Dyson sphere Edition
>Who is your favorite Author that utilizes Dyson spheres in Science Fiction/Fantasy?
>What are your favorite books that deal with with Dyson spheres?
>How would man utilize all that energy? How would covering the sun affect the other planets?
>As a supposed Dyson sphere was discovered a few weeks ago, do you think there will be a flood of books to hit the market centered around the Spheres to ride on the popularity?
That image looks more like a Matroishka brain under construction to me.
They'd use the energy to power all the processing going on inside the structure itself, which would in turn be their own minds and virtualised environments.
If you're talking about the large objects that were in the news last week after being discovered literally years ago, they're in no way a Dyson sphere, you're retarded.
Why would you waste your time building a dyson sphere instead of making your own mini fusion reactors?
Are there any books that portray a dyson sphere as a deprecated, abandoned project?
Or just space ruins in general if that's too specific.
>So you will be reading books to past time until you die?
Yes. I can see TWOW in 2016 tho tbh.
>Just like the Long Price Quartet was, The Dagger and Coin is historical fiction with "SMALL" hints of magic and the fantastical.
I don't mind that, although I couldn't get into TLPQ either, I think because it was so different from the regular medieval setting of ASOIAF.
>It was shit for me, but if you like history with a few glimpses of the magical(which is what GURM does) you can go for it.
I'll give it a try tbh fam. Thanks.
What I like about ASOIAF is the epic scope, which encompasses a variety of genres, moods and settings. So it's like 5 books in one.
Like someone on here once told me "if you like the gritty battles of ASOIAF try Black Company," but the truth is I like the variety.
What do you mean "in no way"?
The evidence shows that it's a big cluster of lightweight objects that don't radiate infrared light. It's either a lot of comets in a really weird configuration or something artificial, it's still up in the air.
If it was a completed Dyson sphere, we wouldn't be able to see them as they wouldn't radiate light. Not all megastructures are Dyson Spheres and there's no reason to assume they are.
Yeah, and it could be Azathoth's corpse or a herd of mega-butterflies, so what? Maybe they're made out of milkshake, it's possible. Do you think there'll be a flood of books to hit the market centred around mega-butterfly milkshake to ride the popularity?
You are implying that a Dyson structure is pure fantasy made by sci-fi stoners.
It's actually a serious concept with logical reasoning behind it.
It's no more preposterous than a generation ship or terraforming for example, which are "fiction" but well within the real of possibility.
I think he's saying that there's no reason to get excited about it being a Dyson superstructure (sphere or swarm or whatever) until we have more reason to think it is, not that the concept is inherently dumb.
I don't agree btw. I don't really give a fuck about pop authors or sensationalist journalists or Reddit getting excited about how it's Space Jesus, but I do get excited thinking about how we might have find the first alien thing and it's a massive fucking superstructure. It's worth looking into and it's perfect fodder for nerds to banter about. But obviously I'm not clenching my asshole shut 24/7 waiting for more news about it, since it's *probably* nothing.
No, I'm implying that you're leaping to conclusions. Lots of serious concepts for future technologies with logical reasons behind them turn out to be completely pointless by the time we've reached the level of sophistication needed to actually create them. It's not a supposed Dyson sphere, it's what appears to be some large objects in space that we haven't seen before. There's even less reason to suspect they're Dyson Spheres than there was in the '60s to believe the signals we were receiving were from aliens and not, as they turned out to be, pulsars.
I never implied that they MUST be alien structures, I'm just peeved by how you dismissed the possibility even though not even the scientists studying it dismissed it, it's more likely to be something natural but we just don't know yet and neither do you.
I haven't dismissed it. If you read my posts, the words "it's possible" are in there.
You'll note that the scientists studying it haven't dismissed the Azathoth or mega-butterflies theories either, they would be natural after all. My point is that you're leaping to conclusions.
"Possibility" is not "conclusion".
Also you did dismiss it in the first post I quoted.
