October 5th, 2005, 11:15 PM
Please recommend! Adventure!
I like SF stories about adventure.
A lonely miner eking out a living in an asteroid belt and his story may sound boring to some, but it's high SF adventure to me
SF war sequences are simply boring, i will generally just scan the text to get past it in this case.
i'm into astrophysics and exploring the vastness of space and the countless galaxies and other "stuff" that makes up our universe is entertaining in and of itself, so if you have read something that fits the bill please share, and thank you!
October 6th, 2005, 03:31 AM
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The Unreasoning Mask by Philip Jose farmer and Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C Clarke.
October 6th, 2005, 05:07 AM
Well, why not hunt down some Jack Vance. The Planet Of Adventure omnibus should be available, and I'll recommend that. The Cadwal Chronicles starting with Araminta Station was what started me on my love affair with Jack Vance. Should be able to pick that up fairly readily. Some can't come around to his style, but if it gets you, you're hooked.
October 6th, 2005, 09:38 AM
I are you looking specifically for a "loner in space" story, or more generally for a hard scifi non-military adventure yarn? Are aliens a minus, a plus, or neutral?
Have you read Larry Niven? Frederik Pohl?
October 6th, 2005, 09:44 AM
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Mission of Gravity
Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement might fit the bill. It's about humans trying to recover a lost probe on a planet of crushing gravity,of which the probe contains vital scientific data. Since humans cannot function well on the surface,they enlist the aid of the native inhabitants -a species of intelligent centipede like creatures. It's reads like a Thor Heyerdahl book with aliens. No unnecessary touchy feely character fetish details to clutter the story.
Considered a Hard SF classic -terrific, short novel!
Last edited by ArthurFrayn; October 6th, 2005 at 01:04 PM.
October 6th, 2005, 10:37 AM
not loner necessarily, but deffinately not a huge ship and crew.
Ben Bova wrote a few that fit the bill, then I read another one that was great, it was just a story about a guy who was saving money to buy an old beat up ship to get into mining in the belt and his trials/tribulations. I forget the name, it was him and some female alien all alone out in the belt for most of the story just trying to raise money.
sounds boring when i type it out like that even to me, but it really wasn't at all boring
October 6th, 2005, 11:25 AM
I'm reading Rinworld by Larry Niven just now and it sounds like it might appeal to you. Do you like the idea of adventuring over a huge world hundreds of times the size of earth? Though when I say 'world' I actually mean 'Ring'. I don't want to spoil it for you but they do literally adventure on a huge ring millions of miles long (the ring itself is round a sun) and have some very interesting experiences.
It's available in the SF Masterworks edition which will mean you can find it in most stores. Take a look here for a full review if you're interested
October 6th, 2005, 11:29 AM
Try Remnant Population by Elizabeth Moon and Illium and Olympos by Dan Simmons.
October 6th, 2005, 02:43 PM
For amazing examinations of the fabric of space-time itself (and no battles of any note), try "Schild's Ladder" by Greg Eagan. It's the Hardest Hard Sci-Fi you'll ever read.
October 14th, 2005, 10:47 AM
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A great "adventures" SF series that also deals with countless mysteries of alien races, the universe, the origin of man kind etc. is The Uplift Saga by David Brin, it's a 6 books series if you are up for the task. Great stuff.
October 17th, 2005, 11:48 AM
Tractrix by R.J. Archer
You may want to check out first in the Seeds Of Civilization series by R.J. Archer. It explores real unsolved archeological mysteries and the adventures take place in our times and neighborhoods. The characters come up with answers that are "out of this world". Tractrix can be purchased online or through the author's website at www.SeedsOfCivilization.com and www.SeedsOfCivilization.com/whatsnew.htm
The response has been great. I think you'll enjoy the novel.
October 18th, 2005, 03:43 PM
You may want to check out Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination for adventure. It's incredibly fast paced and incredibly good. Starts out with that loner in space - quite literally, as the protagonist, Gully Foyle, is alone on a wrecked spaceship for 6 months trying to survive (it doesn't detail all of this time though obviously).