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Buck 07:05 PM 03-20-2012
There is a great thread in the lounge about Books in general, but to be honest, all I really want to read is Sci-Fi (including post-apocalyptic), and Fantasy.

In this OP I will compile every poster's top 3 Fantasy/SciFi suggestions if they give me them. I will try to keep the posters in alphabetical order in case you want to find someone's suggestions easier.

CP POSTER SUGGESTIONS

Baby Lee
1. Fritz Lieber's Swords Against series.
2. George R.R. Martin's SoIaF series [no brainer that will probably make tons of other lists]
3. Umberto Eco, Foucalt's Pendulum [a little more obscure/forgotten to make up for GRRM]

Frosty
1.Raymond Feist - Riftwar Saga
2.Terry Brooks - Shannara series (starting with the Knight of the Word books)
3.Tad Williams - Memory, Sorrow and Thorn

Huffmeister
(1) Dune - Frank Herbert
(2) The Stand - Stephen King (1000+ page unabridged)
(3) Starship Troopers - Robert A. Heinlein (checkout the song by Yes, too. lots of great bass)

Jawshco
1. "Book of the Long Sun" by Gene Wolfe
2. "Paradise War" by Stephen R Lawhead
3. "The Dragonbone Chair" by Tad Williams

listopencil
1. Edgar Rice Burroughs, any series
2. Robert Heinlein, everything he has written in chronological order (but read Starship Troopers first)
3. Doc Smith's Lensman series

vailpass
1. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1, 2A & 2B books are a gold mine for sampling the evolution of sci-fi. (below)
2.The Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards (selected yearly, pick a year)
3. Years Best SF Annual publication, pick any volume from 1 to the current volume 17
See Post 142
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ChiefFripp 06:49 PM 03-24-2012
Originally Posted by Buck:
Also WWZ, I wouldn't recommend it unless you specifically want to read about Zombies.
great book, I lent it to a girlfriend becuae she lived in Yonkers NY and never got it back. I think I'll find it used and re-read it.
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Buck 08:30 PM 03-24-2012
I Am Legend gets a 10/10 from me. Wow, what a great story.

I am pissed that they didn't make the recent movie like that.
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DaFace 10:27 PM 03-24-2012
I love the Wheel of Time series, but it's a hell of a commitment. It'll take you a year to get through them all unless you've got a LOT of free time.
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jspchief 04:51 AM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by DaFace:
I love the Wheel of Time series, but it's a hell of a commitment. It'll take you a year to get through them all unless you've got a LOT of free time.
I began reading it back when it was maybe half written. By the time I got to where I was waiting for the.next books to come out, I realized that my anticipation was more about a sense of duty to keep going than actual excitement to further the story.

I've considered going back and trying again at times, but the books just didn't pull me in enough to warrant me giving a second chance to such an enormous tale.
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listopencil 12:07 PM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by whoman69:
If you like the stupid inner monologues.
Dune is absolutely a classic.
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keg in kc 12:22 PM 03-25-2012
I re-read Dune nearly annually. It's probably my favorite novel of all time in any genre.
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vailpass 12:45 PM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by Buck:
I Am Legend gets a 10/10 from me. Wow, what a great story.

I am pissed that they didn't make the recent movie like that.
Great idea for a thread Buck. Surprised to see you haven't read any Asimov if you are a sci-fi fan. He is part of the foundation of sci-fi, please forgive the pun. There are some great books and series in this thread. I'd like to nominate some story collections.

1. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1, 2A & 2B books are a gold mine for sampling the evolution of sci-fi. (below)
2.The Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards (selected yearly, pick a year)
3. Years Best SF Annual publication, pick any volume from 1 to the current volume 17



Author Story Title Year of first publication
Stanley G. Weinbaum "A Martian Odyssey" 1934
John W. Campbell "Twilight" 1934
Lester del Rey "Helen O’Loy" 1938
Robert A. Heinlein "The Roads Must Roll" 1940
Theodore Sturgeon "Microcosmic God" 1941
Isaac Asimov "Nightfall" 1941
A. E. van Vogt "The Weapon Shop" 1942
Lewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” 1943
Clifford D. Simak “Huddling Place” 1944
Fredric Brown “Arena” 1944
Murray Leinster “First Contact” 1945
Judith Merril “That Only a Mother” 1948
Cordwainer Smith “Scanners Live in Vain” 1948
Ray Bradbury “Mars is Heaven!” 1948
Cyril M. Kornbluth “The Little Black Bag” 1950
Richard Matheson “Born of Man and Woman” 1950
Fritz Leiber “Coming Attraction” 1950
Anthony Boucher “The Quest for Saint Aquin” 1951
James Blish “Surface Tension” 1952
Arthur C. Clarke “The Nine Billion Names of God” 1953
Jerome Bixby “It's a Good Life” 1953
Tom Godwin “The Cold Equations” 1954
Alfred Bester “Fondly Fahrenheit” 1954
Damon Knight “The Country of the Kind” 1955
Daniel Keyes “Flowers for Algernon” 1959
Roger Zelazny “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” 1963
Author Novella Title Year of first publication
Poul Anderson "Call Me Joe" 1957
John W. Campbell "Who Goes There?" 1938
Lester del Rey "Nerves" 1942
Robert A. Heinlein "Universe" 1941
Cyril M. Kornbluth "The Marching Morons" 1951
Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore "Vintage Season" 1946
Eric Frank Russell "...And Then There Were None" 1951
Cordwainer Smith "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" 1962
Theodore Sturgeon "Baby Is Three" 1952
H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" 1895
Jack Williamson "With Folded Hands" 1947
[edit] Volume Two B
Author Novella Title Year of first publication
Isaac Asimov "The Martian Way" 1952
James Blish "Earthman Come Home" 1953
Algis Budrys "Rogue Moon" 1960
Theodore Cogswell "The Spectre General" 1952
E.M. Forster "The Machine Stops" 1909
Frederik Pohl "The Midas Plague" 1954
James H. Schmitz "The Witches of Karres" 1949
T. L. Sherred "E for Effort" 1947
Wilmar H. Shiras "In Hiding" 1948
Clifford D. Simak "The Big Front Yard" 1958
Jack Vance "The Moon Moth" 1961
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Buck 12:57 PM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by vailpass:
Great idea for a thread Buck. Surprised to see you haven't read any Asimov if you are a sci-fi fan. He is part of the foundation of sci-fi, please forgive the pun. There are some great books and series in this thread. I'd like to nominate some story collections.

