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As winter sets in for real I find myself in desperate need of a new good sci fi book to read. Thought I would take a chance and see if anyone here has read a good one lately. I like future possible reality, hard science fiction- not much into the fairy stuff though I did like McCaffreys books very much. Thanks in advance , sis
 

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Have you read anything by Heinlein? Stranger in a Strange Land was ok, though a little too persistent on the religious theme for my liking. Oh, some of Bradbury's stuff's good.
I've also heard L. Ron Hubbard is decent, if you can get past the fact that he created scientology.
The 'future possible reality' kind of thing would be like Aldous Huxley. I read Brave New World about a year ago and the characterization and story were great.
Ender's Game is another, albeit a children's book.
That's the extent of my SciFi knowledge.
 

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If you like Mcaffery have you read all the different series
the Rowan,Pern, The brain ships, the doona series, and Crystle singers ?
you might also give Marion Zimmer Bradley a go with the Dark Over series .
My wife enjoys Dian Gabaldons outlaner series, and Dies the fire SM Stirling
 

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Nothing like revisiting the masters. Picked up a few Heinleins and Nortons at a used book store the other day.
 

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Future possibilities/alternate earth..... I suppose you've already done the Robert Jordan-Wheel of Time series.... There's a huge number of those...... Heinlein, Asimov.... Piers Anthony's Xanth series is alternate earth/fantasy, but has some wicked puns if you enjoy that kind of humor. :viking:
 

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There are many sub genres of Sci Fi, but if you go to

http://www.baen.com/

You will find a large library of free books from the publisher.

There are many with interesting titles, such as;

1632

Ring of Fire

On Basilisk Station

etc

You can even subscribe to get online books before they come out. My brother really likes that.

Happy hunting!

SC
 

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Just about anything by Jerry Pournelle is good, esp. if it's a Pournelle/Niven book. Lucifer's Hammer and Footfall are great. I also loved the first Janissaires book and was fortunate enough to have a coworker give me the first 2 in the series in e-book form. The 3rd book just sucks.

Julian May has done some wonderful series:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saga_of_Pliocene_Exile
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galactic_Milieu_Series

I'd also recommend the Coldfire Trilogy by C.S. Friedman - it's sort of a mix of sci-fi fantasy. Gerald Tarrant, one of the 2 major characters, may be the most fascinating evil characters ever created in literature. The first book in the series is Black Sun Rising:
http://www.amazon.com/Black-Rising-Coldfire-Trilogy-Book/dp/0886775272
 

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There are many sub genres of Sci Fi, but if you go to

http://www.baen.com/

You will find a large library of free books from the publisher.

There are many with interesting titles, such as;

1632

Ring of Fire

On Basilisk Station

etc

You can even subscribe to get online books before they come out. My brother really likes that.

Happy hunting!

SC
How about some stuff that's not even on the Baen site? Most of the Honorverse, a good bit of the Looking Glass series by Ringo, along with the Aldenata series. If you hunt a mite, you can also find a bit of fantasy not in Baen's free library.

http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/
 

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I like the David Eddings series, Belgariad (sp? sorry) and Mallorian. he has a couple others that are okay, but those are my favorites....

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Have you read any by S. M. Stirling? Less hard scifi, more post-apocalyptic and swords, but fun, light reading. DH and I liked his series set here in the Willamette Valley (starts with "Dies the Fire"). Although a big part of what drew us was that it's set in our backyard.
 

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Thank you so much for the new choices. Many I have read, the older ones by the well knowns but am looking forward to checking out a few of the newer authors you all have listed. I have also just discovered audio books I can listen too on my hour long drive to work....what fun and my how the time passes quickly! sis

By the by, love Sterling, esp. dies the fire!, also love Niven, Pournelle, Jordan the kings of sf like Heinlien, Asimov, Piers Anthony. Had forgotten about the outlander series...dont know if I have read them all or not. So many good books and so few hours to read! thanks again, sis
 

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World War Z

Altered Carbon

Infected (Scott Sigler) and the sequel Contagious

Twilight (if you're a girl, or don't mind reading books that are a little weak on the action/love scene outside emotional conflicts)
 

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Tanya Huff and Elizabeth Moon write both fantasy and solid sf.
 

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While not hard sci fi Lois Bujold's Sharing Knife fantasy series is quite good. If you like fantasy with a paranormal bent Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan (Dead Witch Walking) series is good as well. If you like your paranormal fantasy with a bit of sex involved Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld series are decent reading too.

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James Blish Cities in Flight.
Frank Herbert, the ones that are not Dune sequels are really good.
Witches of Karres by James Schmitz
Genesis Machine by James P. Hogan
 

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