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Well, it's been too long since I've had a good book in my hands, so I need some recommendations.

What I'm looking for in particular is Space Opera and Space warfare sci-fi, as well as fantasy where war a major part of the story. As you can tell I like war and action in the books I read.

 

Any recommendations would be much appreciated.


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on Oct 19, 2011

Try John Ringo if you haven't already. Or David Weber. David Drake is not too bad as well.

on Oct 19, 2011

The Mote in God's Eye by Pournelle-Niven (there are two sequels if you like it).

Footfall by Pournelle-Niven.

Any of the Bolo series by Keith Laumer.

The Hammer's Slammer's series by David Drake.

The First Light Chronicles by Randolph LaLonde.

The Inhibitor series by Alastair Reynold.

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman.

The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfield.

Eon by Gregg Bear.

The Ender's Game series by Orson Scott Card.

Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein (forget the movie)

Any works  by Ian M. Banks.


That should get you started but there are tons more.

on Oct 19, 2011

Maybe you can get some inspiration from this picture: http://www.box.net/shared/static/a6omcl2la0ivlxsn3o8m.jpg

 

on Oct 19, 2011

Nice link.

Note that under the "military" that all the ones offered there are ones I suggested.

Now if only my arms were long enough to reach around my head so I could comfortably pat myself on the back...

on Oct 19, 2011

Which series did you like best and why?

on Oct 20, 2011

Sinperium
Note that under the "military" that all the ones offered there are ones I suggested.
Now if only my arms were long enough to reach around my head so I could comfortably pat myself on the back...

You didn't recommend Dune. Although in your defense, it's not exactly a military sci-fi series.

 

on Oct 20, 2011

I have a few reccomendations:

 

Dune - Herbert

Juptier - Ben Bova

Venus - Ben Bova

2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

2010: Odyssey Two - Arthur C. Clarke

2061: Odyssery Three - Arthur C. Clarke

3001: The Final Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams

 

on Oct 20, 2011

ImperatorPavel
2001: A Space Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

2010: Odyssey Two - Arthur C. Clarke

2061: Odyssery Three - Arthur C. Clarke

3001: The Final Odyssey - Arthur C. Clarke

So. Awesome.

 

Sinperium
The Risen Empire by Scott Westerfield.

Loved this.

 

Sinperium
Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein

Eh. It seemed like a political/social statement more than anything.

on Oct 20, 2011

These are some pretty good suggestions. Now, what about fantasy? In particular I like stuff epic in scale, as well as dragon related books (writing one myself so I want to see how others do it. And, yes I've read the Inheritance cycle.)

on Oct 20, 2011

Grab the Song of Ice and Fire books by George R. R. Martin.  They're pretty epic, both in scale of the events and in book length.  Oh, and a few dragons show up at the end of the first book.

on Oct 20, 2011

zigzag


Quoting Sinperium, reply 4Note that under the "military" that all the ones offered there are ones I suggested.
Now if only my arms were long enough to reach around my head so I could comfortably pat myself on the back...

You didn't recommend Dune. Although in your defense, it's not exactly a military sci-fi series.


 

Neither is Ender's Game, but it's still a great sci-fi book. 

 

on Oct 20, 2011

I have all four 2001 books.  They're good.

I will tell you that you will not get 2001: A Space Odyssey, book or movie, unless you read 2010.

I've read all the Inheritance series too.

More stuff I thought of:

Lucifer's Hammer

The Star Trek Logs #1-10

Star Trek; Double Helix (all six books)

Jurassic Park

I also have a collection of H. G. Well's novels, including The Time Machine, War of The Worlds, In the Days of the Comet, and Food of the Gods.  Some good reading there.

I also have a collection of various Doctor Who books.

I, Robot - Asmiov

The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury

I have more than a few other books that aren't related to science fiction, such as;

1984

Childhood's End

I read alot.

I believe there is antoher thread along the same lines as this, Books that make you want to play Sins.

http://forums.sinsofasolarempire.com/407653

on Oct 21, 2011

I didn't add Dune as it really isn't "space opera-military"--but I loved the books.

Starship Troopers is a political diatribe but it is intriguingly done and pits one viewpoint of society against others...which is what SciFi is great for . Did you know that it's required reading at all three U.S. military academies?  It also is the introduction of "power armor"--it started there.

I Robot and Asimov's Foundation series are excellent.  The I, Robot books I read at the ages of seven and up and were probably the biggest kick start to critical thinking I got at the beginning of my life.

Books by C.J. Cheryth, Andre Norton and Urusla K. Le Guin are great crossover books between science fiction and fantasy as are also many books by Tanith Lee as well.

Larry Niven's Man-Kzin War stories are great space opera as are his stories involving the Heechee.--all great reading.

Most of S.M. Stirling's and H. Beam Piper's works involve war and conflict.

Ben Bova, Damon Knight (particularly the story Cabin Boy), Phillipe Jose Farmer (River World, etc.), Harlan Ellison, A.E. van Vogt and many others all have written great stuff.

There are a lot of new writers now in scfi that I haven't had the opportunity to go through.   The trend towards predictable, unimaginative story sequels put me off new writers for nearly two decades.  The iPad has actually got me into new authors now.  Lol--need more money.

A lot of classic scifi is best found in anthologies as a lot of it was written for magazines and are short stories.

Great suggestions all above here--just too many to recall and name.

GJDriessen
Which series did you like best and why?

Impossible to answer.  Depends on the age I was at and the concepts they introduced.  I loved Keith Laumer's Bolo stories though--intelligent tanks the size of buildings equipped with antipersonnel and anti-armor guns and nuclear weapons.  Send them to a country, turn them on and they single-handedly destroy  it.

One of my all-time favorites is Gene Wolfe's tetrology "Book of the New Sun" .

We really need a "Terminus Est" class Advent titan.

 

on Oct 21, 2011

Sinperium
The Inhibitor series by Alastair Reynold.

YES. THIS. ALL OF MY MONIES.

Ahem.

I heartily put forth my support for this recommendation. It's radically different in that FTL=u no exist no more lololololol (and they don't figure it out!), and FTL also tends to asplode bits of the ship you're on.

So everyone slowboats at 0.999999....c.

Yup. Like I said. ALL MY MONIES.

Sinperium
We really need a "Terminus Est" class Advent titan.

...............

I don't know which came first, but Terminus Est is also the name of a large battleship-sized warship in the 40K setting.

on Oct 21, 2011

Urban Fantasy: The Night Watch series.

Night Watch, Day Watch, Twilight Watch, and Final Watch

Written by Sergei Lukyanenko.

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