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So I've just finished reading Existence by David Brin, a worthwhile read although it's a little all over the place at times with the plot and jumps around with characters and timeline. Certainly a lot of stuff mentioned here makes it into the book, including AR, AI, smart-mobs, space travel, medical advances, world politics etc. Of course the ultimate plot takes a new look on the Fermi Paradox, meshing it with ideas from Kurzweil to Von Neumann, with a multitude of other names thrown in the hat along the way.
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I know the perfect Culture novel for you. It's called Excession. It partly takes place in the Culture itself so you might like it.
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If i could reccomend one book it would be this one.
Wastelands: Stories of the Apocalypse
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It's a collection of short stories, all based around the collapse of civilization or the end of the world! (a great read for when your feeling down! :biggrin:)
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I know the perfect Culture novel for you. It's called Excession. It partly takes place in the Culture itself so you might like it.


so my kindle fire just arrived last week. ive got the whole culture novels in it now, though i havent read it yet 'cause im still reading stanley's mars trilogy.

Edited by Zeitgeist123, 16 October 2012 - 07:38 AM.

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I know the perfect Culture novel for you. It's called Excession. It partly takes place in the Culture itself so you might like it.


I tried reading a couple of the culture novels a few years back but could never quite get into them for some reason, maybe now is another chance to do so...
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so my kindle fire just arrived last week. ive got the whole culture novels in it now, though i havent read it yet 'cause im still reading stanley's mars trilogy.


Cool! Be warned though, the first Culture novel that was published (Consider Phlebas) is pretty depressing and mostly takes place outside of the Culture.

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alright. id probably start at excession like you recommend. :)

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The Commonwealth Saga (Starting with the book Pandora's Star) by Peter F Hamilton is quite good, dealing with an advanced human civlisation in which people live indefinitely thanks to memory transfer/cloning and get around their interplanetary colonies via wormholes that link planets directly rather than using FTL spaceships. The saga deals with humanity encountering a very alien species and the conflict that ensues.

In AD 2329, humanity has colonised over four hundred planets, all of them interlinked by wormholes. With Earth at its centre, the Intersolar Commonwealth now occupies a sphere of space approximately four hundred light years across.When an astronomer on the outermost world of Gralmond, observes a star 2000 light years distant - and then a neighbouring one - vanish, it is time for the Commonwealth to discover what happened to them. For what if their disappearance indicates some kind of galactic conflict? Since a conventional wormhole cannot be used to reach these vanished stars, for the first time humans need to build a faster-than-light starship, the Second Chance. But it arrives to find each 'vanished' star encased in a giant force field -- and within one of them resides a massive alien civilisation.


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I'd second the Commonwealth saga but I actually found the void trilogy which is a sequel to be even better! Sent from my Nexus S using Tapatalk 2
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Never heard of the Commonwealth Saga but already I'm very interested. I'll definitely check it out!
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yeah the commonwealth saga looks interesting. im done with red mars, only the second half was exciting. still reading green mars, it doesnt seem to pique my interest. id probably skip it for the meantime and start reading the culture novels.

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Even though someone already mentioned it, The Culture. It's awesome, I wish I could live in it, I'd pick that society over this one in a heartbeat. http://en.wikipedia....iki/The_Culture
Oh, and did I mention, they have the most badass ship names. I've also read the Xeelee Sequence and Manifold Series by Stephen Baxter. Check him out.

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I've also read the Xeelee Sequence and Manifold Series by Stephen Baxter. Check him out.


Neither are very rosy. This person is looking for stuff that's less depressing.

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Robots Will Steal Your Job, But That's OK: How to Survive the Economic Collapse and Be Happy

http://www.amazon.co...duct/B009R93JR6

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I've also read the Xeelee Sequence and Manifold Series by Stephen Baxter. Check him out.


Neither are very rosy. This person is looking for stuff that's less depressing.

They're very poetic though.

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Harry Turtledove's WorldWar & Colonization series - alternate history sci-fi, in which aliens invade Earth during World War II, forcing the Allies & Axis powers to unite against them.

JG Ballard's classic vision of extreme global warming, The Drowned World.

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr, a grand sweep of post-holocaust history.

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Fiasco (Stanislaw Lem) - a damn great book. It kicks off slowly, has some too far digressions, but it gets better and better. Very depressing vision of contact with aliens. Beautiful language, well thought out, with lot of attention to details (and we're talking about something from 1986). And great thing is, that it could be made into a fantastic, intelligent and exciting SF movie with low costs. Despite set pieces for spaceship, scenes in space shouldn't be too expensive (while they would be huge and spectacular). I'm quite sure it could be done with budget far lower than District 9 for example. Writing script for this would be really simple. Yet it wouldn't be for mainstream audiences, given how it ends.
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Sounds interesting, I'll try to find an e-copy.

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Actually you've just reminded me of a book The Sparrow by Mary doria Russell - great book about a Jesuit priest coming into contact with an alien civilisation but again not the happiest of books. Sent from my Nexus S using Tapatalk 2
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Tumaini12, on 23 Nov 2012 - 10:22 PM, said:
Harry Turtledove's WorldWar & Colonization series - alternate history sci-fi, in which aliens invade Earth during World War II, forcing the Allies & Axis powers to unite against them.
 
JG Ballard's classic vision of extreme global warming, The Drowned World.
 
A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller Jr, a grand sweep of post-holocaust history.

 

Hmm, I was looking at Turtledove's wiki page just now, May buy some of these books after Christmas with my xmas dosh. He looks like a good Sci-Fi author.


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