>in no way
And bringing the Azathoth theory won't reinforce your argument because it's pure fantasy unlike the other possibilities.
>Who is your favorite Author that utilizes Dyson spheres in Science Fiction/Fantasy?
Neal Asher explored it in one of his agent Cormac books, but haven't heard of it since the person in charge of building it went on a killing spree.
>As a supposed Dyson sphere was discovered a few weeks ago, do you think there will be a flood of books to hit the market centered around the Spheres to ride on the popularity?
I can already visualize fantasy writers using some ether derived device to harvest magical properties directly from the sun.
Hell, Jim Butcher might use it in his next Cinder Spires book.
Who /waiting for Southern Scadrial to start World War I/ here?
bought some books today.
How'd I do, lads?
What collection is that? I've never seen it before. Ugly as shit, but still interesting. Door Into Summer, City and the Stars, Under Pressure, The End of Eternity, and The Dream Master are all strange choices for the authors imo.
i know, i know, the dust jackets are shit. I can always take them off.
SF book club 50th anniversary edition. They're the SFBC's top 8 selections from each decade. Almost half of them were already on my reading list.
As the only person in thread to have apparently read the paper about KIC-8462852, I feel I should point out that while the scientists (and there are a mess of them) don't mention any kind of artificial structure specifically, they also put forward every other possibility you can think of, and then dismiss them as not quite fitting the bill.
Either way, it's neat.
So this is getting an English translastion next year....
I'm going to share some relevant music.
Tbh I think Star Wars got the cool aspect of dyson spheres right and cut out all the nerd shit. Giant space ball --> we have the power of space is the essential aesthetic core of the concept, Kardashev-whatever is fluff.
Is the End of Eternity worth reading? I read All You Zombies recently and was pretty blue-balled about the lack of time agents having fun time travel adventures, killing Hitler and stuff.
listeningto the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
I didn't think that i would feel so confused with the ending after... Well, after the whole mood and comedic tone(save for the 4th book) of the whole series.
What the hell happened? All i could understand was that, apparently,
the Vogons end up destroying Earth again, with Trillian and AU-Trillian in the same room, and then somehow that fixes the whole problem of the time and dimentional distortions that happened in the solar system.
I feel like i missed a page or two, or at least a paragraph, because it feels like i'm missing information.
I sure am happy I saw someone post about this book, it's nice to find a entertaining book to read.
Also does anyone dislike knowing if the author is religious or not when reading books that deal with religion?
Whenever I read a Brandon Sanderson book I just remember he's a mormon and it just makes me second guess everything he writes about religion.
So, given that i started listening to audiobooks recently, i was wondering, did any of you listened to Book of the New Sun? Since it's so highly regarded in here, i was thinking that if i didn't read it i would miss on the experience or something like that.
>>Who is your favorite Author that utilizes Dyson spheres in Science Fiction/Fantasy?
John C. Wright
>>What are your favorite books that deal with with Dyson spheres?
Probably going to be the upcoming Vindication of Man by John C. Wright.
>>How would man utilize all that energy? How would covering the sun affect the other planets?
Building fantastically large AIs.
Other planets? You mean those piles of construction material?
>The Power christened Vonrothbarth of 61 Cygni was a hyperjovian and a fire giant, a Brown Dwarf who failed to ignite, swinging rapidly in a submercurial orbit around his primary. Over millennia, he had extended the topless towers of exotic-particle material upward and outward from his fiery globe, a trailing braided tail, threads of material two hundred twenty million miles long, held aloft from the star by 61 Cygni’s immense solar wind pressure. The twin telluric worlds of the system were unable to comprehend Vonrothbarth’s arts, or analyze the building material, dubbed orichalchum. The material was the alloy of artificial elements not found on any periodic table, isotopes possible only through engineering on the subatomic scale. Odile looked on with awe and Odette with dread, and each sought to ship her surface populations elsewhere, before the distant age arrived when project was triumphant.
