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Subject: Need suggestions for a good SHORT series
Date Posted: 10/4/2010 8:14 PM ET
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I'll be finishing up the Coyote series shortly and I'm looking for another to start. I don't want to start anything that has more than 4 books in the series. By the 4th book I usually lose interest and move on to something else, or the series itself often seems to lose momentum.

 

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 8:53 PM ET
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What's the Coyote series? And what else have you liked in the past?

Subject: Anne McCaffrey and H. Beam Piper
Date Posted: 10/4/2010 9:13 PM ET
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Anne McCaffrey has the Freedom's Landing series about enslaved humans that are dumped on a planet to colonize it for their masters but turn the tables with the help of one of the masters and some alien technology found on the planet.

H.Beam Piper has the Fuzzy Sapiens series.  A propector finds a small mamal and keeps it as a pet until he discovers that it is much smarter than a pet and may be sentient. 

both of these are fun and easy reads but with enough plot twists to keep you engrossed.  I thinkthey are 4 and 3 books respectively.

Date Posted: 10/4/2010 9:31 PM ET
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Coyote is a series by Allen Steele. It's about a group of dissenters that break from Earth's corrupt government by hijacking a starship and starting up a democratic society on a distant planet. 

Good suggestions Brian. I'm currently reading McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern series. I'll have to check out H. Beam Piper. Sounds interesting.

Date Posted: 10/5/2010 12:18 AM ET
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You could try Elizabeth Bear's Jenny Casey trilogy -- Hammered, Scardown, and Worldwired. Fast-paced, character-driven space opera with slightly dystopian and cyberpunk leanings. Plus, Canada (!) is a world power and a major character is an artificially personality construct of Richard Feynman. :)



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Subject: KSR
Date Posted: 10/5/2010 8:50 AM ET
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@Lisa - Yeah, I felt that way about Coyote too. I ran out of interest by the time I read Spindrift, and haven't picked up anything beyond that. You might be interested in Kim Stanley Robinson's Capitol Code trilogy; it starts with Forty Signs of Rain. It follows the personal stories of some researchers in a near future climate change setting. I'll be rereading it this month because it was selected as hardsf read of the month (a different forum). KSR is best known for his Mars trilogy, which I also recommend, but it might be longer than you're looking for right now.
Date Posted: 10/5/2010 6:20 PM ET
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@Phoenix

I added Hammered to my WL. It looks interesting. Hope someone posts it soon!

@Tom

Actually, the Mars trilogy looks like my kinda thing exactly. If it can keep me engrossed, then the longer the better. I ordered the first book, and put the others on my reminder list. I love me some good old hard SF.

Thanks for the great suggestions. Looks like I'll have a nice variety to keep me interested for a while. smiley

Date Posted: 10/16/2010 6:17 PM ET
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Piper is good, I haven't read the Fuzzy books but I liked his his Federation series (Uller Uprising, etc.).  I'd also recommend any of Jack Vance's series -- Alastor, Planet of Adventure, Demon Princes, Cadwal Chronicles, etc.  Demon Princes is probably my favorite of the lot -- five books, but they're short, fast reads.