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    Hi, I've got a few recommendations:

    Last and First Men: A Story of the Near and Far Future by Olaf Stapledon
    Written in 1930 it plots the rise and fall and rise (over and over) of the human race over a period of two billion years. I found it helps put my life and the world in perspective!

    The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
    Gully Foyle is a classic anti-hero.

    The Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
    Another anti-hero. Fast and furious stuff: amusing and entertaining.

    Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
    Very deep and a difficult read, but worth the effort - 'On a colony planet, men have established a society based on technological means of imitating the Hindu religion. It is possible to reincarnate the "mind" or "soul" to a new body, even an animal. But some of the earliest colonists have additional powers, which give them the status of gods. And a faction among them is using that means in political ways: punishing their enemies with reincarnation as animals, or with the "true death."'

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    Oh, I forgot to mention: read anything and everything by Philip K. Dick as he is THE MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION!

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    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I've also read Perdido Street Station by China Mievelle- who is so in love with his own world and the same 10 obscure adjectives meaning "dilapidated" that he never bothers to get to the point.
    Lol. Stay away from his next two books then, which make Perdido seem positivel focused. I don't actaully mind his work though. 7/10 stuff which is tolerable.

    You might try Scar Night. Similar ambience to Meville's work but a bit more plot/character driven.

    I try to make suggestions that aren't the same moldy old tombes written 20+ years ago (not that there is anything wrong with them).

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    The Dune trilogy.

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    Two good classics:

    Fahrenheit 451 (I guess it's not Sci-Fi though)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasticus View Post
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
    Yes, I also think this is a good book.

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    The Dune trilogy.
    I also enjoyed reading these.



    I couldn't get into Asimov's "Foundation" series. I would keep picking it up for a night, and then would forget about it for weeks. Some of the imagery it evoked was good, but I think it might have been too serious for my tastes. Or maybe it was his writing style, I don't know.

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    I'm not a hard-core sci-fi fan, but I did enjoy the Ringworld trilogy. I also enjoyed Neil Stephenson's Cryptonomicon.
    "If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning." Catherine Aird

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sarcasticus View Post
    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.
    It wasn't bad, but I liked Cryptonomicon better.
    "If you can't be a good example, you'll just have to serve as a horrible warning." Catherine Aird

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    Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed and The Left Hand of Darkness. You might call them social science fiction.

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