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What Is Your Favorite Sci Fi or Fantasy Novel.

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posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:55 AM
reply to post by TheLoneArcher

So many people from my generation have been dying for Ringworld. There was even a roleplaying game.

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posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 03:00 AM
reply to post by rusethorcain

I have never read Double Sun, I will look out for it. I have always had a deep love for Heinlein as he was one of my pals while I was in the service.
Fritz Leiber wrote the Ffhafard and Grey Mouser novels. If you are in to swashbuckling Fantasy. this is the core stuff...

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 03:02 AM
Excellent thread. As soon as I saw the thread title, I knew instantly which one I would want, then I thought of others and how the first big book I picked out on my own from the library at about age 11 was Ender`s Game, excellent series. There ended up being like about 10 or more books in all, I was grateful that Card expanded that for us and still is. Why move on to other things when you`ve got something that is in great demand? And he has done other things, great things from what I hear.

Then while the thread was loading on my phone I remembered the very first big book I ever picked up, Twilight Eyes, this was from stepdad`s collection at home, I was 9 or 10. After reading it I was kinda surprised he let me read it. There are goblin sex scenes describing how brutal it was and how grotesque the "member" was. There`s at least one part like that... But I seem to remember a rape scene It was a long time ago but I remember that. They also live underground in tunnels, but also have lives above ground, or at least some. Kinda like the supposed reptilians.

Anyway, there are a lot I would like to see made into a movie. Even though the movie is never as good as the book. And remember it`s always better to read the book first. You don`t want the movie to ruin the suspense of the book or you won`t want to sit through it. But there`s one sci fi series I am religious about, and I would still like to see an attempt made at a film.

The series is known as The Hyperion Cantos, and the 4 books are titled as follows (Part I) "Hyperion" and "The Fall of Hyperion" (Part II) "Endymion" and "The Rise of Endymion". The author is Dan Simmons. The first two books take place about 700-800 years in our future, the last two are 200-300 years after that. I`ve only read the series once, a few years ago. I didn`t want to spoil it too much, but I recently bought the 1st three and will probably start soon after I get a few others out of the way.

I`m experiencing some lag on my phone so I`ll make another post describing the book series a little more.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 03:05 AM
reply to post by doctor j and inmate c5779

I was on the fence as to whether or not to read these and you just pushed me over. I will Kindleize them tonight if possible. Thank you so much for getting that out of the back of my brain.

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posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 04:30 AM
reply to post by berkeleygal

I have ths book in my in my posession since 1987 and have never read it, its been sitting in the shelf withs about 15 other books I never got round to reading, as soon as I finish the book Im reading now Magician by Raymond E Feist, Im gona read it

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 05:32 AM
Piers Anthony's "Cluster" series is an absolute diamond in the rough when it comes to science fiction. The story focuses around Flint, an outworlder who lives in a stone age civilization on the fringes of galactic inhabitance. In this story, science has progressed to the point of complete informational symbiosis with all other sentience within the established galactic society. The consciousness of any intelligent creature can now be tapped, stored, and transfered instantaneously to another being regardless of species. This novel is very introspective as Flint has one of the strongest consciousness ever discovered, an unheard of 200 AU, which means he can extend his consciousness an almost limitless amount of times while still retaining sanity and coherent thought. Flint plays the role of the diplomat by embodying many different species and performing intermediary actions so that galactic balance can be kept. Prepare to stretch your understanding of reality in ways you never thought imaginable, as this is a must read for any die hard sci-fi fan.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 06:36 AM
I know that some of them have been made into movies, but the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett is my favorite. Never been much into reading as I can multitask better if it is audio or video, but the Discworld novels are something I can never set down. All of them being made into movies would be awesome, live action would just be better, specially if it had the Lord of the Rings trilogy budget.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 08:32 AM
reply to post by Ausar

