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Offline Cool AN

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The Greatest science fiction writes!
« on: August 19, 2007, 01:11:20 pm »
As a big fan of science fiction, I felt it appropriative to try and start a discussion about the biggest science fiction writers there have been, especially since there seem to quite a few fans of the genre here.

I don't have anything specific in mind for this thread, just the general discussion of the writers life and their books, what peoples favourite books are and the like.

Edit: Changed the topic.

Edit times 2: Changed the topic from Biggest to Greatest.
« Last Edit: October 29, 2007, 02:47:04 pm by Cool AN »



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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2007, 01:41:38 pm »
Ahem.

H.G. Wells, thank you very much.

Him and Asimov are my favorite.

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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2007, 01:44:58 pm »
I thought it was Asimov, Bradbury, and Clarke. ABC...

But whatever. I really like Asimov and Clarke, but bradbury..not so much.

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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2007, 01:49:29 pm »
It should be Asimov, Wells, and Turtledove.
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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2007, 01:50:29 pm »
Turtledove is one of my favorite authors by far, but I wouldn't call him one of the "big three" of science fiction.

He's the "big one" of Alternate History.

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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2007, 01:51:57 pm »
The reasons they are called "The Big Three" are because they were at their peak at somewhat the same time and brought science fiction into the mainstream.

Maybe I should just change the title to "science fictions writers"?

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Re: The Big Three Science Fiction Writers
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2007, 01:54:58 pm »
Perhaps.  :)

EDIT: http://listverse.com/literature/top-15-great-science-fiction-books/

Top 15 Science Fiction Novels. Just StumpleUpon'ed it.
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Re: The Biggest science fiction writes!
« Reply #7 on: October 24, 2007, 09:13:00 pm »
Just finished reading Second Foundation. It was awesome. Seriously.
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Re: The Biggest science fiction writes!
« Reply #8 on: October 25, 2007, 07:57:50 pm »
I read invasive procedures. OS Card. Good book, not his best work though. Still good.
So now I'm giving SF a break. I'm reading catch 22.

edit: Darnit. I posted and lost the "leet" title thingy.

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Re: The Biggest science fiction writes!
« Reply #9 on: October 26, 2007, 12:57:13 am »
Phillip K Dick is a big one for the sheer imagination and production his tumbling mind produced. He's fairly special, but he's one of the big one's in not-so-hard SF.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2007, 01:04:54 am »
Anything by Dan Abnett. He's written lots of warhammer 40k books, which despite sounding really cheesy, are quite good.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2007, 05:41:56 am »
A swords and sorcery book I really enjoyed back in the 1990's, but is virtually unknown is: "Wizardry: The League of the Crimson Crescent" by James E Reagen.
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Yea, I know, it sounds cheesy as hell, but if you like the whole high sorcery and swords genre, this book is a definate must read.



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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #12 on: December 02, 2007, 08:11:50 am »
Anything by Dan Abnett. He's written lots of warhammer 40k books, which despite sounding really cheesy, are quite good.

Total agreement.

(kinda sad that I didn't see this post before now despite the fact that it is my own thread.)

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #13 on: December 02, 2007, 12:30:43 pm »
Bradbury, Welles, and Dick.
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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #14 on: December 19, 2007, 07:05:24 pm »
Heinlein is pretty good. I read starship troopers, which I liked, but there was a very limited amount of actual combat, which disappointed me.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #15 on: December 19, 2007, 08:56:33 pm »
Heinlein is pretty good. I read starship troopers, which I liked, but there was a very limited amount of actual combat, which disappointed me.

It was about the governmental structure and political science of the time. In my opinion, there wasn't enough of that. Most science fiction writers see their genre as a means to tell a good story. Heinlein sees science fiction as a pretty package for controversial thoughts and musings.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #16 on: December 19, 2007, 10:57:35 pm »
Any one here read The Moon is a Harsh Mistress? Good book, though a little dull.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #17 on: December 20, 2007, 01:15:10 pm »
Heinlein is pretty good. I read starship troopers, which I liked, but there was a very limited amount of actual combat, which disappointed me.

It was about the governmental structure and political science of the time. In my opinion, there wasn't enough of that. Most science fiction writers see their genre as a means to tell a good story. Heinlein sees science fiction as a pretty package for controversial thoughts and musings.
I liked that about the book too...It seemed really short, in any case.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #18 on: January 01, 2008, 04:58:09 pm »
An under-rated SF writer as most of his books are for the 'younger' readers, but are fantastic reads nonetheless is Philip Reeve.

Try the Mortal Engines quartet and you'll see he is that needle in the modern day haystack of writers.
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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #19 on: January 11, 2008, 09:25:16 pm »
Ursula K. LeGuin  ;)

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #20 on: January 16, 2008, 07:42:24 pm »
Ursula K. LeGuin  ;)
I read one of her short stories the other day..can't remember what it was though.

Oh, the guy who wrote Sandkings. Awesome writer, and it's a GREAT story.
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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #21 on: January 17, 2008, 05:36:30 am »
i also really liked madeleine l'engle...i must have read "a wrinkle in time" a bazillion times between the ages of 10 and 13...

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #22 on: January 17, 2008, 05:56:42 pm »
i also really liked madeleine l'engle...i must have read "a wrinkle in time" a bazillion times between the ages of 10 and 13...

I read that again recently as a tribute. She died a few months ago.

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Re: The Greatest science fiction writes!
« Reply #23 on: February 10, 2008, 05:55:37 pm »
Oh, by Le Guin, I read "The Ones who Leave Omelas" or something along the lines of that..

It was really good. Dune was great, I didn't like the second though. I'm on Chapterhouse: Dune, which I like so far.