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Top 10 New Sci-Fi/SF Authors?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the rate-the-new-talent dept.

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Dukebytes asks: "I am looking for the new RAH/Piers Anthony/Roger Zelazny/Weis & Hickman etc..., of the world. I have read just about everything I could find on King Aurthur, all of the Dragon Lance stuff, and all or most of the 'old school' hardcore. I don't know, I have maybe 4000 books at home, most of them Scifi/SF. I am looking for some new stuff. I haven't bought any kind of book other than techie for more than 2 years. I just keep reading the ones that I have over and over and over. What are you guys reading? If it is a series, please list ALL of the books in it!"

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wow (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120536)

i'm on slashdot.

King Aurthur? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120537)

Proof positive that a steady diet of sci-fi contributes nothing to overall literacy.

FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120540)

imagine a cluster of books....4000 even....wow

AC first post (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120542)

thought I'd try

I like Science Fiction... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120543)

I just don't know how many of the authors live in San Francisco.

The new Piers Anthony? (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120544)

Why would we need another Piers Anthony? He shits out more crap ion one year than any 8 other authors!

Re:The new Piers Anthony? (0, Offtopic)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120580)

Yeah, the last thing we need is an old paedophile with a penchant for puns. :D

1st post? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120545)

RAY BRADBURY

good hard sci-fi stuff (4, Interesting)

kbs (70631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120546)

I've found a rather good liking for some of Gregory Benford's work. If I'm not mistaken, he's a Physicist, so he approaches his work in the same sort of manner. The characters might not be all that great, and his main characters are almost always University professors who end up facing tenure issues, but it's an interesting read.

I've also found, for things that are sort of out there philosophically, that Greg Egan is pretty cool. I haven't seen any new books by him recently, but I'd suggest Permutation City, Diaspora, and Quarantine as some interesting things to check out.

Re:good hard sci-fi stuff (3, Informative)

Bondolo (14225) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120598)

Benford's endings are horrible. Often it seems that things are moving along with the plot and then suddenly the writer hit a deadline so wrote 5 more pages to conclude the book.

In one case, after 3 books of a series he introduced a tie-in to his other series in the last 2 pages.

But then again, a good book with a bad ending is better than a bad book any day.

Benford is new? (2, Informative)

Paulo (3416) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120640)

Gregory Benford has been around since at least the early 80s. "Timescape", his most famous novel, is from 1980.

I'll second the recommendation about Greg Egan, though. The guy is wicked cool. You can read some of his short stories in his web page (don't have the link handy, just google).

FP (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120548)

I highly recommend the first post series of books.

In Soviet Russia... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120554)

...new sci-fi authors ask for a list of you!

The best: (1)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120555)

J.R.R. Tolkien! I mean, look, he has like 3 movies out right now! He's gotta be good or sumptin... ;)

What about Willaim Gibson? (1, Troll)

bluethundr (562578) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120557)

Hey, have you heard about this new guy William Gibson? He has this new style that people are calling "cyber-punk" and has written a few books taht are pretty good, but I don't think anyone has heard of him yet. Keep your eye on this up and comer!

Too obvious? (5, Informative)

dmah (90927) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120563)

Neal Stephenson: Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, Diamond Age.

don't forget (1)

K2K (38591) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120689)

Don't forget Zodiac. It's not as well known as some of Neal Stephenson's other books, but it's still very good.

Re:don't forget (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120706)

Also The Big U and In The Beginning Was The Command Line... are good as well.

Re:Too obvious? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120715)

Snow crash? That book was horrible. The only reason why it gets so much attention is because

a) The fat guy gets some
b) Christians are the bad guys
c) Programmers save the world

what a lame book

Saturated? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120568)

I have maybe 4000 books at home ...I just keep reading the ones that I have over and over and over.

If you've read that many books then maybe you've hit the saturation point for that particular genre. Perhaps you should consider branching out? There are plenty of other good books out there that don't fall into the Fantasy / Sci-Fi genre. Philosophy books can be a good read, if a bit wordy. Failing that, I'd suggest Neal Stephenson (but you've probably already read his books). Cryptonomicon is pure gold

Re:Saturated? (1)

Saige (53303) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120696)

Agreed - that's a LOT of books, and even more so if they're all part of the same genre or two.

