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kr236rk

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Hi,

My two favourite sci-fi books are 'Roadside Picnic' by the Strugatsky brothers and 'Solaris' by Stanislaw Lem. Can anyone suggest more books like these please, with similar story lines? Many thanks! :)
 

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most of Jack McDevitts books are good
'Digging Leviathan' by Blaylock. some 'fantasy' elements
Dune (don't bother with the numerous sequels)
 

tizl

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Hi,

My two favourite sci-fi books are 'Roadside Picnic' by the Strugatsky brothers and 'Solaris' by Stanislaw Lem. Can anyone suggest more books like these please, with similar story lines? Many thanks! :)
I've never actually read those, so I'm not sure how similar the stories are, but read anything by Jack Vance. He's my favorite sci-fi author of all time.
 

kr236rk

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Thanks, they're fairly dystopian but have a core to them - something you can work with in thought - quite mystic in a way; unlike 'Light' by M. John Harrison, which I enjoyed reading, but left me in a philosophical vacuum.
 

tizl

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I haven't read a lot of dystopian sci-fi, other than classics like 'Fahrenhiet 451' or '1984', though I think maybe 'Alas Babylon' and 'Folk of the Fringe' by OSC probably fit in that category. I do love to play Fallout, so maybe I should explore that genre a bit more :)
 

kr236rk

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Thanks. Those books are not just dystopian, they have central points to them, around which the stories are woven. 1984 is a stark warning I feel.
 

kr236rk

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Just finished 'Fiasco' by Stanislaw Lem, it certainly kept the attention all the way through :-o
 
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Philip K. Dick’s Valis, The Fountains of Paradise Arthur C.Clarke (R.I.P.) likewise Beyond the Fall of Night, 2061:odyssey 3, Cradle by A.C.Clarke & Gentry Lee, China Mieville’s Perdido Street Station, All Tomorrow’s Parties- Virtual Light- Necromancer by William Gibson. In my opinion these books might haven’t the slightest resemblance to where your interest lies, similarities in sci-fi books are as delicately fine tuned as cosmogony. Oh, one more to grow on, And Another Thing... Eoin Colfer
 

kr236rk

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Thanks. Arthur C Clarke. I enjoyed the film 2001 but was always slightly uneasy about the cave men looking like men dressed up as apes, the rest of the film I enjoyed immensely. On the strength of this I bought the dvd of Childhood's End. I dislike this film intensely & the ideas apparently behind it. It seemed like a Puritanical 'I told you so' rant thinly disguised as science-fiction. Distinct from this, Lem's point seems to be that IF there is other intelligent life within the universe it may have developed along quite different lines to the way primates have developed on earth, to the extent that we might not even recognise alien life or, if we did, we wouldn't be able to communicate with it because there would be no common ground between us and them. Or, bluntly, the alien life form may simply refuse communication - as is the case in Fiasco. The life form is fundamentally aggressive, that is its nature. What if life on earth had developed along insect lines, what if the highest life form on earth had developed from that of the termite? There are parallels, termites are highly social and live in chaotic mound-cities, many ant-forms farm other animals & exploit plants; but there the common ground ends. I find that interesting to think about. Clarke's philosophy - as much as I could discern from the film - I found banal. That's just my personal view, I am not knocking Clarke as an author, we all have out likes & dislikes.
 
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