WAYR---airshocker's sci-fi edition!

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#1 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

Aside from telling us what you are reading, OT, I would like some suggestions of some good sci-fi. Preferably having to do with fleets, combat, etc. I've taken a shine on space opera recently and I would like to read more.

I just finished Jack Campbell's The Lost Fleet series and while his writing left a lot to be desired it was still an okay series. Not your typical space opera series that just focuses on combat and the like, but these books focused mostly on the problems associated with command. It's a good read if you're just trying to kill some time, but nothing that's going to change your world.

So, OT, what have you been reading?

#2 Posted by chessmaster1989 (29669 posts) -
Actually I'm reading Nemesis by Isaac Asimov. It's great, definitely recommend it.
#3 Posted by dave123321 (34303 posts) -
I read a book called mr penumbras 24 hour bookstore. Also a book called the revised fundamentals of caregiving, I am thinking of starting No Easy Day
#4 Posted by brucewayne69 (2864 posts) -
5 books at the moment: Lord of the Rings, Neverwhere, the Boy who Harnessed the Wind, Book Thief, and Final Crisis
#5 Posted by megagene (23030 posts) -
I just finished reading "The Road", by Cormac McCarthy. I enjoyed it quite a lot, I did.
#6 Posted by brucewayne69 (2864 posts) -
5 books at the moment: Lord of the Rings, Neverwhere, the Boy who Harnessed the Wind, Book Thief, and Final Crisisbrucewayne69
Only Neverwhere is sci-fi, it's Gaiman, you should check it out. FC is too, but it's a comic
#7 Posted by Aljosa23 (25663 posts) -

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Read that. ^

Currently reading Team of Rivals. Maaaaaaaaaad good.

#8 Posted by dave123321 (34303 posts) -

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Read that. ^

Currently reading Team of Rivals. Maaaaaaaaaad good.

Aljosa23
Also recommend this
#9 Posted by Cloud_Insurance (3279 posts) -

Just finished Threat Vector by Tom Clancy. Pretty good.

Almost finished with Die Trying by Lee Child. Solid.

#10 Posted by worlock77 (22547 posts) -
'The Glory of Their Times' by Lawrence S. Ritter (Sorry, no sci-fi suggestions.)
#11 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

'The Glory of Their Times' by Lawrence S. Ritter (Sorry, no sci-fi suggestions.)worlock77

All of my hate.

#12 Posted by PandaTrueno86 (1611 posts) -

The Forever War. Ridley Scott has film rights to that, but who knows when he'd ever make that into a series.

#13 Posted by Abbeten (3009 posts) -
you should read hyperion by dan simmons. i am currently reading infinite jest
#14 Posted by topgunmv (10326 posts) -

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Recommended.

Basically an anthology of science fiction and essays on the history of the genre.

I think it's actually a textbook.

#15 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

Some of you guys are spoiling me.

#16 Posted by Aljosa23 (25663 posts) -

i am currently reading infinite jestAbbeten
why

#17 Posted by PandaTrueno86 (1611 posts) -

Some of you guys are spoiling me.

airshocker

Any titles that have caught your interest?

#18 Posted by fastesttruck (25353 posts) -
Stuff for work
#19 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

Any titles that have caught your interest?

PandaTrueno86

Nemesis, The Forever War, Hyperion, that book topgun recommended.

#20 Posted by Wilfred_Owen (20911 posts) -
I've been reading the PDG. Cut me Air. Cut me. I test this year.
#22 Posted by PandaTrueno86 (1611 posts) -

[QUOTE="PandaTrueno86"]

Any titles that have caught your interest?

airshocker

Nemesis, The Forever War, Hyperion, that book topgun recommended.

I found out about The Forever War by reading up on some Ridley Scott, his vision is that he would want the film adaption to rival Avatar. But if he ever does get around to directing it, I hope he doesn't plan to merge the universe with Alien/Prometheus and Blade Runner. I'm quite interested to see what he would do with Alien/Prometheus and Blade Runner whenever he gets that sequel made, but that would be too much I would think.

#23 Posted by Abbeten (3009 posts) -

[QUOTE="Abbeten"]i am currently reading infinite jestAljosa23

why

i don't know, because i hate myself
#24 Posted by SaudiFury (8707 posts) -

Also Mirrored Heavens apparently it's part of a trilogy, and world war 3 occurs so you might be interested.

#25 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

I've been reading the PDG. Cut me Air. Cut me. I test this year.Wilfred_Owen

For Staff? Good luck, man!

#26 Posted by LZ71 (10324 posts) -
Just finished up The Tao of Pooh and Man's Search of Meaning for my philosophy class. Both really interesting, but very different books. Going to be reading Siddhartha next. Sorry, I have no sci-fy to recommend. :(
#27 Posted by strategyfn (379 posts) -

Dune--but I'm sure you've read it airshocker.

Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the whole series.

Those are what I can recommend as far as science fiction, although I don't think they are to fleety, or whatever you specifically wanted.:) They do have space ships in them.

What I'm wanting to read is "Salmon Fishing in the Yemen." I watched the movie and I liked it, but I haven't gotten my hands on the book yet.

