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Subject: Need Some Help & Suggestions!
Date Posted: 4/17/2008 1:21 PM ET
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Hi everyone!

My husband isn't a huge reader, but he really likes sci-fi: he sat and read the entire DUNE series back-to-back in a week.  Since I don't read this genre, I need some help in finding some other authors/titles that are similar to the DUNE series.

Any help or suggestions? Thanks in advance!


Date Posted: 4/19/2008 10:19 AM ET
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I'm not sure how similar you mean, but some really good SF books are:

Battlefield Earth bu L. Ron Hubbard, an extremely long book but well worth the time.

The Ender series by Orson Scott Card, 8 books so far and several short stories.

Isaac Asimov has written some really good Sci-fi, but he also wrote some not-so-good ones. I really liked the Foundation Trilogy and the two prequels, but the two sequels weren't very good, IMO.

Good luck!


Date Posted: 4/20/2008 10:04 AM ET
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You can always try anthologies - that way if he doesn't like one, he can just go on to the next story. Also a good way to find authors he likes ...


Here's a few:


  • Irresistible Forces - editor Catherine Asaro
  • Not of Woman Born - editor Constance Ash
  • 100 Great Science Fiction Stories - editor Isaac Asimov
  • Space, Inc. – editor Julie Czerneda
  • The Good Old Stuff – editor Gardner Dozois
  • Space Stations – editors Greenberg & Helfers
  • Adventures in Time & Space – editors Healy & McComas
  • Forbidden Planets – editor Marvin Kaye
  • Don’t Forget Your Spacesuit, Dear – editor Jody Lynn Nye
  • Stars – editors Resnick & Ian
  • Down These Dark Spaceways – editor Mike Resnick


Date Posted: 4/24/2008 3:22 PM ET
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Connie Willis: Doomsday Book  (Time Travel and the Oxford)

Nancy Kress: Beggars in Spain (people who don't need sleep)

Charles Stross: Accelerando (universe becomes a giant computer)

David Brin: Kiln People (you can make a copy of yourself to do tasks while you do what you want and how a private eye utilizes this system)

Robert Heinlein: Stranger in a  Strange Land (Martian boy comes to Earth)

Kage Baker: Company Series (immortal cyborgs, time travel)

The Chick Is In The Mail: anthology edited by Esther Friesner (hilarious stories about women)

Science Fiction Hall of Fame Vol 1: edited by Robert Silverberg (incredible collection of classic SF, especially A Rose For Ecclesiastes by Roger Zelazny)




Date Posted: 4/26/2008 10:55 PM ET
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My boyfriend is a sc-fi junkie and he  recommends 

Larry Niven- Ringworld Series  & Fredrich Pohl- Gateway series

hope this helps


Date Posted: 4/26/2008 11:45 PM ET
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Thanks for all of the recommendations!  I'm printing them out and looking for some tonight!

Date Posted: 4/30/2008 8:02 AM ET
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Not a big reader, but read the whole Dune series in a week?  Yikes, that's something like 12 books. 

Personally, I prefer stand-alone sf novels to series, but a lot of sf writers write a numberof stand-alone novels set in a related universe - Robert Heinlein, Larry Niven, Ursula LeGuin, for example.  Here's some other examples that I recommend...

David Brin - Sundiver, Startide Rising, The Uplift War, and the trilogy (Brightness Reef, Infinity's Shore, Heaven's Reach

Jack McDevitt - The Engines of God, Deepsix, Chindi, Omega, Odyssey, Cauldron

Date Posted: 7/16/2008 9:02 PM ET
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David Weber's Honor Harrington series is really good

Might also like L.E. Modesitt's Recluce series

Neither is extremely close to the Dune series, but both have a lot of detail and are quite long series!

Subject: Dune.....
Date Posted: 7/17/2008 1:20 PM ET
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is a world unto itself.....I really don't think anything compares to those books. 



Subject: Dune.....
Date Posted: 7/17/2008 9:26 PM ET
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I totally agree with Cheryl. Many of these recommended books are not going to satisfy a Dune fan. Dune is unique.

One series that might make the mark could be the Seven Suns Saga by Kevin J. Anderson.


Date Posted: 7/17/2008 11:49 PM ET
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my dad reads alot of sci-fi, and he said that nothing will compare, but Lord of The Rings is another really wonderful series thats very immersive