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    Neuromancer - William Gibson (Just Awesome)
    Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson (I've heard nothing but praise for this novel)
    The Machine Stops - E.M. Forster (Great short story)
    I may be bested in battle, but I shall never be defeated.

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    Stranger in a Strange Land and The Cat that Walks through Walls, by Robert Heinlein.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Owl View Post
    Stranger in a Strange Land
    Easily one of the worst novels I've ever read.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Easily one of the worst novels I've ever read.
    Ok...

    How's aboot Brave New World, by by Aldous Huxley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacGuffin View Post
    Easily one of the worst novels I've ever read.
    I think I made it to Chapter Two. You must have low standards if you finished it.

    Asimov's short stories are the only Sci-Fi you need. Sci-Fi writers don't know how to write novels anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colors View Post
    I'm pretty unacquainted with sci-fi literature and being all old and lazier and now- the shelf seems pretty daunting (to slough through the technobabble to try and get to the meat).

    I've read some Asimov. His short stories (from Robot Dreams) are really interesting, but the longer the work, the more his weakness in characterization/dialogue shows (Robot series). 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. And The Hitchiker's Guide, which was cute but not very lasting. And Ender's Game... who in the hell wants to read about other people playing a video game. And then boring moral retconn about it not being a video game. (Does Brave New World count?)

    So what's GOOD?
    Perservering with THHGTG can help.. of course, it's quite "British" so that might be why it appeals to me..

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    nti-hero.

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


    ..and also by Harry Harrison, the Bill the Galactic Hero, at least the first couple. Just fun sci fi snacks for the jaded.

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    Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson.


    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson (I've heard nothing but praise for this novel)
    Yes. Snow Crash is a must. The sequel (of sorts) Diamond Age is great, too.

    I grew up on Andre Norton (Sargasso of Space etc).. which is good if you want something in the old fashioned style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Noel View Post
    Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson (I've heard nothing but praise for this novel)
    Snow Crash sucked.
    No offense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Flak View Post
    I think I made it to Chapter Two. You must have low standards if you finished it.
    In order to properly hate it, I felt I had to say I read the whole thing.

    My loathing of that book is epic.

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    Oh, and Stranger in a Strange Land sucked too. Made it halfway.
    No offense.

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    I liked The Gods Themselves.

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