January 20, 2020 at 10:41 AM #1195KallistiParticipant
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
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?
January 21, 2020 at 1:37 AM #1208Xavier BreathParticipant
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.
January 22, 2020 at 6:34 AM #1237KallistiParticipant
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.
January 24, 2020 at 3:49 PM #1283anastasia overtonParticipant
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.
February 13, 2020 at 3:33 AM #1336StizzleswickParticipant
Well, I may be a little out of date here, but I think highly of pretty much all of the Larry Niven/Jerry Pournelle collaborations (also a huge fan of the Known Space stories), some of which I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.
March 17, 2020 at 2:59 AM #1350LisaSkyParticipant
I really enjoyed The Goblin Emperor, which I think would qualify as fantasy?
March 18, 2020 at 1:01 AM #1354M.D.NyeParticipant
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.
April 6, 2020 at 11:36 AM #1380photoTedParticipant
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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