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« Reply #510 on: April 06, 2020, 04:18:15 pm »
Robert Silverberg has done some blinders down the years. Didn’t he have a retelling if the Gilgamesh legends?

I’ve read some of the Hobbs books and they were good, but possibly not good enough to commit to the number released. Tbh though I haven’t found a series exceeding a three or four books that is, since my youth. The closest was Steven Eriksen’s but even that, ambitious as it was, peaked halfway.
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« Reply #511 on: April 06, 2020, 04:38:50 pm »
Tbh though I haven’t found a series exceeding a three or four books that is, since my youth.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosigan_Saga

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« Reply #512 on: April 06, 2020, 05:05:19 pm »
Robert Silverberg has done some blinders down the years. Didn’t he have a retelling if the Gilgamesh legends?


I Had to look it up as I’ve been out of the sci-fi scene since the early 80s. He wrote something called Gilgamesh in the Outback,which he won an award for. Otherwise I know nothing about it. Happy to find out he’s 85 and living in San Francisco.

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« Reply #513 on: April 06, 2020, 05:29:29 pm »
Robert Silverberg is very good. His best known book is "Lord Valentine's Castle". It's reminiscent of Jack Vance's work, IMHO.

Another author who is mostly known of sci fi aficionados is Poul Anderson. He's got a good time-travel book (really a collection of short stories) called "Time Patrol". There's a whole series of books in that setting, see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poul_Anderson_bibliography#Time_Patrol

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« Reply #514 on: April 06, 2020, 05:39:56 pm »
I’ve read Andersen. Some good stuff for sure... a bit old school in his approach, like Asimov.

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« Reply #515 on: April 06, 2020, 05:43:22 pm »
Very old school. Belongs to the Asimov, Heinlein, Vance, Clarke gang.

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« Reply #516 on: April 06, 2020, 06:23:12 pm »
Never read Anderson,but like Asimov,and Childhoods End by Arthur C. Clarke is my all time favorite book, so I might have to check him out. Thanks for the tip.

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« Reply #517 on: April 07, 2020, 06:35:25 pm »
In the sci-fi sorta vein, I really think Ursula Le Guin’s The Dispossed and The Left Hand of Darkness were both incredible.  Stunning prose and really compelling thought experiments abound.


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« Reply #518 on: April 07, 2020, 07:33:19 pm »
I never managed to get into her work but I am fascinated by this (which I have never read):
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Ones_Who_Walk_Away_from_Omelas

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« Reply #519 on: April 07, 2020, 07:37:12 pm »
Ursula is a queen. Been reading her all my life.

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« Reply #520 on: April 07, 2020, 07:50:42 pm »
The Lathe of Heaven is one of my favorites.

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« Reply #521 on: April 08, 2020, 02:42:43 am »
Robin Hobb is good, but she's written an awful lot of books in that series! I'm halfway through the third part of the third trilogy. (And there are two more trilogies set in the same world and time period.

The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch is another good series. He's up to book three of seven, I think that four is pretty close.
I've actually read all the Hobb books, and it is a lot.  I think my two favorite trilogies within it were the liveship one and the rainforest one; basically, the ones without Fitz, that whiny prick.

I liked The Lies of Locke Lamora, but the second and third books were definitely better.

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« Reply #522 on: April 08, 2020, 05:29:47 am »
"All You Zombies" by Robert Heinlein is a fun time travel short story. The movie Predestination is based on it.

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« Reply #523 on: April 24, 2020, 12:18:12 am »
Just started reading William Gibson's latest Agency and there's a neat little reference to Self Edge in Chapter 5. 8)

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« Reply #524 on: September 12, 2020, 02:59:55 pm »
Just started reading William Gibson's latest Agency and there's a neat little reference to Self Edge in Chapter 5. 8)
I have it in the pile but I keep on moving it down as a new Gibson novel is such an event for me that I want to be in a position to savour it. Given the number of kids both small and tall I have around me that may not be until 2022.

That being said, after some lighter, somewhat derivative sci-fo reads over the summer, I’ve just kicked it up a notch with this:



Late to the party, but I’ve been excited about it for ages, and two chapters in I know it is going to be quite the experience.