February 17th, 2012, 01:57 PM
Live Long & Suffer
Revelation Space was dauntingly scientific?
February 17th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Live Long & Suffer
I can see why people can regard The Door into Summer as light and fluffy on the basis of most of the story. But Heinlein and Bujold kind of sneak things into their stories which have more depth than they superficially appear.
Originally Posted by ArtNJ
This time travel story takes place in 1970 and 2000 but was written in 1956. It does not describe it but says there was a short nuclear war with Russia before 1970. Considering the Cuban Missile crisis of 1961 that was nearly a prediction on Heinlein's part though maybe not an impressive one considering how many people were expecting it in the 50s. But then Heinlein talks about the economy for automobiles in the year 2000. Look at Detroit and the economy today.
I think many people don't see what is in good sci-fi today because they are so casual about it and treat it as mere entertainment reading no different from fantasy. Good SF writers are smart and knowledgeable people who incorporate what they think into their stories. To me that is another level of entertainment which lasts beyond the reading of the story. Quite often I don't even notice things until days after I finished it. These stories that are touted as having great world building mostly have nothing to say.
February 21st, 2012, 02:03 AM
If it is Military Sf that is likely to float your boat then three Series I would Suggest are
The Seafort Saga by David Feintuch. (Starting with Midshipman's Hope) Some people find his main protaganist a bit whiny but I still enjoyed the series.
Honor Harrington by David Weber.(On Basilisk Station) Lots of Military 'Technoporn' and the military parts are excellent, the politics rather less so imo.
The Lost Fleet by Jack C Campbell (Dauntless) The best of the three series.
If you found much of the fantasy you have read to be dull then I would steer clear of Dune quite frankly. For me every attempt to read it is a sure invitation for Mr Sandman to visit.
February 23rd, 2012, 10:29 PM
If you're after military sf to start with, you can't go wrong with Heinlein's Starship Troopers, or Scalzi's Old Man's War. If you like short stories at all, a big staple of sf, you should also check out Best Military Science Fiction of the 20th Century. Good luck and have fun.
February 24th, 2012, 11:17 AM
Here is a list of the top ten best Sci-fi authors, I would recommend that you start at the top:
1) Arthur C. Clark - wrote 2001: A Space Odyssey, At Childhood's End
2) Isaac Asimov - Best known for the foundation trillogy
3) Robert A. Heinlein
4) Ray Bradbury - Best known for Fahrenheit 451
5) Philip K. Dick - Best known for Blade Runner, Paycheck and Minority Report
February 24th, 2012, 11:36 AM
Man of Ways and Means
one I recently ran across that would fit the military/battle/SF vein:
Faith - by John Love
I'm about halfway through this and it's great.