>The orichalchum megascale structure housed both inhabited and uninhabited continents. These continents coated the inner surface of hollow cylinders indefinite in length, absorbing and digesting particles from the sun, and ever growing. The flexible cylinders rotated at various rates to imitate gravity. The array was as if composed of countless beanstalks set end to end, or, like a loosely woven arc of odd, superplanetary noodles.
>As ages passed, the threads expanded ever farther along the orbit of Vonrothbarth as he circled the star, eventually forming a work encircling the solar equator. And still, as centuries passed into millennia, it grew ever onward. When it reached three full circuits of 61 Cyngi, a three-banded strandworld, it awoke, and shrieked, and named itself Zauberring.
>Rumors filtered down to the posthumans that Cold Potentates had overheard the radio messages, spanning the years and lightyears between the Powers and their new and incomprehensible masters, these Principalities. Cool and remorseless Catallactic of Tau Ceti, serene and detached Consecrate of Altair, patient and sly Toliman of Alpha Centauri, and young Zauberring of 61 Cygni, whose zeals and ideals were based on mathematical models no Power and no Potentate could comprehend.
If you want gay:
>City (gay as in gay for Lopers [I mean me being gay for Lopers])
>Stars my Destination
>Door into Summer (Debatable, statutory)
>Canticle for Leibowitz (I might be remembering this incorrectly)
>Smoke Rose Up
>Mote in God's Eye (alien only)
Now this is not a complete list, but it should get you started.
>Whenever I read a Brandon Sanderson book I just remember he's a mormon and it just makes me second guess everything he writes about religion.
Like how? Knowing Wolfe is Catholic makes New Sun ten times better.
Superheroes are kinda fantasy right? I think this is the right thread to ask.
Recently I've read a really cool series called Ex-Heroes, about superheroes in a zombie apocalipse. That made me curious, are there more books about superheroes? Any you guys would reccomend?
Please don't tell me to go to /co/, they barely read comic books, I don't think they can read actual books.
I was severely disappointed that
TWO MAIN CHARACTERS had superpowers. I mean, I get that it's a magic system and you can be super and not evil under certain circumstances, but he marketed those books as non-supers beating supers.
And the MC is just a self-insert, because it's YA.
He lurked atheist forums so he could write Jasnah properly. I think it's safe to say he researches beforehand.
I got a question for Michael Fabre's under the skin
Why is the alien's original appearance like dogs? Is it an irony that men's best friends are eating men
Seveneves for all its flaws was a fun ride.
>mfw the transhumanist gets physically uploaded into cannibals
Finally, another JCW fan.
Count to a Trillion might be a little uneven, but there's so much going on. Wright's sort of a combination of Wolfe and Van Vogt. A shame so many won't give him a chance because of muh progressive ideals. So far the books have basically mapped the evolution of posthuman intelligence as a progression from a godless present/near future, to a pagan age of legends, to the host of angels. I can't wait to see how he deals with wrapping everything up...hopefully his spat with Tor didn't screw things up on either end. Yes, lots of Dyson sphere are involved.
But Mormonism isn't retarded either, at least no more than Catholicism. It just holds Hermetic beliefs in a time when Christianity is overwhelmingly Gnostic.
I love his idea that enhanced intelligence enhances the magnitude of our mistakes. I'm really looking forward to them sending neural signals through galactic filaments and still being a Texas gunslinger who stole the Princess from a dreadful Spaniard, and still getting their duel interrupted.
Well, I think it was a pretty
predictable plot twist. I also think it'd be pretty boring if it turned out the MCs just had unlimited luck at beating super powered villains out of a sheer plot armour book after book.
Well it's Sanderson, of course there's a twist. But it could have been a different twist.
See, in heists, as he explains on his podcast, you either explain what they're going to do and it goes wrong, or you go in blind and they pull it off. Variations on that theme could keep a
no-supersReckoners series going as long as he wants. No major revelations necessary.
Inaho explained his plans, and then they worked. That was a big part of that show's problem. He was never wrong, not even when his opponent could predict the future.
