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Started by Pantaleone on Mar 3, 2011 7:00:21 AM
Any good science fiction books being published these days?

It's life, Jim.

Jenny28 - 03 Mar 2011 14:53:29 (#1 of 4781)

I recently read The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula le Guin, but I'm not sure whether that counts as SF or fantasy. Damn good book though.

crabbyoldbat - 03 Mar 2011 14:54:07 (#2 of 4781)

But not really recent!

RoseRed - 03 Mar 2011 15:05:01 (#3 of 4781)

There was a very good article in the Guardia a while ago which mentioned a couple of authors I haven't read yet, along with some I like a lot:#

RoseRed - 03 Mar 2011 15:05:43 (#4 of 4781)

You'll have to cut and paste because the links don't work.

Jenny28 - 03 Mar 2011 15:20:56 (#5 of 4781)

Crabs - picky picky!

Rose - tinyurl seems to work - I think it's to do with the length of the link.

RoseRed - 03 Mar 2011 16:47:03 (#6 of 4781)

pigbagging - 03 Mar 2011 20:58:22 (#7 of 4781)

links here break where they contain "-" ot "&"

Sorcha65 - 07 Mar 2011 00:27:47 (#8 of 4781)

From Rose's link, I've recently read Ian McDonald's Brasyl and a couple of others, and Geoff Ryman's Air, and liked both very much. Both build plausibly on present technologies, and are based in not-very-future earths. One is set in Brazil and one in a fictional central Asian state, and a lot of McDonald's others are based in India (or rather a complicated network of states where India and Pakistan used to be).

ThereThere - 10 Mar 2011 20:27:35 (#9 of 4781)

I really quite love Iain M Banks and he keeps churning them out. I haven't read the newest (Surface Detail) but 'Matter', the one before that, was excellent and suitably bleak.

pigbagging - 10 Mar 2011 20:29:07 (#10 of 4781)

I think Surface Detail is much better than Matter - more ship stuff basically

crabbyoldbat - 10 Mar 2011 20:44:39 (#11 of 4781)

Oooh, good - I've not got it yet - might save it for a short hol in May

On edit:no I won't - paperback not available until end of May, it seems

ThereThere - 10 Mar 2011 20:48:59 (#12 of 4781)

I've got it in hardback by my bed but it's so heavy I haven't had the strength to lift it up and start reading. That sounds pretty weakly, I know, but does anyone else have that problem with reading in bed?? And I don't get much of a chance for reading at any other time.

I'm glad to hear it's good, though.

crabbyoldbat - 10 Mar 2011 20:51:05 (#13 of 4781)

Yes - that's one of the reasons that I wait for paperbacks. That and being a cheapskate.

ThereThere - 10 Mar 2011 20:54:06 (#14 of 4781)

It was a very kind Christmas present and I was very excited but then I remembered that I'm a wuss about big books.

ThereThere - 10 Mar 2011 20:54:46 (#15 of 4781)

I salute a cheapskate.

pigbagging - 10 Mar 2011 21:01:26 (#16 of 4781)

That sounds pretty weakly, I know, but does anyone else have that problem with reading in bed??

get an e-book reader

BeezerB - 11 Mar 2011 20:37:42 (#17 of 4781)

Yep have to say i was pretty anti-e-reader as i do so love my books but my kindle is definitely easier to read in bed (which is where i do most of my reading anyway)...not quite so good in the bath, but i put it in a ziplock bag (as recommended on the original GUT) and its ok. Anything heavy or with a potentially cringe-making cover i get on kindle now!

u2scram - 12 Mar 2011 14:10:20 (#18 of 4781)

is science fiction dead?

did it die with the greatest sf writer, a c clarke?

he had a knack for creating science fiction with believable characters and more science than fiction.

KittyKarateRedux - 12 Mar 2011 14:17:15 (#19 of 4781)

Part of my dislike of Anathem is probably based on the physical weight of it in hardback.

sandy08 - 12 Mar 2011 17:45:43 (#20 of 4781)

Just read "The Light Of Other Days" by Arthur C Clarke & Steven Baxter. Easy to read with some interesting ideas about wormholes through time, and what happens to privacy when everyone can see everything other people do, or have ever done.A decent sci-fi read, although possibly a little rushed towards the end.

#8 "..Ian McDonald's Brasyl and a couple of others"

I read his "River Of Gods" - set in India with several plot strands that eventually come together. Really good, although I don't usually like present tense narratives. I'll put "Brasyl" on my list.

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