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BestBoy
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re: What are the best “unknown” gems of science fiction? (Part 1)
BestBoy   12/23/2011 3:07:04 PM
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Also not exactly an unknown, but Harlan Ellison's "The Beast That Shouted Love At The Heart Of The World" is one of the best collections of short stories I have ever read.

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maryl19   12/22/2011 9:39:02 PM
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Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson. In the end the only way to communicate with the aliens is with dance (somewhat obvious). This is part of a trilogy including Starseed and Starmind, but I found Stardance the most surprising. BTW, If you like a little (or lot) of comedy with your si-fi, Robinson’s Callahan’s Saloon series is pretty good, though the earliest books are the best (as I have found with many long running series).

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OmegaMan   12/22/2011 8:50:39 PM
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The Hyperion series is 4 books: Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion, the Rise of Endymion (in that order). The Ilium series is 2 books, Ilium and Olympos.

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Max The Magnificent   12/22/2011 8:13:00 PM
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I just added both of them to my Wish List on Amazon ... but I'm confused -- how many books are there in this series? Are "Olympos", "The Rise of Endymion", and "The Fall of Hyperion" part of the series? Personally, I really wish they would make a film of Eon...

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OmegaMan   12/22/2011 8:05:00 PM
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Simmons won the Hugo and Locus awards for his novel "Hyperion" (1989), and "Ilium" won the Locus award in 2003. Both novels are being made into movies.

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Max The Magnificent   12/22/2011 6:55:02 PM
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I'm trying to remember what I've read of Dan Simmons -- I know that I have read him, but since nothing comes to mind I'm assuming I didn't rate him too highly. This blog (and one or more follow-ups that are coming soon) are focused on the lesser-known books (and films I guess) ... I have no doubt that I will be penning a blog on "SyFy Classics" in the not-so-distant future (grin)

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OmegaMan   12/22/2011 6:50:04 PM
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Old classics, but not exactly unknown: Heinlein's "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "The Moon is a Harsh Mistress." My new favorite sci-fi author is Dan Simmons; his novels "Ilium" and "Olympos" are the best I have read in a long time. A re-enactment of the Trojan War in a high-tech future.

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Max The Magnificent   12/22/2011 6:39:07 PM
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I don't think I've heard about this one -- I'll look it up on Amazon...

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PaddyMcCarthy   12/22/2011 10:07:33 AM
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Magician by Raymond E. Feist. I loved the way the author explained the "physics" of the magic as a part of describing a wonderful worldwith a very human story.

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Max The Magnificent   12/21/2011 8:54:12 PM
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I have quite a few more books I plan on mentioning in future columns, but I also welcome your feedback (on my suggestions) and your input with regard to science fiction (and fantasy) books that you found to be "world changing" ... but that never seemed to make the "best seller" lists... You can provide a brief comment here, and/or you can email me a short (or long) review at max@CliveMaxfield.com -- in the latter case I will include your review (will full attribution to you, of course) in a future column...

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