The Reckoners is probably just the Aldnoah of Sanderson's series. But I agree it was better when there were no super powers, but on the other hand
the stakes are much higher in the third book if they're going against Prof rather than 'just another' epic. I guess instead of epics they could just go for the source Calamity but I think it'd be underwhelming especially as Sanderson is going for the blockbuster feel.
Wonder how they're going to get around Meg now she's practically invincible, but I guess I didn't see the TLR twist coming either.
>Inaho explained his plans, and then they worked. That was a big part of that show's problem.
I always thought that Aldnoah was going to pull a Sanderson-esque Atium twist but it never ended up happening and they never really discussed it again. Big disappointment.
The power levels are getting a bit too high in the Reckoners though, I agree, but it didn't go straight into OP like Mistborn did. (I noticed that he significantly toned down the Mistborn super powers with the Wax/Wayne stuff)
Oh, I never read the second Reckoners. Couldn't even make it through... the chalk magic one. I was fine with Alcatraz and I'm flagrantly homosexual towards Stormlight, so I don't know if I'm the problem there or not. There's a pretty big quality drop when you read the stuff he writes to take a vacation from writing his other stuff.
I think the Mistborn power levels were handled pretty well aside from that slog of a Sazed fight, really. One of the big payoffs in fantasy for me was when Vin collapsed that steel palace and threw herself into the stratosphere.
Mistborn power levels were handled quite well. But it must be pretty difficult to have to factor that into all of your plot. The Wax/Wayne stuff has more twin borns/limited powers than its predecessors, it's quite interesting to see the difference in the way he tackles those.
A lot of it reflects his growth as an author. Nowadays he likes to take a little power and stretch it a long way. He's not going for as much gee-whiz, as we can see in Wild West Mistborn, and I can see where it helps him focus on more human characters but I can't say I love it.
What you want anti hero?
Losts of books with evil villians usually resolves itself with th protagonist sacrificing himself for the greater good. Books with a evil guy doing wvil things and living happily everafter doesn't sell well.
Fucking public and their "muh morals".
I said "muh morals" because Authors try to resolve the book with good conquering evil(or the evil guy not being so evil) because of the public.
What book did you read that the person you detested the most, survives in the end and continues to kill and pillage and doesn't answer for his crimes?
Please let me know so I can read it.
The structures probably aren't dyson spheres, they're probably huge chunks of molten metal caught in orbit around the star.
I personally think the human race will run out of the resources required to build something like that long before we get anywhere near colonizing other planets.
Which is a shame because exploring the galaxy would be bad ass.
Why would you want a translation?
>and the recently re-recorded one made for audiobooks listeners.
Do you know where can i find it? KAT doesn't have it and the thread on /t/ has only the cassette recordings, which i can't hear when going on the bus.
Didn't you say you liked the gay rape incest of Prince of Thorns 2 threads ago?
Prince of thorns starts with rape, brother Sim was a good bugger boy, and the incest? Jorge fucking his sister/aunt-in-law counts?
I used to love science fiction but I can't get over the lack of prose. Most writers have such a simplistic style of writing I can't handle it. I was hoping that there would be some serious suggestions otherwise I'm just going to order the Barsoom series at the library and see what happens.
So, it's been a long time since I've read this, and I still think about it all the time. I don't quite understand it, mainly the ending, but it still blows me away. It also seems right up /lit/'s alley.
Anyone here read the "Night Watch" series by Sergei Lukyanenko? I've been reading the first four books over the last few days and I liked them, kind of a different, Russian take at urban fantasy for a change.
... just don't try to watch the movies. Cringeworthy at best.
So dreams and prophecy guide characters, spells and curses have real consequences, like attracts like and evil contaminates, but they're also concerned about injection orbits, delta-v, and atmosphere scrubbing?
Not that most SF cares about that last bit anyway.
I have read and I'm currently reading the third book of the trilogy. Very fun.
Unfortunately, I wouldn't know what to recommend, I'm looking for similar books myself too. Abercrombie probably works for that.
