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Beppo
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Post Number: 4
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 02:34 pm:   

This is a question that I need to ask. I need to put myself, again, into the Science Fiction, here, in the year 2008. I mean, I have read a lot of classics (Asimov, Clarke, Silberberg, etc) but I want to read new books, great science books from the 21th. Could anybody give me a list with 10 or 15 book that I MUST read?

Thanks!
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 84
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 - 07:55 pm:   

21st century only a few years old, not very many great books so far, but here are some suggestions from what I liked :-

Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
Accelerando - Charles Stross
Year's Best Science Fiction - particularly Dozois as he will mention lots of stuff in his intro, but Hartwell, Horton and Strahan have anthologies that are also really good

Also, Cory Doctorow's short work - Overclocked is all online for example, so easy to check that out

Brasyl - Ian McDonald
Spin - Robert charles Wilson
Undertow - Elizabeth Bear
Galactic North - Alastair Reynolds
Dark Integers and Other Stories - Greg Egan
Black Man - Richard Morgan
Lady Of Mazes - Karl Schroeder
Blindsight - Peter Watts
The Last Colony - John Scalzi

Lots of people like Vernor Vinge - A Deepness In the Sky, A Fire Upon the Deep, etc.

Also Ken MacLeod Cosmonaut Keep, The Cassini Division,

Breakway/Crossover/Killswitch - Joel Shepherd

A couple of retrospectives that would be helpful with updating, at least close to the 21st century - The Hard SF Renaissance and The Space Opera Renaissance - both by Hartwell and Cramer
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Beppo
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Post Number: 5
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 03:12 am:   

Ok, it doesnt matter. It could help 20th science fiction. I want to read science fiction from around the 90s and today in 2008.

Thanks Blue_tyson for your list!
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 85
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 03:50 am:   

90s is ok?

So, throw in

Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
Hyperion - Dan Simmons

The New Legends anthology by Greg Bear

should also have thought of The New Space Opera by Dozois and Strahan, too, from last year, before.
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Beppo
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Post Number: 6
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Tuesday, March 18, 2008 - 11:52 am:   

Yeah!

Thank you! Im going to read som of your suggestions.

I have recieved my copies of F&SC magazine today!!! Im so happy! Its my first subscription and I love the histories from the magazine!!!

Im still writing my first science fiction novel (maybe novelet, I need to think about the extension). This is the first time I write in this style. I have been writing a lot since I was a boy, and I love the Science Fiction. But the problem is that I dont know what to do with it when I finish the novel...

There is no market for the science fiction in spanish!!!
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Marian
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Post Number: 65
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 23, 2008 - 07:26 am:   

I agree on the anthology suggestions. They're a much quicker way to catch up with the best of what's been written recently and decide who you like or dislike.

If you want to read The Last Colony by Scalzi, be aware it's the third novel in a trilogy. I suggest trying the first one, Old Man's War, to see if you like the trilogy.
Accelerando by Stross -- Yes!
I want to disagree on Altered Carbon. It gets off to a really good start but, for me, soon becomes dull and repetitious like the author only has one idea and keeps repeating it and all the characters are cardboard.
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 88
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Monday, March 24, 2008 - 07:47 am:   

If he has read a lot of classic stuff, he doesn't need to read Old Man's War though, mostly old news, and the middle one you won't miss anything really, either.
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Beppo
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Post Number: 7
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Wednesday, March 26, 2008 - 01:49 am:   

Im going to try to read all this stuff. I have time...
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Roy
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Post Number: 34
Registered: 12-2007
Posted on Thursday, March 27, 2008 - 04:35 pm:   

There is a market in Spain as we have discussed elsewhere.
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Beppo
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Post Number: 8
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 - 11:14 am:   

I wasnt there to discusse...
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Marian
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Post Number: 67
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 06:19 am:   

Black Brillion by Matt Hughes. I mention it as he's fairly new and not as well known but it's a fun read.
Pushing Ice by Alastair Reynolds is his newest novel, just out. Got excellent reviews(I haven't read it)
Incidentally, you can read Blindsight for free online.
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Marian
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Post Number: 68
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 07:40 am:   

From Asimov's Forum where someone asked the identical question:
Here's a list of all the books that have gotten an "A" or better on SCIFI Weekly's book reviews since the beginning of this year:

The Dragons of Babel by Michael Swanwick

Hunter's Run by George R.R. Martin, Gardner Dozois and Daniel Abraham

Debatable Space by Philip Palmer

Thunderer by Felix Gilman

Last Dragon by J.M. McDermott

Matter by Iain M. Banks

Inferno edited by Ellen Datlow

A World Too Near by Kay Kenyon

Marseguro by Edward Willett

And I've heard good things about Singularity's Ring by Paul Melko.

I see there's a new Greg Bear coming soon..."The City at the End of Time".

"MATTER" by Iain M. Banks was outstanding.
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Beppo
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Post Number: 9
Registered: 03-2008
Posted on Sunday, March 30, 2008 - 09:58 am:   

Its all Science Fiction or there is Fantasy in your list too,Marian?
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Blue_tyson
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Post Number: 89
Registered: 07-2007
Posted on Sunday, April 06, 2008 - 12:48 am:   

Stephen Baxter's Resplendent collection was very good, definitely.
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Marian
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Post Number: 77
Registered: 11-2007
Posted on Saturday, April 12, 2008 - 06:01 pm:   

I agree on anthologies. They're often a better way to check on an author. I discovered all the great authors through reading anthologies way, way back.
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Harpal
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Post Number: 12
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 - 07:19 am:   

Air by Geoff Ryman which is expanded from a short story is amazing

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