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Sci Fi redux

So yeah, I just wrote like 19 replies to that sci-fi post of a few weeks ago. The list of sci fi to read as it currently stands:
  • Halting State, Charles Stross, if only because I was already reading it when this started
  • The Skylark in Space, E. E. "Doc" Smith.
  • Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. LeGuin
  • The Space Merchants, Frederick Pohl
  • Neuromancer, William Gibson
  • Ubik, Philip K. Dick
  • Cat's Cradle, Kurt Vonnegut
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter Miller
  • The Cyberiad, Stanislaw Lem
  • The Exiles Trilogy, Ben Bova
  • The Shockwave Rider, John Brunner
  • Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur Clarke
  • Cyteen, C. J. Cherryh
  • Doomsday Book, Connie Willis
  • The Diamond Age, Neal Stephenson
  • Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
  • Dragon's Egg, Robert L. Forward
  • Tales of the Dying Earth, Jack Vance
Need to research Doris Lessing or Andre Norton.

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firstfrost
Feb. 8th, 2009 03:35 pm (UTC)
I wasn't as fond of Spin - the Big Picture was interesting, but the characters mostly seemed to be sock puppets of exposition. Admittedly, that's a staple characteristic of classic SF, but I expect better from recent works. But it won the Hugo, so others clearly disagree with me. :)
matthew.gray.org
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC)
I found the three main characters (Tyler, Jason and Diane) to actually be not only compelling characters, but more "real" and atypical than a lot of sci-fi character's who can be pretty cookie-cutter.

That said, I clearly just like RCW's character's in general, across his novels.

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