September 12th, 2011, 02:06 PM #46
A lot of my favorite ideas have come from short stories of which I've read a lot more in the last couple of years.
Pesthouse - Jim Crace
"The End of the World as We Know It - Dale Bailey
"Speech Sound" - Octavia E. Butler
"The People of Sand and Slag" - Paolo Bacigalupi
Counting Heads - David Marusek
"Wang's Carpets" - Greg Egan
"Blood Music" - Greg Bear
"Flowers for Algernon" - Daniel Keyes
"Understand" - Ted Chiang
September 13th, 2011, 06:49 AM #47
Building up from ideas of human intelligence in disembodied storage or artificial bodies, Egan finally takes his lead characters on a mind-boggling joyride through novo-vacuum, mapping them into a space where a tense eight-hour flight from deadly predators covers just one millimetre. There's a lot of room in there.
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September 13th, 2011, 07:32 AM #48
September 13th, 2011, 09:38 AM #49
Authors that mention things involving that but then get it wrong are really annoying. It os only 300 years old.
September 14th, 2011, 12:39 PM #50
September 16th, 2011, 07:13 AM #51
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My favourite is about struggle to escape the gravity wells of a planet, against local government policy and society's popular ideas. Ben Bova's return to Mars is an example. Generally, I tend to enjoy stories about science advancement, about how people keep going despite of public scorn, limited budget, and many more challenges.
September 16th, 2011, 10:32 AM #52
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h g wells's Time Machine
i think the concept of a time-machine, like h g wells's 'time machine' is one of my favorite SF Concepts. the cover-picture of the book i read years-ago there was like a contraption that has always reminded me of: a car ! SO as i love Saucers, a car fits my idea for my favorite SF Concept _
November 29th, 2011, 07:01 AM #53As I remember it makes up most of the last third of the book. It was a strange novel - partly Egan tried hard with characterisation and background. I don't know if that's how he normally writes but it almost worked, though I found it a bit schmaltzy in places. The rest of it was pretty hard-concept stuff and genuinely complex (to me at any rate). Overall I'd say it was definitely worth reading.
I managed to get hold of it and I finished it yesterday. I enjoyed it... interesting concept and some intriguing fresh ideas. Squeezing decent characters into this was always going to be difficult, but I thought Egan had it about right to generate a bit of human interest and a setting that the reader can relate to.
He'd obviously put a lot of thought into the physics and stuff but I did find some of that difficult to follow and I had to get on with it and accept I wouldn't be able to understand it exactly.
I would have liked a more conclusive ending.
Anachronauts are awesome!
December 3rd, 2011, 08:51 AM #54
I'm most fascinated by the next stage of civilization: How we will develop beyond today's over-populated, environmentally-insensitive, resource-imbalanced, Manifest Destiny-obsessed culture.
Concurrent with that, I love examples of living in these environments of tomorrow, including spaceships and orbital habitats, arcocities and post-collapse remnants. (My own novels reflect these interests as well.)