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Max The Magnificent
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re: What’s your “MUST READ” list in science fiction? (Part 1)
Max The Magnificent   1/12/2012 11:24:06 PM
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I would like to reiterate that my suggestions in this column were absolutely off the “top of my head” – and I reserve the right to add more as they pop into my mind…

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David Ashton   1/13/2012 1:13:12 AM
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You mentioned Arthur C Clarke, Max, but none of his books....the 2001 series (2001, then 2010: Odyssey Two, 2061: Odyssey Three and 3001: The Final Odyssey) would have to be included in any list of mine. I appreciate that 2001 is also a film - actually the book and the film were made concurrently - but it stands on its own as a good read.

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Max The Magnificent   1/13/2012 2:08:51 PM
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I do like a lot of Arthur C Clarke -- it's just that none screamed out at me as being on the "must read" list...

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OmegaMan   1/13/2012 4:19:27 PM
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Near the top of my list would be "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. Other favorites: "Ringworld" by Larry Niven; "Startide Rising" by David Brin; "Hyperion", "Endymion", and "Ilium" by Dan Simmons.

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elizabethsimon   1/13/2012 7:17:34 PM
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If I were picking any from Author C Clarke, Rendezvous with Rama would have to be at the top of my list. 2001 was good but I wouldn't class it as "must read"

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Max The Magnificent   1/13/2012 8:44:16 PM
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I must admit that I did like "Rendezvous with Rama" and I also liked "Cradle" which he wrote with Gentry Lee ... but if you were introducing someone new to science fiction and you knew that they would only read "so many" books ... would you put these on the "must read" list? Hmmm...

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David Ashton   1/13/2012 11:18:49 PM
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Horses for courses I guess, or "one man's meat..." but ACC has always been a favourite of mine. Clarke, Asimov and Heinlein were reckoned to be the "Big 3" and I heard that ACC and Isaac Asimov had a mutual agreement that they were "the two best science fiction writers" which is maybe a bit arrogant, but I'd reluctantly go along with it...

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Max The Magnificent   1/13/2012 11:34:08 PM
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I'd say Heinlein and Asimov were the two best, but let's not come to blows :-)

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Paul A. Clayton   1/14/2012 12:56:34 AM
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I am not certain that I would introduce someone to science fiction with the “Crčme de la Crčme”. Some good SF might scare off a novice. To "Dune" and "The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress", I might add "The Mote in God's Eye" (Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle) and "The Dispossessed" (Ursula K. LeGuin). One of the strengths of science fiction (and a reason that some prefer the term speculative fiction) is the ability to ask "what if" in a way that can often be less limited by local cultural biases. I admit that I also liked Gordon R. Dickson; the feel-good stories were fun, the sad stories were touching (sometimes painful), and some had fairly deep ponder-worthy content. I do not think I would class any of them in the best of the best category, though. Likewise, Lois McMaster Bujold's works are very enjoyable, but I doubt I would list any among the ten best SF works (though I would be more willing to recommend such to a novice because they are fun).

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David Ashton   1/15/2012 12:12:10 AM
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Yeah, if we were on the same continent we'd probably be thumping hell out of each other right about now.... Tell you what....if we ever DO end up in the same end of the same continent, we can sit down and thrash it out over a beer or 3 (like Nietzsche in your philosophy blog)?

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