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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
PostPosted: Tue Jan 24, 2017 1:21 pm 
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I don't believe you can go wrong with Arthur C. Clarke. His short stories are amazing, and his novels always worth the read...IMO.

Not always, although the only counterexample I can think of off the top of my head is Imperial Earth. Boring and meandering.



I prefer older Clarke than more recent stuff. Not including CHILDHOODS END.

And, of course, as I always say, there's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, best SF book ever in which nothing happens.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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Peregrinator wrote:
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I don't believe you can go wrong with Arthur C. Clarke. His short stories are amazing, and his novels always worth the read...IMO.

Not always, although the only counterexample I can think of off the top of my head is Imperial Earth. Boring and meandering.



Liked FALL OF MOONDUST more than it deserved.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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And, of course, as I always say, there's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, best SF book ever in which nothing happens.
And having sequels in which things happen, but you wish they hadn't.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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And, of course, as I always say, there's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, best SF book ever in which nothing happens.
And having sequels in which things happen, but you wish they hadn't.



As with DUNE, I quit after book 2.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle. This is usually my favorite SF book; it's the point of comparison for everything else.


That was the specific book Brad and I first discussed.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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Obi-Wan Kenobi wrote:
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And, of course, as I always say, there's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, best SF book ever in which nothing happens.
And having sequels in which things happen, but you wish they hadn't.

Thanks, I had forgotten how bad Clarke's collaborations with Gentry Lee were.

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Peregrinator wrote:
Cassady71 wrote:
I don't believe you can go wrong with Arthur C. Clarke. His short stories are amazing, and his novels always worth the read...IMO.

Not always, although the only counterexample I can think of off the top of my head is Imperial Earth. Boring and meandering.



I prefer older Clarke than more recent stuff. Not including CHILDHOODS END.

And, of course, as I always say, there's RENDEZVOUS WITH RAMA, best SF book ever in which nothing happens.


I have a fondness for Childhood's End. I've not re-read it as an adult, I don't want to break the spell.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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kage_ar wrote:
Peregrinator wrote:
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle. This is usually my favorite SF book; it's the point of comparison for everything else.


That was the specific book Brad and I first discussed.


If you like the Co-Dominium/Empire of Man universe, you might also enjoy the Falkenberg's Legion stories by Pournelle (he also collaborated on the most recent books with S.M. Stirling).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_(anthology)

If you like and if you have a Kindle, I'm happy to lend it to you (I bought the anthology from Baen and it has no DRM on it).

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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I have a feeling I wouldn't like Childhood's End if I reread it now. The ending was novel at the time, but it's a cliche now.

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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I have a feeling I wouldn't like Childhood's End if I reread it now. The ending was novel at the time, but it's a cliche now.

Maybe that's one reason why Mote hasn't gotten stale.

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Peregrinator wrote:
kage_ar wrote:
Peregrinator wrote:
The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle. This is usually my favorite SF book; it's the point of comparison for everything else.


That was the specific book Brad and I first discussed.


If you like the Co-Dominium/Empire of Man universe, you might also enjoy the Falkenberg's Legion stories by Pournelle (he also collaborated on the most recent books with S.M. Stirling).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_(anthology)

If you like and if you have a Kindle, I'm happy to lend it to you (I bought the anthology from Baen and it has no DRM on it).


I will take you up on it next long weekend I have :)

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 Post subject: Re: Ben Bova
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kage_ar wrote:
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The Mote in God's Eye by Niven & Pournelle. This is usually my favorite SF book; it's the point of comparison for everything else.


That was the specific book Brad and I first discussed.


If you like the Co-Dominium/Empire of Man universe, you might also enjoy the Falkenberg's Legion stories by Pournelle (he also collaborated on the most recent books with S.M. Stirling).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Prince_(anthology)

If you like and if you have a Kindle, I'm happy to lend it to you (I bought the anthology from Baen and it has no DRM on it).


I will take you up on it next long weekend I have :)


It's good.

And so is the General series, written by S.M. Stirling from David Drake outlines. There are spin-off series.

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