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In reply to an earlier post on 24 Sep 2012 21:12:16 BDT
Actually Alistair Reynolds was suggested to me too and "Revelation Space" is currently on my Kindle awaiting its turn :-)

Posted on 25 Sep 2012 13:26:53 BDT
RW says:
Agree Iain M Banks just gets better and better. Alastair Reynolds earlier works are also excellent, but more recent output is less fulfilling (haven't read BRE yet). I recommend Peter F Hamilton always, plus Vernor Vinge and, slightly off piste Joe Abercrombie and George RR Martin.

In reply to an earlier post on 26 Sep 2012 14:55:28 BDT
Trotski says:
Banks, i would submit, has to be one of the most original SF writers ever.......Fearsum Enjin in particular blew my mind and it is interesting to see some of the other authors mentioned in this thread.....i will certainly be checking them out

Posted on 6 Oct 2012 12:33:38 BDT

Wind up Girl by Paolo Bacigalupi is very well written. I'd certainly recommend it, briliant

Posted on 9 Oct 2012 15:16:12 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 16:21:06 BDT
Anita says:
So, please, do find some shame and move your post to Meet Our Authors, as you are not supposed to self-promote here, shamelessly or otherwise, as stated in the Important Announcement from Amazon - see at the head of the forum.

Self-comparison with Iain M. Banks does look a bit shameless...

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 17:13:43 BDT
S. J. Newton says:
Apologies for the inconvenience Anita - thanks for the heads-up. Duly moved to Meet Our Authors.

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Oct 2012 17:37:35 BDT
Anita says:
Thank you

Posted on 12 Oct 2012 04:46:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 31 Oct 2012 02:29:52 GMT
Fantasy-Fan says:
If you guys have got Kindles you might want to try Dan Worth's Progenitor Trilogy, which starts with Exiles, and continues with Renegades.

They're self published books, but very good. Kind of halfway between Banks and Hamilton. Not as good as Banks, but the first 2 books are under 2 each so I'm willing to cut him a little slack.

I bought them last December and really enjoyed them - I've been eagerly awaiting the 3rd book "Progeny", which sounds like it's due out before Christmas, so fingers crossed....

[EDIT: I am not the author. I don't know the author. I have no affiliation with the author in any way]

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 17:12:11 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 17:14:31 BDT
Thankfully, British authors are currently the leading lights in Sci Fi. but all authors have variability in their titles and like most readers I will read everthing published by my favourite authors. My current top 10 league table in order would be: Neal Asher, Peter F. Hamilton, Alistair Reynolds, Iain M. Banks, Greg Bear, Orson Scot Card, Larry Niven, David Brin, Richard Morgan, Stephen Baxter.

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Oct 2012 17:21:11 BDT
Anita says:
R. J. Ladley - if I may... excellent list.

Replace Hamilton and Card with Ken MacLeod and Stephen Donaldson, add Barrington Bayley and (a must) Le Guin, and you'll have mine - more or less :) (As I always tend to forget one or two...)

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 08:42:40 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
Is Barrington Bayley still writing? I've not seen anything new (to me) of his since the 1980s, and even pre-etailer I still got to stores that sold US imprints.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 12:03:36 BDT
See the wiki

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 13:21:43 BDT
Anita says:
I'm afraid Barrington Bayley is a bit dead, Ken... Still, the fact does not make his books less worth reading...

If you can find second-hand (or Kindle?) I'd suggest to try "The Pillars of Eternity" at least... or this one The Knights of the Limits. But then, I suppose, you know them, both of the period you mentioned.

P.S. Not sure about Le Guin yet writing, also not so sure about her latest works, but, again, that does not make her earlier works less worth reading

Posted on 15 Oct 2012 13:40:59 BDT
Ken O'Neill says:
Thanks guys - There's a couple of new to me titles (not counting the Warhammer book) on his bibliography, but that's all.

Also, I'd not try and turn anyone else off Ursula Le Guin, but she's never been my taste.

Posted on 31 Oct 2012 01:52:56 GMT
Fantasy-Fan says:
Interesting that people are voting my suggestion as unhelpful. Do some people blindly hate all self published authors? or maybe they think I am connected to Dan Worth in some way? Just to clear things up: I am not the author. I don't know the author. I have no affiliation with the author in any way - I just like his books.

For those who are interested, the 3rd and final book in the aforementioned Progenitor trilogy is out now. I haven't read it yet (I have just started re-reading the first book, and it's even better than I remembered).

Posted on 1 Nov 2012 11:14:57 GMT
Andy Ellis says:
I agree with these authors - Neal Asher, Ken Macleod, Alastair Reynolds and partially with Charles Stross (read the cover notes and decide if it's for you - some aren't very sci-fi) - I read The Reality Dysfunction series by Peter F Hamilton, but have been left a bit cold by his other books, Stephen Donaldson's 'The Gap' series were good, but he strays too much in to fantasy for my liking, Richard Morgan is a great writer, but only some of his books are pacy sci-fi, not all... Neal Stephenson - Snow Crash is an all-time classic.
Two that don't seem to have been mentioned (I may have missed them) are Tony Ballantyne - his first three books are complex and can be hard to get into - real hard-edged Sci-Fi, but his Penrose/ Robot books (so far 'Twisted Metal' and 'Blood and Iron') are a nice little robotic romp. The other is Gary Gibson - he seems to struggle with titles that portray contents - 'Angel Stations' for instance is a very poor title (imho) but a cracking and clever read - his 'Light' Series are great Space Opera, but struggle a little towards the end - all still worth a read though - his most recent books, 'Final Days' and 'The Thousand Emperors' are both great.
One final note - Alastair Reynolds - His latest offering 'Blue Remembered Earth' is the first of a new series and to my mind one of his very best so far - I couldn't recommend that highly enough.

Posted on 6 Nov 2012 15:05:47 GMT
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Posted on 15 Nov 2012 12:36:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2012 08:14:37 GMT
M. French says:
I hear Ian Banks is good - maybe try some of his like Wasp Factory. Wait? Isn't that the same person as Ian M Banks?


In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 14:49:46 GMT
yes same person, but writes SciFi under the name Iain M. Banks, can't help re his other works under the name Iain Banks as I haven't tried any of those titles.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Nov 2012 14:54:49 GMT
M. French says:
Yes I interviewed him a couple of years ago - his literary books are well worth a look at.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 09:03:31 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
In the circles I move in, we usually write Iain (M) Banks or just Banksie.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 10:08:14 GMT
Last edited by the author on 17 Nov 2012 08:14:09 GMT
M. French says:
I asked him about it and he said ..

"To keep certain of my uncles happy. There was a degree of avuncular disapproval that the good name of Menzies might somehow be seen as not good enough. Anyway, it helps distinguish the mainstream from the SF, though the debate over its usefulness is on-going."

What do people think? A waste of time or does the (M) work?


In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 11:11:46 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
I could make a case either way. Some people find it a useful genre separator, others are confused by it, and book shop staff seem totally confused by him, since I've seen most of his books in any of "general fiction", "literary fiction", "science fiction" and "Scottish interest", sometimes the same title in 2 or more of the categories in the same shop.
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