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Postby tanaka » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:14 pm

Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy was a blast. Still haven't found anything quite like it.
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Postby Grey Poupon » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:17 pm

Do any of you have goodreads accounts? I do but I only use it for logging down when I read a book and the occasional review.
I could set up a hipinion account and we'd keep lists there (for other genres too), for posterity.
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Postby Autarch » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:19 pm

nite69 wrote:book of the new sun! book of the new sun! book of the new sun!
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Postby Autarch » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:20 pm

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

and pkd ofc, thanks pottster


Read Book of the Long Sun. Don't read Book Of The Short Sun.


short sun is great though.
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Postby lockheed » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:24 pm

bingo i think you'd really like delany's Neveryon series. i've only read volume 2, Neveryona, or: The Tale of Signs and Cities, but it's really really good.
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:27 pm

can anyone push a bunch of these as epubs or mobis to the dropbox perhaps
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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:28 pm

lockheed wrote:bingo i think you'd really like delany's Neveryon series. i've only read volume 2, Neveryona, or: The Tale of Signs and Cities, but it's really really good.


kk ill scope :)
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Postby goofysdeadwife69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:52 pm

bongo wrote:what are the best non dhalgren delaneys


Babel-17 and esp. Trouble on Triton. His non-fiction stuff is excellent too but not science fiction.

I don't think I saw Joanna Russ or Octavia Butler mentioned in here so I will mention them.
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Postby goofysdeadwife69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 6:55 pm

I really need to read the Culture novels soon./
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Postby skith » Fri Jan 12, 2018 7:16 pm

tanaka wrote:Cixin Liu's Remembrance of Earth's Past trilogy was a blast. Still haven't found anything quite like it.

Been meaning to read these

I'm almost done with Ken Liu's "Paper Menagerie and Other Stories" which I highly recommend though it isnt "hard" sci fi. I think Ken translated a lot of Liu Cixin's work in to English.
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Postby Spoilt Victorian Child » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:27 pm

Fifth Head of Cerberus is about as good as BotNS, although maybe less impressive as a feat of erudition.
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Postby theta » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:34 pm

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Postby theta » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:35 pm

i don't think ware is literary but it's amazing and everyone should read it
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Postby bunejug » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:37 pm

demolished man is really good.
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Postby blurst of times » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:55 pm

goofysdeadwife69 wrote:
bongo wrote:what are the best non dhalgren delaneys


Babel-17 and esp. Trouble on Triton. His non-fiction stuff is excellent too but not science fiction.

I don't think I saw Joanna Russ or Octavia Butler mentioned in here so I will mention them.


i rec'd butler! but yeah, she deserves more praise

agree w/ svc that fifth head of cerberus is incredible. i'm still working my way through botns for the first time(!), but i'll be impressed if it's as good as cerberus
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Postby deadwolfbones » Fri Jan 12, 2018 9:22 pm

Oh hey.

Re: non-Dhalgren Delany, check out Nova, Babel-17, Empire Star, Triton, The Einstein Intersection, and the Neveryon books. Aye, and Gomorrah is also a great collection of short stories (basically an expanded version of Driftglass); I think it's right up there with Ted Chiang's collection and The Best of Gene Wolfe for the best SF short fiction collections.

Lots of stuff by Christopher Priest will tickle the "literary" SF pleasure center, though he can get a bit wanky at times. Inverted World, at least, is excellent.

Ditto most of JG Ballard's stuff (Drowned World, Crystal World, etc.).

The Genocides by Thomas M. Disch. Camp Concentration by Thomas M. Disch. 334 by Thomas M. Disch.

Gene Wolfe's Peace, Long Sun, Short Sun, and Urth of the New Sun, plus his aforementioned short story collection(s).

Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro.

Cloud Atlas, obvs.

A Man Lies Dreaming, by Lavie Tidhar.

More than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon.

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

Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson.

Labyrinths, by Jorge Luis Borges.
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Postby joe » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:30 pm

What's the best way to own a massive amount of Philip K Dick? Like buy all of those mariner editions? Buy the hardcover Philip K Dick collection? I lent my old crappy editions of the three of his I had to someone who moved to Australia so I'm starting from the beginning.
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Postby theta » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:33 pm

if u don’t do ebooks you should get them from the library
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Postby Eyeball Kid » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:36 pm

If you're willing to drop the $, the Library of America volumes are very nice
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Postby worrywort » Fri Jan 12, 2018 10:39 pm

i've only skimmed thread, but didn't see it mentioned:

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Postby manvstrees » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:10 pm

insane hipinion checking in the best lem is perfect vaccuum
last line of solaris is top 5 in fiction though
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Postby joe » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:11 pm

theta wrote:if u don’t do ebooks you should get them from the library


I do ebooks, I just feel like I'd like some physicals around for at home reading

Eyeball Kid wrote:If you're willing to drop the $, the Library of America volumes are very nice


Those looks great, not sure if i'm willing to drop $75. Maybe I can find someone to gift it for me. or maybe i should just do it and stave off/embrace the void
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Postby iacus » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:15 pm

joe wrote:What's the best way to own a massive amount of Philip K Dick? Like buy all of those mariner editions? Buy the hardcover Philip K Dick collection? I lent my old crappy editions of the three of his I had to someone who moved to Australia so I'm starting from the beginning.


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Postby bongo » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:19 pm

ty very much everyone :)))
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Postby Pope Laserblast IV » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:29 pm

i went to upload a bunch of the recs itt and wouldn't you know the vast majority already appears to be on the db

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(i did upload the dispossessed and lathe of heaven though. dispossessed rips it's anarchosyndicalist specfic)
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Postby baleen » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:35 pm

i can drop a mess on the dbox this wkend
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Postby Guy Incognito » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:40 pm

i Love fire upon the deep and deepness in the sky but i don't really think they count as "literary" sci fi whatever that is

like they feel completely different from book of the new sun, canticle for leib
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Postby Guy Incognito » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:42 pm

i see that's mostly been covered
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Postby goofysdeadwife69 » Fri Jan 12, 2018 11:57 pm

Don't shy away from Le Guin's short stories either. Ones who walk away from omelas is classic & should be required HS age reading i m o. Perhaps they are all classic if you ask me.
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Postby sadville » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:17 am

goofysdeadwife69 wrote:Don't shy away from Le Guin's short stories either. Ones who walk away from omelas is classic & should be required HS age reading i m o. Perhaps they are all classic if you ask me.


fuck, i just read that story. thank you. i am absolutely teaching this to my students toward the end of the semester.
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