Book for Summer. (Sci-Fi)

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  1. Right gents, I usually prefer to spend the first few days of summer holidays sitting on my terrace, doing nowt except reading books and drinking beer, and after a week I get my head up and then do things.
    But I am a huge sci-fi fan, (Like history too) and find it ideal for switching off after work. Problem is that I have been cut-off here the last few years and have lost track a bit. Now with the miracles of internet I can order stuff in now for the summer.
    I am reasonably eclectic but like humour as well as serious stuff. Got any recomendations?

    I pitch in with my own:
    Recently got hold of a copy of Ian M Banks The Player of Games. - Cracker.
    Last year the dwarfette gave me a copy of the second part of a story needing me to order the first, total of 2,300 pages between them, didn't want to read much afterwards, good stuff though. - Peter F Hamilton, Pandora's Star, and Judas Unchained.

  2. Trans-sane

    Trans-sane LE Book Reviewer

    The later Culture novels got far too Ivory tower socialist. However both Use of Weapons (the name alone makes it cool) and Inversions are pretty good as they are from a slightly different mold.

    Another author I rate in the Sci Fi category is Richard Morgan. So far he has written 5 books and I have read 4. They usualy start in a "quirky" way that leaves you thinking "what the hell???", but are well worth it.

    Altered Carbon- brilliant high concept Sci Fi for grown ups. Fair bit of violence (of the taste the brain matter sort), some very black humour and a couple of sex scenes that are deffinately not for kids.

    Broken Angels- weakest of the books I have read. Similar to the above but less so. However some brilliant lines that can be quoted.

    Woken Furies- Like a confident Altered Carbon. Intense plot and action, sub-plots, knife fights in bars and grand conspiracies from all angles. Put simply excellent.

    Blackman (released in the US as Thirteen)- put simply one of my favourite books ever. Excellent concepts intelligently thought out. Plus Carl Marsalis is one of the best characters ever.
  3. Ord_Sgt

    Ord_Sgt RIP

    I quite like Peter Hamilton. His books are believable and to be honest once I pick one up I find it hard to put down, and he's British too.


    Although I read this trilogy first and got hooked with his style.

  4. an oldie but a classic is the Ship who Sang by Anne McCaffrey - a fantastic novel and the start of a series if you get into it 8)
  5. Anything by Heinlein is good for a summer afternoon in the garden. Some fool tried to label RAH as a "Sex obsessed fascist" recentlyon ARRSE, I fart in his general direction. Truly original thinking, backed up with scientific and engineering theory (of its time), and wrapped up in glorious story telling.

    Peter Hamilton's good too, but the books are bloody expensive (and HUGE!).
  6. If you like Ian M Banks, then i throughly reccomend The Algebraist.
    Just finished it last week, and definitely worth a look if you enjoy a bit of dark humour and Sci-fi.
  7. That fool was me! I also classified myself as one, and never said I didn't like his books.
    Some yes, some I find boring, after he harps on about the same theme over and over like in The Number of the Beast.
    So that gentle fluttering sound I can hear must be you. I'm a long way away so don't follow through.
    Hamilton is good, I had a marathon last year.

    Thanks to those who have replied so far.
  8. Fair enough, but from my standpoint, "Number of the Beast", "The Cat who walks through walls" and "To Sail beyond The Sunset" neatly wrap up RAH's future history series of books along with all of his other stories into one fabulous multiverse. Multi dimensional pantheistic solipsism, top marks!

    Lazarus Long is one of the great characters of SF fiction, and reading Starship Troopers at 13 is one of the reasons I joined the Army. The man loved poking fun at sacred cows too, witness "Job".

    Yes I know I'm all geeked up on this, but I don't care. For me, Heinlein was, is and always will be the best SF author.
  9. although not sci-fi, red storm rising by tom clancy is a good one, offers a perspective what if russia had kicked off over fuel and food in the 80's
  10. How about "Cryptonomicon " by Neal Stephenson?
    Got cryptonalysis,2nd world war code breaking,data havens and all sorts of good stuff. And its about 700 pages.
  11. You could try reading the whole Baroque Cycle - worth it. Not to mention "The Diamond Age" and "Snow Crash" (which is worth it for the lead character's name alone).

    The "Pashazade" novels by Jon Courtenay Grimwood are good (his others are a bit too Michael Moorcock for my liking).

    Another one is Charles Stross - I really enjoyed "Halting State". Ken Macleod is good for stretching your prejudices (Commies in Space!) and I'm currently working my way through Alastair Reynolds...
  12. I really liked his lastest novel "Matter". It is back to Culture and Special Circumstances and a nice dark read: none of the romantic bőlloxs that pollutes so many sci-fi novels these days. A nice military element to it as well.

    Easy to read, great ideas and a descent story. What more could someone ask for?
  13. Check out David Webbers "Honor Harrington" books, a sort of cross between Master and Commander and Starwars. In the far future a female Royal Navy officer fights Frenchmen, pirates and the slave trade.

    The series starts with her first command and is called "ON Basilisk Station". its quite a good treatise on problem solving to.

    Also check out Elizabeth Moon's books. Moon is an ex USMC officer. Start with "Trading in Danger" about armed merchant venturers or any of the Serrano series.

  14. Bowmore_Assassin

    Bowmore_Assassin LE Moderator Book Reviewer

    Marrow by Robert Reed. Immense scope and brilliant.

    Alister Reynolds - any of the Revelation Space books are excellent but read in order if possible - I did not like Century Rain which is outwith the Revelation Space series.

    Anything by Ben Bova tends to be pretty good.

    All the Iain M Banks books are good, especially those based on the "Culture." His book Feersum Injinn was a bit odd and hard work.
  15. Worth a read and incredibly hard to put down are the Hyperion and Endymion series by Dan Simmons.

    Masses to get stuck into and so good i have read them three times - reasonable levels of violence - lots of authority vs. choice (before Pullman) and has a quirky religious undertones