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[–] Vladimir_Komarov 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

I can't recommend Asimov's Foundation series enough regardless of the order in which you read them. I also loved the hard sci fi near future look at martian colonization and terraformation in Kim Stanly Robinson's Red Mars trilogy.

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

I could not engage with the Mars trilogy on any level. I wanted to, I have tried several times, but I can't seem to make it past about half way through Green Mars.

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

That's too bad, but I understand. I love an epic story, but I did question some of the science in the plot devices. That said, this is a series I've read more than a few times and can't get enough of. Every informed opinion is valid. Thanks for voicing yours.

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

Never heard of this series, must give it a try.

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

I originally read this in high school and recently read it again. It is a little dated but was entertaining. It is a must read for anyone into scifi

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

I re-read the Foundation trilogy (that is to say, the original three books) every few years or so. Easily one of the best sci fi series of all time. I'm a little glad they've never been able to develop it for Hollywood.

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[–] 33degree 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick
  • Anything by HP Lovecraft

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

Vernon Vinge is a God.

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

Definitely. He is tops for hard science scifi.

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

A Canticle for Leibowitz

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

Spin, by Robert Charles Wilson.

The rest of LeGuin's work is pretty great, in particular The Dispossessed, The Lathe of Heaven, and The Left Hand of Darkness.

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

I find some of her stuff a little too heavy on the political correctness, if I'm honest. "The Left Hand of Darkness" is a bit laboured on the gender politics, for example, and I've always loathed "Tehanu" and the later Earthsea stories. The first three, often collected as a trilogy, are wonderful, and end beautifully. However, 20 years later LeGuin caught a nasty case of sequelitis and a dose of political correctness, and decided that since the original trilogy featured (respectively) a young man, a young woman, and an old man, to make it complete it now needed an old woman. "Tehanu" is very different in style to the previous three, and reads rather as if LeGuin is trying to carve out a role for herself as a sort of literary philosopher of the places of men and women in society from a purely feminist perspective. There are awful similarities with the similarly didactic "Native Tongue" by Suzette Haden Elgin (which I don't recommend).

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

Hmm...I am actually thinking of another author who wrote "Dust", Lafcadio Hearns. Apologies :) 👋

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

Fairly stated, but her feminism is far off the mark of the most leftist aspects of reality. Her younger work wins the heart whereas her older work can be moralizing and didactic. She is at her best in the mystical realm, in my experience.

Semley's necklace is akin to Heart of Darkness in some ways. The books which follow the hero's path and/or the descent into madness seem to be her best work. And I like the Hainish cycle as a universe to explore.

Do you read Borges? I have very little experience but have read the short story "Dust" on several occasions. And one other one, from Labyrinths, "The Circular Ruins", I think. Her short stories are quite good, I liked the Winds 12 Quarters. "The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", for example.

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[–] cyril75 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I love me some Alastair Reynolds. The Revelation Space universe is great IMHO.

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

The bible. It has a hell of an ending.

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

The Altered Carbon series by Richard Morgan. Brutal hard-boiled noir cyberpunk. Full of great concepts.

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