Guys, you read a lot of scifi, how do they cure diarrhea in the future? I get it every day and it's exhausting. I have to take my shirt off when I defecate it's so bad. I also can't wear belts.
Drink less milk(milk, cream, ice cream, cheese) if you are dairy intensive.
To help the shittings, get Guava leaves or Green Tea leaves. Brew every dark.
That will clog you up nicely.
>Guys, you read a lot of scifi, how do they cure diarrhea in the future?
The basic solution is blowing up the USA -- no more American "food" and no more stomach problems and obesity and diabetes. Problem solved.
Maybe give the Pern novels a try? It's not exactly in space, but it is a series of fantasy novels set on another planet and sort of still is SF. I'd start with Dragonflight, Dragonquest and The White Dragon.
Loved the Riftwar Books tbh.
They start off as really generic but start getting interesting, then they go back to generic.
Loved The Empire Trilogy especially. Only read up to Shards of a Broken Crown because I heard the books after are shit.
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>vaporware, /mu/, /tv/, /pol/ and /v/ shit spammed almost daily
>relevant threads stays close to page 5 for days
>recently more asinine shit spammed
>relevant threads drop to page 8 within 5 hours
I guess some /an/ namefag would know whom is from which board
What's a good name for a science fiction library?
I named mine The Datalinks in honor of Sid Mier's Alpha Centauri.
So I decided I should read atleast one cyberpunk book in my life and I chose Snowcrash. When does it get good? I am at the first grill-centered chapter, where she's being a smug little slut about catching some minivan.
Worm by J.C. "Wildbow" McCrae is the Superhero Story To End All Superhero Stories; it's like Watchmen in book form. The only catch is that after you read it, you will never be able to look at other superhero stories the same way again; it's a category killer.
What do you think is China Mieville's best book? I finished Perdido Street Station and it was dope af. I feel like it kind of took a dip in quality in the second half though, when it became less about ideas and atmospheric stuff and more action-y. I was thinking of reading either The Scar, Embassytown, or The City and the City Next. Not sure which one though
Any of y'all read Conservation of Shadows by Yoon Ha Lee?
It's sci fi-ish mixed with fantasy and some ancient Chinese myth. It's honestly pretty good, my only complaint is that they rarely feel like complete, self contained stories, rather like the sketch or outline of a longer one (she introduces too much and expounds too little). But I'd rec it anyway, especially if your library has it
What exactly would you miss out on compared to just watching the show? It's clearly story-oriented fiction. Or does the book feature more insightful inner dialogue or something? I thought the show was pretty clear.
I loved Empire and original, then snakewars was pretty meh, brief revival with Talons of Silverhawk (which he ripped off from Count of Monte Cristo but who cares, it was awesome), then quality dropped again.
I quit after
Pug dropped a moon on some planet
The Scar is his best book for me. Rightly paced, excellent unusual-but-not-bizzare prose, tight plot and story, and engaging characters. Second best is Embassytown which similarly well paced and well written, but shorter and more of a science fiction than fantasy. The theme Mieville explore in Embassytown is dope as fuck though.
I finished Fool's Assassin today, on one hand I'm excited that we can expect Fitz adventures again, on the other hand...hadn't Fitz and the Fool suffered enough already, Hobb?
and what's up with Nighteyes showing up, is he somehow living on in Bee's mind as well?
Currently reading the Book of the New Sun, and while I have trouble understanding parts of it, I still enjoy it.
Is there anywhere I can read about for more info on the book, some clarification for certain things?
A lot will fall into place towards the end. But yes, afterwards there's plenty of fan discussions you can look up online. And some stuff will just always remain speculation.
Anything particular that has you wondering?
Yeah, a lot of it. I'm pretty new to fantasy (I just finished ASOIAF before I started TBOTNS). Some of my questions already fell into place, but right now I'm just wondering what happened to the kid Severian when climbed up a statue to retrieve a ring.
