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wareaglepete
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Pushing Ice- Alastair Reynolds

Gateway- Frederick Pohl

Man Plus- Frederick Pohl

Footfall- Niven/Pournelle

Wool- Hugh Howey



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Tigris
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Love the inclusion of "lord of light" by zelazny.


Seconded, my favorite sci-fi novel, period.

Snowcrash is excellent, but read it realizing it's dated now. Stephenson is a very good sci-fi author. Anathem in particular but I really like Diamond Age, Cryptonomicon (not really sci-fi), and Snowcrash as well. Seveneves is decent but not quite up to the others.


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colorchangintiger
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My favorite Sci-Fi ever is Pandora's Star/Judas Unchained. Doesn't get the attention it deserves IMO. I first read it 4 years ago and have read it twice more since. Since you like Fantasy, the two follow up series that take place in the same story universe (but with many Fantasy elements) would be a good read too, The Void Trilogy and The Chronicles of the Fallers.

Another series worth taking a look at is The Expanse.


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Another I've got to recommend is Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin. I just did this on audio and it might be the best written science fiction novel I've ever come across. Her Lathe of Heaven and The Word for World is Forest are also very good from what I remember of them.


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StrongBackWeakMind
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Pandora's Star
Just started reading this. Free eBook rental from the EBR Library


colorchangintiger
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I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. It is a bit wordy, but the world building is awesome. Be forewarned, the end of Pandora's Star has no conclusion, it's really just part 1 of 2. Judas Unchained being part 2.


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Lucifer's Hammer


My dad read this book when I was a kid. I need to pick it up.

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Old Man's War


I've heard good things. Its going on the list.
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Tigris
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Lucifer's Hammer


My dad read this book when I was a kid. I need to pick it up.


I got this on audiobook a few months ago because it was really cheap and I've been on a SciFi kick for a while. Honestly, I thought it was pretty bad and I gave up on it after a few chapters. The characters are cardboard cutouts and it just felt like a bad 70's disaster movie which it probably was intended to be. I think I read it as a teenager and liked it but if so it has not aged well at all.


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DavidTheGnome
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The Expanse series is some of the best sci-fi I've read in a long time. Leviathan Wakes is the first book and it's fantastic. When it came out I got a signed copy of the third book. Also good list OP


Leviathan Wakes

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DavidTheGnome
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Pandora's Star



I wasn't a fan and never read the second book. It had great parts but then seemed to just go all over the place. Same thing with his book Great North Road, great parts but then really bad parts mixed in.


DavidTheGnome
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Also I'll add:

Coyote - Allen Steele

Revelation Space - Alastair Reynolds

Ringworld - Larry Niven

Old Mans War - John Scalzi

The Winup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi


And lastly books by Jules Verne. Not sci-fi the way the others are, but it was 100 years ago and the books are great. One of my favorites is The Mysterious Island


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Burt Reynolds
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Timeline - Michael Crichton

Personal favorite science fiction novel


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colorchangintiger
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It had great parts but then seemed to just go all over the place.


Reminded me of Game of Thrones in that sense. Many different story lines. Really should give Judas Unchained a read. One of the most thrilling chapters of any thing I've ever read is in that book when the humans use the most powerful weapon imaginable for the first time.

ETA: In fact, I'm going to go read it right now.
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StrongBackWeakMind
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I read a couple hundred pages of Pandora's Star and gave up. Never really got into it.


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LEASTBAY
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Can't get into Leviathan wakes for some reason. Just finished "dark matter" which was pretty good. Running out of ideas.


dcw7g
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Can't get into Leviathan wakes for some reason


The Expanse series gets much better after Leviathan Wakes. I had a hard time with it as well, but everything after it is great


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colorchangintiger
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Can't get into Leviathan wakes for some reason


Not sure if I said it in this thread or not, but it has been my least favorite of the series so far. I didn't care for the Noir style with Miller's story line.


CAD703X
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re: SciFi / Fantasy suggestions
bumping this thread to see if anyone has read the suggestions posted


MSMHater
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bumping this thread to see if anyone has read the suggestions posted


The first 2 Hyperion books
Snowcrash

and the first book in The Deepness Series you recommended is in my kindle app, but I'm wrapped up in Oathbringer right now.


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