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    Jo Walton has an interesting post up at Tor.com: Something Else Like... Heinlein, here's some of it:

    Quote Originally Posted by Jo Walton
    If you like the story of a boy growing up in the military that you see in Space Cadet and Starship Troopers, you might like Lois McMaster Bujold’s The Warrior’s Apprentice, and Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game.

    If you like the “growing up in the future” bit of the juveniles generally, you could try John M. Ford’s Growing Up Weightless, John Barnes’s Orbital Resonance, and Alexei Panshin’s Rite of Passage.

    If you like the space war aspect of ST, you might like the genre of MilSF and seek out the work of David Weber, David Drake, Elizabeth Moon, and Walter Jon Williams Praxis books and Baen books, who tend to specialise in that kind of books. Joe Haldeman’s Forever War and 1968 are directly in dialogue with Starship Troopers.

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    If you like Heinlein’s worldbuilding and telling economy of detail, the way he describes making dinner and gives you a whole world, the way he seems to be writing a historical novel set in the future, try C.J. Cherryh, Lois McMaster Bujold, Melissa Scott, Octavia Butler, John M. Ford, Walter Jon Williams, M.J. Engh, and Samuel R. Delany.
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    Hello All,
    Has anybody tried "The Lost Fleet" books by Jack Campbell? I've been eyeballing those at the bookstore and was thinking about "Diving in". So if anybody has any comments, let er rip.

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    Hello All,
    Has anybody tried "The Lost Fleet" books by Jack Campbell? I've been eyeballing those at the bookstore and was thinking about "Diving in". So if anybody has any comments, let er rip.
    Read them. Liked them, Didn't love them. They aren't bad, it just felt like as the books progressed there was some repetition. (in phrases, plotlines.. etc) Needless to say, I read the 6 books in the first Lost Fleet series and 2 books in the Lost Fleet: Beyond the frontier series. I keep reading them because they are straight forward, easy reads, and there is a good amount of action. (also, I hate leaving things half finished)

    If this is what you're looking for... go for it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisbslick View Post
    Read them. Liked them, Didn't love them. They aren't bad, it just felt like as the books progressed there was some repetition. (in phrases, plotlines.. etc) Needless to say, I read the 6 books in the first Lost Fleet series and 2 books in the Lost Fleet: Beyond the frontier series. I keep reading them because they are straight forward, easy reads, and there is a good amount of action. (also, I hate leaving things half finished)

    If this is what you're looking for... go for it!
    That sounds good to me, will buy the first one and see how it goes. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by gljones View Post
    Hello All,
    Has anybody tried "The Lost Fleet" books by Jack Campbell? I've been eyeballing those at the bookstore and was thinking about "Diving in". So if anybody has any comments, let er rip.
    I've only read the first one of the initial series but I've also read the first two of the new series Beyond the Frontier and I like them a lot. The second, Invincible, in particular, is very solid.

    Also, you might want to try David Weber's Honor Harrington novels. A bit more detailed than Campbell and set on a wider canvas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob B View Post
    I've only read the first one of the initial series but I've also read the first two of the new series Beyond the Frontier and I like them a lot. The second, Invincible, in particular, is very solid.

    Also, you might want to try David Weber's Honor Harrington novels. A bit more detailed than Campbell and set on a wider canvas.
    I will try those as well. I've got 16 books in the queue ready to be read, unfortunately 4 of them are George R.R Martin throne books, they've been intimidating me for a while. I flip flop back and forth between Sci Fi and Fantasy. I'll queue up the Honor Harrington novels but I might not get to them for a while.

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    I'm reading the second book in the Honor Harrington series at the moment. Good stuff!! So, I second the recommendation.
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    I got an ipad yesterday, and while I'm not a big fan of ebooks, I decided that novellas are great in ebook form (and available in ebook form - it can be tough to find print novellas). I picked up the two James S E Corey novellas, Timothy Zahn's novella prelude to Scoundrels, and Howry's Wool. I'm looking for suggestions on good SF novellas available in ebook form. Seeing as I've read essentially zero of them any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks.

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    I was wondering if anyone could help me...

    I am a huge fan of the Marid Audran Series (When Gravity Fails, A Fire in the Sun, The Exile Kiss). In all honestly, it's probably the only series that I have read numerous times over. I was wondering if anyone here has come across a series or standalone that is similar?

    FYI... I enjoyed the "cyberpunk" element to it, as well as the questionable methods of the protagonist.

    I noticed that some people have mentioned Stainless Steel Rat as a good detective series, should I start there? Or does the comparison end at the detective portion of the novel?

    Thanks,
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    Jon Courteney Grimwood's Arabesk trilogy might work for you, Todd. Look up Pashazade, Effendi and Felaheen. (Book list HERE)
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    Thanks Hobbit, I appreciate it

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    Looking to get into sci-fi

    Hey everyone,

    I have mainly read fantasy in the past, and will continue to do so, but I want to expand into sci fi as well. I am big fan of sci-fi movies and tv shows, but so far I have only read a few sci-fi books. Ender's Game was the first one I read, followed by a few star trek novels I read years ago, and one other I cant remember the name of.