One idea - do something that I saw recommended somewhere. It was called "library surfing" - you go into your local library, and depending on your mood, go to the middle of the fiction area, or the non-fiction, or reference, or something. Close your eyes, spin yourself around a little bit, and then walk up to a rack and pull out a book at random.

Turn to the middle, and read for a few minutes, a few pages worth, and then go back and do it again. Any books that grab you, write them down, and come back to them later.

It's a way to get samples of a large variety of books quickly - you may find some topics interesting that you never thought you'd ever read.

Or don't try this - just try new things.

My Scifi picks (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120569)

Here are my picks. I'm sure you already have most of the books if not all.
TV Series

Babylon 5: The best TV series ever
Futurama: Eat Bender's shiny a.. FOX!!!!

Books

Asimov's any book, but especially Nightfall
Tolkien's "The lord of the Rings"
David Brin's Uplift series
Frank Herbert's Dune series
C.J. Cherryh's "Finity's End"
Catherine Asaro's Skolian universe
Orson S. Card's "Ender's Game"
Dan Simmons' "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion"
Terry Pratchett's "Discworld" series (especially Watch series)
Ursula K. LeGuin's "A Wizard of Earthsea"
Roger Zelazny's "The Chronicles of Amber"
Arthur C. Clarke and Gentry Lee's "Rama" series
Vernor Vinge's "A Fire Upon the Deep"

Re:My Scifi picks (2, Informative)

Kong the Medium (232629) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120615)

For Dan Simmons better start with "Hyperion" and "Fall of Hyperion". "Endymion" and "Rise of Endymion" are the 3rd and 4th book of the series.

sf? sci-fi? (1)

danthedanish (632820) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120571)

I'm a bit lost here. What's the difference between "SF" and "Sci-Fi"? Or are they the same thing?

Re:sf? sci-fi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120619)

SF is your serious, this-is-really-possible type of science fiction, while sci-fi is typically the wacky alient/shoot-em-up/buck rogers style.

Re:sf? sci-fi? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120627)

Maybe the "SF" is for "speculative fiction". Some people prefer that term for works that are set in Earth's (near) future/alternate reality and aren't primarily space-based.

Re:sf? sci-fi? (1)

bluethundr (562578) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120647)

I'm a bit lost here. What's the difference between "SF" and "Sci-Fi"? Or are they the same thing?

Yes, there is a difference. "SF" stands for San Francisco sub-genre of "Sci-Fi" which stands for "Scimitar Fighting" also known as "Sword Battling" (or "SB") fantasy related tales usually incorporating unicorns, wizards and princesses. I think there is the second in a series of "Sci Fi" books called The "Two Towers" out in the movies right now.

Try New Genres (5, Insightful)

tealover (187148) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120575)

You remind me of a friend. The only books he ever read were fantasy books. That's it. He had no other books in his book shelves. As you can guess, he wasn't exactly the most open minded person in the world (not that I'm calling you close minded). He had the same thing with music. Only listened to heav metal. Wouldn't let anyone play any other type of music.

But I think you deny yourself some of life's pleasures by narrowly defining your interests. It's ok to like reading Sci-Fi books, but I can tell you that you are missing out on a lot if that's all you read. I don't consider Tech books to be "reading" books so I won't address that.

Re:Try New Genres (1)

kbs (70631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120652)

Actually, one thing that might be worth a shot, if you're interested in fantasy but looking at new genres... magic realism is an interesting style which seems to tie in nicely. Forrest Gump (the original book) is a nice example of it, as is One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I'd also highly recommend Midnight's Children, by Salman Rushdie. Not exactly your "light reads" but still very thought provoking and very good.

CyberPunk (1)

omibus (116064) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120576)

Neal Stephenson is a good start in this section, you wouldn't even have to change isles in the book store.

