Looking for some good Sci-Fi and/or fantasy books.
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Hello everyone, I'm looking for some good Science fiction and fantasy books to read. I've read the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, the Dune series, part of the Ender's Game series and various other less known ones. I figured that this would be the best place to get recommendations so if you can think of any good books or series that you enjoyed I'd appreciate the reccomendations.

Thanks everyone!

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51. Board Game: Conquest of the Ring [Average Rating:4.75 Unranked]
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Ringworld by Larry Niven, as well as his Known Space stuff.
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52. Board Game: Streetwise [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Perdido Street Station by China Miéville.
More rather dark reading. Good stuff.
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53. Board Game: The Game of Life: Extreme Reality Edition [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Les Haskell
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The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. LeGuin is one of my favorite books. The main character, George Orr, has dreams which retroactively change reality.
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54. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:411]
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The Space Merchants by Pohl and Kornbluth was written in the 50s, or 60s. It's continued relevance is eerie.
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55. Board Game: Ghost Writer Mystery Game [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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Ok, this guy isn't sold as a fantasy or SF writer, but his books definitely ARE.

David Mitchell. Try Ghostwritten, it's brilliant. When I read that, I thought he must have read Murakami, turns out Mitchell lived in Japan for a while. If you like that, Number Nine Dream is the next of his to try.
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56. Board Game: Black Abyss [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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If you like Indiana Jones, then read The Face in the Abyss by A. Merritt.
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57. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:22]
Dennis Leung
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Other than the Hyperion series by Dan Simmons, the other big space opera that I've enjoyed is the Uplift series by David Brin. It's six books (although the first is somewhat forgettable and set apart from the others), while the second, Startide Rising, won the Hugo award. Also inspired some of the thematic elements in Race for the Galaxy.

Brin also wrote a series of insightful articles on Salon on one of the most age old geek debates---which is better, Star Wars or Star Trek?

http://www.salon.com/ent/movies/feature/1999/06/15/brin_main...

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58. Board Game: The Doomsday Project [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dennis Leung
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There are relatively few female science fiction authors, but I've found that Connie Willis is quite good. She's won quite a few Hugo awards and has a remarkable range---The Doomsday Book is a heavy and moving novel about time travel to the time of the Black Plague while To Say Nothing of the Dog (set in the same universe) is light and funny. One of her shorter books, Bellwether, is an insightful critique on scientific research.
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59. Board Game: Commonwealth Navy [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Silverlock by John Meyers Meyers. This one might be hard to get a copy of, mine is old and well beaten at this point.
This one will stick with you.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silverlock
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60. Board Game: Saganami Island Tactical Simulator [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4388]
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Honor Harrington Series
by David Weber

I like just about anything by Weber, but his Honor Harrington series are especially good. I've read them all probably a dozen times each at least. I'm surprised no one has mentioned it yet

Star Empires warring with each other, fleet actions, duels, spying & asassination, it has it all. I like how each side has technical advances as the war goes on, some are quite imaginative. I personally prefer sci-fi over fantasy, and this is definately sci-fi.

As a side note, Baen is one of my favorite publishers. They have lots of books I like sure, but they also are very friendly to the e-book market.
They have hundreds of free full non-DRM (in fact all of thier ebooks and emagazines are non DRM and are availible in a ton of formats) ebooks in thier free "library":
http://www.baen.com/library
Including the first of most of the series that they sell. Not everyone likes e-books but its a great way to try out unknown authors or series for free (aside from a real library). Plus, I use a Palm and load up dozens of books. I used to carry 1 or 2 paperbacks everywhere I went since I'm a bit of a reader Now I just carry my palm and load it up with books.
Sometimes baen will include a CD or DVD chock FULL of ebooks in thier hardbacks, and they even encourage people to share the cd (it says right on the cd itself to share it). They contain many more than just the free ones, so if someone wanted to read others they could just find one of those (either for download or in one of those hardbacks).

