[–] 10370989 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I was fuming at the poisonous pc infestation of science fiction today as well. Area X is a trilogy that is the best sci fi I have read in 10 years or so.

[–] ScannerDarkly 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Not new - Philip k dick is an amazing and unique sci fi author. Hollywood steals all his work and ruins it. Original blade runner is the only exception.
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Through a Scanner Darkly - eh this movie is pretty good too actually

The Man in the High Castle


Flow my Tears, the policeman said.

The Zap Gun

The Simulacra


[–] EarlPoncho 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Through a Scanner Darkly

your user name is this and you still fuck up the title. unbelievable

[–] ScannerDarkly 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Oh no I fucking added an extra word. I'm a terrible human being.

Get a life faggot.

[–] the_joke_is_on_goats 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Actually, IMO, Through a Scanner Darkly was offensively crappy, but I think we can at least agree that Philip K. Dick was a brilliant and visionary writer, no matter how Hollywood defiles his work or our memory of him.

[–] nuworldblue 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Ready the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons. The first one in particular.

[–] deejf 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Sarah A. Hoyt's Darkship Thieves and its sequels are excellent, there are three books so far in the main series, and two in a parallel series.

Catherine Asaro's Skolian Empire series started in the mid-90s, and is a very interesting fusion of romance tropes with space opera. I don't read romance at all, but I enjoy the series quite a bit. The first book is Primary Inversion.

Vernor Vinge's '90s novels A Fire Upon The Deep and its prequel, A Deepness in the Sky, are excellent space opera.

Cixin Liu's The Three-Body Problem is just about the only Hugo winner of the past fifteen or twenty years that actually deserved it. Not a pleasant read, but very good.

David Drake's RCN series is brilliant military space opera, and begins with a book you can get for free, With The LIghtnings.

If you only read one book by Drake, though, go with the stand-alone Redliners, also downloadable for free.

If you can put quality writing over politics, S.L. Huang is an avowed Social Justice Warrior, but her thriller Zero Sum Game is a brilliant piece of work, and while her politics factor into it a bit, they do so in a very integrated way, and don't jar with the story at all. The first sequel, Half Life is also a damn good read, though the third and fourth books don't work quite as well as the first two, she's a hell of a storyteller, and the series just got picked up by Tor Books, so future installments of the series might be a little more disciplined.

Michael Z. Williamson is a solid writer with a libertarian bent, and his first novel Freehold is an entertaining piece of work.

John Ringo is an author people either love or hate --- and sometimes it's the same people who feel both ways about him. His recent deconstruction of the zombie genre, the Black Tide Rising series, starting with Under A Graveyard Sky, has a carefully-thought-out biological foundation for the zombies, and is an exciting read. He also has a series that presents a stereotypical fantasy world with a totally science fictional basis, the first of which, There Will Be Dragons, is free to download.

Deck of Cards by Rebecca Lickiss is a highly entertaining read, in spite of the atrocious cover.

Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga was begun in the 1980s, and the most recent book was published in 2014, and nearly every single one of them is entirely entertaining. Start with the two-book omnibus Cordelia's Honor (it actually reads smoothly as one story).

And if you've never read C.J. Cherryh, you should change that. Probably her easiest series to get into is The Chanur Saga, but if you want to take on a challenge, her best book is, arguably, Cyteen. Both are from the '80s, but you'll not be bored if you give them your full attention.

[–] ronis_yorgos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Blindsight and Echopraxia, aka Firefly #1 and Firefly #2. By Peter Watts.

The hard sci-fi genre, describing a first contact in a distopic, post-humanistic society.

If you like hard sci-fi, this series is THE SHIT.

[–] conestoga_dragon 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

You didn't mention Heinlein. You should checkout Starship Troopers and Stranger In A Strange Land.

[–] the_joke_is_on_goats 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Hmm... Starship Trooper? blah. Stranger in a Strange Land? Surely among the top 10 sci fi novels in modern history! Also, for giggles, check The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress. TANSTAAFL!

[–] Eualos 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Did you read Orson Scott card?

[–] Retron 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Jesus, that was painful. I'm not familiar with much that's recent, but the last good sci-fi I read was Altered Carbon by Richard K. Morgan.

And I wholly recommend The Draco Tavern if you want a themed collection of sci-fi short stories about an alien cantina set on Earth.

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