Jim Butcher (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120577)

I have liked Jim Butchers new series. I find it to be good reading. Try him.

best new author i've found (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120579)

china mieville is awesome. he's got three books out that i know of: king rat, perdido street station, and the scar. king rat was cool but not brilliant. perdido street station and the scar were both gothic and scary and culturally relevant and very fun reads.

very highly recommended.

Try getting out of your genre (4, Insightful)

Ars-Fartsica (166957) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120581)

I used to dabble in scifi until I started hitting the general fiction/nonfiction shelves and found that in general, the quality of writing is much higher when there isn't a pixie or a dragon or a robot on the book's cover.

Whatgever genre, you can always hit the Amazon editor's picks list (avoid the topsellers lists, its filled with pedestrian crap) or the NY Times book reviews.

The first step to enlightenment is to be a book snob. Stay away from airport crap (John Grisham, Michael Crichton), and try batting out of your league a bit...you might just expand and learn something.

Douglas Adams (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120584)

Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, trilogy in 5 parts.

wheel of time (1)

leedo (555011) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120587)

If you're looking for something to kill time, Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series is huge.

Re:wheel of time (1)

softsign (120322) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120643)

Huge. Never-ending. Getting to be rather boring.

Crossroads of Twilight is a major disappointment, IMHO.

Neil Gaiman (5, Informative)

demi (17616) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120590)

His books are better than they have a right to be. Don't know about series, but I really enjoyed American Gods [amazon.com], Stardust [amazon.com] is a great adult fairy tale, and Neverwhere [amazon.com] was the book that got me reading fantasy again after a decade-long break.

Re:Neil Gaiman (4, Informative)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120633)

Damn! As soon as I saw the subject, I was going to jump in and recommend Neil Gaiman. However, SOMEONE beat me to it!

So the best I can do is second it. I'm reading American Gods right now, have read Neverwhere, and have the entire Sandman series of comics. (As a friend said, Gaiman disproves the statement that all 'adult comics/graphic novels' are written by (and for) horny 20-year-olds who never got laid. Neil is simply one of the best authors alive today.

Tad Williams: Great Fantasy AND Sci-Fi (3, Informative)

backlonthethird (470424) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120593)

Tad Williams "Memory, Sorrow, and Thorn" trilogy is probalby the best fantasy I've read, period (apologies to J.R.R.). Dragonbone Chair, Stone of Farewell, To Green Angel Tower are the book titles.

He also is writing an epic sci-fi cycle called "Otherland." A cross between the Matrix, classic cyberpunk, and Alice in Wonderland. High, High quality.

more info on his website [tadwilliams.com]

Re:Tad Williams: Great Fantasy AND Sci-Fi (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120635)

Otherland is more accurately described as a cross between shit and boredom.

Define "new" (5, Insightful)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120594)

For me Orson Card, Terry Pratchett or Dan Simmons are "new" authors, even if the books I like from them have 10-20 years. You can even discover Isaac Asimov, and like their stuff, and being "new" for you.

Iain M. Banks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120602)

He alone is about the top five out of the top ten. :)

Hmm.... (1)

melstav (174456) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120603)

"I have read just about ... all or most of the 'old school' hardcore."

So does that mean you're looking for more porn to read, or are you looking for a change of pace?

Harry Potter (1)

TerryAtWork (598364) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120605)

It surpaseth the hype.

Be sure to read them in order - there's a huge spoiler in book three (The best one as far as I'm concerned.)

Dozois anthologies (5, Informative)

Onan The Librarian (126666) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120609)

Gardner Dozois edits a yearly anthology of science fiction that has turned me on to a variety of excellent new (and not-so-new) authors. To name a few whose work I'll read anytime: Lucius Shepard, William Sanders, Michael Swanwick, Robert Reed, Howard Waldrop, Terry Bisson, Ursula LeGuin, Mike Resnick, Kathryn Rusch, Karen Fowler... well, just about anyone he selects. I know there are other interesting yearly anthologies out there, and occasionally I buy one, but I've been purchasing Dozois's every year for the past 8 years. Worth checking out, might even be at your local library.

