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Subject: Best SF reads of 2012
Date Posted: 2/2/2013 7:21 PM ET
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Did you have any favorite reads?  Me?  Not so many -

The Mirage, Matt Ruff - recommended

Embassytown, China Mieville - recommended

Red Shirts, John Scalzi - nice homage


Line War, Neal Asher and Boneyards, KK Rusch - because I just like these series

FYI - Locus 2012 Recommended Reading List



Date Posted: 2/5/2013 9:42 AM ET
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I'm still trying to get through the classic sci-fi, but I guess I would jump to a new release if it was highly recommended.

Date Posted: 2/5/2013 10:41 AM ET
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I'm not current on my reading at all, it seems.  

I think I only read 3 or 4 books published in 2012, and only one of those was science fiction.  But it's was hillarious, so here goes:  Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Subject: rephrase
Date Posted: 2/5/2013 10:14 PM ET
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What did you read last year that you really liked?   (publication date - whenever)

Date Posted: 2/5/2013 10:31 PM ET
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My favorites from 2012

The Ruby Dice by Catherine Asaro

Inversions, The Use of Weapons & The Player of Games by Ian Banks.

Date Posted: 2/6/2013 5:35 PM ET
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If you want books published in any year, then disregarding continuing series in progress, there were three big standouts for me.
Catherynne M. Valente's Silently and Very Fast -- I loved it, but she's not for everyone.
Solaris - Stanislaw Lem
Earth Abides - George R. Stewart
I also really enjoyed Kage Baker's Empress of Mars, but it hasn't stuck with me like the other 3 I've mentioned have.
Date Posted: 2/8/2013 11:04 PM ET
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Of books I read last year, Ready Player One was the top science fiction for me. I also enjoyed Redshirts, Firebird, and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. Who Fears Death? was powerful and disturbing. I reread Cherryh's Chanur series and Hal Clement's Needle duology, and still loved them both. 

Subject: TomHl's favorite science fiction reads of 2012
Date Posted: 2/10/2013 7:58 PM ET
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  • Die Haarteppichknüpfer, von Andreas Eschbach (English title: The Carpet Makers)
  • Eifelheim, by Michael Flynn
  • Embassytown, by China Miéville
  • Nebula Awards Showcase 2012, by James Patrick Kelly and John Kessel
  • Heavy Weather, by Bruce Sterling
Brad -
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 7:18 PM ET
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I had quite a bit of ones I loved that were 4 stars or more:

5 Stars



Steel Beach

4.5 Stars

The Bar Code Tattoo

Demonglass - Hex Hall Book 2

Hex Hall


Flow My Tears the Policeman Said


The John Varley Reader

Subject: ubik
Date Posted: 2/19/2013 10:30 PM ET
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I'm reading Ubik right now.  It was an Amazon daily special.  The cover is a bunch of spray paint cans.  The original cover to Ubik had a spray can.  Cool.