Besides that, is the Severian telling the story reliable? He occasionally mentions things I never noticed before, but feel they already have been told, and just went way over my head.
So I'm currently reading Shadow of the Torturer as my first Gene Wolfe book and I'm having a hard time following it most of the time.
Was it a mistake to start with this one? I chose it because it's generally regarded as his best work, but I feel like it assumes I know many things that I don't.
What's some Sci-Fi that deals with the shadier side of future life? Preferably not Cyberpunk.
It's good but it's not about time agents having fun time travel adventures, killing Hitler and stuff.
It's relatively short but still very compelling so if you put your mind onto it you can finish it in a few hours.
And time travelling is different than you are used to.
I've still never read any of his ebooks, because I'm a pro-paper-copy Luddite. I heard The Book of Feasts and Seasons was meh, but City Beyond Time and Somewhither both looked decent.
What is everyone's opinion on Heechee series. I just started reading pic related. So far it seems nice and i'm just wondering if it's going to turn to shit in sequel books.
Recommend me some Space Fantasy senpai
Paradox Trilogy, by Rachel Bach.
Wouldn't call it objectively "good", but more of a guilty pleasure.
Basically involves Samus Aran fighting space lizards and space magic shenanigans, and while I couldn't really identify with her romance plot, the action scenes were exciting and the different aliens were varied and interesting, with their culture and physiology.
What sci-fi should I read if I want to go on a motherfucking adventure? Strange worlds, life or death situations, all that good shit. I want something grandiose and fun.
If anyone here likes alternate history, you need to read For Want of a Nail. It's amazing, it's a alternate history written like a freshman level college textbook, with footnotes and everything.
The historical change is that the rebels lose the American revolution. However unlike basically every single other alternate history I've read, things keep changing in a butterfly-effect like way. Like in a typical one if the Brits won the war then modern society and map boundaries would be exactly as they are now, the only difference being that US is part of the Commonwealth or whatever. In For Want of a Nail, history changes completely past the point of divergence, getting weirder and weirder as time goes on. The book covers history all the way up to the 1970's.
Because the Sun is an unbelievably gigantic fusion reactor which processes half a billion tons of hydrogen per second, nearly all of which is wasted.
That kind of energy would render those in control of it capable of godlike accomplishments.
>just thought to my self that the gameplay sounded good this time around
The title of the book comes from a poem/proverb. Small changes in seemingly unimportant events create large unpredictable changes in larger things. I don't mean to be a meme-science person, but it's the butterfly effect.
For want of a nail the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe the horse was lost.
For want of a horse the rider was lost.
For want of a rider the message was lost.
For want of a message the battle was lost.
For want of a battle the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.
Expanse series is the closest one that I can think of, but the writing starts to slit its own wrists halfway through book 3.
Surprisingly, there aren't that many sci-fi books that fall into the "adventure" category.
Then again, modern sci-fi books are a rather unexplored territory, for a reason too. You'll probably have a better luck at looking at fresh releases on your own.
Gateway has some really cool ideas IMO. The whole old-alien-thing-that-is-found is always fun, the idea of not knowing exactly how the ships work, how to control the ships, where you'll end up etc. are all fun. It could have been even better though.
I've read the first sequel (Beyond The Blue Event Horizon), which was ok, but definitely not as entertaining. I'm also going to give the second sequel (Heechee Rendezvous) a try, but I'm not going to read any further, unless I'm positively surprised.
>Superhero Story To End All Superhero Stories
No it isn't. It isn't even on Watchmans level. It's a couple of good ideas poorly handled. Fuck off back to Space Battles with that shit.
>time agents having fun time travel adventures, killing Hitler and stuff.
Are there any books like this though? I've never seen one but maybe I just didn't look at the right authors. Any one can recommend something like this?
Hell any books that are just fun? Just lighthearted, good wins, the MC doesn't get shat on, the victory isn't pyrrhic? But isn't straight up comedy? Maybe something comfy?
