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Old 11-03-2012, 11:48   #1
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Recommend me some science fiction

Does anyone know of anything in the realm of speculative sci-fi where we're starting to explore space, or establishing early bases within the solar system?
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Old 11-03-2012, 11:55   #2
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Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars Trilogy springs to mind. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mars_trilogy
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Old 11-03-2012, 14:31   #3
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Sounds just what I was looking for, thanks!
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Sounds just what I was looking for, thanks!
The Mars Trilogy is heavy-going and long, but extremely rewarding.

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Take a look at some of Jack Mcdevitts books, really good stuff. The engines of God is a good starter.
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I remember reading Farmer in the Sky and Space Family Stone (both Heinlein) as a kid and enjoying them both immensely. Also enjoyed Welcome to Mars (James Blish).

Might be a bit childish now, but the quality of the writing is excellent, far better than the stuff kids are getting nowadays.
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Old 11-03-2012, 21:05   #7
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The first of KSR's Mars trilogy was excellent, but I struggled to finish the series.
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Ben Bova's stuff.
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Leviathan Wakes by James Corey is good. Set in a world where man has colonised the outer planets and asteroid belts.
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How about the moon is a harsh mistress, isn't that a relatively new development, even better Ray Bradbury's The MArtian Chronicles now there is a superb book about man reaching out to the stars if you've never read it or seen it. And these books are accessibel unlike Robinsons Mars which is quite hard science, all depends what your into i suppose, but I'd go with MArtian Chronicles, its a lyrical poetic telling of mans exploration. ONe I havent read yet is Olaf Stapletons Last and First men.
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Reading Alistair Reynolds' Blue Remembered Earth at the moment - that's got bases and colonies scattered around the solar system. If you want something about the actual hard science mechanics of it though, rather than just a story set in that situation, the first book or two of the Mars trilogy are what you want (and anyone who enjoyed those could take a look at KSR's Antarctica, very similar idea but set in . . . well, I won't spoil it for you).
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(and anyone who enjoyed those could take a look at KSR's Antarctica, very similar idea but set in . . . well, I won't spoil it for you).
I did think of mentioning Antarctica as a taster for KSR before launching into the Mars trilogy. Very good book.
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Finished Blue Remembered Earth - was a decent read, but I suspect it's a bit ahead of what the OP wants in terms of technology.

Did just think of something else though - Stephen Baxter's NASA books. Basically you've got:
Voyage: JFK doesn't get shot and launches a mission to Mars.
Titan: NASA launches a last-ditch, one-way mission to Titan (moon of Saturn)
Moonseed: Actually you can probably skip this one.

Voyage I've read ages ago, can't remember much about it. Titan's pretty decent, hard science fiction. There's a more speculative bit at the end, but it won't kill you to read it.
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I like Steven Baxter's stuff. He tends to write hard SF, even if it's speculative and based around extreme extensions of edge-of-physics stuff some of the time.

Also, the human sides to his story in the way that they behave individually and as a group can be very depressing because they tend to be accurate.

Basically humans are an arrogant, violent, self-centred, obsessive, agressive and frequently delusional bunch who really aren't terribly nice to know most of the time!

If you want to go to the other extreme, away from rockets colonising the solar system, then I'd recommend his Xeelee books.

Although the story is told from humanity's perspective (who finally turn out to be tragically misguided about who and whatthe Xeelee are and what they're doing) it;s basically a literally Universal war between the Xeelee (who are baryonic matter - like us) and the Photino Birds (which are dark matter). It;s literally a case of the Universe not being big enough for both of them.

Great fun and it includes sequences where the two sides are using whole galaxies and missiles made of cosmic string tends of light years long as weapons...

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