SF books (was: Re: Many subjects (very long) )

Parks Family bill-sarah at mindspring.com
Tue Aug 22 22:27:08 EDT 2000


I'm not much for sf at this point in my life, but when I was about ten, I
loved a series of books called the Time Wars books by Simon Hawke.  Just
wondering if anyone else had ever read them. . . . . .

lizzie


> On Tue, 25 Jul 2000 10:32:20 +0100, Rowland, Jennifer A B wrote:
>
> >I've just come across David Weber, who writes
> >space wars that I like a lot- anyone else into sci-fi as well as fantasy?
> >Elizabeth Moon and CJ Cherryh are good but any other recommendations?)
>
> Lois McMaster Bujold, whose books are more character-driven (similar to
> Elizabeth Moon in that respect).  I like Larry Niven et. al.'s Dream Park
> novels--they are near-future mysteries set in an amusement park where
> technology permits people to do live-action role playing.  That's _Dream
> Park_, _The Barsoom Project_ and _The California Voodoo Game_.  You can
see
> my tastes are more toward soft SF. :)
>
> Vernor Vinge's _A Fire Upon the Deep_ and _A Deepness in the Sky_.  The
> latter wins my award for Best Book I've Read This Year (So Far).  I'm not
> even going to try to explain it.  It's sort of a prequel to _Fire_ but the
> two can be read separately.  Also Catherine Asaro is very good.  I've read
> one of her novellas online--can't remember the title right now--and just
> finished _Primary Inversion_, which is the first in a series.  I like
David
> Brin quite a bit sometimes; some of his books are better than others, but
I
> think he's at his best when he's writing shorter fiction.  This applies to
> some of his novels, because frequently he has about five plots going and
> touches on each for a short time before switching, so it's effectively
short
> fiction.  My favorites by him are the story collection _Otherness_ which
has
> some essays too, and _The Uplift War_, but that is part of a series and
you
> may need to read at least _Startide Rising_ first.  And I didn't like the
> later books in the series very much.
>
> Another fun series that I can only halfway recommend is by David Feintuch.
> The first book is called _Midshipman's Hope_ and is about a young man
> serving in a starfleet who is unexpectedly called on to command.  I have
> some problems with his female characters and his writing style, but it's
at
> least worth trying--I have friends who like it much better than I did, and
> it's not terrible.  If you like Weber you will probably like
Feintuch--more
> "space wars" stuff, though I think Weber has a better understanding of
> people.  (Ironically, Jacob is currently reading Weber's *fantasy* books,
> and we've never read the Honor Harrington stuff....)
>
> There's a lot of good classic SF out there too--I think _The Lathe of
> Heaven_ is even better than LeGuin's _The Left Hand of Darkness_, and the
> movie of the book is going to be rereleased soon on video and DVD (here in
> the US, at least).  Asimov is usually pretty entertaining, if dated.  And
> then there's Heinlein; I like his style, and I don't disagree with his
> baldly-stated opinions, which are usually the objections people have to
his
> books.  My favorites are _The Moon is a Harsh Mistress_ and _Citizen of
the
> Galaxy_, though I harbor a fond passion for _Space Cadet_ as well--the
first
> Heinlein I ever read.
>
> How's that for a reading list?  And I didn't even mention Julian May....
>
> Melissa Proffitt
>
> p.s. Anyone else read John Wyndham?  _The Kraken Wakes_ totally creeped me
> out.
>
> p.p.s.  Roger Zelazny's book _Roadmarks_ is another favorite of mine.
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