Vinge, Simmons, Stephenson... (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120611)

Vernor Vinge rocks:
A Fire Upon the Deep
Deepness in the Sky
(loosely related)

Dan Simmon's Hyperion/Endymion series (4 books) is excellent.

Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash and Cryptonomicon.

Not hard SF, but still excellent (2, Informative)

DaveQat (186457) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120614)

Check out China Mieville [panmacmillan.com].

I haven't read his first novel, King Rat [barnesandnoble.com], yet, but the reviews are good.

I can say, however, that Perdido Street Station [barnesandnoble.com] and The Scar [barnesandnoble.com], both set in the world of Bas-Lag, are incredibly good reads.

Mieville's writing has been described as slipstream - a new genre that incorporates steampunk, SF, and gothic horror. I'm not sure about the classification, but I'm eagerly awaiting his next book.

Robert Jordan (1)

PolyDwarf (156355) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120616)

He's been around a while, but since you didn't list him, I thought I'd throw the name out there.
Specifically the Wheel of Time series... There are currently 10 released books, and even though the last few actually seemed like one book split into two, it's still really good (Am I the only one who thought the ending of Crossroads of Twilight (The recently released book) was lame?).

Re:Robert Jordan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120698)

yep. the ending was stinkeroo!

Some Recommendations (2, Informative)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120620)

1. Elizabeth Haydon
2. David Drake
3. Terry Goodkind(although perhaps not exactly new)
4. George RR Martin(again not exactly new but you didn't mention him)
5. Tim Zahn
6. Brian Herbert - son of Frank

nights dawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120621)

Its old but
http://freespace.virgin.net/martin.burcombe/b ook_c onf_1.html

My Sugestions (2, Informative)

Thauma (35771) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120622)

One good way to find new Sci-Fi and fiction authors is to follow the awards. I generaly like many of the Hugo and Nebula canidates... (The winners are not always the best of the bunch imho)

You can also try short fiction available electronicly, FictionWise.com generaly has free stories available as well as a good selection of new authors as well as classics.

Gordon R. Dickson's Childe Cycle (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120625)

11 books (I think) written between 1960 and 1994.

Best Sci-Fi series ever written and many people haven't even heard of it.

Here are the ones I remember.

1. Necromancer
2. Tactics Of Mistake
3. Dorsai
4. Soldier Ask Not
5. Final Encyclopedia
6. Spirit Of The Dorsai
7. Young Bleys
8. Other
9. The Chantry Guild

sorry, im too lazy (1)

FIT_Entry1 (468985) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120628)

What are you guys reading? If it is a series, please list ALL of the books in it!
That really sounds like a lot of work, howz about u just go wander around Barnes&Noble like every body else, mmmkay?

Terry Pratchet (2, Informative)

dubbreak (623656) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120629)

I love douglas adams and this guys writing style is very similar (very humorous yet full of amazing inovations). His big book "Theif of time". Of course if you haven't read every Isaac Asimov book yet that could keep you busy for a few years.

Re:Terry Pratchet (4, Insightful)

happyhippy (526970) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120714)

He has almost 30 books. And there are better ones than the Thief of Time.

I wouldnt recommend which ones to read, as although most can be read without reading any previous ones, its better to read them in order of they were made. Theres some jokes that you will only get if you read them in a previous book first

Not 'new' really but have you tried John Dalmas? (1)

Mantrid (250133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120636)

Given your library you've probably read John Dalmas (The Regiment, The Three Cornered War), but if you haven't you may wish to check out his writing.

How about Terry Goodkind (Wizard's First Rule...)- though, heh in both cases sometimes it *seems* like they are new - but then I realize I've actually been reading them for 5-10 years - ugh time flies too fast...

I'm interested to see what people come up with though - I walk into Chapters and they have 4 or 5 shelves of Sci-Fi and Fantasy - not that I'm complaining mind you, but my eyes sort of glaze over as I try to pull out one book out of thousands - shamefully cover art is hard to ignore (but I do try and lead the synopsis and flip through a few pages to gauge style).

Hmmm, how about Christian Jacq's Ramses series? It's somewhat interesting - it's not really new, although it's somewhat new to North America being a French book originally.