#28 Posted by Fightingfan (38011 posts) -
Pull sh-- lectures. That's what I'm reading.
#29 Posted by Bane_09 (3394 posts) -

Finally got around to reading 1984 and just finished it, pretty amazing like I had heard. I'm thinking of rereading Ender's Game again sometime soon, pretty good sci fi book with a good amount of action

#30 Posted by whiskeystrike (12096 posts) -

Arnold Schwarzenegger The New Encyclclopedia of Modern Bodybuilding

#31 Posted by GazaAli (23524 posts) -
I'm reading a book on the EU and I will follow it with a book about Marx.
#32 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
Finished all of Lovecraft so now I'm moving on to Pratchett.
#33 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

Finished all of Lovecraft so now I'm moving on to Pratchett. Ace6301

How are your nightmares?

#34 Posted by worlock77 (22547 posts) -

[QUOTE="Ace6301"]Finished all of Lovecraft so now I'm moving on to Pratchett. airshocker

How are your nightmares?

I know that after reading my first Lovecraft anthology for weeks all my dreams ended with a narrator screaming "oh god no! the horror! THE HORROR!!!...." (and such like).
#35 Posted by Stesilaus (3477 posts) -

Frederik Pohl's "Heechee saga" is pretty good---all four books are well-rated on Amazon.

  • Gateway
  • Beyond the Blue Event Horizon
  • Heechee Rendezvous
  • The Annals of the Heechee

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#36 Posted by Ace6301 (21389 posts) -
[QUOTE="airshocker"]

[QUOTE="Ace6301"]Finished all of Lovecraft so now I'm moving on to Pratchett. worlock77

How are your nightmares?

I know that after reading my first Lovecraft anthology for weeks all my dreams ended with a narrator screaming "oh god no! the horror! THE HORROR!!!...." (and such like).

Yeah. As awesome as Lovecraft was he's quite tame for these days. People have built off his ideas to such a degree that while it's interesting it's more so from an academic point of view. That said as an imaginative person I really do prefer the "nothing is scarier" approach to horror. Gore and stuff does absolutely nothing for me. As I said earlier here the only thing that really others me is parasitic worms and the like so oddly enough a character from a light hearted game actually bothers me more than some stuff that's actually meant to be horrific (Cabin in the woods was a film I thoroughly enjoyed because of how it mocks modern horror, really funny film).
#37 Posted by SaudiFury (8707 posts) -

seems i deleted my original post.

umm currently going on and off reading through Cloud Atlas. pretty good, got some sci-fi elements but that's not the point of the book.

lately just been keeping up with the new Iron Man series that Marvel is running lately.

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However, i haven't read that much sci-fi space opera's, the sci-fi's i've read have had to do with like time travel and genetics (TimeLine, Next, etc), or it's related to some tie-in to a game like Draw Karpyshyn's Mass Effect books, and whlie Mass Effect is all about being a space opera the books are not. Mostly based around the intrigue of Biotic Academy (which you go to in Mass Effect 3).

As for my recommendations, i found a few.

I did mention earlier Mirrored Heavens, which is part of David J. Williams Autumn Rain trilogy, basically cyberpunk future world where a second cold war has set in between the USA and her Allies (North America and South America), and the Eurasian alliance of China and Russia with their allies (Middle East and most of Asia and Africa). basically future cold war and third world war.

As for other books i could recommend that seemed interesting "The Old Man's War", "Pandora's Star", and "Leviathan's Wake".

I guess for me and things like with Sci-Fi i need some anchor that relates somehow to our world, so like the people are from Earth, or at the very least originated from Earth. if it's like in a far away place - in book form - it gets very hard for me to imagine it and feel that emotional invested to keep going. If it's in film form and i see it it's much easier to enjoy.

#39 Posted by JasonDarksavior (9323 posts) -
Reading the Dead Island novel. Starting to love reading video game novels, pretty cool to know more about a game's universe.
#40 Posted by jimkabrhel (15423 posts) -

I plan on going back to read the original Dune again, to get the taste of the series ending books out of my mouth.

#41 Posted by Toph_Girl250 (48310 posts) -

[QUOTE="Ace6301"]Finished all of Lovecraft so now I'm moving on to Pratchett. airshocker

How are your nightmares?

Didn't know those were super scary books capable of giving one nightmares, but I shouldn't be surprised I didn't considering I never read books.
#42 Posted by airshocker (30715 posts) -

[Didn't know those were super scary books capable of giving one nightmares, but I shouldn't be surprised I didn't considering I never read books.Toph_Girl250

Lovecraft gave me nightmares once or twice. But some of his stories really are fantastic. The Outsider is probably my favorite.

#43 Posted by SaudiFury (8707 posts) -

hey Airshocker, i would also suggest checking out The Forever War

"The Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and very far away. A reluctant conscript drafted into an elite Military unit, Private William Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the distant thousand-year conflict; to perform his duties and do whatever it takes to survive the ordeal and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries..."


could be cool.

#44 Posted by CycleOfViolence (2813 posts) -

Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution by Robert Service.