I love sci-fi literature. I read Ringworld a while back and it remains one of my favorites (mainly because I've read little else since then). One thing I read and absolutely hated was Solaris by some Stanislav Lem. I'm wondering if someone else here has read it, and what they think of it. I may have missed the point of it, since there's some devoted audience (and the guy who lended it to me said it was an absolute masterpiece, but all it did was bore me to death and back to life).>>222
I'll check that one out, any more suggestions?>>223
Can't much into PKD, his narrative comes as somewhat strange for me, I guess I should give him a more serious try. I read Electric Sheep (mainly because I like the movie) but the others I've tried just feel absolutely strange from the first page and I can't seem to keep up…
Someone strongly suggested Ubik, I'll try that one out.
My reading list just increased by 2
Read "Leviathans of Jupiter" and currently reading "Star Maker." The formal was ok. The leviathan civilization felt generic, but I thought the way they communicate was pretty cool. Characters were fine and I'm glad that the villain of the story got humiliated. Although, she seems a bit pointless in the book. "Star Maker" is amazing so far. Are there any books about pure space exploration worth reading like "Star Maker?" Next book on my list is "The Great Explosion."
started reading the sequel to the time machine called the time ships pretty good also I enjoy the dune series
Read The Man Who Fell to Earth recently. It's brilliant and unfairly eclipsed by the film. Such a realistic novel for something with an alien protagonist.
I recently bought a bunch of shorter works by William Gibson and Ursula LeGuin. Read all the Gibson stuff, which was pretty damn good, and I'm about halfway through the first (non sci-fi) volume of LeGuin's "The Unreal and the Real" compilation. I had it before until I lost the book, but it's definitely worth reading again, so I'm looking forward to the stories I haven't read as well as another book of novellas.
Any thoughts on Ada Palmer's "Terra Ignotia" series? I thought "Too Like the Lightning" was very interesting but also kind of unpleasant/uncomfortable to read, and gave up about four chapters into the second book before giving up. I might consider trying again later though.
oh yeah baby this thread was made for me! i love chinese science fiction. (not mentioning what's already been posted here)
cixin liu's ball lightning is: great
ken liu's broken stars: awesome
i like xia jia and expect her to be translated more.
definitely looking forward to the fan addition to remembrance of earth's past by baoshu when it's translated to english (and released here).
there's also a three body problem movie in the works supposedly.
stuff that i enjoyed that seemed similar to me (except for chiang but he's ethnic so does this count?):
everything by ted chiang is amazing. if you enjoy liu cixin you should absolutely read everything he's produced. i've watched him in interviews online. i especially liked the lifecycle of software objects and this one where it was an essay, can't remember the name! his two released books are "stories of your life and others" and exhalation.
i really enjoyed void star by zachery mason and it's a little more romantic in its style but if you enjoy that it's an epic read. it's a cyberpunk first speculative science fiction second style book.
i also enjoyed autonomous by analee newitz.
(there is more i've read but they're not coming to mind immediately)
coming back to recommend the quantum thief. Has a cool take on data management in the future, not as cold as peter watts stories, but still interesting and articulate. Same goes for "life artificial".
Thanks for the Jean le Flambeur recommendation. I immediately downloaded and look forward to reading. When you said that "The Martian" is your favorite you mentioned no author and there are far too many hits on an internet search of "martian" for me to tell which book you like. Can you specify?
Nice to see that threads can come back to life.
The Martian by andy weir. I figured it would be kinda known because of the movie. I read it when it was a web serial, so seeing it get made into a movie was a really cool experience.
Also while I'm here I've got to recommend the sci fi compendium "the ascent of wonder" I'm only about a third of the way in but I've enjoyed every story so far.