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Science Fiction/Fantasy

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Hi all,

I've read two or three suggestions for a Sci-Fi/Fantasy thread, so, I thought I'd make a place for it.

Does anyone have any favorite authors? Phillip K Dick? Asimov? Others?

Rachel

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Gaiman/Prachett & Hawks & Moore

Last fall I read Good Omens by Neil Gaiman & Terry Prachett and The Traveler by John Twelve Hawks for the BNU SciFi/Fantasy discussions. While completely different, they were both excellent books.

Good Omens was a humor-filled fantasy that had a great story, fun characters, and an intereting dilemma. The Traveler is the first book of a trilogy. It is more serious tale, action-packed and with strong characters. I heartily recommend both.

Christopher Moore also has some unique and funny fantasy books.
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Re: Science Fiction/Fantasy

I love to read Pratchett as well as Brooks and others.
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I have read Terry Oratchett and enjoy his Disworld books. They have a lot of humor but they also have a lot of satire in them. Another author who has a lot of humor in his books is Piers Anthony's Xanth novels. They includ a lot of puns that he gets from his fans. If you are looking for something more in the hard science realm I would recommend Issac Asimov or Ben Bova. If you are looking for Alternative History I would asy that you might want to read Harry Turtledove or David Drake. There are authors like Elizabeth Moon and David Weber abd aksi David Drake that write Military History sci-fi/fantasy books. If anyone has others or other types of Sci-fi/fantay I would be interested in hearing about them.

I also recently read a new author Brandon Sanderson who wrote Elantris and Mistborn: The Final Empire both of them were very good. I look forward to reading more from him.

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I myself love reading Vampire novels and such especially Anne Rice and Laurell K. Hamilton. The Anita Blake series is a Great read and very well written books. Also Anne Rice Books of the witches is a wonderful read. I also am now enjoying reading the Eragon books and Gregory McGuire is awesome with his Best sellers like WICKED and SON OF A WITCH, not to mention MIRROR, MIRROR, THE UGLY STEPSISTER, and LOST.

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My favorite Sci fi/fantasy authors are too many to list, but here's a few :smileyhappy:.

Ann McCaffrey
Mercedes Lackey
Marion Zimmer Bradley
Orson Scott Card
Terry Pratchett
Piers Anthony
Melanie Rawn

Just to name a few. I really like all of these writers for basically the same reason. They all seem to really get into human nature, and through fantasy point out the beauty and flaws of the human spirit. I like it when authors use their work as a social commentary without shoving it down our throats.

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Lots of Terry Prachett here! What are your favorites? If we were to get a discussion going, which should we start with?

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I've enjoyed:

Stephen Donaldson
Anne McCaffrey (dragonrider books)
L E Modesitt, Jr (I like his fantasy (especially Recluse) better than Sci-Fi)
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Mark down another Pratchett fan - with emphasis on the Night Watch books. I also enjoyed Twelve Hawks' "The Traveler" and am anxiously awaiting the second :smileywink:

I enjoy most of the works by Neil Gaiman, P.K. Dick, Robert Heinlein, Fritz Leiber and Michael Moorcock.
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This is great - fantasy is definately my favorite genre to read. I favor Dave Duncan a lot, The Gilded Chain is one of my favorite books of all time. I also like Naomi Novik, Neil Gaiman, Mercedes Lackey, George M. Martin, Terry Pratchett (mark down another fan!), and so many others! If anybody wants to discuss these, I'm all for it!

I'm currently reading A Game Of Thrones by George M. Martin. It seems really good so far, anybody else read it?
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I thoroughly enjoyed the Ice and Fire Saga by George R. R. Martin. The four books get better and better. I have also read Dave Duncan, Gemmell, David Farland, and David Coe's books.

~Gabriel~

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my fav,s are any vampire novel by anne rice. george rr martin a song of ice and fire series is great ,and robert jordan wheel of time series ( 11 books in this series but very good)
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I love Neil Gaimen, but I think some of his endings are a bit anti-climatic... I've been meaning to read Terry Pratchett; I guess he must be good if he's got such a big fanbase!

I would second the recommendation of David Weber... Anyone who enjoys chicks that rock or military scifi should check out the Honor Harrington series.

I recently read Arthur C. Clarke's Childhood's End, which was excellent, and I highly recommend it. It's an interesting book because it doesn't follow the same main character throughout and covers several hundred years of future human history.

No one has mentioned any comics yet, so... everyone owes it to themselves to check out Fables, Y: The Last Man, and Neil Gaimen's The Sandman if you haven't already. These are all mature books aimed at older readers. In Fables, Bill Willingham takes all of our favorite fairy tale characters, drives them from their homelands, and throws them into the buzz and bustle of New York City. James Jean's covers are fantastic, and overall the book is just excellence. Not your average superhero fare, for sure (not that I have anything against superheroes).

Y: The Last Man is a little more scifi. It's written by Brian K. Vaugn, and all the men and male animales have been killed by some mysterious plague, with the exception of two: some random kid and his pet monkey. He meets a scientist, and together they decide to try to save the human race. Add a secret government agent, and viola! A plot is born. But seriously, it's good.

Many of you are probably familiar with Sandman, but for those who aren't, it follows Dream, the personification of dreams, as well as his family members Destiny, Death, Delirium, Destruction, Despair, and Desire. In my opinion this is the best thing Gaimen's ever written.
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How about authors that have been published in the United Kingdom or Australia? I know some of them are now being published in the US but does anyone know of new authors that are just coming into the country. I find it interesting how their perspeption on things is different from what US authors is. I find that it is very refreshing and gives an insight to other cultures. I found Juliet E. McKenna's Einarinn series very well done but different from someone like Mercedes Lackey. But both are very good. In fact it would be interesting to know authors from a lot of different countries and cultures.

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In the science fiction genre, I'd have to say Frank Herbert is my favorite author by far. His Dune series is amazing. There is an excellent story with interesting, in-depth characters. And at the same time he manages to discuss politics, philosophy, relationships, and more. Its the only series of books I've read more than once; and I could still read them all again. I really can't say enough about these novels. =)
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I've read some Michael Crichton, a Doctor Who book, and some Thursday Next books. That's all I can think of at the moment.
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spikeandsora wrote:
I've read some Michael Crichton, a Doctor Who book, and some Thursday Next books. That's all I can think of at the moment.



I also read the Eragon books, but I am stuck in the middle of Eldest.
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One author from Australia I've greatly enjoyed is Sara Douglass. In particular her Wayfarer Redemption series. Very good books and the last book is the most expensive paperback I've ever bought because I got tired of waiting for it to be published in the US and just had it shipped from Australia.

For Science Fiction some of my favorite authors are:
David Weber
John Ringo
Frank Herbert
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Has anyone read Jennifer Fallon's books and what do you think of her. I am reading Medilon, I know she has other books I would like to know how others feel about her work.

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Re: Science Fiction/Fantasy

whoops

I meant George R.R. Martin. :smileyhappy: Sorry about any confusion!
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