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Science Fiction; recommendations?
Topic Started: Mar 31 2010, 06:42 AM (6,987 Views)
nnyhav
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Debjani Sengupta (dread pdf) on early Bengali SF (former updating link in latter [along with attrib]).

Stumbled upon whilst looking up old flashfic in which I committed a hapax legomenon (hobby at the time, still stands alone)
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new book: nine classic novels in a pretty LoA slipcase edition. Here is a review by vandermeer http://www.omnivoracious.com/2012/09/library-of-america-releases-american-science-fiction-nine-classic-novels-of-the-1950s.html

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Very colorful! The only one I'm familiar with is the Matheson so this would be a nice buy for me... they did get some big names to gush over their selections.
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coming attractions:
http://crookedtimber.org/2013/05/28/the-sociology-of-jack-vance/
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http://crookedtimber.org/2013/05/29/jack-vance-has-died/
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10 Science Fiction Writers Predict How Our World Will Change In The Next 10 Years
via FTAV

meanwhile, over ta CT
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we’ll be publishing a seminar on Ken MacLeod’s books next [this] week, with contributions from me [Henry Farrell], Sumana Harihareswara, Farah Mendlesohn, Cosma Shalizi and Jo Walton, as well as Ken himself. It’s shaping up to be a lot of fun.
http://crookedtimber.org/2015/05/11/and-this-too-is-a-romance/
http://crookedtimber.org/2015/05/12/the-free-development-of-each-is-the-condition-of-the-war-of-all-against-all-some-paths-to-the-true-knowledge/
cf http://kenmacleod.blogspot.com/

all done now: http://crookedtimber.org/2015/05/19/ken-macleod-seminar-2/

Edited by nnyhav, May 19 2015, 08:31 PM.
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they're at it again
http://crookedtimber.org/2016/01/27/jo-walton-seminar/

it's a wrap
http://crookedtimber.org/2016/02/10/jo-walton-seminar/
Edited by nnyhav, Feb 10 2016, 12:28 PM.
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So last year Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora was one of my favourite novels. I'm aware of a number of current science fiction writers who are very good but I'm less certain about classic science fiction and what stands up well. I just finished Asimov's Foundation (see finished thread) and really didn't like it at all. Who should I be reading from the Golden Age?
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most of these not Golden Age, but The Fifth Head of Cerberus!!

i've read a little of Jack Vance and liked itvery much, Blair, Olaf Stapledon, Strugatsky (natch!)

Gene Wolfe at his best is astonishing, but there have been a few, admittedly recent excursions ns in to downright silliness

Theodore Sturgeon
Edited by oneofmurphysbiscuits, Jan 30 2016, 10:34 PM.
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Enjoe's Self Reference Engine, one of the best, original SFs I have read over the past few years

warning: heavy on math
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I found out today Franz Werfel (most famous for his historical novels Das Lied von Bernadette & Die vierzig Tage des Musa Dagh) wrote a sci-fi novel, Stern der Ungeborenen: Ein Reiseroman. Set 100,000 years in the future, it appears to be patterned off-of Der Zauberberg - that is, according to one reviewer, "events mired in deep, chapter-long conversations about politics, religion, and philosophy that I am lost trying to figure out."
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Sci Fi is not a major component of my readings but currently looking at reading a couple of novels by the prolific and well regarded Serge Brussolo whom I have neglected. The only and recent English tr. seems to have been well received eg per MAO “The Deep Sea Diver's Syndrome is a very impressive flight of fantasy.”.
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Jan 30 2016, 09:12 PM
So last year Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora was one of my favourite novels. I'm aware of a number of current science fiction writers who are very good but I'm less certain about classic science fiction and what stands up well. I just finished Asimov's Foundation (see finished thread) and really didn't like it at all. Who should I be reading from the Golden Age?
I have always been agog
at the Asimov adulation

he was a mediocre science writer
his fiction lacked pizzazz
it was mainly explaining science

many of today's sci-fi and fantasy writers
are light years better

so I wouldn't read anybody
well maybe Bradbury
better to admit
now
is the Golden Age
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http://crookedtimber.org/2016/10/17/a-science-fiction-tasting-menu-for-the-as-yet-uninitiated/ from the Guardian's religion correspondent Andrew Brown

add: meanwhile, The United Federation of "hold my beer, I got this"
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http://speculatingfutures.club/
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Speculating Futures looks at past speculative narratives, like those of Ursula K. Le Guin, and past attempts at creating technological utopia, like Chile's Cybersyn. These readings examine the shortcomings that prevented these visions from being fully realized and how they may have been limited or exclusionary. These texts also tie these visions to the contemporary issues/present dystopias that need to be addressed in subsequent utopian imaginaries. To paraphrase Gibson, "Utopia and dystopia are here, they're just unevenly distributed." Feeling like there's a future is vital for moving through the present, so we'll also envision our own utopian futures to work towards.
This syllabus was first launched in December 2016 for The New Inquiry's Science/Fiction issue. It will probably never be complete; it's always open to suggestions.
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Is this a thread for recommendations or discussion of Science Fiction?

I am looking for names of authors writing "Cyberpunk". I already know William Gibson.
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Sep 8 2017, 07:51 PM
Is this a thread for recommendations or discussion of Science Fiction?

I am looking for names of authors writing "Cyberpunk". I already know William Gibson.
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you'll find a long list here
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_cyberpunk_works

I highly recommend
Snow Crash (1992) by Neal Stephenson
and also his Diamond Age

also
Bleeding Edge (2013) by Thomas Pynchon

another good resource/list

http://project.cyberpunk.ru/idb/literature.html
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David Auerbach on (the recently deceased) Jerry Pournelle's politix
http://www.thedailybeast.com/from-lucifers-hammer-to-newts-moon-base-to-donalds-wallthe-sci-fi-roots-of-the-far-right
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A Short History of South Asian Speculative Fiction: Part I

And Part II
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Moderan
by David R. Bunch, introduction by Jeff VanderMeer
NYRB Classics
Publication Date: August 14, 2018

https://www.nyrb.com/products/moderan?variant=6835859587124

Wow, I would never have expected that someone would republish these totally insane stories. I loved the few that I read many years ago... looking forward to this one.
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