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Space Pirate
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Atlanta
2007-04-03, 23:36

Okay, this is really bad. I've run out of something that I really, really, really need and I'm not afraid to say it here....
I need help. What I have right now is really, really not getting the job done.
It's too soft.
It's too predictable.
It's back to where I was when I was a kid.
It's damned embarrassing.

People can tell. I see them looking.
They see it when I hold it in my hands... and they laugh.
I know they do.

Please help me.

I need some Hard Science Fiction recommendations.
And I need them NOW.

I'm going to the bookstore sometime tomorrow and I want to go in armed with ideas.

I love Agent 86.
I just can't play with him in public any more.

Steve Jobs ate my cat's watermelon.
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Last edited by drewprops : 2007-04-03 at 23:37. Reason: There's no way to prove that I call my penis "Agent 86". So stop now.
9" monochrome
Join Date: May 2004
Location: 🇦🇺
2007-04-04, 04:07

So disappointed by the content of your post ... the thread title held such promise.

That said, I'm not a great Sci-Fi reader, but I did recently finish a collection of stories called Driftglass by Samuel R Delany. I thought he wrote well.

All I want is a simple life
Antimatter Man
Join Date: May 2004
Location: that interweb thing
2007-04-04, 04:23


For good Hard SciFi (including some outside of the wiki list but on mine), consider:

Robert L. Forward - the Dragon's Egg series is very cool, and technically robust
He described his first novel, Dragon's Egg, as "A textbook on neutron star physics disguised as a novel."
Gregory Benford (who sometimes writes with David Brin) might be another candidate - Benford is actually a rocket scientist by day

Hal Clement is also known for Hard SF

Or maybe Iain M. Banks, or Dan Simmons. Both dense but beautiful prose in places.

Larry Niven (+/- Jerry Pournelle). "Mote in God's Eye" is classic, and wins eyebrow raise from science geeks, as do most of their other works.

Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke... also giants of the gee whiz but genuinely scientific.

All those who believe in telekinesis, raise my hand.
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