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Top Sci/Fi novels

Discussion in 'Sci-Fi, Fantasy, & Horror Books' started by Paulw32, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Paulw32

    Paulw32 New Member

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    I know there must be a thousand lists out there with top Sci/Fi novels,
    but let's make another one.
    I'm going to start with my top five Sci/Fi novels.

    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

    The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons.

    The Gap Series by Stephen Donaldson

    Nights Dawn Trilogy, by Peter F Hamilton

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Ray Bradbury,


    Share people!

    Paul
     
  2. Peder

    Peder Well-Known Member

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    Not my genre exactly, but I enjoyed Contact by Carl Sagan over and above Ender's Game, the only one from your list that I have read.
     
  3. pontalba

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    I've enjoyed sci-fi such as The Day of the Triffids and Chrysalids by John Wyndham. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Miller, Flood by Baxter. Mostly post-apocalyptic stuff.
     
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    Didn't Robert A. Heinlein write this book?
     
  5. Tai_Mai_Shu

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    I've only read Ender's Game and I thought it was alright. I actually really like Dave Kalsten's The Prodigy better.
     
  6. scooter13

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    Currently Reading:
    "The Amadeus Net" by Mark Rayner
    "Dune" by Frank Herbert. Not so much the sequels, but I loved the first book. Same can be said about "Revelation Space" by Alastair Reynolds. Though I did like the following books in the series more then those with Dune.

    I also agree with the "Hyperion Cantos" being included.
     
  7. Luke King

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    My all-time top five would be:

    Inverted World - Christopher Priest
    Ender's Game - Oson Scott Card
    The Crysalids - John Wyndam
    A Wrinkle in Time - Madelaine L'Engle
    1984 - George Orwell

    Though I could easily add another ten that I would also like in my top five.
     
  8. joderu95

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    I could never decide on a five that would never change. Here's what I came up with this time.

    Mission of Gravity - Hal Clement
    Hothouse - Brian Aldiss
    The World Inside - Robert Silverberg
    The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
    The Demolished Man - Alfred Bester
     
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    I'd put Neuromancer by William Gibson on my list. Probably Startide Rising by David Brin, Contact, 1984 and Hyperion.
     
  10. pontalba

    pontalba Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for reminding me of Pattern Recognition by William Gibson...good stuff. And then there is H.G. Wells War of the Worlds.
     
  11. litera9

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    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card,
    Dune by Frank Herbert,
    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury,
    Enchantress among the Stars by Mary Louise Engdahl
     
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    I'd say Player Of Games by Iain M. Banks or Inversions by the aforementioned. Or, perhaps Mortal Engines by Phillip Reeve.
     
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    I would certainly put Pattern Recognition at the top of my list - for me it was one of the most important books I've read. Very textural, prophetic - even though it's set in present times. Which reminds me - does it qualify for sci-fi even though it's a kinda present day science fiction book?
     
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    1. Resurrection by Steve Alten
    2. The Trench by Steve Alten
    3. Meg: A Novel of Deep Terror by Steve Alten
    4. Meg: Primal Waters by Steve Alten
    5. Meg: Hell's Aquarium by Steve Alten

    I really haven't read many sci-fi novels :(.
     
  15. domani

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    I couldn't decide which book to cut from my list to make it a top 5, so my list has 6:

    Philip K. Dick - Ubik
    Alfred Bester - The Stars My Destination
    Arthur C. Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama
    Isaac Asimov - The Caves of Steel
    John Wyndham - Day of the Triffids
    Frank Herbert - Dune
     
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    HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams.
    The Dispossessed - Ursula K Le Guin.
     
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    Currently Reading:
    The Bible, Almayer's Folly, Far Eastern Tales
    Colossus by D.F.Jones
    Dune by Frank Herbert
    War of the Worlds by H.G.Wells
    Time Machine by H.G.Wells
     
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    The Diamond Age
    Childhood's End
    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress
    Ringworld
    Dune
    Foundation
    Armor
    The Mote in God's Eye
     
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    These are some of my favourites:

    Steel Beach - John Varley
    Mars - Ben Bova
    Stealing Light - William Gibson
     
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    Currently Reading:
    The Essential Jung by Anthony Storr
    The Player of Games - Iain M Banks
    Feersum Endjinn - Iain M Banks
    Look to Windward - Iain M Banks
    okay... actually pretty much anything written by Iain M Banks ;-)
    Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds
    Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
    1984 - George Orwell
    Never Let Me Go - Kazuo Ishiguro (debatable whether it's sci-fi but I'd argue the case)
     

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