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December 8th, 2010, 02:23 PM #1
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what is the most epic sci fi bokk there is?
I know there is a thread listing all the epic space operas but it doesn't really say which is the best or the most epic. I want to read a book, space opera preferably, I'm not good with sci fi jargon though I'm not against it, which is epic with lots of action and a good book. Something like the original dune or the sci fi comparable to a game of thrones or lord of the rings.
December 8th, 2010, 02:32 PM #2
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If there is something that most sci-fi lovers can agree on, like folks agree on Martin's first 3 books, I'm forgetting what it is. Here are a couple of personal recommendations to check out for epic sci-fi.
Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter Hamilton: Wierd premise, excessive violence and a lousy ending. The writing and plotting though, I found just as good as Martin. I absolutely loved it (except the ending), but I certainly couldnt call it "best" in the sense that I think its everyone's cup of tea.
Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton: Also very epic, with a much better ending. Much more traditional space opera than The Night's Dawn trilogy, although nothing Hamilton writes is paint-by-the-numbers.
Brin's series beginning with Sundiver: This is a very imaginative, well regarded series that I liked a lot. First book written in 1980, not sure its still easy to find.
Niven and Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye: More "traditional" epic space opera, enjoyed it very much. Should not be a controversial recommendation, even if its not a personal favorite of everyone.
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December 8th, 2010, 02:38 PM #3
Try Dan Simmons - Hyperion
(and part 2: Dan Simmons - The Fall of Hyperion)
Big and epic. Lots of ins and outs. Intriguing, exciting.
December 8th, 2010, 03:02 PM #4
Agree with Jeroen. It doesn't get any more cosmic than The Fall of Hyperion. (Just remember to avoid the Endymion sequels.)
Also, E.E. Doc Smith's classic 40s-vintage Lensman series is pretty epic.
December 8th, 2010, 03:08 PM #5
I made a gigantic list. Nights Dawn or Hyperion would get my vote also.
December 8th, 2010, 03:25 PM #6
B) Haven't read Night's Dawn actually (!), but Hyperion encompasses the end/beginning of time and the fate of the entire Universe...hard to imagine something more epic than that!
C) A Fire Upon the Deep is also pretty epic. Although it deals with only one galaxy, it is very good at creating a sense of hugeness.
December 8th, 2010, 03:34 PM #7
When did 'epic' become an adjective?
December 8th, 2010, 03:43 PM #8
Not sure what "bokks" are but Epic can be fairly subjective. A lot of people will point to Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds as writers write Epic SF. Even more subjective than "epic" is best...
Here's that great thread Andols created: Epic SF and Space Opera: Here's my giant list, what's missing?
December 8th, 2010, 03:45 PM #9
I'll go along with:
The Mote in God's Eye - Larry Niven
The Uplift War - David Brin
Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Mars series is the best for realism. The other two require FTL and intelligent aliens.
December 8th, 2010, 08:16 PM #10
I'll go with this definition:
Surpassing the usual or ordinary, particularly in scope or size
December 8th, 2010, 08:34 PM #11
December 9th, 2010, 07:29 AM #12
December 9th, 2010, 08:41 AM #13
I'd Say as follow IMO.
1. Night's Dawn Trilogy(incl. A second chance at Eden) By Peter F. hamilton
2. Fallen Dragon(IMO....couldn't put it down)
3. Hyperion, Fall of Hyperion
4. Saga of the 7 Suns(Yes, i loved it. All 7 of them) Kevin J. Anderson
5. Star Wars : The Dark Nest Trilogy(yes, it's Star Wars. But, I really enjoyed it)
December 9th, 2010, 09:03 AM #14
December 9th, 2010, 10:28 AM #15
I'm old-school... the Foundation series.