Scifi/Horror/Fantasy Must-Read List (part 2)

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  1. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    Instead of dredging up the old thread, I figured I'd start a new one. What do you guys think are the core curriculum, the "omg you haven't read ____? :eek3:" books?

    I'll start, all scifi:

    Robert A. Heinlein:
    The Door Into Summer
    Starship Troopers
    The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress

    Arthur C. Clarke:
    2001: A Space Odyssey
    2010: The Year We Make Contact
    Songs Of Distant Earth
    The Other Side Of The Sky (short story collection)

    Isaac Asimov:
    Foundation
    Foundation And Empire
    Second Foundation
    I, Robot
    Caves Of Steel
    The Feeling Of Power (short story)

    Larry Niven:
    The Mote In God's Eye (co-written with Jerry Pournelle)
    The Gripping Hand (co-written with Jerry Pournelle)
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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  3. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    god there's going to be some long fuckin lists. i'm just gonna throw this out there.... the complete works of edgar allan poe
     
  5. Joe_Cool

    Joe_Cool Never trust a woman or a government. Moderator

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    I love the telltale heart, the black cat, and especially the cask of amontillado.
     
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    Ender's Game
    The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Mars trilogy
     
  8. Acoustyk

    Acoustyk Jesus didn't save the dinosaurs lol

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    Nothing against you but I would eliminate 2010 and replace that with "Rendevous with Rama" and "Childhood's End."

    Btw I highly recommend buy this book of aggregated sci fi stories (link) chosen by Roger Silverburg, it's got some of the best sci fi I've ever read, including "Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes.

    Also, I recommend "Galactic Dreamers," another collection orchestrated by Silverburg, but when I looked a while back I couldn't find it online.
     
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    I also liked "The Cat who Walked Through Walls"~ Heinlein
     
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    THIS.
     
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    Neal Stephenson - Snowcrash
    Perdido Street Station - China Mieville
     
  12. Variant

    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    Add "Childhood's End" to the Clarke list.

    Also these:

    Neuromancer - William Gibson
    A Song of Ice & Fire (series) - George RR Martin
    Ender's Shadow - Orson Scott Card
    When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, The Exile Kiss - George Alec Effinger
     
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    lowfat 24/Mac/SciFi/PC Crew OT Supporter

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    are the other two books in the series not good? As soon as a I finish ASOIAF - A Feast For Crows. I plan on reading the books of his that I haven't read yet. The Sprawl trilogy being some of them.
     
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    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    Haven't read them in years, I don't remember them being as good, though. I should probably give them another read. If you're a cyberpunk fan I highly recommend those 3 books by Effinger I listed above. Same gritty/tech feel as Gibson, set in the Middle East.
     
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    01ACRViper Official OT LOTR Guru......... Spurs >*

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    anyone read anything by Damien Broderick? :x:
     
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    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    never heard of him. Have any recommendations?
     
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    Sticking to SciFi & not trying to duplicate anything that's been posted above (I also can't recommend anything I haven't read):

    Frank Herbert:

    Dune
    Dune Messiah
    Children of Dune

    Ray Bradbury:

    Farenheit 451

    Larry Niven:

    Ringworld

    Kurt Vonnegut:

    Cat's Cradle
    Slaughterhouse 5
    The Sirens of Titan
    Breakfast of Champions

    John Wyndham:

    The Day of the Triffids

    Phillip K Dick:

    Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
    Ubik

    Frederick Pohl:

    Gateway

    HG Wells:

    The Time Machine
    The War of the Worlds
    The Invisible Man

    Jules Verne

    From the Earth to the Moon
    20,000 Leagues under the Sea
    Journey to the Centre of the Earth

    Timothy Zahn

    Thrawn Trilogy

    L Ron Hubbard: (I know, I know... but surprisingly I found that he's a great SciFi story writer. :o - It's little wonder he was so convincing when he decided to invent a false religion :mamoru: )

    Battlefield Earth

    Mary Shelley:

    Frankenstein
     
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    just ordered the fire and ice books, i hope they're good
     
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    i couldn't put them down once i started.
     
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    Finished this today. I must say it is definitely better than any of the 'Bridge Trilogy' books I've read of his. Kind of disappointed that 'Count Zero' doesn't have the same characters.

    Also finished Robert J. Sawyer's 'Flashforward' which I thought was rather enjoyable. It is completely different from the TV show.
     
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    Variant Cast in the name of God, ye not guilty.

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    I agree. Neuromancer was the first Gibson book I read and I haven't liked any of his others as much since then. He's sort of like Frank Herbert in that he had one really good book in him and the rest are sorta meh.
     
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    I'm just gonna say it, Day By Day should be considered a must read for horror fans.
     
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    :werd: that shit was fantastic. definitely not a sackride as i was mostly against reading it after i heard so many fags tell me it was the best book evar!!11lc but when i caved and got it... damn. it was really good.
     
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    gino85 fuck your honda civic, i've a horse outside

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    just got the innocent mage by karen miller, i havnt started it yet but im hoping its good, also read Flesh by richard laymon, it was abit slow to start but it gets better,it also leaves you wondering about a couple of things but i wont get into those incase people want to pick it up
     
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    I'm also gonna add The Strain, by Del Toro. It is new, and some might disagree, but it was entertaining without being boring. And, it opens up the possibility of him making some pretty intense movies in the future.
     

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