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Poll Question: Just curious: Which of these authors is your favorite?
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    Posted: December 10 2013 at 14:25
I am a serious Dickhead.  Philip K. Dick may bemy favourite author overall. I love his books, and still have some novels yet to read, as well as short stories.  I think my favourites of his are The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, Dr, Bloodmoney,  and Ubik.  My second favourite on the list is Robert Heinlein -- particularly love Stranger in a Strange Land.  Have also loved lots of Vradbury and Asimov.  Two of my absolute faves are not on the list, Kurt Vonnegut and Stanislaw Lem.

Generally I like dystopian speculative fiction the most (The Road is terrific).  My favourite novel that I've read over the last year was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro (deals with cloning).  Biggest disappointment was the third part of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake trilogy that was released earlier this year.

Off-topic, but my favourite dystopian film that I've seen over the last few years was called The Bothersome Man (Norway).
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Oh, another thread about it Embarrassed. Voted other.
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I think my username points to who i like the most in fantasy.
 
also like Steven Eriksson
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2013 at 09:18
I like Kevin J. Anderson for his prog connections.  I have read the first couple of books of his Saga of the Seven Suns series and plan on continuing with them.  I also have read his X-Wing series from the Star Wars family.  I am also in the process of reading his Terra Incognita series with its tie in to the accompanying prog CDs from the Roswell Six project.
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Frank Herbert.....the dark Dune series up to Chaptor House ( 6th Book)......why, oh why the film industry steer clear of this great classic, dumbfounds me. And we will disregard the horrendous Kyle McClachlan/Sting thingamabob low budget release . That was an insult to the books and cinematography......Rotten Tomatoes! Would love to see a modern four or six part film, up to God Emperor. The books were sheer genius just for the passages of princess Irulam, Bene Gesserit etc at the beginning of each chapter......in the zoneApprove Peter Jackson stay away from this!!!

I also like Ursula Le Guinn especially for Earthsea Trilogy.....almost prescient and apt for modern day culture and decline/decay. Great analogy and interpretation of the Big Sleep.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 17 2013 at 22:47
Originally posted by Chris S

Frank Herbert.....the dark Dune series up to Chaptor House ( 6th Book)......why, oh why the film industry steer clear of this great classic, dumbfounds me. And we will disregard the horrendous Kyle McClachlan/Sting thingamabob low budget release . That was an insult to the books and cinematography......Rotten Tomatoes! Would love to see a modern four or six part film, up to God Emperor. The books were sheer genius just for the passages of princess Irulam, Bene Gesserit etc at the beginning of each chapter......in the zoneApprove Peter Jackson stay away from this!!!

I also like Ursula Le Guinn especially for Earthsea Trilogy.....almost prescient and apt for modern day culture and decline/decay. Great analogy and interpretation of the Big Sleep.
You might like this version...imho it was pretty faithful to the novel and well acted.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Chris S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 01:11
^ hmm..not a bad cast, will keep a lookout, thanks. Still think it deserves a James Cameron type Director with a huge budget Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ShipOfFools Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 08:35
Ray Bradbury for me, definitely.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 09:22
Originally posted by Chris S

^ hmm..not a bad cast, will keep a lookout, thanks. Still think it deserves a James Cameron type Director with a huge budget Smile
I thought it was pretty good for a tv mini series.
I'm not  fan of Cameron's work...didn't care for Avatar....thought the story and  the acting  was mediocre but the film ''looked good''.
I'd rather see JJ Abrams or Peter Jackson do a version.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote rushfan4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 09:27
I haven't read it yet, but I recently bought a book titled Hellhole that was co-written by Kevin J. Anderson and Brian Herbert, who is the son of Frank Herbert.  It is supposed to be the first of a trilogy.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Equality 7-2521 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 10:13
Tough choice between Herbert, Heinlein , and Brabury. Brabury's the best pure writer. Herbert wrote the best single work of the three. Heinlein just fuses hard science, story telling, and cheesy sci-fi cliche too well so I"ll go with him. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote timothy leary Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 18 2013 at 11:48
Arthur C. Clarke
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Post Options Post Options   Quote gr8dane Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2014 at 07:24
From the list Asimov with Herbert a close 2nd.
Quite like Silverberg,Mieville and Ballard also.


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Shake & bake.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Polymorphia Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 06 2014 at 18:15
Absolutely no mention of Tolkien in this thread? Confused

EDIT: I suppose his presence has not always been a positive influence on progressive rock...


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Post Options Post Options   Quote AtomicCrimsonRush Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2014 at 07:00
Phillip K Dick for man in the high castle and Do androids dream of electric sheep, A Scanner Darkly, and Ubik


also inspired Total Recall with We can remember it for you wholesale, and inspired Minority Report

have to mention Arthur C Clarke too - 2001 saga


Terrance Dicks is great too - Dr Who novels are great


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Harlan Ellison (who hears this and storms out of the forum), Greg Bear, David Brin

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Post Options Post Options   Quote VOTOMS Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2014 at 08:43
Tanaka Yoshiki for the Legend of The Galactic Heroes
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Hi,
I didn't learn English fast enough to read many of these, but in school I did have to read Bradbury and had no idea what it was about after only 2 years of English.
 
Later, after Pink Floyd and all that, I read some Arthur C. Clarke and I enjoyed his stuff, despite me having to read slowly to try and understand things.
 
Some science fiction is not quite handled well, and sometimes has different turns. Kurt Vonnegut was a lot of fun to read, and it didn't require "understanding", which helped the no English person like me. Later I tried reading Michael Moorcock because of his connection to Hawkwind, and got nowhere. So many books, and I could never get past page 25!
 
And then my roomate gave me one book. AND I GROK'D THAT ONE REAL GOOD!
 
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Odd that you omitted Tolkien or T.H. White. No vote here.
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