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Initial post: 9 Mar 2012 08:48:49 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Foundation (The Foundation Series)Chaos and Order: The Gap Sequence: 3: v. 3 (Gap Into 4)Ender's Game: Ender Series: Book One
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Posted on 9 Mar 2012 16:10:26 GMT
Anita says:
So what are the criteria?

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 17:05:29 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Sorry looks like I forgot to actually post the comment. I have been reading sci fi for many years and I am particularly fond of space opera with well drawn characters, mystery, suspense. A bit like the ones I've put a link to, but would consider any decent stand alone novels. I definitely do not like war stories, or fantasy. Any suggestions please.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 17:08:24 GMT
Alien Girl says:
Look at the Spinward Fringe series - I think it's brilliant.

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 17:13:07 GMT
walrus says:
The E. E. 'Doc' Smith Omnibus: The Skylark of Space; Skylark Three; Triplanetary
Witches Of Karres

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 17:52:03 GMT
Anita says:
Well, trying to squeeze into the gap between foundation and ender... sorry :)

Try something by Jack L. Chalker. "Midnigh at the Well of Souls" (don't get put off by the horrible cover art), or his The Rings of the Master series:
Lords of the Middle Dark
Pirates of the Thunder
Warriors of the Storm
Masks of the Martyrs

You'll see if you like it or not.

Raising the Stones by Sherri Tepper

The Sardonyx Net by Elizabeth Lynn

The Uplift saga by David Brin

The Heritge Universe pentalogy by Charles Sheffield starting with Summertide

And you might like to check out other threads concerning space operas. You might find some really interesting recommendations there

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Mar 2012 18:04:02 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Added to my wish list, thanks

Posted on 9 Mar 2012 22:40:56 GMT
Hi Yvonne - I've just read - and reviewed - "First Admiral" - William J. Benning. It's serialised space-opera with a teen lead character.

You might also like "Young Miles" - McMaster Bujold - another space opera with teen lead.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 08:34:48 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Hi John thanks for the tip, however I'm not sure about the teen lead thing as I'm 60 years old. I loved Ender's game because although the lead was a 6 year old boy it wasn't a book for teens, if that it why you were thinking along those lines.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 14:35:11 GMT
Anne says:
Tanya Huff's Valor novels. I love them but if you don't like fantasy avoid her others.

Posted on 10 Mar 2012 18:27:34 GMT
Last edited by the author on 10 Mar 2012 18:29:46 GMT
Almost anything by Christopher Anvil; Baen are republishing him. And is well worth browsing for SF, they have a lot free, too!
ETA: They also have James H Schmitz's Telzey Amberdon series.

In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2012 18:53:29 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Thanks to everyone for your suggestions however I am not really into war books so any soap operas other than that will be great. I have 'Enders Game' as a link but it is not really a war book in my opinion. I like a philosophical approach and a good unusual plot with something a bit different thrown in, some mystery etc, well drawn characters.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Mar 2012 13:00:05 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Notes on this:-
The Skylark of Space and Skylark 3 are the first 2 volumes of a 4 volume series finished with Skylark of Valeron and Skylark Duquesne.
Triplanetary is the first volume of the Lensman series, which may not fit your "not war books" criterion, since the series plot is about a literally inter-galactic cold war between 2 races.
Witches of Karres has 2 sequals (not by the original writer, but listed on Amazon, and I think in the back pages.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 21:02:11 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2012 22:16:48 GMT
Yvonne N says:
I had a look at the synopsis and reviews and it may well be something I might enjoy. However I don't have a kindle and Amazon do not seem to stock the paperback version and I use Amazon to place the books I like on my wish list for other people to buy me as it is easier. The only paperback for sale was a used version at over £10 which is too expensive. Amazon is the easiest place as people just order from my wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 14:02:20 GMT
M. Glen says:
Non-war stories rules out previously mentioned Miles Naismith series by Lois M Bujold - a shame, as the core character is fascinating, and most of the books are really mysteries/thrillers in a military milieu.
So, with Card/Asimov/Donaldson 'likes' as yardsticks:
Anything SF by
Alastair Reynolds (Hard SF mostly in shared universe)
Peter F Hamilton (lots of conflict, rather than war - be warned)
Ian M Banks
Charles Stross
John Meaney (particularly the Nulaperion trilogy)
Frederic Pohl (Heechee saga)
C.J. Cherryh - Chanur saga, Union saga (very like Donaldson's Gap series), Faded Suns trilogy
Larry Niven - Ringworld, Mote in Gods Eye
Dan Simmons - Hyperion Cantos
Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama, Childhood's End, City and the Stars (IMPO perhaps the best SF story ever written)
Jack McDevitt

That should be enough to be getting on with!

Posted on 14 Mar 2012 14:44:45 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
I'd also second Charles Stross, particularly the "Merchant Princes" series which initially looks similarish to Roger Zelazny's Amberverse (mostly the Corwin chroinicles) but really isn't and gets more hard SF as it goes on, and the Laundry series starting with "The Atrocity Archives".

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Mar 2012 16:19:15 GMT
Clowne says:
I suggest Julian May's The Saga of the Exiles and The Galactic Mileau (See 8 books starting with 5 set back in the Pliocene (where the exiles go to) and the final 3 set in the future where the Exiles come from. Conflict, but not war. Metapsychic powers, alien races and time travel. What's not to like? :)

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Posted on 15 Mar 2012 09:16:46 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Hi Clowne I have actually ordered the first in the series. I got it from a seller for just 1p. How do they do that? Also I havn't actually managed to figure out an easy way of getting to this discussion via the amazon main page, any clues here? I have been accessing it via the e mails I've been sent.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Mar 2012 11:29:09 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Yvonne, I think the 1p titles are relying on making a profit on the packet post rates Amazon allow.

There isn't a particularly easy was of accessing the discussion fora through the front page; If you look top of page, right of the discussion title, you'll see a blue border headed "This Discussion" with a blue text under it reading "science fiction forum". Click on that and you'll be taken to the forum front page, then bookmark the forum. There's a reasonable chance that you'll see other discussions you might want to contribute to.

Posted on 15 Mar 2012 17:38:09 GMT
The Risen Empire <--- I love this book, it inspired me to not only read more space operas, I've started writing one of my own. I'm glad to see some asimov there :P

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 19:39:45 GMT
Yvonne N says:
Thanks Andrew looks good I have added it to my Amazon wish list.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Mar 2012 23:28:24 GMT
ReaderMan says:
HI, I've never read them, but there is a well known author from Australia called Ian Irvine, who has many many highly praised Sci-Fi books. Just search for Ian Irvine on Amazon. (there is also another author called Ian C.P. Irvine...I do not mean him!)

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2012 02:22:03 GMT
R. S. Chaney says:
Glad to see you suggest John Meaney's Nulapeiron Sequence. Its stunning.The Quantum Thief by Hannu Rajaniemi is also worth checking out.
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