August 14th, 2006, 08:19 AM
Seven Mary Four
Fun Sci-Fi but not...
Looking for some stuff that is just flat out fun, no social commentary, no doomed human race, no military techno-babble (although I love every page of this stuff, just not in the mood right now.) Kinda looking for a Star Wars (the original 3 that created such a powerful mythos) in books, besides the crappy SW novelizations.
I did some research in the recommendation thread, cross-referenced links etc...and haven't found anything I wasn't aware of or have read. (I am not saying I have read everything, by no means)
As far as "space opera" or what might be considered space opera - I have read or am familiar with:
Night Dawn's trilogy
Walter John Williams
and some other obvious heavy hitters...
August 14th, 2006, 10:13 AM
I think you'll like "Pandora's Star" and "Judas Unchained" by Peter F. Hamilton.
I also recommend "Old man's war" by John Scalzi, "Marrow" by Robert Reed, "Revelation Space" by Alastair Reynolds and "Nimrod's hunt" by Charles Sheffield.
August 14th, 2006, 11:32 AM
I'd try any of Harry Harrison's early "Stainless Steel Rat" novels. They're about the most fun I've ever had reading SF. Also, I've enjoyed Elizabeth Moon's "Herris Serrano" series which starts with Hunting Party. They're also shorter books, so you don't feel like they're a huge time commitment.
August 14th, 2006, 11:39 AM
For pure fun, I'd reccommend:
Red Dwarf: Infinity Welcomes Careful Drivers
I still see this at Barnes And Noble all the time. You'll have a tough time finding "Last Human" though if you're in the States.
Also, you could pick up a Phillip K. Dick reader. His short stories are entertaining without being a brain drain.
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