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Old 03-02-2006, 10:33   #1
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Looking for Sci-Fi

I've never read any Sci-Fi of any type so I don't really know where to start.

I want to read about battles, huge fleets fighting each other type stuff.

Any recommendations of books or authors?
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Old 03-02-2006, 11:06   #2
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"The uplift war" books by David Brinn
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"Hyperion" by Dan Simmons

are very good
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Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep" is worth a go, some space battles (as far as I remember, its been a while since I read it). His "A Deepness in the Sky" is also worth a read.

If you want a bit of horror/SciFi you could try Peter Hamilton's "The Reality Dysfunction", the first in the "Nights Dawn Trilogy". Only a little bit of space based battles (as far as I remember, again).

Dan Simmon's "Hyperion" series is good, again some battles (I think), but not a lot although the series is cracking! The first one is called "Hyperion".

Another great series with an odd battle or two is Stephen Donaldson's "Gap" series. One of my favourite authors although some have said they don't like his writing style. The first one is short and called "The Gap into Conflict: The Real Story".
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Iain M. Banks Culture series is simply incredible
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All I read until about 5 years ago was sci-fi, even now I still follow the latest JG Ballard and Iain Banks, (though the latter has gone off the rails IMO)
Asimov is the master and good, (generally childish) fun, but all a bit dated now.
Ursula Le Guin, Philip K Dick, (see if that beats the swear filter-short for Richard!) and Arthur C Clarke are the must-reads, plus the more fantasy-type Terry Pratchett of course.
Best to just find an author you like and pursue similar, everyone raves about some authors that I've never quite 'got' but with sci-fi you can usually tell within a few pages if it ain't your thang man...
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Excession by Iain M Banks
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Old 03-02-2006, 15:43   #7
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Iain M Banks looks pretty good, I think I'm going to go for

Consider Phlebas
Look to Windward
Excession
Use of Weapons
State of the art

As this seems to be the chronological order (according to google groups).

I also fancy Hyperion, may buy that too.

Thanks all
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Iain M Banks looks pretty good, I think I'm going to go for

Consider Phlebas
Look to Windward
Excession
Use of Weapons
State of the art

As this seems to be the chronological order (according to google groups).

I also fancy Hyperion, may buy that too.

Thanks all
Banks' book are going "3 for 2" currently in Waterstones.

Also you may want to check out this American publisher, Baen books, who put out a tonne of Militarish Sci-Fi; they have samples and free books to download.
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The Dune Trilogy ( Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune ) by Frank Herbert.
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Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein
Cities in Space by James Blish
E. E. Smith - pretty much anything but a bit old fashioned
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A good collection to look out for is the 'SF Masterworks' series by Gollancz. They won't all fit into your initial category but there are some really great stuff in there (with loads of Phil K. Dick who simply has to be read).
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For space battles, check out the Honor Harrington series by David Weber.

You can get some free downloads from the Baen Free Library.

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Quote:
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Iain M Banks looks pretty good, I think I'm going to go for

Consider Phlebas
Look to Windward
Excession
Use of Weapons
State of the art

As this seems to be the chronological order (according to google groups).

I also fancy Hyperion, may buy that too.

Thanks all
Google Groups is wrong, the published order is:
Consider Phlebes
Player of Games
Use Of Weapons
State of The Art
Excession
(Inversions - not strictly a Culture book)
Look To Windward

All that said, you might want to start with Player of Games as it's a quicker and gives you an overview of the universe while throwing you straight into the story. Phelbes is a true epic that can be a bit heavy going at times.
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Old 04-02-2006, 12:06   #14
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The Dune Trilogy ( Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune ) by Frank Herbert.
I'd go for Dune too. It really is a great book. The film (sadly) did not do it justice.
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Old 04-02-2006, 19:32   #15
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Gateway by Frederik Pohl (actually, Id suggest anything by Pohl)
Armor by John Steakley
Hyperion by Dan Simmons (as already suggested, great epic)
Forever War by Joe Haldeman

To name a few of my favs. Gateway is a truly great book and the Heechee saga of which it starts is an awesome series.

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Old 04-02-2006, 22:44   #16
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Definitely another thumbs-up for 'Gateway' which just blew me away the first time that I read it as did 'Forever War'. Both are true classics in every sense of the word.
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Gateway and Forever War are really really good amongst my favourites, I'd add to that list The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester) though.

I've always been a little wary to read them, but has anyone read the follow-ups to Gateway and Forever War? I read the Ringworld follow-ups and they destroyed my enjoyment of the original.
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The follow-ups to gateway follow the story of Robinette very well, I love them, Im currently reading Heechee Rendezvous and am really enjoying it.

I haven't however got around to reading anything else by Joe Haldeman, but do intend to do so.

Pohl is without doubt my favourite author.
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Huge fleets? Fighting? Battles? Can't go far wrong with "The Mote in God's Eye" by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle.
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Alastair Reynolds and Neal Asher are two other authors I really enjoy.
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