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Postby Skerple » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:26 am

actually, i suppose le guin and butler are the best literary sci fi

cordwainer smith is still extremely great, just too hard to classify

but sci fi that's self-consciously literary...is bad and predictable
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Postby manunderer » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:29 am

i think i got the rec from here but plowing through the area x trilogy, pretty good stuff

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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:38 am

I like Cordwainer Smith too, and I think his stuff is closer to Stars My Destination than most of the other recs.

Cosmicomics is great but I don't know if it's really the same thing.
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Postby number none » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:10 am

Lilith's Brood/Kindred - Octavia Butler
The Centuari Device/Light - M. John Harrison
Lanark - Alasdair Gray
More Than Human - Theodore Sturgeon
The Bridge - Iain Banks
The Martian Chronicles/The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury
Snow Crash/The Diamond Age - Neal Stephenson
Non-Stop/Hothouse - Brian Aldiss
Her Smoke Rose Up Forever/Up The Walls of the World - James Tiptree, Jr.
Gateway - Frederik Pohl
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Postby tarantula » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:14 am

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read this as undergrad on summer break. all i remember is the tale of taking a hot air balloon to the moon, and one of running an electrical current through the body of an egyptian mummy and having a conversation w/ it in a victorian smoking parlor
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Postby Alonso » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:24 am

I took a sci fi-themed lit course in college and it led me to read The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, a book I surely would have never discovered otherwise.

Did anyone else here like it?
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Postby joe » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:27 am

i read as a result of our book club (i was a year or so late) and definitely dug it: viewtopic.php?f=1&t=55690
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Postby walt whitman » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:45 am

anything that is more about language, patois, weird "alien" forms of communication, etc, to me is "literary" more than other sorts of sci fi

these "sci-fi-language" books are obvious but essential

Brave New World
Neuromancer
the Female Man
William Burroughs' Cut-up Trilogy, esp Nova Express
Crash
A Clockwork Orange
Random Acts of Senseless Violence
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Postby jalapeño ranch » Sat Jan 13, 2018 4:53 am

I'm not a huge sci-fi person, but The Man Who Fell to Earth novella is real solid.
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Postby deadwolfbones » Sat Jan 13, 2018 6:13 am

Alonso wrote:I took a sci fi-themed lit course in college and it led me to read The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, a book I surely would have never discovered otherwise.

Did anyone else here like it?


Yes.
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Postby conductor » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:43 am

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Alonso wrote:I took a sci fi-themed lit course in college and it led me to read The Forever War by Joe Haldeman, a book I surely would have never discovered otherwise.

Did anyone else here like it?


Yes.

Yes.

About ten years ago I read The Forever War, The Stars my Destination, The Demolished Man, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress consecutively. Been riding that high ever since, baby.
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Postby Hal Jordan » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:50 am

Lathe of Heaven is my fav leguin
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Postby baleen » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:06 am

2nd the Tiptree short stories collection
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Postby terrific bedwetter » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:08 am

i like htis book

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Postby i am rich » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:31 am

thank you all for this thread. looking forward to looting the db later this weekend, this will keep me busy for a few years probably
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Postby baleen » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:46 pm

i passed bongo a wet transfer of ebooks bc my internet connect is so shitty that the dbox wont upload so it's on him now
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Postby Melville » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:21 pm

Lem - Solaris. Not as good as the movie, but what is?

Ballard - a bunch of his short stories. Especially the collection Vermillion Sands. Really transfixingly atmospheric and melancholic use of a sci-fi setting. Gets repetitive, but read The Cloud-Sculptors of Coral D if nothing else. Also the collection Atrocity Exhibition. Not sure if it's sci-fi, but it's great. The Drowned Giant is another good one.

I'd be into a book club if anyone's organizing one this year. Though I thought The Stars My Destination was embarrassingly bad, so I may be ineligible.
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Postby hyperbole man » Sat Jan 13, 2018 1:39 pm

this is my underrated pkd pick

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Postby trigross » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:31 pm

deadwolfbones wrote:Too Like the Lightning, by Ada Palmer. (One of my favorites from recent times.)


loved this and bought the second book, read the first 40 or 50 pages, and put it down for no real reason, need to get back to it

the third book was just released too

amazing world building, fun writing, cool ideas
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Postby theendoftheworld666@aol.com » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:32 pm

Regardless of genre Atrocity Exhibition/Crash are worth reading just because they're written in the style all the good post-punk lyrics are written in.

Oh yeah third the Tiptree stories. I feel like dmitry recommens them every time sci fi comes up on the board too so yeah there's a fourth right there.
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Postby theendoftheworld666@aol.com » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:39 pm

Maybe that's wrong. I haven't attempted to read any of the Burroughs cut-up stuff since I was like 15. Those novels would probably come off a lot better after I enjoyed those Ballards. Hmm.
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Postby the scofflaw » Sat Jan 13, 2018 7:39 pm

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Postby manvstrees » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:48 pm

i think martian time-slip is my top tier overlooked pkd
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Postby theta » Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:51 pm

mine is the crack in space, big fan of the concept of the golden doors of bliss orbital brothel
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Postby mynamerocks » Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:41 pm

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Easily one of my favourite novels, though I'd never really considered it as sci-fi.

This is probably less on the literary side but I always recommend Kim Stanley Robinson 's Mars trilogy.
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Postby dr. badvibes » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:52 pm

more than human doesn't get mentioned enough, i think

blindsight by peter watts is good

internetstrange, when you had a literary sci-fi reccs thread several solar cycles ago some of us told you you to read riddley walker, and if you didnt, well you're being an extremely bad boy. also, read excession, unless you liked the two culture novels enough to keep chugging through all of them, and then in that case i'd say operate under a save the best for last/late mentillity
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Postby joe » Sat Jan 13, 2018 10:57 pm

excession is probably my favorite culture

riddley walker might be too literary for me, had trouble getting into it. it's sitting on my shelf asking to be read, but i think i'm going to start something pulpy that warrants a cover like this
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Postby dr. badvibes » Sat Jan 13, 2018 11:08 pm

riddley walker definitely gets a lot better if you can read it twice and don't have to deal with the feeling of unscrambling a puzzle and that maybe you're dropping pieces. i would argue that the book of the new sun is the exact same, though, and that's y far the most recommended sci-fi book of hipinion

Dune is another thing i love but i guess people have political problems with it now? i don't know, i don't know anything about the author's politics, but i think it's unbelievably well imagined and well written
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