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Books You Read in One Day - What a Pageturner!

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Re: Books You Read in One Day - What a Pageturner!

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Postby servodude » February 20th, 2022, 11:57 pm

gryffron wrote:My recommendation, Alfred Bester. Demolished Man and The Stars my Destination. Written in the 50s but timeless sci-fi.


Almost all of the "classic" sci-fi of that era are cracking one sitting books; The Stars my Destination (or "Tiger! Tiger!" ) was always a stand out (and has aged really well)
I'd rate "I am Legend" by Matheson similarly - it's so good they keep screwing up film adaptations :(

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Re: Books You Read in One Day - What a Pageturner!

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Postby gryffron » February 21st, 2022, 10:16 am

servodude wrote:I'd rate "I am Legend" by Matheson similarly - it's so good they keep screwing up film adaptations :(

Agree completely on both points.

Orion Publishing issued a SF Masterworks series of 24 (30?) Best early SF books. I worked my way through all of them. Have to say many had aged horribly. The technology they predicted for the far distant future happened about 1985 and was already obsolete by the time I read the book. Which sort of ruins them. But the 3 we mentioned above are timeless.

Starship Troopers is another good book but terrible film. One of the few "tech" sci-fis which still reads as futuristic (so far)

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Re: Books You Read in One Day - What a Pageturner!

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Postby absolutezero » April 15th, 2022, 12:57 pm

SalvorHardin wrote:Walter J. Williams "Hardwired" (the Cyberpunk novel IMHO, especially since it heavily influenced the role playing game). William Gibson's Sprawl Trilogy is another quick Cyberpunk read, though not as good as Hardwired.


Only just discovered William Gibson.
Started with his 'Blue Ant trilogy' or 'Bigend Trilogy'. Nothing to do with a car engine. One of the characters is Belgian and called Hubertus Bigend (pronounced Be-jahhn)
I did Pattern Recognition in 2 days and Spook Country in another.
Just about to start Zero History.

Gibson's way with the English language and his observations and asides are sublime.


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