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Subject: does this genre even exist?
Date Posted: 8/18/2009 10:53 PM ET
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Guy's...my favorite episodes of Star Trek TNG were always the engineering-heavy episodes where Geordi had to save the day by discovering yet ANOTHER type of particle beam, but I don't like ST novels. I did look into starting some of the ST CoE books, but the more research I did, the more I decided that that wasn't what I was looking for...Can anyone suggest something else?
Date Posted: 8/19/2009 2:11 PM ET
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Since you like the engineering episodes you should look for "Hard Sci-Fi".

There is a thread here on Hard Sci-Fi. I don't know how to link to it, but it is easy to find by searching subject.

Date Posted: 8/19/2009 10:02 PM ET
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I recommend "Into the Looking Glass" by John Ringo and some astrophysicist dude...

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Date Posted: 8/25/2009 11:56 AM ET
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I missed this thread earlier.  I don't know much about Star Trek, but I do like hard SF.  My favorite author is still Robert Heinlein. His books are dated, but he does a good job explaining things.  The technology may not be real, but he was an aeronautcal engineer, and his physics is accurate.  Some of his descriptions (such as how the earth could be bombarded by rocks from the moon) are very detailed.

Other hard SF athors I like are Joe Haldeman, Greg Bear, Gregory Benford, and Robert L. Forward.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 2:38 AM ET
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thanks, guys...just thought I'ld let ya'll know...Star Trek is deffinately NOT hard sci-fi...and i've got a few Heinlein books in my TBR. Also, currently reading Warrior's Apprentice...FAN-TAS-TIC!!!!!! Already received Vor Game and can't wait! And I lucked out the other day and found a Hitchhicker's Guide all-in one so i'm super thrilled 'bout that. I rambling...should go to bed...

Subject: Hard sci-fi
Date Posted: 8/29/2009 12:25 PM ET
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I too am a 'hard' sci-fi only type reader. Ben Bova, Greg Bear and of course the Jerry Pournelle (sp?) are scientists who wrote sci-fi books so their stories are more 'factual' based. I also like Venor Vinge for his imagination about potential things. William Gibson is in a whole different category beyond cyber punk when it comes to computer science.


Subject: Hard - SF
Date Posted: 8/30/2009 3:45 PM ET
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Seems that I've been reading SF a bit longer than most of the poster's to this thread :) but Hal Clement had the reputation for being the Hard SF writer back when...

There are a lot of his books listed - most old enough to requre a gentle reading of the book - and the ones I can personally recommend include

   Mission of Gravity

   Close to Critical


   The Nitrogen Fix

   Star Light

and really, any of his except Fossil (but your milage may vary even on that one!)

James C

Date Posted: 9/28/2009 9:49 AM ET
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Somebody mentioned  John Ringo....the name of his co=author is Travis S. Taylor.  They're both awesome!...together and solo.

Also, if you want to choose books by theme check out http://www.scifan.com

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Date Posted: 10/30/2009 2:50 PM ET
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Robert Forward is a physicist and SF author who writes hard SF, Vernor Vinge also is a physicist and SF author whose books tend to be hard SF.


I liked Rocheworld and Dragon's Egg by Forward, Marooned In Real Time and A Fire Upon the Deep by Vinge.


Some other SF authors who are also scientists..  Gregory Benford, Paul Nahin, Charles Sheffield, Kurd Lasswitz, Fred Hoyle, Philip Latham, David Brin, Arthur C. Clarke, Lee Correy, John Pierce, Isaac Asimov, Larry Eisenberg, James Tiptree, Morton Klass, Suzette Haden Elgin

Subject: I could recommend James Doohan's series
Date Posted: 1/26/2010 10:00 PM ET
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The first book is Privateer.  There are three or four books in the series.  It's about an Engineer who winds up becoming a captain and taking it to the enemy. 

Other than that, if you're looking for stories with an engineering theme, There is Leo Frankowski's Cross time Engineer series if you don't mind some adolescent male fantasy and the 1632 series where they get into the nitty gritty about how to create 21st century luxuries in the 1600's while being involved in a war.

Date Posted: 1/29/2010 9:02 PM ET
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have 1632 in my TBR...Cross Time Engineer sounds good....thanks!!