Here's an example of the table of contents from a CD included in a recent Weber book that contains all the Honor Harrington books (along with a bunch of other sci fi books such as some Bolo books etc):
http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com/20-TorchCD/TorchCD/

And a site that has torrents of the cds:
http://baencd.thefifthimperium.com
Again, these are fully authorized and allowed to be shared by Baen.
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61. Board Game: Star Fleet Battle Force [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:3441]
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I finished up Pandora's Star by Peter F. Hamilton and am well through the follow up Judas Unchained. You have to give the books time to build because they are true epics (1000 pgs).
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62. Board Game: Star Wars: Epic Duels [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:612]
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Star Wars books.

There's a lot of good star wars books. I like the han solo trilogy, and the boba fett trilogy among others. Anything by Timothy Zahn is AMAZING stuff. He basically restarted the whole star wars fiction genre by himself when he wrote the Thrawn trilogy and they became best sellers. For a while, star wars books were showing up at costco/sam's club since they became so popular.

However, personally I stopped reading anything in the "New Jedi Order" and "Legacy Era" which take place 25+ years after Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope.
Chewie dies, the kids of Luke and Han mostly go bad and get killed, most of the interesting characters introduced in the books (and movies) get killed, everything that they worked on to help the galaxy gets destroyed (what was the point of killing vader/emperor and stopping the empire if everything goes to pot right after) including lots of planets, etc. I lost interest entirely, plus they kept milking the same series line over and over and over again, without finishing it (super invaders from another galaxy that are rampaging through the republic and destroying planets and everyone that stands in thier way oh noes).

So the majority of books before that (timeline wise) are pretty decent, and some of them are great.
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63. Board Game: Star Trek: The Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2430]
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Star Trek books.
There's a lot of decent star trek books, but mostly the ones that were initially published hardback (not part of a numbered series), or mini series (usually 3 or 5 books), or similar.

A couple of especially good ones were:
Best Destiny, by Diane Carey
This covers some great first significant events with a teenage Kirk, and some of his few experiances with his father. I always thought they should make this into a movie. Its a GREAT book. It shows some of the key things that shaped Kirk, and wow speak of sacrifice.

Probe, by Margaret Wander Bonanno
Basically the sequel to the Star Trek 4 movie with the whales. The novel fleshes out a lot of the story behind the probe, and for some reason I liked this.

Note:
In general I suggest avoiding the numbered books such as TOS numbered books, TNG numbered books, etc. They got up to over 100 (I think) on several of those and they churned out a new one every month for a long while. I think they told all the authors to make sure the books were a certain length (about 250 pages), because the entire books started slow with mostly filler for 200 pages and then ended in about 10 or 20 pages as if they were trying to hurry and conclude the book now that they had gotten over the dictated length. They also tended to leave a lot of things hanging. This was the case for pretty much every numbered star trek book (and I've purchased and read a lot of star trek books). If you compare page numbers on these things you will find they are all very close in size.

As a result, the hardback ones and mini series ones tended to be much better since they felt as if they were written as an actual novel, and not just filler churned out to meet a deadline.

You can see lists of them here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_trek_books
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64. Board Game: Multi [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Ryan Olson
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Ok, I'm going to just throw out some of my fav authors that haven't been mentioned yet...

Phillip K Dick - Can't believe he hasn't been mentioned yet (Although I could have missed it.). His stuff influenced so many of today's writers. I remember reading some of his short stories, and I was thinking "This type of storyline has been done to death," and then it dawned on me that this was probably the ORIGIN of this type of story . I've loved all of his stuff ever since. Although some of his stuff is a bit more of a head trip than others.

Cyberpunk - William Gibson, Bruce Sterling, and Rudy Rucker are my favorites. Gibson has moved on to a more near future style, but his stuff is still amazing.

Cory Doctorow - A really good near future sci-fi writer. His stuff feels so close to being in the present. Everything he writes is released with Creative Commons licenses, and he firmly believes in people getting it in their hands in any way possible. If you look hard enough (and usually it doesn't take much searching...), you can find anything he has written for free online. Haven't read his latest book, Makers, yet.

