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    Talking The New and Improved Recommendation - Science Fiction

    I figured it was time to revamp the Science Fiction recommendation thread to follow a similar method used in the Fantasy Recommendation thread. Here I’ll list some popular topics where you can find a wealth of reading suggestions, likely more than you’ll ever need.

    Ground rules:
    This thread will be open for discussion
    If you have a question about an author or book, you can ask it here
    If you recommend a book, please give the author's full name and the full titleSome of the popular few threads dedicated to them, so I’ve listed a few towards the end of this post. Failing that, plunk their name in the SEARCH function to see what others have said about these popular authors.

    Some of our Moderators are also "Official" book reviewers for the site, so check out SFFWorld’s Official Reviews Page, updated at least once a week with a new review

    Two of the more popular sub-genres of Science Fiction are Military Science Fiction and Space Opera. As such, we have many threads discussing the authors, books and what make up these subsets:

    SPACE OPERA
    Epic SF and Space Opera: Here's my giant list, what's missing?
    I'm running out of space operas!
    Space Opera recommendations?
    Best Space Opera
    Recommendations for political space opera?

    MILITARY SCIENCE FICTION
    Military Science Fiction (Merge of 3 threads)
    Militaristic SF with 1 POV of a powerful character?
    Need more military sci-fi series'

    Some of the popular authors
    David Weber
    Weber, Bujold, Moon, Cherryh - Comparable?
    John Ringo
    io9 article: Is Bujold "hard sci-fi"?
    The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold
    What do people think of Miles and Honor? (Miles Vorkisgan is a Bujold creation and Honor Harrington is a David Weber creation)
    Peter F. Hamilton...where to start?
    Alastair Reynolds (1)
    Alastair Reynolds (2)
    What series to choose from: (Alastair Reynolds, John Scalzi, Richard Morgan)
    The Uplift Saga by David Brin

    Some other helpful threads
    Free SF ebooks
    What Can You Tell Me About...SF Remix
    Underrated sci-fi books
    Science Fiction Virgin!
    Who are the hottest authors in SF right now?
    I Just Bought... SF Remix Volume 3
    The World After the Post-Apocalypse
    Post-apocalypse books
    Hard Science Fiction About Space Exploration
    Top Ten Science Fiction Books of All Time
    2012 Upcoming Releases-Science Fiction
    The advantages of secondhand bookshops
    The old SF Recommendation Thread: Recommendations

    Again, this is an OPEN thread, so come here to find and provide recommendations! Also, please don’t hesitate to start up new threads on particular subjects or authors in the Fantasy/Horror forum or just add to existing threads you find interesting. We want this thread to be active, lively, and un-daunting. Recommendations became. We'll keep this initial post relatively brief and continually update as we see fit.

    Always check into the Reading in… threads where members post daily what they’re reading

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    I'm returning to Sci-Fi after a long absence. I'm wading in with some space opera and I'm sure I'll return to many of my old social sf favorites in short order but what I'm really looking for right now is the hardest sf you can imagine. Obviously I'd like a decent narrative, and at least adequate writing and characterization but the priority is a universe of sound physics and some really great scientific/technological ideas with a lot of description of the physics, the math, etc (almost to the point of being "speculative science fact" and I realize that is oxymoronic but I hope it conveys what I'm seeking)
    TIA

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    Greg Egan or Alastair Reynolds might work for you. I haven't personally read Egan, but much of what I've seen other people praising him for are things you seem to be trying to find.

    Reynolds I have read and like quite a bit. Pushing Ice is stand alone and gives a good flavor for what to expect from him.

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    Thanks Rob, actually reading Revelation Space at the moment and enjoying it quite a bit. Part of the reason I've been looking for something with harder science. I imagine I'll be picking up Pushing Ice after I've finished the first trilogy. Just read some descriptions of Egan works on amazon and they sound exactly what I'm looking for. Thanks again

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    I usually read mostly fantasy but I've been in the mood for a good sci-fi book or series lately. I wouldn't know what type of sci-fi is my favorite because I'm not too familiar with the different categories and when I research on the Internet to try and find out more about them, I end up just getting more confused by often contradictory and redundant definitions and opinions. I guess I'll just post what the latest sci-fi novel I liked was and why I liked it.

