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Old 05-02-2006, 12:08   #21
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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.
Whatever you do you must read these 3 books above. All are incredible.
The Star's My Destination...(former title Tiger,Tiger), is the Grand-Daddy of all modernist Sci-Fi. Written in the 50's it feels more current then most authors do today.
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Old 05-02-2006, 12:43   #22
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Kevin J. Anderson's Saga of the Seven Suns series is good fun and for a quick 2 book series, Peter F Hamilton's Pandora's Star & Judas Unchained are excellent.
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Bio of a Space Tyrant - by Piers Anthony (5 books i think) excellent read
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Try Richard Morgan...Altered Carbon, Broken Angels and Woken Furies...superb.
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Old 22-07-2008, 10:51   #25
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If its space battles you want, can recommend the David Webers, "Honor Harrington" Series. In fact you can read the first couple of books for free in electronic format here Baen Free Library
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another for Dune
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Also try The Stainless Steel Rat books by Harry Harrison,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stainless_Steel_Rat
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Alongside Banks' Culture novels, I might recommend this and the rest of the series. Plenty of space battles, also some on-the-ground stuff. Maybe a bit space-opera, but the battles are really well done.
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If you want massive space battles look no further than EE "Doc" Smith's Lensman books or the Skylark quadrilogy. These are genuinely "space opera", don;t expect anything to sophisticated in the way of characters or even plot, but you will get some stonking great space battles! Really big ones, with abundant use of superweapons (including whole planets and stars). They're a bit old-fashioned and, errm, corny even, but are fun.

I'd also commend Arthur C Clarke for "hard" science fiction.

Peter F Hamilton has a couple of ones that fit the bill in Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained

For more modern "hard" sci-fi there is anything by Stephen Baxter, like his Xeelee sequence or Manifold:Time/Space/Origin, the Children of Destiny sequence, or the latest Time Odyssey trilogy (with Arhur C Clarke). If you want a big war, imagine the universe of baryonic matter versus the universe of dark matter, where whole galaxies and cosmic superstrings a thousand lightyears long are weapons...
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The Dune Trilogy ( Dune; Dune Messiah; Children of Dune ) by Frank Herbert.
Dune is classic sci-fi but if you want fighting and things blowing up, then you're going to be rather disappointed.
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I've got Hyperion sitting on the shelf to read next. I was inspired by Revelation Space which was quite stunning and has much in the way of space shenanigans and massive spaceships.
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if you like richard morgan and peter hamilton, i'd recommend Neal Asher.

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My vote goes to David Webber's Dahak Series, starting with Mutineers Moon.
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E. E. Smith - pretty much anything but a bit old fashioned
Love E.E.Doc. The pace of change and the space battles (and the quaint materials he talks about) Lensman series is the place to start for sure.
Also look at 'Forever War' by Joe Haldeman.

Checkout some of Niven's work too, Footfall is a good one to start prehaps or Ringworld.

Nother classsig is Pohl's Gateway

For more modern stuff I like Asher, Morgar, Alistair Reynolds, Banks , Hamilton etc
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Philip K Dick. There aren't many space battles, but there's loads of reality-shifting and delightfully odd ideas. Also, I have throughly enjoyed these over the years:

Before the Golden Age 1

Before the Golden Age 2

Before the Golden Age 3

Before the Golden Age 4

Absolutely classic pulp SF stories from before the Second World War, all edited by Asimov.
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This one...

...then This one!


Peter F. Hamilton, Pandora's Star and Judas unchained. Epic scale, HUUUUUGE battles, unbelievable weaponery as well as a fantastic premise.

Great read.

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My vote goes to David Webber's Dahak Series, starting with Mutineers Moon.
Although I rather preferred his In Death Ground and the sequel The Shiva Option
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