Wil Mc Carthy (1)

happyhippy (526970) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120637)

Only read two of his books but they are very good. I dont think its a series as they were totally different SF eras.

One is called Bloom and is about people living on some moon around Jupiter or Saturn after Earth was 'consumed' by nanomite weapon and is spitting out nanomites which occasionally hits them.

Coliseium is another and is about the harnessing of blackholes to form 'space highways' that all quick travel.

How about....... (1)

thenarftwit (575271) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120638)

Well, you could get these two newer SF books:"Darwin's Radio" by Greg Bear and "Moonseed" by Stephen Baxter"...

Sci-Fi: Trashy romance novels for geeks (-1, Troll)

I Am The Owl (531076) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120639)

I've read many sci-fi novels in my day, and quite a few of them follow the cited sexually radical tendencies. I don't believe, however, that these outbursts were an expression of rebellion against magazine editors or the predominant culture, or even a means to explore an idea that one has (we'll get to that later). Rather, much of the sex one runs across in sci-fi, which is inevitably of the perverse nature, has to do with the authors or perhaps their target audience being unable to mature beyond adolescence.

I'm sure that geeks of the 50s and 60s, not unlike all of us today, didn't get around much. It certainly seems that way for Heinlein. That The Moon is a Harsh Mistress takes place in a male-dominated (speaking in terms of population) society speaks volumes as a metaphor for the social isolation felt in fields such as Computer Science and Physics. The misogynistic tone he takes (where women are ogled as pieces of meat as they move through hallways) is, then, hardly surprising.

In fact, I'd go as far as to say that the themes went beyond male-dominance and clear into homosexuality and other deviant, related practices that would occur in the male-authored societies that were inevitably devoid of Christianity. Take Larry Niven's Ringworld series, for instance, in which the main character is transported to a future Earth that consists of two immortal factions of humanity - boys and girls. In this, the two factions live in isolation from each other and are at war (I need not point out the misogynistic themes exhibited here). Furthermore, the homosexual practices that the main character encounters can only be describing the gay paedo's paradise, a rather disturbing prospect, especially for parents who unwittingly allow their children to buy this filth in bookstores. Heinlein's exploration of transsexuality, I Will Fear No Evil, hardly needs elaboration.

The prevalent anti-women themes that today's programmers and engineers were raised on now exemplify themselves in the workplace. Why is it that there are so few women in this field today, while it seems to have no shortage of creepy shut-ins and other social malcontents? The root of the problem is that generations of men raised reading this trashy "literature", whose sexuality is inevitably geared toward men, specifically those of the scientific persuasion, have been taught to hate women.

Furthermore, being a literature buff myself (I've read many of the classics and discussed them during my English courses), I can only say that sci-fi is the most lowbrow of anything that I've read, with the exception of romance-novel tripe like Heart's Aflame, Love Only Once, Prisoner of My Desire, The Pursuit, Fires of Winter, Man of My Dreams and Wuthering Heights. Science fiction is not, as some would claim, a liberating format in which one can more freely express ideas without the constraints of reality to hold them back, but, rather, an excuse to churn out some pretty unsubtle writing and themes. It's painfully, eye-poppingly obvious from books such as The Moon is a Harsh Mistress that Heinlien is a utopian, head-in-the-clouds libertarian. No one even needs to read an analysis of the book, his political agenda is staring you right in the face. More traditional fiction authors have gotten along just fine in getting their points across without having to resort to ludicrous, unrealistic devices like space or time travel or things taking place in an imagined "future". People like Aldous Huxley, Charles Dickens, John Irving and William Shakespeare, in fact.

So, as much fun as it is to read a good adventure every once in a while, you must also realize where these people are coming from when they write these things. And for God's sake, keep your kids away from them.

What about... (1)

Randolpho (628485) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120642)

What about that R. A. Salvatore fellow? I hear people like his crap for some god-forsaken reason.

