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    Great suggestions everyone, thanks! It looks like that list I found is pretty much right on. I think Brave New World is next for me.

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    What's your preference, Doc? There are many genres within the category.
    I like the sorta futuristic, post armagedon type stuff. Riddley Walker I thought was especially interesting. And of course, 1984. The one I'm currently reading, The Quiet War by Paul McAuley is my first excursion into a real spacey sci-fi type book. So far it's been really slow, and I may actually put it down in favor of something else.

    Looks like I have some reading to do. I'm trying to watch less crap TV and read more. Well, except for Kings games, which lately has definitely been crap TV.
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    Dr No, how do you feel about comic books?

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    I tried Peter F. Hamilton. I really, really did. The dude's style should be right up my alley.

    I read The Reality Dysfunction.

    I hated it. Absolutely loathed it, actually.
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    Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dr. No View Post
    Great suggestions everyone, thanks! It looks like that list I found is pretty much right on. I think Brave New World is next for me.



    I like the sorta futuristic, post armagedon type stuff. Riddley Walker I thought was especially interesting. And of course, 1984. The one I'm currently reading, The Quiet War by Paul McAuley is my first excursion into a real spacey sci-fi type book. So far it's been really slow, and I may actually put it down in favor of something else.

    Looks like I have some reading to do. I'm trying to watch less crap TV and read more. Well, except for Kings games, which lately has definitely been crap TV.
    A great post apocalyptic novel, although it was horrible movie, is The Postman by David Brin.

    A second classic of that genre from past decades is Tom O'Bedlam by Robert Silverberg.
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    Any of you guys do any writing in this genre?? Anyone ever published Anyang? I've got a couple concepts and short story ideas in my head, but damned if I don't suck at creative writing techniques.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    Any of you guys do any writing in this genre?? Anyone ever published Anyang? I've got a couple concepts and short story ideas in my head, but damned if I don't suck at creative writing techniques.
    I write for audio magazines but sustaining creativity for a novel is way beyond my pay grade.

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    Quote Originally Posted by VCRW View Post
    I write for audio magazines but sustaining creativity for a novel is way beyond my pay grade.
    Same. I think. I know I can write technical pubs (I've written quite a few training manuals in my day) and non-fiction. But gathering the thoughts necessary to form an interesting cast of characters, a unique setting, and a plot that drags the reader in is definitely going to be a challenge.

    But as I said, I've got a couple sci-fi short story ideas in my head...along with a couple children's book ideas. I have no idea whether or not I'll ever get them down on paper, though.
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    Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro - one of my all-time favorite novels and also voted best novel of 2005 by Time Magazine. There's no aliens or space battle stuff but it definitely falls in the sci-fi category and I highly, highly recommend it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by FBJ View Post
    But as I said, I've got a couple sci-fi short story ideas in my head...along with a couple children's book ideas. I have no idea whether or not I'll ever get them down on paper, though.
    Just don't mix them up, you could seriously scar some kids if an alien comes out of the jack-in-a-box and starts killing people.
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