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Old 06-08-12, 03:07 PM   #1
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Looking to read some hard science-fiction (not horror or fantasy).

I loved Dan Simmons a couple years back, an I've read most of Asimov, Clarke and teh late great Ray Bradbury.

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I read A LOT of sci-fi fantasy, and I really don't know of anything 'harder' than the big guys you have mentioned, but here are a few books I've really enjoyed recently:
-China Mieville "Perdido Street Station" Dystopian universe, kind of steam punk
-David Mitchell "Cloud Atlas" This book blew me away with it's awesomeness. One of the few books I finished and then immediately began again. It's not pure sci-fi, but I can't imagine someone who likes the genre wouldn't like it.
-Catharina Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire, but I would call that fantasy in space rather than sci-fi

and there's always Robert Heinlein: "Stranger in a Strange Land" and "Time Enough for Love" are my favorites.
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I think I'll have to check those out. Thanks!
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You could always try the classics - anything by Arthur C Clarke or John Wyndham - even CS Lewis had a go
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The Fall of Reach by Eric Nylund

yes, it's a Halo book, but don't let that fool or deter you. once you've read it you'll soon be flipping through the pages of First Strike and Contact Harvest as well. ;)

here, a random section from First Strike:

After the Chief had left to investigate the cryopod, Haverson made certain that the bridge doors were locked. He turned and walked over to the Covenant Engineer who'd repaired the Master Chief's armor.
"Fascinating creatures," he murmured. He drew his sidearm and pointed it at the back of its head.
Two of the Engineer's six eyes locked onto the muzzle of the weapon. A tentacle reached for it, split into fine probing threads, and touched the blue-grey metal. Cortana asked, "what are you..." Haverson shot the Engineer. The round tore through its head and spattered gore across the display the alien had been repairing. "Haverson!" Cortana cried.

sure, not a very dense example, but the writer has a B.Sc. in chemistry and a M.Sc. in chemical physics, so certain parts are above average "hard."
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