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Saying hello / Re: Hello everyone
« on: July 04, 2010, 07:38:47 AM »
Hi Vinxlady,

I'm glad you enjoyed Altered Carbon and I'm sure you'll love the other books in the series. I've just finished Seeds Of Earth by Martin Cobley and I highly recommend it.


I know where you're coming from on the sleeve recognition angle, but it does'nt spoil what is a cracking story.

All the best,

Saying hello / Re: Hello everyone
« on: April 27, 2010, 09:34:19 AM »
Hello Jackobytes

The real problem with Morgan's book series is that it never explained how he could recognise people in sleeves?? I raised that in the book reviews and a red-faced editor agreed with me.

Welcome aboard.


Thanks, Geoff.

Saying hello / Re: Hello everyone
« on: April 27, 2010, 09:30:22 AM »
Thanks Jackobyte that's really helpful. I'm always on the lookout for new recommendations and it's great to get them from somebody who has clearly enjoyed some of the things I've enjoyed in the past.

I look forward to reading some of these!


No problem, Vinxlady.

I've just got hold of 'Seeds of Earth' by Michael Cobley which looks really interesting, so I'll let you know how it pans out.


Discuss books / Re: Interesting covers for novels?
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:56:53 PM »
Just check out Chriss Foss artwork which was on almost every SF novel in the Eighties. His covers for the E.E.'Doc' Smith Lensman and D'Alambert novels are simply brilliant. 

Discuss books / Re: Are there any SFF authors you truly hate?
« on: April 20, 2010, 01:46:49 PM »
I don't think there's an author or authoress I hate, but I have tried and tried to get into Greg Egan's novels but I find them bewildering.

Saying hello / Re: Hello everyone
« on: April 20, 2010, 02:11:20 AM »
Hi Vinxlady,

Neal Asher is a must for space-opera fans with his Agent Cormac novels set in a vast galactic empire called the Polity - start with Gridlinked and you won't be dissapointed. Read 'Altered Carbon' by Richard Morgan where he introduces us to Takeshi Kovacs, an ultra-violent, future Jason Bourne who can change bodies (sleeving) by down-loading his conciousness into a cortical stack. It's part space-opera, part detective novel, but it moves at an incredible pace and has some pretty dark and intersting characters - highly recommended.

One other guy I'd recommend is Peter F. Hamilton who's Night's Dawn trilogy is pure space-opera on an epic scale - each book is the size of a bus.

Other recommendations include:

Charles Stross (Iron Sunrise)
Jack McDevitt (Slow Lightning)
Ken Macleod (Engines of Light trilogy)
Stephen Baxter (Xeelee sequence of books  - start with Raft)

All the best,

Discuss books / Re: Recommendations for the genre newbie
« on: April 19, 2010, 01:43:48 PM »
The series that really got me hooked when I was a kid was Julian May's Saga Of The Exiles series as it crosses both the fantasy and fiction line with brilliant characters and a great story.

I'd also recommend Tad William's Otherland series.

You should enjoy a book for the story, not because its won a gong; most of which the rest of the literary world don't give two hoots for anyway.
I've read many a Hugo/Nebula/Arthur C.Clarke winner and some have been really good (Tau Zero / The Forever War) whilst others have bored me to tears (The Fifth Head of Cerberus), but it's all a matter of taste and should'nt be about who won what.

Saying hello / Re: Hello everyone
« on: April 19, 2010, 01:14:17 PM »
Thanks Wardly  :)

Saying hello / Hello everyone
« on: April 13, 2010, 01:01:38 PM »
It's taken me a while to get round to this, but now I'm here I look forward to chatting about my passion for all things SCI-FI with all you fellow cosmonauts!

Just to get started, here are some of my favourite SCI-FI books/films/TV etc. :-

  • Classic author - Arthur C. Clarke/E.E. 'Doc' Smith
  • New authour - Alistair Reynolds/Neal Asher/Richard Morgan
  • Book - Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • Film - Blade Runner
  • TV - Battlestar Galactica (New version)

Look forward to hearing from you all. Live long and prosper.

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