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Favorite Sci-fi books

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I posted this over at IGN, but I wanted to preserve the content here. To that end, here are some of my favorite science fictionbooks.

Regarding A.C. Clarke, be sure to read the first Rendezvous with Rama book, but none of the sequels.

Also, try out Neal Stephenson. My favorite so far is The Diamond Age, but Cryptonomicron and Snow Crash are excellent as well. All of them fall in the computer geek realm, not so much space sci-fi as nerd sci-fi. Note: these are not short books, but are well-written.

A couple of older favorites:

Junkyard Planet / The Cosmic Computer, by H. Beam Piper is a 1963 novel that is a light read but is entertaining and has survived pretty well, ie, it doesn't sound outdated or silly. Through a copyright quirk, it is public domain, and can be downloaded if you can't find a copy.

My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny continues the hacker theme a bit. It involves a global ID system that one man has a backdoor into and he uses this to be a "freelance investigator and problem solver."

Comments

I was a huge Clarke fan in

I was a huge Clarke fan in my teenage years... really enjoyed his short stories and agree on Rama: first book was good, other books were like "Where did that come from?" but it's been so long I've forgotten most of the details.

Another favorite of mine was the "War World" series by Jerry Pournelle and various authors. It's a shared universe concept, so you end up with lots of authors and stories working together to flesh out what happens on this little hunk of rock at the fringe of man's galactic reach. The stories take place over several generations and one particuarly devasting interstellar war. I have many fond memories of these books, and would love to read them again sometime.

Finally, it's really light reading, but I thoroughly enjoyed the first Timoty Zahn Star Wars books, starting with Heir to the Empire. Zahn tried to take the Force in a new direction with some of his tech/organic concepts, but IMO he successfully captured the essence of the Star Wars saga and characters. Lots-o-fun!

Carl

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