ive been away from a pc for two days and a thread like this happens?
clarke - a touch over rated i feel i never thought he was a great author, his writing isnt brillant but most of the stories and concepts are brilliant. i.e Rama and 2001 series, but some of his other stuff i have found disappointing.
herbert and dune - first book ace. subsequent tomes dull christian metaphor. recent dune books by his son = shit. "the dragon in the sea" and "destination: void" are great
bradbury - "illustrated man" and "faranheit 451" win.
asimov - ive never read any as i always get put off by the robotics stuff, is foundation less roboty?
Ballard - "myths of the near future" and "memories of the space age" are amazing bleak shorts collections
Atwood - "the handmaids tale" and "oryx and crake" are good but (further to stuff than can be found through peter watts' website below) she can get fucked. she writes a science fiction book but then wriggles like a dying worm to avoid being called a sci-fi writer just so she can attempt to maintain a postion higher on the literary spectrum (see watts' articles) she is therefore bullshit.
Wyndam - "triffids" is the greatest piece of sociopathic survivalist fiction ever. as yet unmentioned in this thread is his collections "the seeds of time" and "consider her ways" which are both excellent.
Brian aldiss - "non-stop" pretty dated but still excellent.
Poul anderson - "tau zero" the physics of this has now been proved wrong but the story and the concept are ace but really bleak.
fredrik vohl - "gateway" really well written novel very bleak with a crushingly bleak ending. william gibson before unfortunately inventing cyber-punk (although neuromancer is great) wrote one of my favourite short stories "hinterlands" which having read gateway recently has been show to be a virtually copyright infringing steal.
peter watts "starfish, maelstrom, and behemoth" or the starfish trilogy and reccently "blind sight". this guy is the best science fiction writer writing today. really technical approach to the writing, and no fear of ultra techno babble. awseome realisation of environments, and dark beyond the most stygian depths lovecraft ever imagined. not for people who like happy endings. he has released all (i think) of his novels and short stories (which are also excellent) via creative commons, so you dont even have to buy them if you dont want go to www.rifters.com to find them.
stephen baxter - has gone to pot reccently (see "transcendant" series) but the series of origin, time, space and phase space are great. however "titan" is his best, terrifyingly accuracte portrayily of current social outlook and subsequent near future consequences.
kim stanley robinson - red, green and blue mars. this series is fucking incredible, so many people i know have been put off by the length, scope and lengthy passages of very little happening. but these books can almost be called important. also "icehenge" is fucking awesome and could inspire my first tatoo.
lem - did he write solaris? if so he is a winner! i still have to watch the original russian version of that.
lovecraft - dont know what hes doing in this thread but he is unmatchable, "at the mountains of madness", "the call of cthulu" and "the whisperer in the dark" are the shit. has anyone seen that film of the call of cthulu that came out last year? any cop? when someone writes with the horror of lovecraftian proportions but in a science fiction setting my life will be complete (watts' blindsight is the closest ive found)
this thread has elavated me to a new level of nerd-dom. i am satisfied