After Joe Abercrombies First Law trilogy And Perdido Street Station I need a good pick me up. I'll even accept YA.
Somewhither looked like a kitchen sink and I've never really gotten into it. Feasts and Seasons had some cool stuff in it, City Beyond Time too, but if you really want good Wrighting go for Awake In The Night Land, which is actually available in hardcover. The other short collections are hit-and-miss.
How good are you at imagining the things you read?
Very often when I'm reading something, I have a hard time imagining things unless they are explicitly described, so for example unless they give me some info about the location, I end up imagining characters in some... bland, almost void-like place.
What's a good way to improve that?
Just reading more, I guess?
If you don't have a good imagination, I don't think there is a way to improve it.
Look at a lot of movies, photos of people and places.
When someone is described to you in a novel(no matter how blandly) you would be able to (subconsciously) pick from the pieces of movies and photos you saw and the places you visited.
Try "watching" a movie with your ears. Close your eyes and listen to the entire movie and try to imagine what is happening. You can also try graphic audiobooks.
Thanks m80, those actually sound like pretty good suggestions, I'll try them out.
I'm also aware that I need to slow down when I'm reading, I got too used to reading in College, something that always involved a deadline.
Can anyone here recommend some mindfuck scifi/fantasy?
I'm talking about something like the Matrix, Lost, or Homestuck that draws on eastern religions (or dead western ones), philosophy, modern pop-culture, and possibly real technology to create something that you can endlessly dig apart for theories and symbolism
Dinosaur Beach by Keith Laumer doesn't involve any real-world characters, but might scratch the itch of "time agent have time travel adventures".
Really, why would someone traveling back in time from a radically different universe/timeline/period of history give a shit the same people you do anyway?
I actually own the hardcopy Awake in the Night Land. An amazing work.
Kitchen sink is Wright's specialty. I'd buy a hardcopy Somewhither. I wouldn't buy a collection of his blog posts though.
As long as we're talking about him, John C. Wright's Count to a Trillion series. The eponymous first book is a little mediocre, but sets up the better follow-on books pretty nicely.
Publication order. So start with Foundation, followed by Foundation and Empire, followed by Second Foundation. This is the original trilogy. Then read Foundation's Edge, followed by Foundation and Earth. These are direct sequels. Then read Prelude to Foundation, followed by Forward the Foundation, both prequels. I loved all of them when I first read them, back when the last few ones were coming out, but I was a kid back then. When I read them now, I prefer the original trilogy, but Asimov is always entertaining.
There are Foundation books by other authors, but haven't read those.
Revelation Space-series. Read Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap if you want a cool series written by a physicist working at the European version of NASA.
Night's Dawn Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.
I was pleasantly surprised by the Succession-duology by Scott Westerfeld, consisting of The Risen Empire and the Killing of Worlds.
Read Dune, at least the first six books.
The Hyperion Cantos, consisting of Hyperion, The Fall of Hyperion, Endymion and the Rise of Endymion.
Sounds like you're after Adventure books.
The Princess Bride if you haven't read it yet. It's a classic.
Escape from Hell! by Hal Duncan. Short but a lot of fun.
The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle. Another classic. It's YA, perhaps even a children's book, but it's brilliant.
If you like China Mieville, then Un Lun Dun, it's a YA romp through a fantasy alternative London.
The Anvil of the World by Kage Baker is a strange one, I liked it but didn't love it. Difficult to explain what it's about so look it up if you're interested.
And The Gone-Away World by Nick Harkaway because it's one of my favourite books.
>and for everything to be alright in the end.
To be fair, except for the very end, everything was always alright.
Also, what the hell happened to Zaphod after the 3rd book? I somehow missed it and never heard of him again.
it's also highly derivative, as you can't write anything that isn't deeply affected by the author being human, having human physiology, perception and experience.
You can't write something truly new. Especially since all books are technically already contained in a segment of Pi.
Is there any related book that can mindfuck harder than
>Read Revelation Space, Chasm City, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap
The Prefect was a good novel, too, and you're forgetting the numerous novellas and short stories.
