Sci-FI series?

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  1. devilshady

    devilshady New Member

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    Hello people ,

    Im mostly a fantasy reader but im wondering about sci-fi :

    In fantasy there are many series like

    -Robert Jordan's wheel of time series
    -R.A Salvatore's Drizzit series
    -Raymond E. Feist - have read all the sagas
    -David Gemmell's Rigante series
    -J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings series

    Is there are series with sci-fiction? If so can you please recommend me some books? No horror ones i beg , thanks in advance ^^
     
  2. shashekar

    shashekar Grumpy Irishman

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    Look up Dan Simmons, Neal Stephenson and Stephen Donaldson as a start.
     
  3. cgw

    cgw Registered User

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    Asimov's Foundation trilogy and then, if you want, you can read the sequels/prequels.
    The Dune "series". I would call it Dune and a bunch if sequels but you could call it a series.
    Card's Ender's Game "series".
    Bujold's Vorkosigan series.
    Good places to start reading scifi.
     
  4. Andols

    Andols I like stories

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    im not sure what else i could add thats not in the first two posts. richard morgan's takeshi kovacs books are sort of a series.
     
  5. Dragosani

    Dragosani Registered User

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    Also there's:
    - Peter F. Hamilton (Night's Dawn trilogy + other series)
    - Alastair Reynolds (Revelation Space series)
    - Iain M. Banks (Culture series)
     
  6. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    The above are all very good recommendations, in fact, some threads at SFFWorld actively discuss them.

    Iain M. Banks - Culture Books - I just finished the first book in the series, Consider Phlebas and loved it

    Peter F. Hamilton...where to start? - He has quite a few series that have been touched upon, the latest of which is The Void Trilogy which began with The Dreaming Void (reviewed by Hobbit and myself).

    One series that might work well for you is Kay Kenyon's The Entire and the Rose, which thus far has three books. The first, Bright of the Sky is terrific. Overall, the series has elements that would appeal very well to fantasy fans - great imagined universe, strange creatures, and offbeat society.
     
  7. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    I like

    Bujold's Vorkosigan series.

    http://www.sfsite.com/05a/mv175.htm

    I can't stand

    Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space

    http://www.sfsite.com/05a/rs80.htm

    I bought Revelation Space because of reviews on the net but that review more accurately reflects my opinion of the book.

    Now I think that Bujold is a better writer than Asimov and her series is a more enjoyable read than:

    Asimov's Foundation trilogy and then, if you want, you can read the sequels/prequels.

    But the Asimov series was more thought provoking. Now I will admit this might be a somewhat unfair comparison since I read Asimov at a younger age but the Foundation Series altered my perspective of history. So you need to decide what kind of stories YOU LIKE.

    psik
     
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  8. Rob B

    Rob B \m/ BEER \m/ Staff Member

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    FWIW, I liked what I read of Bujold and Reynolds, so there you go.
     
  9. shashekar

    shashekar Grumpy Irishman

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    I never enjoyed the Foundation series as I felt it hadn't aged very well.
     
  10. metalprof

    metalprof I should be working

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    Evil Agent Saturn Comes Back Around

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    I recommend:

    Dune by Frank Herbert (and the 5 sequels he wrote, not the recent ones by his son)

    Hyperion by Dan Simmons (and the sequels, Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, Rise of Endymion).

    Awesome books!
     
  12. Seli

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    Neal Asher's Ian Cormac novels, and others in the same universe.
     
  13. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    How much of the series did you read?

    I usually give up on a book if I don't like it within 50 pages. I would never read a series I didn't like.

    Of course there is the Rimworld Series:

    http://www.rimworlds.com/rimworldsintro.htm

    I can't comment on it since I haven't read it but there is a Crochity Old Fan somewhere that likes it.

    psik
     
  14. fk1523

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    I guess no one here likes Heinlein, though I think for the beginning sci-fi reader, he's a good place to start.
     
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    Heinlein is one of my fav authors but he was not given to writing series.

    Somebody above mentioned Feintuch and the Midshipman books and I agree, they're great!
     
  16. owlcroft

    owlcroft Webmaster, Great SF&F

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    Consider these . . . .