Historical Non-fiction (2, Interesting)

dmah (90927) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120644)

Simon Singh (http://www.simonsingh.net/)

Code Book - history of cryptograhy.
Fermat's Enigma - solving Fermat's last theorem.

my favs (1)

AssFace (118098) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120646)

John F. X. Sundman
Neal Stephenson
William Gibson

Although any of the Mary-Kate and Ashley series are really killer. They always get into the craziest predicaments

Typical /, responses Take up space and unhelpful (0)

SpyHunter99 (568391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120648)

Neil Stephenson -- Snow Crash
William Gibson -- Some say he coined the term "Cyberspace"
^----Neromancer, Mona Lisa Overdrive, and I think Count Zero is the 3rd in the series, but all the books stand on their own.
Philip K. Dick -- although he isn't that new, he is a great writer
^----Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?"

It isn't really science fiction, but the Coocko's Egg is one of the great high-tech thrillers and it is all true.

Intentionally OT (1)

SplendidIsolatn (468434) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120655)

Though I only read a bit of Sci-fi stuff, one non-Sci-fi series of books that has always interested me is the Travis McGee series by John D. MacDonald. It has nothing to do with space aliens, the end of the world, etc, but it is a pretty long series (23 books, starting with The Deep Blue Goodbye), and it is interesting as you can see the changes in his writing style over 20 years. It gives you an interesting glimpse not only into Southern Florida at the time, but the attitudes and how things have changed since then. Nobody I've recommended these books to has come away disappointed.

Yeah, it's not Sci-fi, but sometimes a change of pace is good.

"Icons" by M. R. Powers (1)

cybergnu (643130) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120656)

I've been able to read a copy of the book "Icons" by M.R. Powers, which is coming out in about a month or so. It's a fantasy set in the modern world. I'd say the ending was a little confusing but overall a great book! Contains stuff that /. readers would probably like (like me): computer chess, artificial intelligence, as well as a healthy dose of good sf (planet with two suns, for instance) and alternate realities. (You should check back on Amazon in about a month for this book because it's not out yet).

Get a GIRLFRIEND and a life! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120659)

Sheesh, you keep reading 4,000 books over and over? Move out of moms house, get a job, a girlfriend, and a life, and then see how real life is.

SciFi? (1)

W33dz (643133) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120660)

Positive choices: George RR Martin (prolific, excellent) Robert Jordan (long winded, slow but good) Anne McCaffery (old-school) Heinlein (older school) Bradbury (been to Mars lately?)

Lance Olsen (0)

sublimusasterisk (539187) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120662)

I can't say enough about Lance Olsen. The only work he has out is "Freaknest" but it's an amazing novel. I expect more from this author in the years to come - truly a master.

hmmmm sci fi, how 'bout... (1)

op51n (544058) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120663)

Well, I reckon some of the stuff by Jon Courteney Grimwood is rather good, especially RedRobe, and Pashazade (plus the sequel Effendi that I am awaiting in paperback). RedRobe I thought was particularly good.
At the moment though I've been mainly reading all the Haruki Murakami books, which while not SF I do thoroughly recommend, he's a fantastic writer, 'Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World' being especially fine.
And if you like Murakami David Mitchell, author of Ghostwritten and Number9Dream is very good.
Slink

Annals of the Black Company (1)

Teckla (630646) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120664)

The first three books of the Annals of the Black Company series are very good. They're written by Glen Cook.

-Teckla

Robert Jordan (1)

RoyBoy (20792) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120665)

Well, the best read I've had since Tolkien has been the Wheel of Time series:

Book I - The Eye of the World
Book II - The Great Hunt
Book III - The Dragon Reborn
Book IV - The Shadow Rising
Book V - The Fires of Heaven
Book VI - Lord of Chaos
Book VII - A Crown of Swords
Book VIII - The Path of Daggers
Book IX - Winter's Heart

Other perrenial SF/F favs include Douglas Adams (you have read all of the HHGttG right?) and Terry Pratchett (he's right, you really can't have more fun by yourself!).

Just my $0.02...

Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact (4, Insightful)

caesar-auf-nihil (513828) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120666)

If you're looking for the best new SciFi authors, check out Analog. It's a paperback magazine, published monthly (www.analogsf.com), with lots of great SciFi and science fact articles. Sometimes its just a selection of short stores, but you'll also find novellas and serials, some of which have been turned into full published novels. Lots of new authors, as well as few older ones, publish great Science Fiction.

