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Credible and believable SF, anyone?

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Posted on 22 Aug 2010 10:49:31 BDT
Tracy says:
I have read The death of Grass - excellent read, read it all in one go and couldn't put it down literally! Another one is The Road The Road which is very similar to The death of Grass

Posted on 22 Aug 2010 11:06:39 BDT
How about Stephen Coonts's 'Saucer', Greg Bear's 'Eon' or, to take a different view, anything by Robert Rankin...

Posted on 22 Aug 2010 12:17:16 BDT
Last edited by the author on 22 Aug 2010 12:38:33 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
Humm yes: I have Greg Bear's "Eon", and the followup "Eternity". I only read part of "Eon" so far, quite a while ago and I remember no details, definitely not one that meets the criteria however - have put it away somewhere.
Robert Rankin? I think not. Nor Stroess' governmental departments dealing with occult threats. I have Jasper Fforde´s The Eyre Affair and Malcolm Pryce's Aberystwyth Mon Amour however.
I fear "The death of grass" and "The road" tell me more about man than I really want to know.

Now, alternate timelines/alternate history can be very good, very scary ...but also sheer rubbish. An excellent one is (again-again) Deighton's SS-GB
Robert Harris Fatherland is spectacularly good!

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Aug 2010 14:57:07 BDT
Trevillian says:
Try The A-Men.

This is pretty believeable. About civilization's collapse seen through the eyes of a man with no memory... and four other equally unique characters. Quick synopsis: Jack is a man with no memory awakening in a dark and dangerous metropolis on the eve of its destruction. The only clue to his former life: a handwritten note in the pages of a book of faerie tales entitled Forevermore.

Marked for death in a peace-keeping force sent to quell the riots, he finds sanctuary and survival with other renegades on the streets of Dead City. Battling to survive they form the infamous A-Men, misfits who have a unifying dream: to be special. Yet that is until their paths cross with Dr Nathaniel Glass and his mysterious experiment locked deep beneath the Phoenix Tower.

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Posted on 24 Aug 2010 18:25:52 BDT
Last edited by the author on 25 Aug 2010 19:20:01 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
LOL! Oh dear, I ordered some books here on and today arrived Neil Stephenson´s "Cryptonomicon", Ken Macleod's "The execution channel" and not least "British warships 1860-1906 A Photographic Record" yum-yum!
Except "Cryptonomicon" is a German language translation. Almost 1200 pages of it. Darn. I see that now I look closely at the page.
And somehow I had managed to order Finneys "From time to time" instead of the first in the series "Time and again"

Posted on 26 Aug 2010 21:22:05 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
I am reading Michael Flynn's "In the country of the blind" now. Not bad, so far. Not bad at all.

Posted on 4 Sep 2010 19:37:44 BDT
Joyeuse says:
If you like Michael Flynn try "Eifelheim". Aliens crash land in medieval Germany as the Black Death sweeps west across Europe and desperately need materials to repair their ship. The world they land in is as alien to us as the newcomers world would be.

In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2010 14:17:28 BDT
S. U. Larsen says:
Thanks, Flynn's "Eifelheim" does seem to have what I am looking for. However, I have looked at reviews here and there and they draw my attention to the fact that the book to some is oddly unfinished, perhaps written too quickly to be convincing. I'll ponder upon it a bit before I make a decision.
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