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    • #1195
      Kallisti
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      Greetings:

      Giving this new place a checkout, and thought I would bring up one of my favourite topics, Science Fiction & Fantasy books, short novels, novellas, short stories, etc…the

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    • form of SF&F. I am looking for intelligent conversation, not how cute some baby alien is. 🙂

      So…read any good SF&F books lately? I just read Marie Bilodeau’s

        Hell Born

      . It’s not “deep” novel, but it is lots of fun, and I am looking forward to the next book in the series to come out! Do you like light, enjoyable SF&F, or do you only read Serious, Concerned (Sercon) SF&F?

      thanx.

  • #1208
    Xavier Breath
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    I like hard SF. Nothing against fantasy – Lord of the Rings is great! – but almost all SF is fantasy. Strange things happening to people for no reason. I like fiction that tells me what it would be like to live in a strange and interesting place.

  • #1237
    Kallisti
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    For the longest time, I was hard SF only, but in the past few decades, I have softened and expanded to Fantasy. Then there are works that border on both, like Anne McCaffery’s Dragonriders books.

  • #1283
    anastasia overton
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    Who here has read Lois McMasters Bujold’s Vorkosigan series?
    It’s a rare gem, the hero is crippled, the action is nonstop, and her style is fluid, both technicalally strong and emotionally moving.

  • #1336
    Stizzleswick
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    Well, I may be a little out of date here, but I think highly of pretty much all of the Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle collaborations (also a huge fan of the Known Space stories), some of which I have recently re-read. For a relatively new author, I would recommend Brenda Cooper, and not because of her Niven collaborations but on her own merits.

  • #1350
    LisaSky
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    I really enjoyed The Goblin Emperor, which I think would qualify as fantasy?

  • #1354
    M.D.Nye
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    Reading “City of Stairs” at the moment. Slow start, but it’s getting better. A combination of dystopian SF and fantasy, with a dash of Neil Gaiman thrown in.

  • #1380
    photoTed
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    I enjoy SF written by scientists who extrapolate their understanding to a future state. Alastair Reynolds fits that bill for me. Vernor Vinge is another. The latter comes up with some imaginative ideas and constructs. In “A Fire Upon The Deep” he has different laws of physics as you move up from the plane of a galaxy, so for example, faster-than-light travel is possible far above the galaxy disk and as you descend to the disk you start to enter “the slowness”.

    Is this what one would call “hard SF”?

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