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StrongBackWeakMind
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SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
In return for some of your suggestions, I will suggest some of my favorites.

Altered Carbon (and the following books in the series: Broken Angels, Woken Furies)
Neuromancer
Rendevous with Rama
Hyperion
Childhood's End
The Forever War
Snow Crash
The Mote in God's Eye
Lord of Light
Gateway
The Stars My Destination
The Day of the Triffids
Startide Rising
Eon
Lucifer's Hammer
The City and the Stars
Old Man's War

ETA:
Citizen of the Galaxy
The Puppet Masters
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SLafourche07
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I've recommended it before, but the Red Rising trilogy is really entertaining.


It's nothing groundbreaking but it's fast paced and a really fun read. Also the author (so far) seems pretty good about churning out books. He has the first book of his second trilogy (continuation of Red Rising but bigger in scope) coming out early next year.


Disclaimer: I've never read any of the ones you suggested so I don't know how it compares.


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OysterPoBoy
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
Michael Crichton - Micro & Timeless


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auyushu
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
All kinds of Fantasy reqs on this board already, so I'll just add a few sci fi to your list:

Stephen R. Donaldson- The Gap cycle
Lois McMaster Bujold- Vorkosigan Saga
Ian M Banks- Culture series
James Corey- Expanse novels
George R R Martin- Tuf Voyaging, most his short story books which are included in Dreamsongs

I tend to lean more fantasy than sci fi, but the list above along with the Altered Carbon/Kovacs novels, Neuromancer, Snow Crash, Lord of Light, and the Hyperion series from your list are among my favorites.

The Silo series and Wayward Pines series are decent reads as well.


pvilleguru
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Just read Saturn Run and thought it was really good.


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dcw7g
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
How do you have all those classics on your list and no Heinlein? Starship Troopers, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (TANSTAFL!), Glory Road - just to start.


StrongBackWeakMind
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
I was trying to suggest some of the lesser known sci-fi books. Excluded Dune, Statship Troopers, Stranger in a Strange Land, Ender's Game, etc.

I edited to add some Heinlein books for you.
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CAD703X
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great list but how in the hell is Vernor Vinge's Deepness series not listed??

One of the few series that's so good I've read it more than once.

Also if you're looking for really hard sci-fi I highly recommend Kim Stanley Robinson Red Mars. IMO this is The Martian done right. (It would never fly on the big screen though)
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StrongBackWeakMind
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great list but how in the hell is Vernor Vinge's Deepness series not listed??
Because I haven't read it.

Thanks for the suggestions.


CAD703X
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Report back here afterward. I envy you getting to read this for the first time.


MSMHater
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CAD, would you advise reading them in the order they were released, or chronologically?


StrongBackWeakMind
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Report back here afterward.
I'm not going to read it.

Out of spite.


CAD703X
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I'm not going to read it.

Out of spite.


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CAD703X
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CAD, would you advise reading them in the order they were released, or chronologically?


read them in the order in which he wrote them. start with 'fire'.


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Dam Guide
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
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Snow Crash


I have heard some mixed feelings on this one, how good was it? I just got done with Ready Player One, someone told me to read that one and the Insignia series after RPO. I am on the first Insignia book and getting some good laughs from it. Pretty decent so far, almost like Harry Potter mixed with Ready Player One being on the Sixer side.
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AustinDawg
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Neuromancer was a precursor to Snowcrash which then leads into "Ready Player One".

The salient bit connecting Snowcrash and RPO is that most interaction is done via a virtual environment.

Great list as well, I'd add some asimov like Foundation or the first robots book. Love the inclusion of "lord of light" by zelazny.


auyushu
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Neuromancer was a precursor to Snowcrash which then leads into "Ready Player One"


Yeah, Snowcrash is like a version of Neuromancer with much more humor thrown in. I'd say most people that dig RPO should like SNow Crash too, but Snow Crash does have a quirky, oddball sense of humor some might not like I guess.


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StrongBackWeakMind
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I have heard some mixed feelings on this one, how good was it?
I really liked it.


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dcw7g
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I have heard some mixed feelings on this one, how good was it?


Ready Player One wishes it could carry Snow Crash's jock. I loved RP1, but it was more about 80s nostalgia than big ideas. Neal Stephenson rules (except for the last 300 pages of Seveneves )


Dam Guide
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I don’t care about big ideas, I enjoy good stories. RP1 was great fun. I will add Snow Crash to my list after I finish the Insignia series.

There are some really great comedy parts in it, kinda want to punch the main character in the face occassionally. He’s a gigantic moron.
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