[conspire] OT: Science Fiction, places to start
rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Aug 5 01:42:01 PDT 2011
Quoting Edward Cherlin (echerlin at gmail.com):
> Fantasy, of course, not SF.
Congratulations: You just wasted everyone's time with a tiresome,
unenlightening, trite, boring, tendentious distinction.
> I loved Cryptonomicon, but Snow Crash lost me at the pizza mafioso.
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> It is very important to be aware that these are not all straight
> science fiction. Some are really fantasy.
Such a genius in the arts of the obvious and trivial, you are. I am
dazzled with admiration.
> Some are meant to be as silly as possible (Douglas Adams),
Next, you'll be claiming Lewis Carroll didn't write the most profound
fundamental documentation non-fiction the Western world has ever
produced, and that he was writing fiction, or something.
> while others achieve utter silliness without even trying (Niven)
Couldn't do the maths, could you?
> I would add Rudy Rucker, White Light (mathematical; not for everyone,
> but not for that reason); Manly Wade Wellman, Silver John; Zenna
> Henderson, The People; Sherry Tepper, True Game, Raising the Stones;
> Robert Sheckley, Mindswap.
None in the same league. (Disclaimer, however: I haven't read
Wellman's, and appreciate the recommendation.) Many worthy of respect.
I should mention: The following authors mentioned currently or upthread
are acquaintances, so season with skepticism to taste: Tim Powers, Lois
McMaster Bujold, Charles Stross, Steven Brust, Rudy Rucker.
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