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  1. joderu95

    SF/Fantasy Flowchart

    Flowchart:Navigating NPR's top 100 Science Fiction and Fantasy Books
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    Roald Dahl: Man From the South

    Man From the South Story about a wager proposed by a stranger. Spoiler:
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    Ursula K. Le Guin: The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas

    The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas Utopia comes at a price.
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    Fitz-James O'Brien: What Was It?

    What Was It?
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    Ted Chiang: Understand

    Another excellent story from Ted Chiang and this one may be my favorite of his. If you liked Flowers for Algernon and its idea of artificially increasing intelligence you should like this one too.
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    Dale Bailey: Heat

    A story about a soldier sent home to visit his family during WWII.
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    What are we discussing in June, July & August?

    Here are the nominees: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Perdido Street Station by China Mieville Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Marcia Marquez The...
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    Paolo Bacigalupi: The People of Sand and Slag

    Far future people have changed to not only survive in a radioactive and hostile world, but even thrive. Bacigalupi lived in or around a Montana mining town and this story was inspired by something he saw in that setting. Things in this distant future are very different.
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    Mike Resnick: Kirinyaga

    A moral question about differences between cultures. A rare SF story set in Africa. Link
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    Greg Egan: Singleton

    Rearing an adai (autonomously developing artificial intelligence) with a Qusp (quantum singleton processor) is not a decision made lightly. Singleton
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    Re-reading books

    I've never once re-read any book. I can't stand the idea that I am missing out on something that is completely new to me. Even if the book turns out to be crap at least it was still unexpected and I know which authors, types of books, plots, etc. might not be to my liking in the future. Anyone...
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    And to you too. (Happy Birthday sparkchaser)

    Happy Birthday sparkchaser!
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    The government bailout

    Any thoughts or questions relating to this whole story can go here.
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    S.M. Stirling: Dies The Fire

    Alternate history is not a sub-genre that I enjoy and Lenny's review of Conquistador only reinforces that idea. I read Dies the Fire, a post-apocalyptic story, a few weeks ago and liked it pretty well. It is the first in a three part series dealing with the aftermath of a storm that sets the...
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    Why is it when I search for a thread topic I almost never get any useful results? Maybe I'm doing something wrong but it would be helpful to know a more efficient way of using the search feature so duplicate threads can be avoided. I typed in the exact name of a thread I was reading in the...
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    Apparently it is not agreed upon how many continents exist on Earth so let us go ahead and decide right here, right now.
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    Harry Crews

    I've only read two of his twenty or so novels so I am a more than qualified expert to render my opinion on him. I read Celebration and Body and they were in order good and great. Anybody else read any Crews?
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    Gerard Donovan

    I just finished reading Julius Winsome which was only Donovan's third but very well done book. It is only 223 pages so it is a very quick read and it reminded me a little bit of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Both stories deal somewhat with issues of tragedy, solitude, hopelessness and redemption...
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    Candidate flaws

    Assuming all of the following statement are true which is the biggest problem? A. Obama's lack of experience. B. Clinton's husband already having been President. C. McCain's attitude towards war. I hope this works.
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    Horse Racing

    In regards to a request for a poll for this hot button issue. Here it is.