Vernor Vinge best (2, Insightful)

msundman (617980) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120667)

I have yet to find a better sci-fi author than Vernor Vinge. His novels and short stories are simply amazing.

Some Suggestions from a SF Freak (0)

notcreative (623238) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120670)

Some authors I like that aren't all that famous in the SF/F genre are: Dave Duncan Phyllis Eisenstein Fred Saberhagen Matthew Woodring Stover Lawrence Watt-Evens Melanie Rawn Jennifer Robinson Robin Hobb Mike Resnick also, James Clavell isn't really SF/F but still rocks the hizouse. Surprisingly, some of Stephen King's books are more SF/F than Horror (e.g. The Stand).

Tad Williams (1)

slothdog (3329) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120671)

Tad Williams writes some great (if slightly long-winded) stuff. Memory, Sorrow, And Thorn is a great fantasy trilogy, and Otherland is great near-future SF, although most of it takes place within a VR network where anything goes, so it has elements of fantasy in it as well.

Signal to Noise (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120680)

I really enjoyed Eric S. Nylund's Signal to Noise. Apparently there is/will be shortly a sequel to it called A Signal Shattered.

Also Neil Gaiman, as mentioned earlier.

Genius (2, Interesting)

Kill da wabbit (643131) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120683)

I'd highly reccomend Ian M Banks. Particulary Use of Weapons, The Player of Games, The phonetically (sp?) written Feersum Enjin is masterpiece of modern times. Some of his newer ones are excellent as well ( Excesion ) I'd keep clear of Look to Windward, it's a bit naff.

Highly imaginative, not just the same old reshashed stuff. Alot of the characters in his 'Culture' novels ( the culture is us lot of gibbons a few thousand down the road ) are sentient AI minds with a delicious sense of humour.

The author also writes fiction as Ian Banks, some classic there as well ( The Wasp Factory and so on). Go check him out, you will not be dissapointed.

A couple of suggestions (1)

markh1967 (315861) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120684)

Iain M Banks The Culture series Consider Phlebas Player of Games Use of Weapons ---best SF book I've ever read Excession Look to Windward Other SF Against a Dark background Feersum Enjin His non-SF books written as just Iain Banks (no M) are also strange, thought-provoking, and very well written. Peter F. Hamilton The Night's Dawn trilogy The Reality Dysfunction The Neutronium Alchemist The Naked God Not really a series but with recurring characters Mindstar Rising A Quantam Murder The Nano Flower Other A second Chance at Eden Fallen Dragon If either of the above have passed you by then you're in for a treat

The last 'new' author I read (3, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120687)

Or at least new to me, was Storm Constantine. At the time I had no idea who she was and I dropped like twenty or thirty bucks on a single-volume trilogy called Wraethu. I think the first book is called something like The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit, or maybe that's me somehow combining more than one title from the series... Anyway, quite a good read but the characters are a sort of new transhuman third gender so if you're squeamish about that sort of thing, try something else she's written. It's brilliantly depicted and has a lot of depth and is really quite entertaining.

A Sci-Fi author people tend to miss somehow who I really like is C.J. Cherryh, she's amazingly prolific and has quite a large body of interconnected work. Much like most of the works of McCaffrey, everything takes place in the same slice of reality, which is something I've always enjoyed in a sci-fi author. I started with The Pride of Chanur (first of four? books in a series) and I think the next series I read was Cyteen (a trilogy). 40,000 in Gehenna would be a good step after cyteen... Then run around and fill in with other books :)

As for people who you shouldn't have missed, and probably didn't, but really ought not: Vernor Vinge, and Walter Jon Williams. WJW has written some fairly trashy cyberpunk (Hardwired) which is basically a stroke-piece in the same way as Snow Crash (but also entertaining in many of the same ways - WJW isn't NEARLY as flowery as Stephenson, which is frequently a good thing) and also a fairly thought-provoking novel called Aristoi which is heavy on the nanotech, and far future. Vernor Vinge is amazing, the first book of his I read was a fire upon the deep; also check out a deepness in the sky.

