Required Reading?

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Just to start off conversation, I'd like to try putting together a "required reading" list - a list of all the best genre books - stuff you should be familiar with to be considered "well read".

    I'll start:

    The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
    The Mote in God's Eye -Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
    The Andromeda Strain - Michael Crichton
    Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
    The Time Machine - H.G. Wells
    War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
    Cat's Cradle - Kurt Vonnegut
    1984 - George Orwell
    The Puppet Masters - Robert Heinlein
    Starship Troopers - Robert Heinlein
    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
    William Gibson - Neuromancer

    What else?
     
  2. Pro Street

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    The Hyperion series by Dan Simmons is a MUST READ. I strongly urge anyone- by far the most fantastic sci-fi epic I have ever laid my eyes on.

    Books in the series:
    Hyperion
    Fall of Hyperion
    Endymion
    The Rise of Endymion
     
  3. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    my absolute favourite sci-fi series ever :bowdown:

    I actually just re-read it last month. Poor Aenea :hs:
     
  4. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    American Gods - Neil Gaiman

    His Dark Materials Series - Phillip Pullman:
    includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, the Amber Spyglass

    A Deepness in the Sky - Vernor Vinge
    A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge

    The Mars Trilogy - Kim Stanley Robinson:
    Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars

    The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

    2001 - Arthur C. Clarke
    Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke

    Dune - Frank Herbert

    i think that's a start :cool:
     
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    The Cassini Division - Ken MacLeod
     
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    èpic aka modernlife

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    Fantasy Fiction:

    The Belgariad - Eddings
    The Mallorean - Eddings
    The Hobbit - Tolkien
    Lord of the Rings - Tolkien
    Magician: Apprentice - Feist
    Magician: Master - Feist
    Harry Potter - Rowling
     
  7. WERUreo

    WERUreo Imua!

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    I particularly liked the Pendragon Cycle series of books by Stephen Lawhead.

    Taliesen
    Merlin
    Arthur
    Pendragon
    Grail

    Pretty interesting spin on the King Arthur stories...
     
  8. lowfat

    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    too really good fantasy books i read were (if you can find them)

    Ravenloft : Vampires in the Mist - Christie Golden and
    Ravenloft : Dance of the Dead - Christie Golden


    and if your a fan of starcraft. The first (Liberty's Crusade by Jeff Grubb) and the third books(Speed of Darkness by Tracy Hickman) are quite good also.
     
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    WERUreo Imua!

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    Don't know how many Asimov fans there are here, but does anyone remember the Norby series of books? I think it was either he or his wife (or both) that wrote those books. I read them as a kid, but I can't for the life of me remember what they were about.

    Speaking of Asimov, "I, Robot" was a really good book, and they're coming out with a movie for it soon. Can't wait for that. :)
     
  10. anjego

    anjego Invading your economy!

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    the Norby series was sort of tangentially related to I, Robot... they occured in the same world as far as I remember. they were written by both Issac Asimov and his wife Janet. they were more of 'young adult' books.

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/t...102-0334561-2779365?v=glance&s=books&n=507846
     
  11. Juke

    Juke What am I supposed to put here?

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    The halo books are good too
     
  12. Pro Street

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    DragonsDawn series by Anne McAffery

    DragonsDawn
    - Moreta
    Dragonflight
    Dragonquest
    The White Dragon


    read them in that order.
    All The Wyers of Pern
     
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    at risk of sounding a little too cliche, I've been reading Clive Barker's Imajica (the all inclusive huge version) for the past few weeks. When I'm done I'll know for sure but right now I'd have to put it on the list somewhere.

    Also, The Inhuman Condition by Barker. What can I say? I'm a fan...






    great thread btw.
     
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    stranger in a strange land - heinlein
     
  15. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    :ACK: :madfawk: :hammer: :barf:

    I hate Hate HATE HATE HATE HATE that book. Of all the Heinlein books I've read, that's my vote for worst - and I've read Assignment In Eternity.

    To be fair, I guess I just didn't grok it. It's very Heinlein, and objectively it's a well-written book.

    I just didn't like that the 1st half is a cool scifi story about this guy from mars, then the 2nd half is his treatise against religion. :dunno:
     
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    Hyperion kicked ass.
    Fall of Hyperion was pretty good.
    Endymion was iffy.
    Rise of Endymion was SHIT. The sex scenes? What.the.fuck?
     
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    Seen it mentioned before, but I just have to reiterate: Dune. and not just the first book, you have to read at least Dune Messiah as well.

    Shadows of the Empire - Steve Perry hands down, best star wars book
    Sphere - Michael Crichton
    Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
    Illuminatus! Triology - Bob Shea & Robert Anton Wilson

    :o and i know it's a kid's book, but A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
     
  18. Acesn8s

    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    Modern Fantasy:
    Jack of Kinrowan-by Charles DeLint
    Someplace to be Flying-by Charles DeLint
    Faerie Tale-by Raymond Feist

    Epic Fantasy:
    Song of Fire and Ice series by George R R Martin (book 1 A Game of Thrones)
    The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan (book 1 The Eye of the World)
    The Shannara series by Terry Brooks (book 1 The Sword of Shannara)
    The Khaavren Romances by Steven Brust (book 1 The Phoenix Guards)
    Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover (scifi crossover)

    Scifi
    The Dune series by Frank Herbert
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    Dream Park by Larry Niven and Steven Barnes (picture what the future of RPGs are)
    Heroes Die by Matthew Woodring Stover (scifi crossover)
     
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    neuromancer and snow crash definitely. forever war too.
     
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    Acesn8s The Deadman's Hand

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    I'd like to add that I also liked the Pendragon Cycle by Lawhead (plus his other series), and Neil Gaiman's American Gods was also excellent (along with Neverwhere) he's the creater of Sandman (DC/Vertigo comicbook).

    I forgot to add Guy Gavrial Kay's Fionavar Tapestry (trilogy) as another of my all time favorite Fantasy series.
     
  21. nozoki

    nozoki Hail to the king, baby.

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  22. Projinni

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    These lists could be a lot longer, but this is what I came up with on short notice..

    Science fiction:
    The City And The Stars - Arthur C. Clarke
    A Case Of Conscience - James Blish
    More Than Human - Thodore Sturgeon
    Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes...allready mentioned, but it's great :)
    A Scanner Darkly - Phillip K. Dick
    Earth Abides - George R. Stewart
    The Left Hand Of Darkness - Ursula K. LeGuin
    Gateway - Frederik Pohl
    The Fifth Head Of Cerberus - Gene Wolfe

    In the fantasy department:
    Fevre Dream - Geroge R. R. Martin
    Coraline, Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman
    The Drawing Of The Dark - Tim Powers
    The Book Of The New Sun: Sword And Citadel - Gene Wolfe
    The Book Of The New Sun: Shadow And Claw - Gene Wolfe
    The King Of Elfland's Daughter - Lord Dunsany
    The Dragon Waiting - John M. Ford
     

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