Hyperion Cantos was awful. Don't recommend that shit.
Hard to say.
From older authors, Starship troopers is great and fetching propaganda.
For not-so-depressing and thought-provoking sci-fi, Diaspora or Incandescence from Greg Egan.
For absolutely depressing but great and really thought-provoking scifi, Blindsight from Peter Watts is nice.
Uh, yeah I guess. Most the 'hidden' stuff is on 17th Shard. Unfortunately, coppermind itself isn't updated too much, and for some reason, they love to make it needlessly difficult to keep up on new findings because most information is revealed through Q&As/interviews/signings/etc but you have to actively scan and monitor that specific subforum to keep up with everything.
Is there anything specific you want to know?
Well, to reiterate, coppermind itself isn't THAT great for explicit little details so 17th Shard is where you'll want to start lurking at. I tend to use coppermind for basic information like Shard/Shardworld names, maybe something about a major character (found a citation on Hoid's page about something I was looking for a few weeks back), that kind of thing.
Books centered around that?
Not that I recall at the moment, but both Alex Verus and Dresden Files did the whole dreamscape trope.
Um.. American Gods
Black Jewels Trilogy
Charlie Bone (lel)
Dreamblood(very close to what you want)
Lock in by John Scalzi
>If somebody posts a picture, he made that picture
>not reading a novel about one ship chasing another across systems while both ships use inertial dampening devices
>and how the reduced inertia affects the ships and the people on the ships
Does your ass get jealous of all the shit that comes out of your mouth?
They don't even want to discuss books on the lit board, they tell us to go to /r/ or reddit.
They just to meme and dicuss philosophy and christposting, without actually reading a book.
What do you mean? Construction of a dyson sphere, in contrast to something like a dyson sworm, would be really tricky because of the massive preasures the polar regions would need to withstand just to stay in place. Materials like that strong don't exist even in theory.
I've read a lot of Lukyanenko as a kid. Either I'm getting old or his work is getting. I guess the former is more likely.
I wonder which elements in you opinion distguish Night Watch as Russian urband fantasy?
Any recomendations for singularity/transhuman? I've really been enjoying fiction about focused on neurology more than physics, lately. I've read Stross's Accelerando and Reynold's House of Suns, really liked Watts' Echopraxia and especially Blindsight, fucking loved Rajaniemi's Quantum Thief trilogy - I wish I could get an ebook of his new collection.
Anyone got any recommendations for some good old-fashioned adventure fantasy or sci-fi? Something with a POV that stays pretty much with one character going on some adventure with all sorts of strange and fantastical encounters? I've got a bunch of medical stuff coming up soon, and find that the best way to kill time while doped up after procedures is to just read some quick and easy sword-and-sorcery style adventures. Sadly a lot of modern fantasy seems to be riding the ASoIaF popularity and spend entire books just introduce a dozen different characters and focusing way too much on politics and what not to stretch it out as many books as possible.
I've read a lot of the big-name stuff like Tolkien, Wheel of Time, Conan, Fafhrd and Grey Mouser, and all the David Eddings stuff. I think Eddings' stuff was my favorite among them all, despite being rather cliche. He really nailed writing interesting and relatable characters.
How are Riftwar, Dragonlance, and Shannara? Worth reading?
Any good sci fi published in the last 6 months? Gimme something brand new, best if it's a new IP.
Picked up The Well of Ascension pretty cheap this week, haven't started it yet but is it really the worst out of the entire Mistborn series? I liked The Final Empire but I wasn't completely crazy about it like a lot of people seem, very cool ideas in some parts, very boring in others.
>is it really the worst out of the entire Mistborn series?
I would say so. It's just so SLOW. Sure, there is plenty of character development and worldbuilding but it you're a little bored, you're not alone. The third book picks up the pace again but (to avoid spoilers) I'll just say that shit gets real crazy and off the rails (which may or may not annoy you).