Saturday, September 02, 2006

It's all Sci/Fi to me!

I have become a fan of Stephen Baxter. Finished reading Mammoth and Evolution, now working through Time. I am always on the lookout for good Sci/fi authors, and I think I have hit a rich lode. Mammoth and Evolution are set in the past (most of the time); Mammoth tells the story of three (predictably) Mammoths ; Silverhair, Longtusk and Icebones, and reminds me strongly of Jean M Auel's novels (Clan of the Cave Bear and suchlike), and is historical fiction rather than Sci/fi. Evolution is a story of guess what.. Evolution!! But Time is genuine Sci/Fi with messages from the future, intelligent Squid and stuff. Definitely worth a read.
Speaking of Sci/Fi go read Niven and Pournelle's FootFall. I loved that book. And of course Niven is the author of Ringworld, a sci fi classic, wit many references in popular culture. Halo gamers will be familiar with the concept.
Moving along from serious Sci Fi, welcome to Discworld, Terry Prachett's twisted world which floats through space on the back of a giant turtle! Witty and perceptive, this is extremely addictive reading!
Watch this space for more Sci/Fi stuff.

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