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Okay. Settled down a bit and I'm now adamant in finishing Pandora's Star and Judas Unchained. I will finish those doorstopers.

 

Getting close to the end of Pandora's Star and it's getting good. When I finish it and its sequel, Judas Unchained, I will embark on reading The Void Trilogy as well (same author and universe).


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Y'know, I'd really like to hear back from some of the people I've talked to earlier in the thread.

 

Lily: did you read Revelation Space yet? Did you like it?

 

IzzyIngleby: taken a look at Proxima? How is it so far?


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Well, I've given up on Hamilton. His books just don't capture me that well.

 

In the meantime I will be looking at suggestions on another site I'm with.


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Sorry I just haven't read much science fiction lately, last books I read were the A Song Of Ice And Fire series, and those were a few months ago. I have been reading, just not really for pleasure-some scientific papers are written absolutely exquisitely, but most I have to say are a real drag.



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I'll be looking for other books to read.

 

In the meantime, here's a list of essential posthuman SF (not all of it is futuristic though).


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Picked up some of the Jean le Flambeur series by Hannu Rajaniemi. The stories take place in a future solar system that's populated by a post-singularity humanity.


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Here's my tentative reading list for the next few months:

 

The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi [currently reading] The Fractal Prince by Hannu Rajaniemi The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfeld The Killing of Worlds by Scott Westerfeld Heart of the Comet by David Brin and Gregory Benford Might give the Count to the Eschaton Sequence a try around this time On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds


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Hey, sorry for having been quiet for so long. I must say that I haven't read that book yet. I was catching up on some dystopian novels and right now finals are aproaching, so my reading consists mainly of papers for school... It's nice to see, though, that you are keeping the thread alive!

Have you read Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End? It's here on my nightstand, but I haven't gotten around reading it.


"All scientific advancement due to intellegence overcoming, compensating, for limitations. Can't carry a load, so invent wheel. Can't catch food, so invent spear. Limitations. No limitations, no advancement. No advancement, culture stagnates. Works other way too. Advancement before culture is ready. Disastrous."

There's definitely truth in that...


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Hey, sorry for having been quiet for so long. I must say that I haven't read that book yet. I was catching up on some dystopian novels and right now finals are aproaching, so my reading consists mainly of papers for school... It's nice to see, though, that you are keeping the thread alive!

Have you read Vernor Vinge's Rainbows End? It's here on my nightstand, but I haven't gotten around reading it.

 

That's fine Lily.

 

I have not read Rainbows End, but I did read Marooned in Realtime (another novel by Vinge) and enjoyed it. I really should read Rainbows End...


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I'm going to start reading the foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It read the series was a famous one and I'm excited to start reading it. Right now I'm downloading the pdf and putting it on a tablet. I'll review each book when I complete it. Have any of you guys read the foundation series? and if you did how good did you find it?



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I've got the book on my desk, never got round to reading it. It's only a short story, but have you read "The Last Question"? It takes about 10 minutes, absolutely brilliant.


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Heart of the Comet finally came in today. I'll let you guys know how good it is.


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Hi--My name is Marjorie and I'm delighted to find this site. A prediction here caught my eye. It said that because of mind uploading, criminals could be punished indefinitely. The impact of mind uploading on our justice system is one of the changes in society I explore in a novel.

 

I have written a sci fi novel (unpublished--originally titled Babylon Dreams--now it's Past Imperfect) based on the idea of after-death destinations.  In it, the newly deceased continue their existence via mind uploading. The after-death industry is big business and depending on your tastes and what you can pay before and after your demise, you can choose a plan offering a selection of virtual reality environments.  

 

Although the plot concerns a love triangle where a wealthy man kills himself in order to follow his wife and her lover into a virtual paradise in order to "win" her back, i was curious about how this technology would affect society, the economy, politics and of course this man's virtual heart--how does he change after being there for over fifty years and there's nothing new or unpredictable. What would it be like, the advantages, the drawbacks? 

 

I have web site where I post news on the science related to my science fiction and some excerpts.  My blog is marjoriekayesbabylondreams.com.

 

 I would love to live long enough to see much of the science fiction I enjoy become science fact.  Well maybe everything but the dystopias. 1984 can stay in 1948.



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I'm going to start reading the foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It read the series was a famous one and I'm excited to start reading it. Right now I'm downloading the pdf and putting it on a tablet. I'll review each book when I complete it. Have any of you guys read the foundation series? and if you did how good did you find it?

I read the series. Very good. The Mule is an especially interesting character.

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Heart of the Comet wasn't piquing my interest, so I've decided to finish A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor VInge. If you're into the singularity idea then you should definitely read it.


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I personally didn't like A Fire Upon the Deep that much. Too much of it took place on a world with Middle Age Europe technology.

 

Moving on, I've ordered the book The Darwin Elevator from the library system.

 

Synopsis:

 

In the mid-23rd century, Darwin, Australia, stands as the last human city on Earth. The world has succumbed to an alien plague, with most of the population transformed into mindless, savage creatures. The planet's refugees flock to Darwin, where a space elevator--created by the architects of this apocalypse, the Builders--emits a plague-suppressing aura.

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I also got Lady of Mazes at the library today. I'm going to have to take a look at it.

 

https://www.goodread...rom_search=true

 

Lady of Mazes is the story of Teven Coronal, a ringworld with a huge multiplicity of human civilizations. It's the story of what happens when the delicate balance of coexisting worlds is completely destroyed, when the fabric of reality itself is torn. Brilliant but troubled Livia Kodaly is Teven's only hope against invaders both human and superhuman who threaten the fragile ecologies and human diversity.

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On the Steel Breeze by Alastair Reynolds finally came today. Read the first thirty or so pages and it takes place in the 24th century.


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I've got the book on my desk, never got round to reading it. It's only a short story, but have you read "The Last Question"? It takes about 10 minutes, absolutely brilliant.

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I'm going to start reading the foundation trilogy by Isaac Asimov. It read the series was a famous one and I'm excited to start reading it. Right now I'm downloading the pdf and putting it on a tablet. I'll review each book when I complete it. Have any of you guys read the foundation series? and if you did how good did you find it?

 

Simply the best work of Asimov. Don't stop at the trilogy, there are other books in the series just as good.


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