1. The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume 1, 2A & 2B books are a gold mine for sampling the evolution of sci-fi. (below)
2.The Nebula Awards and Hugo Awards (selected yearly, pick a year)
3. Years Best SF Annual publication, pick any volume from 1 to the current volume 17



Author Story Title Year of first publication
Stanley G. Weinbaum "A Martian Odyssey" 1934
John W. Campbell "Twilight" 1934
Lester del Rey "Helen O’Loy" 1938
Robert A. Heinlein "The Roads Must Roll" 1940
Theodore Sturgeon "Microcosmic God" 1941
Isaac Asimov "Nightfall" 1941
A. E. van Vogt "The Weapon Shop" 1942
Lewis Padgett “Mimsy Were the Borogoves” 1943
Clifford D. Simak “Huddling Place” 1944
Fredric Brown “Arena” 1944
Murray Leinster “First Contact” 1945
Judith Merril “That Only a Mother” 1948
Cordwainer Smith “Scanners Live in Vain” 1948
Ray Bradbury “Mars is Heaven!” 1948
Cyril M. Kornbluth “The Little Black Bag” 1950
Richard Matheson “Born of Man and Woman” 1950
Fritz Leiber “Coming Attraction” 1950
Anthony Boucher “The Quest for Saint Aquin” 1951
James Blish “Surface Tension” 1952
Arthur C. Clarke “The Nine Billion Names of God” 1953
Jerome Bixby “It's a Good Life” 1953
Tom Godwin “The Cold Equations” 1954
Alfred Bester “Fondly Fahrenheit” 1954
Damon Knight “The Country of the Kind” 1955
Daniel Keyes “Flowers for Algernon” 1959
Roger Zelazny “A Rose for Ecclesiastes” 1963
Author Novella Title Year of first publication
Poul Anderson "Call Me Joe" 1957
John W. Campbell "Who Goes There?" 1938
Lester del Rey "Nerves" 1942
Robert A. Heinlein "Universe" 1941
Cyril M. Kornbluth "The Marching Morons" 1951
Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore "Vintage Season" 1946
Eric Frank Russell "...And Then There Were None" 1951
Cordwainer Smith "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" 1962
Theodore Sturgeon "Baby Is Three" 1952
H.G. Wells "The Time Machine" 1895
Jack Williamson "With Folded Hands" 1947
[edit] Volume Two B
Author Novella Title Year of first publication
Isaac Asimov "The Martian Way" 1952
James Blish "Earthman Come Home" 1953
Algis Budrys "Rogue Moon" 1960
Theodore Cogswell "The Spectre General" 1952
E.M. Forster "The Machine Stops" 1909
Frederik Pohl "The Midas Plague" 1954
James H. Schmitz "The Witches of Karres" 1949
T. L. Sherred "E for Effort" 1947
Wilmar H. Shiras "In Hiding" 1948
Clifford D. Simak "The Big Front Yard" 1958
Jack Vance "The Moon Moth" 1961
Cool, I added that to the OP with a link to this post.
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mnchiefsguy 01:19 PM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
I re-read Dune nearly annually. It's probably my favorite novel of all time in any genre.
Yep....I read Dune and Lord of the Rings every year. I love the original Dune, it was the perfect blend of politics, religion, science, and tech ever written. Too bad the sequel books went of the deep end.
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mnchiefsguy 01:21 PM 03-25-2012
I just started reading the Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zelazny. About 25% in so far, and it is very good. Not sure why I had not gotten into this series earlier in life, since it was written awhile ago.
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keg in kc 01:29 PM 03-25-2012
Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy:
I just started reading the Nine Princes of Amber by Roger Zelazny. About 25% in so far, and it is very good. Not sure why I had not gotten into this series earlier in life, since it was written awhile ago.
I actually read that beginning to end in February. The whole series I mean. It was pretty good. Definitely different.
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mnchiefsguy 02:42 PM 03-27-2012
Originally Posted by keg in kc:
I actually read that beginning to end in February. The whole series I mean. It was pretty good. Definitely different.
They seem to be very quick reads so far. Have finished Nine Princes of Amber and moved on to book 2, The Guns of Avalon. Enjoying the series so far....different is probably the best description, but different in a good, well written way.
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vailpass 05:45 PM 03-27-2012
Originally Posted by DaFace:
I love the Wheel of Time series, but it's a hell of a commitment. It'll take you a year to get through them all unless you've got a LOT of free time.
Yeah, that and the author up and frigging died before completing the saga. The ghost writer guy is ok but....
Did he write the last one yet?
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mnchiefsguy 05:46 PM 03-27-2012
Originally Posted by vailpass:
Yeah, that and the author up and frigging died before completing the saga. The ghost writer guy is ok but....
Did he write the last one yet?
I believe the last one is set to come out sometime this year.
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Buck 05:47 PM 03-27-2012
Originally Posted by vailpass:
Yeah, that and the author up and frigging died before completing the saga. The ghost writer guy is ok but....
Did he write the last one yet?
It's Brandon Sanderson. He's a pretty big name in current fantasy.
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