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Old Aug 1, 2004, 06:20 PM   #61
Sector Marshall
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Re: SF must-reads

Has anyone read anything interesting lately? I'm having a hard time finding "good" SF books, though those new Dune novels aren't bad.
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Old Aug 5, 2004, 01:41 PM   #62
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Re: SF must-reads

Recently read,"Med Ship" and"Planets of Adventure" by Murray Leinster;released by Baen Books.

SF from the Golden Age .

Would be hard work to spend 15 more productively.
Both books are collections of related short stories.
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Old Aug 6, 2004, 06:52 AM   #63
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Re: SF must-reads

Originally posted by Drone
Has anyone read anything interesting lately?
Try any Ian Banks novel set in his "Culture" universe.
Or failing that Larry Niven throws up the occasional gem.
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Old Jan 22, 2008, 06:53 PM   #64
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Re: SF must-reads

Originally Posted by The one......
Nicholas Fisk wrote some good books, however I was of early teenage years when I read these, so they may seem a little kiddified. Good though, I suppose for a quick and easy read, and for inspiration.

The titles that I remember reading:
You Remember me!
and my fav:' A Rag, a Bone and a few hank of hairs'

I just looked up the books on Amazon, to see If Fisk caters for adult readers and to reminisce on the old ones. I wondered if it was wise to re-read childhood books, as it may spoil the fondness for them, but I found this review:

"i first read this way back in the 70's and, to be honest, it scared me witless for years after. maybe i was a sensitive child or something. so i came back to it a cynical adult and after the first twenty pages i was laughing at my previous fears, but then the plot really kicks in and remarkably for a thirty year old kids book it hasn't dated. without including spoilers take liberal doses of paranoia from 'the matrix' and 'the truman show'. Throw in the blitz and season with a random futuristic utopian city run by old people and boil for an afternoon. so, if you want your kids to grow up with a healthy questioning mind, get this book. if you felt like me about it, buy this book and if you've stumbled in here in error, buy this book."

I will be searching for a copy now...

Anyone know of any other good books Fisk has done??

I had to bring this up again. Another post reminded me of it and I was sure I had writen about it somewhere here....

I really do recommend that you have a go at these books. and look http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/f/nicholas-fisk/ here for the full link.
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