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 No.222

I finished reading The Three-body Problem from Liu Cixin and I really like it. If you like scifi you sushis should give it a try.

Let's talk about sci-fi books!

 No.223

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What do you think of the books of Philip K. Dick? I read The Penultimate Truth a while back and enjoyed it, but there were a lot of things that I didn't like.
  Firstly is the names for all the technologies. This is probably to do with the era in which the book was written, but to me they sound like something out of wallace and gromit (e.g. the VAC-2000). This isn't really his fault of course, and is something that happens a lot in Sci-Fi; the authors predictions of the future will always be slightly (or majorly) wrong, and so future audiences are inevitably going to find it a little jarring. (A good example of this is how in Asimov's books there are civilizations that span the galaxy but still rely on vaccum tube communications).
 A lot of the ideas in his books are really good; the penultimate truth is about how a small group of elites convinces the population (which live underground) that they are still at war, and uses their labour to live comfortable lifestyles.
  Unfortunately he included a subplot in it about some time traveling Cherokee that didn't really need to be there. Maybe it was supposed to be symbolic of something, but I felt as though it was an idea he had that couldn't fill out a whole story, so he just sort of put it in there. Not that there is anything wrong with having subplots in books at all, I just don't think this one was very well done.

 No.224

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I read Prelude to Foundation by Asimov.
The good part is that the premise is about a mathematician who develops a way to predict the future through mathematical models. The book goes on about all the political/social consenquences this would bring. There are really a few action scenes, so it would sound boring, but it is not, it's so nice.

 No.266

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

 No.267

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."

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>>222
A related recommendation is author (and translator of Three Body) Ken Liu's Chinese SF anthology "Invisible Planets"

 No.426

started reading the sequel to the time machine called the time ships pretty good also I enjoy the dune series

 No.451

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.

 No.452

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.

 No.454

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I'll chip in with two major writers who might not be familiar to all sushis.

Iain M. Banks created "The Culture", a society built on tremendously advanced technology, in ten (or so) novels. "The Player of Games" is the second novel (in order of publishing) in the series, but the first one I read. The novels can be read in any order and the first published, "Consider Phlebas", might not be the best place to start. Highly recommended if you have yet to encounter Banks' boisterous hard-SF romps.

Gene Wolfe's work is not everyone's cup of tea. It has more literary ambition than most SF, and Wolfe often shows indirect glimpses of his subject, trusting the reader to infer the the whole. His magnum opus is the "New Sun" complex of interrelated novels and stories set in the far future red giant phase of our Sol. He has written many short stories for magazines.

 No.455

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>>454 How do you post multiple files?



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