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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:05 pm

can some of the board sci fi heads- theta, dead wizard, et al - please recommend me literary sci fi

guess im thinking along the lines of the stars my destination, dhalgren, the dispossessed, camp concentration
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:05 pm

i maybe made this thread before but i cant find it

someone on this board told me about stars my destination and camp concentration (both of which i loved)
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:07 pm

Little guy you might have heard of, check out

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Postby lockheed » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:07 pm

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Postby Ted Pikul » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:09 pm

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Postby nite69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:11 pm

book of the new sun! book of the new sun! book of the new sun!
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:16 pm

oh yeah i really like book of the new sun and left hand of darkness too !

and pkd ofc, thanks pottster
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Postby lockheed » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:31 pm

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Postby iambic » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:36 pm

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Postby vivian darko » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:36 pm

Riddley Walker, ostensibly
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Postby iambic » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:36 pm

this one's borderline pulpy, but

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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:39 pm

Tales of the Dying Earth inspired Book of the New Sun and is also one of my favorite books ever:
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Postby internetfriend » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:41 pm

i liked Player of Games so much and didnt like Use of Weapons nearly as much. but maybe that's because i read it right after
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:45 pm

is anything as good as the stars my destination

god that book, owns
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Postby iambic » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:46 pm

player of games is actually coherent and probably my favorite banks overall (especially the description of the end stages of the final game), whereas iirc use of weapons is a weird remix of stuff he wrote much earlier on in his career: he went back and diced up a more straightforward book and gave it the strange alternating forward-and-back timelines. it doesn't hang together. plus I'm not sure the identity twistToggle Spoiler actually adds anything, whereas it recontextualizes a lot more in player.
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Postby easy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:47 pm

the only time I ever posted in the what asre you reading thread I expressed my disappointment in neuromancer and got savagely owned, so I don't think I'm qualified to participate
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:47 pm

you know actually i havent read sword and citadel - are those as good as the first ones?
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:47 pm

easy wrote:the only time I ever posted in the what asre you reading thread I expressed my disappointment in neuromancer and got savagely owned, so I don't think I'm qualified to participate


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Postby Ted Pikul » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:49 pm

I didn't like Neuromancer at all
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Postby baleen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:51 pm

bongo wrote:oh yeah i really like book of the new sun and left hand of darkness too !

and pkd ofc, thanks pottster


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Postby baleen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:52 pm

bongo wrote:you know actually i havent read sword and citadel - are those as good as the first ones?


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Postby baleen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:53 pm

iambic wrote:player of games is actually coherent and probably my favorite banks overall (especially the description of the end stages of the final game), whereas iirc use of weapons is a weird remix of stuff he wrote much earlier on in his career: he went back and diced up a more straightforward book and gave it the strange alternating forward-and-back timelines. it doesn't hang together. plus I'm not sure the identity twistToggle Spoiler actually adds anything, whereas it recontextualizes a lot more in player.


agree I feel Use Of Weapons is totally skippable actually. I also ride for Matter & Excession.
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Postby goofjan » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:53 pm

plz if u get a chanse put some flowrs on algernons grave kthxbye
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Postby easy » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:53 pm

Ted Pikul wrote:I didn't like Neuromancer at all


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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Man, Bingo, read this book actually:
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Postby blurst of times » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:54 pm

Came here to post left hand of darkness and Canticle

I'd also rec Octavia Butler (parable of the sower) and China mieville (the city & the city)
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Postby Dead_Wizard » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:54 pm

"A Cantlcie of Liebowitz" is the top of the tower for me. I will say that "St Lieobwitz and the Wild Horse Woman" is kind of insane, but I genuinely enjoyed it. There are some BEAUTIFUL sections clearly culled from Henry Miller Jrs notes.

Kingsley Amis' "The Alteration" is awesome; takes place in a world where the reformation never took place and the Catholic Church has a stranglehold on society, gating technology and creating a sort of proto steampunk reality without all the Victorian elements. The plot focuses on a young child set up to join the castrati. Love how America is portrayed in it.

Barry Malzberg's "Galaxies" is an incredible piece of sci-fi metafiction that also works as a standalone story. Kind of a critique on the genre centered on a spaceship pilot trapped in a black hole.

While I wasn't totally happy with it, Thomas Klise's "The Last Western" was one of the more interesting things I read last year. Long outta print, it's the story of a young baseball player from New Mexico who ascends to the Papacy in a very weird cyberpunk reality. Bloated but some cool stuff in the mix. Kind of reminds me of Underworld x Pynchon at points, but with some really goofy elements.

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Postby blurst of times » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm

Ted Chiang if you're into short stories!!
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Postby Kenny » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm

My favorite of the classic big writers:
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Postby baleen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 2:55 pm

Kenny wrote:Man, Bingo, read this book actually:
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