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IFBC: speak to me of scifi/fantasy that does not make me stabbity.

(guidelines: i've already read almost everything Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Verne, and Card have written. I'm not such a fan of Phillip K Dick, Gibson, Tolkien, or any of the Herberts. There is not enough spiked kool-aid in the world to make me start on Robert Jordan. I love short story collections.)

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On July 3rd, 2007 05:58 pm (UTC), oh_embarrassing commented:
h.p. lovecraft?
books from the Star Wars continuation series by Timothy Zahn?
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:31 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
i've read most of lovecraft and i'm not much of a star wars fan. thanks tho.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:10 pm (UTC), fusepark commented:
Norman Spinrad.
Alfred Bester.
Susannah Clarke.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:14 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
anything in particular i should start with?
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:16 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
Spinrad - The Void Captain's Tale or The Men in the Jungle (the latter if you don't mind cannibalism)
Bester - The Demolished Man (my favorite sci-fi)
Clarke - Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell (an all time favorite book. Big, I wish it were bigger)
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:20 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
::headdesk:: Jonathan Strange has been sitting on my shelf for months.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:21 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
It's free, then. Read it.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:22 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
oh fer.. and i just realized i read Virtual Unrealities last freakin' month. Hi, my brain has apparently liquefied for the summer, what's up?
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
Maybe television would work better.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:28 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
i was watching the Sand Kings eps of the Outer Limits the other night (based on the story by George R.R. Martin) which is actually what made me think of posting this.

Is Demolished Man similar to Dick's Minority Report? It sounds like they might deal with the same stuff.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:30 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
Demolished Man is older and smarter. It won the first Hugo Award. It taught me to read very, very carefully.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:32 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
cool, i'll try and dig up a copy.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:34 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
It's back in print after a fifteen-year absence. Bester died in the 80's and left all rights to his favorite bartender, who let it go out of print. We all had to wait for that guy to drop dead.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:37 pm (UTC), earthdotprime replied:
that's awesome. not so much the out of print part, but still. awesome.
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On July 3rd, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC), fusepark replied:
I still carry my old copy around with me. Best last line in a book, ever.
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On July 6th, 2007 05:09 am (UTC), izlude_tingel commented:
George R R Martin is really good
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On August 14th, 2007 05:30 am (UTC), larkie commented:
His Dark Materials, Mists of Avalon.
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On February 12th, 2009 12:33 am (UTC), psuedo_catalyst commented:
Marion Zimmer Bradley, but I wouldn't start with Mists of Avalon, actually.

Most anything in the Darkover series, but a few of them are really awful, so be careful. I'd recommend The Heritage of Hastur, The Shattered Chain, The World Wreckers or Hawkmistress, to start with (it's one of those century-spanning series that weren't written in order, and so it doesn't really matter where you start, but if you want the very first, it's Darkover Landfall. Again, though, be careful, Landfall's pretty good, but some of the other early ones are pretty poor quality).

Also, if you can find it, MZB's Survey Ship is incredible, and something I'd really recommend to fans of Orson Scott Card (jeez, what is it with sci-fi authors and their three names?).
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