. I would like a good action based story with some good hard SciFi elements.
 
I bought The Forever War by Joe Haldeman and so far I like it a lot. Can anyone recommend something along the lines of this book or any book with a decent amount of action, good story and thought provoking SciFi elements?
 
Thanks,
Tom.



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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

must check out Dan Simmons' Hyperion series  - prob in my top 5 series of all time
 
 
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Hi there!   My first suggestion is old school, but my son loves them too.  Robert Heinlein wrote great space stories that include hard sf (he was an engineer)  with a touch of quirky humor.    A newer name that has a similar style is Allan Steele.   Someone else mentioned Jerry Pournelle; one of my favorite sf books is an alt future history, " Fallen Angels".    Anne McCaffrey has  a 20 + series on the planet Pern.  she starts with space pioneers that lose the ability to contact Earth; they have to find a way to live and adapt to their new planet without any of the help they expected to have.  There is space travel, genetics, bad weather conditions, and personalities under pressure to deal with.   Great stuff!  Currently I am reading a wonderful series from S.M. Sterling; alternative history set in today's world with an enviromental basis.   There is a blinding flash of light that fades to darkness.  Electricity will not work anymore, car engines will not run, and explosives will not explode anymore.  It is set in the Pacific Northwest ; in the beginning it focuses on a couple groups of people, then expands to includes others.   History professors, SCA  enthusiasts, and RenFaire craftspersons are the new heroes...along with farmers, hunters, and soldiers.    The titles are "Dies The Fire", "The Protector's War", and " A Meeting at Corvallis".   I hope you find something here you like! 
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

    Here's a couple more titles:
  • Interworld by Neil Gaiman.  Interdimensional travel, plenty of aliens (who aren't actually called aliens in the book), alternate realities, and a good plot.  It's in paperback.
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury.   I love Ray Bradbury...
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Re: SciFi Reader - Reborn and Needs Help!

You might try C. S. Friedman,  In Conquest Born is probably among my favorites, and This Alien Shore, is also fantasic.
 
In Conquest-  built around a never ending war fought by two races as different as night and day.
 
Alien shore- Strange and psycological, has interesting, technically-not-alien societies.
 
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