    The latest sci-fi novel that I really enjoyed was Leviathan Wakes by James SA Corey. The reasons I enjoyed it was that it was fast paced with tight plotting, it had good characters of different moral inclinations and motivations, and the lack of techno-babble and hard science. I'm basically a story and character-first reader and the less bogged down in technical jargon a book is, the better it is for me. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HeclaBull View Post
    I'm basically a story and character-first reader and the less bogged down in technical jargon a book is, the better it is for me. Thanks in advance for any recommendations.
    Bujold's Vorkosigan series should satisfy most character oriented readers.

    The science is decent when she discusses but she does not emphasise it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    Greg Egan or Alastair Reynolds might work for you. I haven't personally read Egan, but much of what I've seen other people praising him for are things you seem to be trying to find.
    I LOVE Reynolds. (his writing... though he is kinda cute, too... lol)

    And I've read a book by Egan called "Diaspora" -- if any of you gents are into rather out-there stuff, that book really did some things I'd never seen done before in sf. Hope that helps

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    I'd like to find some cool scifi where its like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Successful bank robbers, maybe ex special forces type, is anything like that out there?

    I guess I'll add, ya know is there more stuff like Woodings Retribution Falls? etc
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kazz Wylde View Post
    I'd like to find some cool scifi where its like Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Successful bank robbers, maybe ex special forces type, is anything like that out there?
    In light of the recent passing of the great Harry Harrison, you may want to consider the Stainless Steel Rat series. (the first 3 at least)

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Stainless_Steel_Rat

    From the original publisher's blurb:
    We must be as stealthy as rats in the wainscoting of their society. It was easier in the old days, of course, and society had more rats when the rules were looser, just as old wooden buildings have more rats than concrete buildings. But there are rats in the building now as well. Now that society is all ferrocrete and stainless steel there are fewer gaps in the joints. It takes a very smart rat indeed to find these openings. Only a stainless steel rat can be at home in this environment.

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    Hi! I'm new over here.

    I've been searching for a specific kind of book for some time and hopefully somebody here will have some recommendations. I did use the search function before posting

    Ok, I'm searching for a science fiction book that deals mainly with the exploration of a previously unknown, uninhabited planet. If any of you has played the Metroid videogames, then that's what I'm looking for; especially something like Metroid Prime or Metroid Prime 2: Echoes.
    I want a book in which a single character or a small exploration team lands on an uncharted planet and starts to discover the different lifeforms present, the ruins of ancient civilizations, the struggling fauna and flora, the varying climates, etc.
    Most of all I want a book that evolves a feeling of isolation, sense of wonder and slow understanding as the exploration carries on. I'd like pinch of horror or two as well.
    I guess what I'm looking for is a planetary romance but with a strong sense of mystery and decay, and mainly uninhabited (at least of sentient beings)

    Now, I guess a book like that probably wouldn't have much of a plot, but that's what I'm searching for.

    The only thing I've found that's relatively close to what I'm searching for is Helliconia by Brian W. Aldiss, but that's still not exactly what I'd like to read.

    I know I'm asking a lot for a first time poster, so thanks in advance. Any kind of advice would be greatly appreciated!

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    Some of my all time favorites have been Stranger In A Strange Land, Forever War, Starship Troopers, Speaker For The Dead and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. There are many more, but if you haven't read any of these, you may go for them. You'll surely enjoy reading.

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    Sounds Interesting

    Quote Originally Posted by robfredricks View Post
    Some of my all time favorites have been Stranger In A Strange Land, Forever War, Starship Troopers, Speaker For The Dead and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress. There are many more, but if you haven't read any of these, you may go for them. You'll surely enjoy reading.
    I haven't read any of these yet but the premise sound interesting.

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    a great idea! Nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mshnd06 View Post
    ...but the priority is a universe of sound physics and some really great scientific/technological ideas with a lot of description of the physics, the math, etc (almost to the point of being "speculative science fact" and I realize that is oxymoronic but I hope it conveys what I'm seeking)
    TIA
    Sounds like The Clockwork Rocket by Greg Egan is exactly what you're looking for.

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