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Subject: Febuary Genre of the Month is Sci-fi
Date Posted: 2/2/2012 1:02 AM ET
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Great, another genre I'm not fond of. I don't think I even have a sci-fi novel in my posession unless I can count my Andre Norton books. On the bright side I've never actually read a sci-fi novel so I'll really be reading something new for this challenge. If any of you ladies are fans of the genre and have suggestions I'm all ears.

edited: I ordered The Witches of Karres Author: James H. Schmitz its description sounds similar to the Ebenezum and Wuntvor books by Craig Shaw Gardner so maybe I'll enjoy it.



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Date Posted: 2/2/2012 1:20 PM ET
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I was thinking just the other day it was time for a palate cleansing Star Trek book. They're more like sci fi lite though, the setting is often secondary. I haven't read much sci fi other than ST since I was a kid, I guess I get enough of it on video.

Date Posted: 2/2/2012 7:28 PM ET
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I have a bunch of ST Next Gen novels that I haven't read.  I enjoy this genre, but I don't read it much.  One of the better ones I have read is by Larry  Niven and Jerry Pournelle called Footfall.  My copy is a 1985 printing, and I have read it more than once. Here is the synopsis -

They first appear as a series of dots on astronomical plates, heading from Saturn directly toward Earth. Since the ringed planet carries no life, scientists deduce the mysterious ship to be a visitor from another star. — The world's frantic efforts to signal the aliens go unanswered. The first contact is hostile: the invaders blast a Soviet space station, seize the survivors, and then destroy every dam and installation on Earth with a hail of asteriods.  Now the conquerors are descending on the American heartland, demanding servile surrender--or death for all humans.

Last time I got this off the shelf before tonight was when I unpacked it from a box at least seven years ago.  Will have to give it a go again.

Date Posted: 2/3/2012 12:36 AM ET
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I like a lot of syfy shows, like Sanctuary and Warehouse 13, but those would be called urban fantasy if they were books. The one that I do watch that really is sci-fi is Eureka but I have never come across a book that had a plot similar to it.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 3:47 PM ET
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I love sci-fi! If you like genre-less books, Margrret atwood is a great author and about half her books are sci-fi, the rest are just contemporary. I love anything by Hienlien or Asimov, or anyone from the golden years of sci-fi.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 5:44 PM ET
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Is science fantasy part of this too or a separate category?  Anything by Anne McCaffrey would be on my list if it is.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 10:54 PM ET
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I guess sub-genres work, they are usually listed under the larger genre title. I don't think Sci-fi and Fantasy are really the same thing, even though the listing goes together in the genres list. Fantasy is about things that aren't real and sci-fi, for what I understand at least, is about things that are possible but unattainable as we know so far, like robots that become servants then eventually take over the world.

BTW The book I ordered was canceled and there aren't any others in the system. I may hafta got to the library to find one. Oh maybe there's a free kindle Jules Verne book. I'm pretty sure they technically count as sci-fi.

Date Posted: 2/8/2012 11:12 PM ET
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I downloaded The Invisible Man by H. G. Wells, I'm pretty sure he's sci-fi and aside from War of the Worlds in High School for a book report I haven't read anything by him.

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Date Posted: 2/9/2012 3:41 PM ET
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I think Anne McCaffery does go into the sciency bit more than usual fantasy books. I haven't read her since high school but it seems that's the way she was. 

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 5:54 PM ET
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Arthur C Clarke writes great classic sci-fi. His trilogy of 2001, 2010, and 3001 were pretty good.  Anyone read the classics like Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne, Fantastic Voyage by Isaac Asimov, or Dune by Frank Herbert?  Seems like I read most of these in high school.  I also read Contact by Carl Sagan (and finished by his wife) years ago - not a memorable book but an interesting idea.

Date Posted: 2/9/2012 9:08 PM ET
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Sounds like this calls for a flowchart! SFsignal.com are geeks enough to orgainze NPR's Top 100 sci-fi and fantasy books. http://www.box.com/shared/static/a6omcl2la0ivlxsn3o8m.jpg

I might reread an Edgar Rice Burrough's John Carter of Mars. Or a couple. They're short, I haven't read them in years, and Disney's coming out with somesort of John Carter movie. I'm dubious about the film, but it got me curious to check the books out again.

Date Posted: 2/18/2012 1:52 PM ET
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That chart is cool beans! I bookmarked it! Too cool!

and

Ha! They listed Kushels Dart as romance! Now that's my kind of romance!

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Date Posted: 2/19/2012 3:17 PM ET
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I'm almost dome with my Star Trek TNG book. I probably wouldn't enjoy them so much if I wasn't a fan of the tv series. I can visualize the characters because of it, hear their voices. I think it's a much more vivid experience. 

 

Finished my book this afternoon. Is there supposed to be a discussion or is it just to read something from a different genre?



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Date Posted: 2/19/2012 10:18 PM ET
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Without spoilers tell what you thought of your book.

I don't really like sci-fi in general so I didn't find The Invisable Man to be awesome but I did enjoy it well enough. It was not ever gonna get too many stars from me though. I liked that even though it is a classic it wasn't as mundane as most classics are.

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Date Posted: 2/22/2012 4:02 PM ET
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I read A Call To Darkness by Michael Jan Friedman. It was a Star Trek: The Next Generation book, or was supposed to be anyway. The characters could have been anyone, it had almost nothing to do with ST. The writer is a prolific ST author so I don't know what the deal was but it kind of ruined the experience for me. It was an ok book, a simple story line but alright. For almost all of the book none of the ST people involved in the main story knew who they were so they really didn't act like their ST characters. It happens pretty early in the book so that's not too spoilery. I also didn't feel the story was very well developed. He had an interesting idea going but didn't spend enough time on it. So if you're looking for a little story about an alien planet it's a possibility, although not a very satisfying one. If you're looking for a new ST story give it a pass.