I believe that Clarke's "Childhoods End" has been somehow behind the "V" series. The stories are going separate ways after a while, but one still remainds me of the other.
On the topic, F. Paul Wilson's "The Keep" is one book I could call favourite. The film made in 1983 by Michael Mann misses a lot due to heavy cuts by Paramount, to reduce it from its original length of over three hours. The superb soundtrack by Tangerine Dream comes as well with a twisted story, being released in very limited editions - actually most of them bootlegs - due to the fact that strangely, Tangerine Dream lost at least part of the music rights to Virgin and Paramount.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 09:06 AM
I really liked the C J Cherryh books, Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson and a whole bunch of others, but William Gibson's cyberpunk trilogy really got my attention.
Fantasy wise, The Jon Shannow and Waylander books and the Sparhawk series by Davids Eddings and Gemmel were ace, but Katherine Kerr's Deverry books were stunning.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 09:47 AM
Carlos Castaneda's:
A Yauqi Way Of Knowledge
Tales Of Power
Journey To Ixland
COMBINED!! Whao.... What a great Movie plus special effects THAT would be. Johnny Depp could even be the Hunter Thompson type philanthropoligist who goes on a wicked journey with the Yaiqi Indians.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 10:05 AM
The Dark Tower series by Stephan King are my fav by fa,r they are really amazing. I believe they are turning them into movies which i think is going to ruin them
especially if they do ahead and cast Christain Bale as the Gunslinger!

"The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed"

Greatest opening ever.

Also loved Out of The Silent Planet by C.S Lewis, Iron Maiden even wrote a song about the book.

All Hail the the crimson king!

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 11:20 AM
Have to agree with 2 others in earlier replies:

Thomas covenant series
Dean Koontz, twilight eyes

A couple of my pics would be:

Phillip jose farmers World of tiers series
Raymond E feists Magician series
The Area 51 books by Robert Doherty would make for a good movie.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 11:36 AM
For me, all of the Douglas Adams series.

And, books that just have to be made into movies sometime soon:

If anyone hasn't read the above two books yet, there are some amazing things in those books that I would just love for them to produce on the big screen.

Between Douglas Adams and Arthur C. Clarke, there were some great sci-fi books to read growing up.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 12:19 PM
reply to post by Frater210

I've read most of Stross's stuff. I've had numerous "favorite" sci/fi authors over the years and Stross is currently one of them.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 12:40 PM
Nice thread ...I´ll have a look at some of the books here

Don´t know if it was mentioned before but my favorite fantasy book is Elrik of Melnibone written by Michael Moorcock

Elric was the last emperor of the stagnating island civilization of Melniboné. Physically weak and frail, the albino Elric must take drugs in order to maintain his health. In addition to herb lore, his character becomes an accomplished sorcerer and summoner, able to summon powerful, supernatural allies by dint of his royal Melnibonéan bloodline.

Unlike most others of his race, Elric possesses something of a conscience; he sees the decadence of his culture, and worries about the rise of the Young Kingdoms, populated by humans (as Melniboneans do not consider themselves such) and the threat they pose to his empire. Because of his introspective self-loathing of Melnibonéan traditions, his subjects find him odd and unfathomable, and his cousin Yyrkoon (next in the line of succession, as Elric has no heirs) interprets his behavior as weakness and plots Elric's death.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:15 PM
"the eye of the world" by robert would be almost impossible to do the entire wheel of time, but that book was awsome!

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:17 PM
The Elric series by Michael Moorcock would make for some outstanding fantasy movies, particularly the final book which is called Stormbringer. Well worth a read.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:19 PM
A must Fantasy book Series called The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan. Just an amazing series. I highly recommend it. There are 13 book total as of right now with a the 14th and final on the way.

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posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:19 PM

Originally posted by impaired
"The Jaunt" by Stephen King.

It was a short story that was in The Skeleton Crew.


Also, I would like to include: Lucifer's Hammer, Rendevous with Rama, Contact, and The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

posted on Mar, 13 2011 @ 01:23 PM
I forgot to add:

The best book Ive read in years was "The Reapers are The Angels". It was hands down the best dystopian, "after-humans reign" book. It also included zombies.

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