Hopefully you've already read everything here; If not, hope this helps. Regardless, for everyone else and posterity, my statements stand.

Matt Ruff (1)

swordgeek (112599) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120688)

Some of his stuff is contemporary fantasy, some is borderline science fiction, all of it is BRILLIANT! "Fool on the Hill" and "Sewer, Gas, & Electric" are must reads.

Iain Banks (1)

DyingBreed (621432) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120691)

His culture novels are great. Consider Phlebas The Player of Games Use of Weapons Excession Look to Windward

How about... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120692)

  1. David Brin
  2. John Varley
  3. Lois McMaster Bujold
  4. Robert Sawyer
  5. David Weber

John E Stith (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120694)

Well researched, hard science basis. Tough to find in print, but good ebook selection at peanutpress.com (Palm Digital Media).

Advice (1)

Henry V .009 (518000) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120699)

Good goddamn. Judging by your list of authors, I think you mean the "best new crap." Okay, so Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light book was a masterpiece, but I figure his inclusion into your list was some sort of typo. If you really want to find the next Piers Anthony or Weis, try to avoid anthologies like "The Year's Best Science Fiction," edited by Gardner Dozois, which never fails to contain a number of high quality short stories. Avoid science fiction by people like Gene Wolfe--whose books have such obvious characteristics of good literature that they regularly get reviewed in the NYT review of books. Stick with the book-store isle that has all of the Star Trek(TM)/Star Wars(TM) universe stories--don't you hate how libraries never seem to pick those up?

And whatever you do, try to avoid non-SF writers like Wolfe, Updike, or Bellows, I'm sure that you will realize that they suck just from the lack of busty women with laser guns shooting aliens on the cover.

The U.S. Constitution (1)

bninja_penguin (613992) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120701)

Of course, Cryptonomicon, the U.S. Constitution and others. For those who like trolls, or conspiracy theories, I suggest reading anything and everything you can get your hands on, and save copies, as the way the world's governments and corporations are headed is the way of massive book burnings, arrests for free thought articles, etc. etc. etc. I hope it doesn't come to pass, but it sure looks like the age of reason and the information age are about to become the modern version of the dark ages, substituting governments and corporations for kings and religion.

Greg Egan (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120702)

Greg Egan is probably the only author I've been really excited about in the last couple of years

Books include

- Teranesia

- Distress

- Quarantine

and his short story collections are even better

His web page is http://www.netspace.net.au/~gregegan/

Shameless promotion (1)

haplo21112 (184264) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120705)

I keep hoping to write my magnum opus...keep an eye on my site, I post new stuff from time to time as I develop my skills...none of it is pure gold yet, in fact most of it is pure "dren"...but its feedback from readers that I use to get better...so what the hell...

Try George RR Martin (1)

SirCodeAlot (574117) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120707)

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/stores/series /-/4/hardcover/ref=ref=pd_sim_series/102-5883795-0 500165 This should help you.....

Peter F. Hamilton (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5120708)

Peter F. Hamilton

this is one of my favorite recent authors

he wrote :

the Greg Mandel series
Mindstar Rising
A Quantum Murder
The Nano Flower

The Night's Dawn Trilogy
The Reality Dysfunction
The Neutronium Alchemist
The Naked God
A Second Chance at Eden (same timeline)
The Confederation Handbook (Fact book about the Night's Dawn books)

also
Fallen Dragon
Mispenth Youth

I've read all his books, they are like crack :)

I first discovered his books with the Reality Dysfunction wich is the start of the Night's Dawn trilogy (about 3k pages in total)

I can recommend all his books but I especially enjoyed the Nano Flower and the Night's Dawn trilogy (sixtology in the US ?).

He combines nice characters with real identities and some cold hard sience fiction, nice plot's and a golden touch.

K. Langley

While not sci-fi... (1)

Bob McCown (8411) | more than 11 years ago | (#5120712)

...I'm getting great enjoyment out of Patrick O'Brien's Aubrey - Maturin series of books. VERY fun books.
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