    All of these are, I reckon, well-written stuff. So, from Lists 'R' Us Central:

    • The Hitchhiker "trilogy" (5 books) by Douglas Adams (humorous)
    • The Radix tetrad by A. A. Attanasio
    • The "Culture" books by Iain M. Banks
    • The Aldair tetralogy by Neil Barrett, Jr.
    • The Langdon St. Ives books by James Blaylock (weird humor)
    • The Qfwfq duo by Italo Calvino (literate, light-hearted philosophy)
    • any S.F. series by C. J. Cherryh (such as Morgaine, Chanur, or the Faded Sun)
    • The Transformer trilogy by M. A. Foster
    • The Ler trilogy by M. A. Foster (Foster is undeservedly overlooked these days)
    • Ash by Mary Gentle
    • The Windhover tetralogy by Warren Norwood (another unjustly overlooked writer)
    • The Anthony Villiers quartet (unfinished at 3 books) by Alexei Panshin (irony)
    • The Starbridge Chronicles trilogy by Paul Park
    • The Bromeliad trilogy by Terry Pratchett (YA but amusing)
    • The Samaria books by Sharon Shinn (earlier are better)
    • The Majipoor books by Robert Silverberg (but, I think, only the first 3)
    • The Instrumentality cycle by Cordwainer Smith (stick to the NESFA editions--most others are badly cut up).
    • Any SF series by Brian Stableford (there are a lot: Dies Irae; Hooded Swan; Daedalus; Asgard; Lydyard; Genesys; eMortality; Doomed earth (1 so far)
    • The Inquestor tetralogy by Somtow Sucharitkul (aka S. P. Somtow)
    • Any SF series by Jack Vance (including the Demon Princes; Planet of Adventure; Durdane aka The Faceless Man aka The Anome; Big Planet; Magnus Ridolph; the Cadwal Chronicles; and Lurulu aka Ports of Call)
    • The Otherland tetralogy by Tad Williams
    • The New Urth and New Sun series by Gene Wolfe
    • The Neverness tetralogy by David Zindell

    There are two other excellent series that are borderline as between sf and fantasy: Viriconium by M. John Harrison (but do it anway--he's one of the great writers, in any field, of our times), and Ryhope Wood by Robert Holdstock.

    Enjoy.
     
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  17. Hobbit

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    That's a good list, owlcroft: I see you've mentioned Mary Gentle's Ash! - do you mean Holdstock's Mythago Wood, though? (which I think is based on Ryhope Wood, but I could be wrong.)

    There's a new one of those due in the summer.

    M. A. Foster I don't know; the nearest I got was Alan Dean Foster...

    Mark
     
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    owlcroft Webmaster, Great SF&F

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    Seies names vary . . . .

    Some sources refer to the "Mythago Wood" series, but quite a few others to the "Ryhope Wood" series--of course, it's the same set of books. I was under the impression that Holdstock had moved on to other series; I am glad to hear there's another Mythago book due.

    M. A. Foster produced seven novels and a story collection, mostly or entirely in the '70s, then seemed to vanish from the scene. It was not a retirement: a few years ago, he posted on his occasional blog (Eyeless in Gaza) that he had two novels in submission, but that even if accepted neither would appear before (as best I recall) 2009 or 2010. Foster is the only writer I can think of who reminds me of Jack Vance, who I assume Foster was influenced by; nonetheless, Foster remains his own man--his works are by no means pastiches of Vance. They are all intelligent, decently written, complex, and thought-provoking.
     
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    Thanks, Owlcroft: Foster's not an author I've come across before, and certainly not seen here in the UK; but I've added him to my list! ( I do like a bit of Vance, too.)

    Mark
     
  20. psikeyhackr

    psikeyhackr Live Long & Suffer

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    Now that rang a bell.

    http://www.amazon.com/Flinx-Alan-Dean-Foster/lm/P6TFYGYPDI9L

    It is like the Honor Harrington series in that it gets a little tired passed the 7th or 8th book. Maybe I'm just getting old, but the Bujold series hasn't suffered from that. Maybe they weren't as good from the beginning.

    psik