Originally posted by StreetCorner Philosopher
Everyone's entitled to their own opinions. But the goal of a science fiction writer is to be prophetic. No one tops the three writers I mentioned.
I will defiantly take your advice on Stephenson though, thanks!
From the opening line of his breakthrough cyberpunk novel Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson plunges the reader into a not-too-distant future. It is a world where the Mafia controls pizza delivery, the United States exists as a patchwork of corporate-franchise city states, and the Internet--incarnate as the Metaverse--looks something like last year's hype would lead you to believe it should. Enter Hiro Protagonist--hacker, samurai swordsman and pizza-delivery driver. When his best friend fries his brain on a new designer drug called Snow Crash and his beautiful, brainy ex-girlfriend asks for his help, what's a guy with a name like that to do? He rushes to the rescue. A breakneck-paced 21st-century novel, Snow Crash interweaves everything from Sumerian myth to visions of a postmodern civilization on the brink of collapse. Faster than the speed of television and a whole lot more fun, Snow Crash is the portrayal of a future that is bizarre enough to be plausible. --Acton Lane
In the future the only relief from the sea of logos is the computer-generated universe of virtual reality? But now a strange computer virus, called Snow Crash, is striking down hackers, leaving an unlikely young man as humankind's last hope. This book is shortlisted for the Arthur C. Clarke Award.
Decades into the future, near the ancient city of Shanghai, a brilliant nanotechnologist named John Percival Hackworth has broken the rigorous moral code of his tribe, the powerful neo-Victorians, by making an illicit copy of a state-of-the-art interactive device called "A Young Lady's Illustrated Primer". Seattle Weekly called Stephenson's Snow Crash "The most influential book since ... Neuromancer." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
A nanotechnologist, John Hackworth, breaks the moral code of his tribe, the neo-Victorians. He has made an illict copy of a device called "A Young Lady's Primer". Its purpose is to raise and educate a girl capable of thinking for herself, but Hackworth's copy has fallen into the wrong hands.
Snow Crash is an entertaining read, and we certainly recommend it it -- strongly to those interested in science fiction, but also to those curious about where our world is headed. Stephenson has many interesting thoughts, and he writes engagingly and often well.
originally posted by sardion2000 He is pretty much the only author that I'm aware of to break new ground since Blade Runner and Neuromancer.
Dominating Banks' SF output is the Culture series, seven loosely linked examinations of how a vast interstellar utopia—in essence human, governed by wise artificial intelligences, post-scarcity, non-propertarian, alluringly hedonistic—conducts itself in the barbaric regions beyond its frontiers. How can utopians avoid arrogance and condescension in their dealings with technologically less developed, hierarchical, sometimes oppressive civilizations? How can they be sure their benign manipulations will yield beneficial fruit?
Originally posted by whaaa
I think William Gibson was an iconoclast when he first arrived on the scene with "Burning Chrome" and still pushes the box with his current style of current day techno romantic prose.
Originally posted by AegisFang
I'm really suprised that no one has mentioned R.A. Salvatore yet. Creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, and series that spans 20 books. He would be my favorite. A close second would be the duo of Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman of Dragonlance fame.
Originally posted by thedigirati
I'm not a sceintologist, and Heinlein is my fave as with Asimov ( read the I, robot anthology at age 11 and was a confirmed bookworm ever since) but L. Ron Hubbard's Mission Earth series is fantastic as wall as battle field earth.( the Movie was Horrible IMO) Before L. Ron went insane, he was considered one of the grandfathers of science fiction and was (before his insanity) a friend of R.A.H. ( there is a debate that rages as to weather or not he really wrote Mission earth but it's Very topical , more so now then when it originally came out).
if ya have a month or two it's worth the read