October 2011 SF Discussion Nominations

Discussion in 'Science Fiction' started by Erfael, Aug 24, 2011.

  1. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Hi all,

    Time for some nominations for a September discussion book. Here's the "rules":

    1. Everyone can nominate one book and second a reasonably small number of other books.
    2. Books must be available new in US and UK (I just check the two Amazons for this). They should also be in a format other than hardcover, so as to keep costs down.
    3. Books must be standalone or book 1 in a series (usually not a problem in SF).
    4. They can't have been book club books before. The nearly complete list of previous discussions can be found here.
     
  2. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    I'll throw this out having heard almost nothing about it: Ready Player One looks really intriguing to me...
     
  3. Ropie

    Ropie Member of the Month™

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    I've always wanted to read something by Adam Roberts (who has never been in the book club) - Yellow Blue Tibia sounds pretty good and is available new in both US & UK paperback editions.
     
  4. chitman13

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    I'll add another vote to Ready Player One - it'll give me the perfect excuse to read it again! :)
     
  5. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    I really want to do Adam Roberts soon, too. Maybe we can pick two months again if we get more takers for both of them.
     
  6. renatria

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    I'll be in for either book. I'm doing this to broaden my horizons :D I've read a lot of golden age, but not a lot of more recent science fiction. Lately its been a lot of fantasy- well actually most recently is been mostly non fiction assigned reading.
     
  7. SuzieOz

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    Am I allowed to nominate one that was nominated for September but not taken up? If so - The Carpet Makers by Andreas Eschbach ... I really want to read this one. If not, that's ok, I'll read it anyway. :)
     
  8. Ropie

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    Sounds good. I'll wait to second one in case someone else comes along with another suggestion..
     
  9. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Looks like we have about the same amount of interest in three really different books here. How about we just take them for our next three months, which will give us some really different stuff to read for a while? Does anyone have a strong preference of order between the three of them for Oct/Nov/Dec?

    Ready Player One
    Yellow Blue Tibia
    Carpet Makers
     
  10. Westsiyeed

    Westsiyeed The Fifth Dominion

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    I'm up for Ready Player One too - sounds like a fun read.

    Is there a September discussion book? I couldn't see a thread anywhere...
     
  11. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    Yes, Flowers for Algernon for September.
     
  12. SuzieOz

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    I'm happy with whatever order.
    Looking forward to all of these ... :)
     
  13. Ropie

    Ropie Member of the Month™

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    It sounds really good but Ready Player One doesn't seem to be available in the UK yet.

    edit - maybe it is; the listing in Amazon show the paperback as both available and unavailable but I think they're just different publishers.
     
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  14. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    This one looks available: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ready-Playe...9372/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1314713033&sr=8-1

    I like it when they list a bunch of different ones that are all the same and only some of them are available even though they all look to be just the same thing...
     
  15. Sfinx

    Sfinx Life's a riddle

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    From the bits i've seen around, Ready Player One sounds like a great read! Let's start there :)

    And already nominated Adam Roberts for September BotM thread (albeit for Stone), so definitely second him.

    Carpet Makers...dunno. "The Carpet Makers comes to us through the literary intercession of Orson Scott Card" doesn't help either...so let's indeed push that one to december :cool:

    Cheers,

    Sfinx.
     
  16. Ropie

    Ropie Member of the Month™

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    OK, both RP1 & YBT on their way to me :cool:
     
  17. Diosces

    Diosces AS=1/2(Vf**2-Vi**2)

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    awesome

    Ready Player One looks like a winner!

    btw anyone read the most awesome Daemon/Freedom by Suarez? They came to mind when I read first chapter of RP1 free on Amazon.
     
  18. SuzieOz

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    I will give Ready Player One a miss atm as the library here doesn't have it at this stage, although I have suggested they purchase it and I am first on the waiting list if they decide to do that.

    I presume the order then is:
    OCT - Ready Player One
    NOV - Yellow Blue Tibia
    DEC - The Carpet Makers

    ?? I don't think the order was officially decided yet?
     
  19. Erfael

    Erfael Lemurs!!! Staff Member

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    I'd have sworn that post actually happened somewhere. Yes, that's the order, selected in a totally random fashion.
     
  20. SuzieOz

    SuzieOz Registered User

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    Yes I was sure I saw that post too, but I looked for it again and can't find it.