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Sci-Fi Favorites in Print

Discussion in 'Books & Comics' started by ekg, Oct 24, 2014.

  1. ekg

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    So I've posted to couple boards now regarding Favorite Non-Star Wars films, and figured we could use a similar board for Favorite Non-Star Wars Science Fiction Books/Comics. I'd like to try and steer the discussion away from weekly/monthly Marvel/DC series because that is a whole giant discussion of its own.

    For me, I just read Ender's Game this summer for the first time and thought it was awesome.

    Other highlights for me are:

    -Akira (six volumes, and reads like an action movie. I highly recommend)
    -Minority Report (and other Phillip K. Dick stuff. You only need to read a few of his stories, then they all start to kind of be the same)
    -1984 (Its a classic, for good reason. It also informs a lot of future sci-fi, like George's own THX-1138)
    -Frank Miller's Ronin (People seem to either love or hate Frank Miller. He's definitely got some good stuff though, especially his Dark Knight material. I go with this one though. Its really early in his career, has a great 1984/Matrix/THX vibe, and also seems to really have influenced Genndy Tartakovsky when he made Samurai Jack.

    What about others? What are your favorite Science Fiction books that are not Star Wars?
     
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    i agree 100% reading the title of this thread my first thought was Enders Game. im gonna go old school sci-fi and say Jules Verne is one of the best sci-fi writers of all time.
    Twendty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea
    I, Robot
    The Time Machine
    Brave New World
    Hitchhikers Guide... all great reads
     
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    If you like mysticism elements of Star Wars i can't recommend the manga version of Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind enough.
    Anyone that recognizes the title most likely has seen the ghibli animated film but trust me in saying if you think you know the story that only scratches the surface, especially since the story was not finished at the time it was animated. It's also one of the only comics Hayao Miyazaki has drawn. There are a lot of philosophical and 'Force-like' elements brought into the narrative and one of the best sci-fi stories I've ever read (and i've read a ton of sci-fi over the years).

    The Rama series by Arthur C. Clarke & Gentry Lee

    The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle. The human's ships in this were the inspiration for the Earthforce ones in Babylon 5. A great sci-fi story. The sequel The Gripping Hand isn't as good but if you love the universe it's worth a read.

    The Dune Series goes without saying. Lucas was heavily inspired by aspects in these books. Only read the 6 books by Frank Herbert. Avoid the ones by his son. If you like his stuff I also recommend Whipping Star and another book in the same universe with the same main character The Dosadi Experiment (although its not a sequel to Whipping Star)

    The Integral Trees and The Smoke Ring by Larry Niven. Why this setting and story haven't been made into movies or a mini-series is beyond me. A truly unique setting.

    If you like natural disaster stories check out Lucifer's Hammer by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, about a comet hitting the Earth and Mother of Storms by John Barnes. I thought at first the movie Into the Storm (2014) was an adaptation of the novel but sadly, it wasn't. If you're familiar with that movie, take that premise but also add in Matrix-like/ cyberpunk abilities to jack into the internet/web, and True Artificial Intelligence.

    So there are a few recommendations. If someone has a specific 'flavor' of sci-fi they like and are looking for recommendations say so. I'm sure I can recommend a few good titles.
     
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    I read some, not much. More of them are classics.

    - Rendezvous with Rama (Arthur. C Clarke);
    - 2001: A Space Odyssey (Arthur. C Clarke);
    - I, Robot ( Isaac Asimov);
    - Journey to the Center of the Earth (Jules Verne);
    - 1984 (George Orwell);
    - Brave New World (Aldous Huxley);
    - Caballo de Troya, Troja Horse in english (J.J. Benitez);
     
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