Shhhhh! You'll blow your cover. :wink:I think so, although my tastes run more to "Classic" science fiction. Anyone know the name Keith Laumer, or why I, of all people, might mention it here?
Shhhhh! You'll blow your cover. :wink:
have always liked the works of Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle, either writing as a team or individually. Their team effort, The Mote in God's Eye is one of the best "scientific science fiction" works. Larry Niven's The Integral Trees is an overlooked gem.
Oh yes I forgot about those! Isaac Asimov is excellent and certainly classic. Al the robot and foundation books are fantastic. And until you mentioned Harry Harrison I had forgotten all about those. I read the West of Eden trilogy long ago and loved them.I haven't read much science fiction in a while, but some of the very best I ever read;
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea-Jules Verne
War of the Worlds and The Time Machine- H.G.Wells
virtually anything by John Wyndham (Chrysilids, Midwich Cookoos, The Cracken Wakes, etc
Isaac Asimov Robot novels, Foundation series, and pretty much anything he wrote
Ray Bradbury -Martian Chronicles
the work of Stanley G. Weinbaum
West of Eden Trilogy-Harry Harrison
Dune-(the first couple of books in the series) Frank Herbert
There are more, but I'm at work and I'd have to check my shelves at home to list all the SciFi I loved.
It's funny you say this because I would certainly like to see more separation of the two genres...but more for the sake of easier browsing. From my point of view the two genres ARE very similar. I see them as much more the same than they are different. But that's my opinion. I love and read both. And the more I read of both the more my opinion grows the two genres are simply two sides of the same coin. :smile:....
I'm a hard science fan, too. My wife owns a bookstore and I have had heated discussions with her about why, oh why, do all stores mix fantasy and science fiction when they are so clearly different genres. She says that that's what the customers want. And it's her store.