Octavia Butler - Not sure why, but her stuff has really stuck with me. Loved her Parable series. I really felt a strong connection with her characters. My favorite female sci-fi writer.

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65. Board Game: Last Night on Earth: Survival of the Fittest [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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I couldn't find a game to match this series, but this one is close enough I guess.

I'd definitely recommend:

Peter Hamilton's - The Night's Dawn Trilogy (The Reality Dysfunction, The Neutronium Alchemist and the Naked God)

Great set of books. One of my friends from the UK recommended them and I wasn't disappointed. Give yourself some time as I believe the entire series clocks in at around 4500 pages.
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66. Board Game: Cardigan and Clockwork [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess.

GREAT use of language. And if you can read the book before you see he movie...even better!
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67. Board Game: The Battle for Dresden 1813 [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:4354]
Jason Maxwell
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The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is the only wizard in Chicago's phone book which means when something unexplainable happens, he gets the call.

IMO the best of the urban fantasy genre
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68. Board Game: Horus Heresy [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3770]
jonathan b
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Fine, i'll admit it, i'm a 40k fanboy. I'll not make any apologies for the setting, despite its many inconsistencies and silly facets, i still love it so.

Now, there are many terrible books set in the 40k universe, but there are a couple authors who i think stand out.

Dan Abnett and Graham McNeill are probably my two favorites.

How can you not love these books? They're World War II... iiiiiin spaaaaace!
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69. Board Game: Elric [Average Rating:5.57 Overall Rank:8377]
Rik Van Horn
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Wow, 3 pages and nary a mention of Michael Moorcock's Elric of Melnibone
or his Eternal Champion series.

Pretty sad, as even more than Conan in my opinion, his books are the progenitors of modern fantasy.

Fritz Leiber's Faffhrd and the Grey Mouser books are wonderful too.
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70. Board Game: Chairs [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:7822]
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I'd recommend the author Tad Williams.
For fantasy read his "Dragonbone Chair" series.
For SF read "Otherland".
Both are great multi-volume reads.
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71. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:88]
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I didn't see anybody mention The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers.

Early 19th century England, time travel, famous poets, body-swapping werewolves, sorcerers, egyptian mythology and all out-weirdness mixed into a roller-coaster ride of a book. The definitive steampunk novel, and absolutely fantastic read.


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72. Board Game: Dark Tower [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1795]
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Stephen King's The Dark Tower series is certainly fantasy. Not high fantasy though.

If you haven't read any of King's other works but would like to try him out (b/c you're a fantasy reader) try this series. SK has a universe in which all of his books are tied (usually). Not directly but in some indirect and interesting ways. But, one thing remains constant- Randall Flagg, The Dark Man. He is in many of King's books from The Stand to Eyes of the Dragon to The Dark Tower. Its King's demon or devil or whatever.

The book is about the last gunslinger, Roland, on a quest to destroy the Dark Tower. He travels through time and space and dimension. Its incredible. He wrote it from 1970 to 2004, I think.

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73. Board Game: Starship Troopers [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1758]
Erik Mejer Hansen
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Horsens
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Have a look here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SF_Masterworks
Start at number one an enjoy.
(Im only up to 9 but no disappointments so far)
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74. Board Game: Gustav Adolf the Great: With God and Victorious Arms [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:1759]
Andy Linman
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And now for something COMPLETELY different.

Eric Flint and a large number of co-authors have created a fantasy series called the "1632 series" (the first book was Flint's 1632) which features a West Virginia coal mining town mysteriously transported to Germany (Thuringia to be more precise) during the Thirty Years' War. It's over the top, funny, and sometimes very good. There are a fairly large number of books and stories now, some by Flint, some by Flint and others, and some just by others. It's generally very light, but I find myself enjoying it a lot.

EDIT: I chose the game I did because Gustav II Adolf is a major character in the series, and the first book contains a description of the Battle of Breitenfeld.
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75. Board Game: Get the Gem [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
Kasper Baack
Netherlands
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Author: David Gemmell

Read most of his books and enjoyed all of them. Some historical fiction in greek setting as well, if you're into greek history.
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