    To give an idea of the kind of books I like, the recent fantasy series I have read are: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, A Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law(and the 3 stand alone), The Night Angel trilogy, and the Mistborn series. Because of my background in fantasy I am not opposed to psionic/psychic stuff in my sci fi novels, and I would like at least a decent amount of action in them. I am NOT looking for teen or young adult themed novels either, I like my books to be more mature and gritty.

    My first thought was to read some of the Star Wars novels but there are so many of them I have no idea where to begin, and a lot of them seem geared towards a younger audience. So can anyone help me chose some good series? I only mention Star Wars because it seems like a blend of fantasy and sci-fi, plus I like telekinesis. So some help choosing both Star Wars and non Star Wars related stuff would be really appreciated.

    Edit: I should also mention I enjoy reading about assassins, thieves, and bounty hunter types as well as mages when I read fantasy.
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    As always it is impossible to guess what someone might like but going mostly on the grittiness requirement perhaps “Altered Carbon” by Richard Morgan (and its two sequels), something by Walter Jon Williams such as “Voice of the Whirlwind” or “Days of Atonement”, “Against a Dark Background” by Iain M. Banks or “When We Were Real” by William Barton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuperJudge View Post
    Hey everyone,

    I have mainly read fantasy in the past, and will continue to do so, but I want to expand into sci fi as well. I am big fan of sci-fi movies and tv shows, but so far I have only read a few sci-fi books. Ender's Game was the first one I read, followed by a few star trek novels I read years ago, and one other I cant remember the name of.

    To give an idea of the kind of books I like, the recent fantasy series I have read are: The Malazan Book of the Fallen, A Song of Ice and Fire, The First Law(and the 3 stand alone), The Night Angel trilogy, and the Mistborn series. Because of my background in fantasy I am not opposed to psionic/psychic stuff in my sci fi novels, and I would like at least a decent amount of action in them. I am NOT looking for teen or young adult themed novels either, I like my books to be more mature and gritty.

    My first thought was to read some of the Star Wars novels but there are so many of them I have no idea where to begin, and a lot of them seem geared towards a younger audience. So can anyone help me chose some good series? I only mention Star Wars because it seems like a blend of fantasy and sci-fi, plus I like telekinesis. So some help choosing both Star Wars and non Star Wars related stuff would be really appreciated.

    Edit: I should also mention I enjoy reading about assassins, thieves, and bounty hunter types as well as mages when I read fantasy.
    Okay here's your list for the next few years:

    Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (starts with Heir to Empire) - Got my copy signed by T. Zahn last year! - this'll warm you up - The Great Star Wars novels

    Pandora's Star + Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton - each one (in paperback) is around 1,000 pgs , but i wish they were longer

    Mike Resnick's Starship Series (5 books) - a great space romp and will satisfy your 'badass' cravings - plus a nice divide for your Hamilton's

    Void Trilogy by Peter Hamilton - starts with Dreaming void - will be great for your fantasy tendencies - trust me on that

    Old Man's War by John Scalzi - read the rest of the series, if you like it (which you will)

    Oh, and for some extra credit -
    Hamilton (again...) with his Night's Dawn Trilogy, starts with the Reality Dysfunction (a lot of different versions out there, so be aware)

    Make sure you don't read any back covers, reviews or descriptions of any kind... you want to be shocked... and awed.

    Let me when your done with those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisbslick View Post
    Okay here's your list for the next few years:

    Star Wars: Thrawn Trilogy (starts with Heir to Empire) - Got my copy signed by T. Zahn last year! - this'll warm you up - The Great Star Wars novels

    Pandora's Star + Judas Unchained by Peter Hamilton - each one (in paperback) is around 1,000 pgs , but i wish they were longer

    Mike Resnick's Starship Series (5 books) - a great space romp and will satisfy your 'badass' cravings - plus a nice divide for your Hamilton's

    Void Trilogy by Peter Hamilton - starts with Dreaming void - will be great for your fantasy tendencies - trust me on that

    Old Man's War by John Scalzi - read the rest of the series, if you like it (which you will)

    Oh, and for some extra credit -
    Hamilton (again...) with his Night's Dawn Trilogy, starts with the Reality Dysfunction (a lot of different versions out there, so be aware)

    Make sure you don't read any back covers, reviews or descriptions of any kind... you want to be shocked... and awed.

    Let me when your done with those!
    Thanks I have a couple fantasy series to finish first but after that I will check out some of these. Are any of the other star wars books good? I was looking at the Thrawn trilogy, and also the Darth Bane trilogy and a trilogy about Boba Fett(bounty hunter wars I think it was called). I have also been told Force unleashed wasn't bad either, but I am a little concerned as its based off the video game.

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