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Hello sf readers! I'm a newbie to the Swap. I've been enjoying reading your threads, especially the one on hard sf. My husband is into the hard stuff: he misses the olden golden days (like the '70s) when John Campbell was at the helm of _Analog_. I remember how Campbell used the phrase "nuts and bolts" to refer not to an abstract concept, but rather to actual metal nuts and actual metal bolts that hold a spaceship together. <laugh> For myself, I think the cover paintings back then--endless variations on pale spacecraft against dark starry space--were breathtaking.
Anyway, here's my contribution to the hard sf recommendations: I bought my husband the fat anthology The Hard SF Renaissance, edited by David G. Hartwell and Kathryn Cramer. He gave it an A-minus, and especially liked getting tips for new authors to explore.
The copy I have is shiny and new, hardly been opened. It's languishing on my Bookshelf because I don't have any other sf. People go to my book list for other things, and they never notice this one lone Star Trek book. I just want this book to find a good home where it can fulfill its destiny of bringing pleasure to Trekkers. So if you're interested, either for yourself or as a gift for a Trekker friend, go to my Bookshelf and snap it up. <grin>
--live long and prosper,
P.S. Anyone got any leads for hard sf books in which the main characters are AI's that live, and move about, within vast regions of cyberspace? or other books where the story lines concern intra-computer self-aware entities that get into tangled-up situations with each other and with humans?