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Ian M. Banks fan seeks similar!

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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 11:17:19 GMT
M. French says:
heh heh - well personally I think it's not needed - people aren't idiots - well maybe some are ;-)

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2012 13:17:29 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Well, my overt point was that it seems to cause as much confusion as it cures.

My covert point was that it helps with the ghettoisation of SF, and that's not a good thing.

Posted on 16 Nov 2012 13:36:46 GMT
M. French says:
Yep agree Ken - went to Novacon42 this year and they were talking about covers - another thing that can sometimes stick sci-fi into a ghetto with pictures of semi-naked girls with laser guns - often totally unrelated to what was actually in the book.

Posted on 15 Jan 2013 06:31:56 GMT
Marcin Chady says:
Back to the topic: I absolutely adore IMB, and it's been hard to find someone of the same quality, but if there is one author to blow my mind recently, other than IMB, it would be Greg Egan. Not the same writing craft, but boy does he have the creative courage! "Diaspora" was my favourite of his. Beautifully invigorating in its originality.

Posted on 16 Nov 2013 09:16:01 GMT
The Sestrel says:
Just finished 'On the steel breeze' sequel to 'Blue remembered Earth' Another brilliant one from Alistair Reynolds. Well structured with a brilliant twisted plot line and a fabulously inventive story. haven't missed an IMB for years and still re-read them from years ago. have just re-read 'Feersum Enjin' and found some depths of the story I missed first time around.
So, what equivalents are there? well, Im just re-reading Niven's Ringworlds children. Old but good, one of the great authors.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Nov 2013 10:36:21 GMT
Anita says:
Sestrel - mind saying more about Ringworld's Children? I totally loved Ringworld, one of my favourite books. Was disappointed in Rigworld Engineers though and to not make things even worse never read the other two sequels. It seems you've read them all - what's your overall opinion?

(Thus being reminded of Larry Niven I'm toying with the idea, AGAIN :), to maybe read the other two sequels...)

The Ringworld Throne seems to be out of print and not so good reviews - is it essential to read it before Ringworld's Children? And maybe you have read this: Three Books of Known Space ?

Thank you in advance

Posted on 15 Jan 2014 05:43:17 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2014 10:51:05 GMT
Hi All,

Massive IMB fan and Culture groupie, if there is such a thing, I wish he had written a hundred, could never be enough and very sad at his passing, was a great loss to the Sci Fi world.

So who to read?

Alastair Reynolds, similar but not quite, but still very good, Redemption Ark and Absolution Gap being favorites.

Greg Bear, again similar, but different, more technologically descriptive and 'Hard' Sci Fi (my fav), Eon being one of my favorites books from him (and if I am honest, one of my favorites, period).

Asimov, older, but still goodies, if you are a newbie to the SF world, still worth a read.

John Scalzi, more lighthearted than a lot of Sci Fi, but his 'Old Mans War' books are pretty good and so are most of his other ones, well worth a look.

Stephen King. Yes, yes, I know know, he is not really 'Sci Fi' for the most part, but his 'Gunslinger' series is damn near verging on it and it is excellent.

Peter F Hamilton, all of them, I don't think he has written a bad book really, maybe not as 'Tight' as IMB, but same sort of vision

Dan Simmons, I mean come on, the 'Hyperion' series, 'Iliad' series, the list goes on and on. Not such a fan of his 'The Terror' (it was too long and just, er, weird) and he has a new one now which I haven't read due to that, The Abonimable....

Neil Gaiman, too many to mention and again, not true 'Sci Fi' but some very good books for those that like the genre, but 'American Gods' and 'Anansi Boys' are well worth a mention....

Neal Stephenson, what can you say about the father of Cyberpunk. Cryptonomicon, Snow Crash, The Diamond Age, The Baroque Cycle etc etc etc. His latest, REAMDE, whilst a little bit off topic for him, I thought was very good.

William Gibson, Neuromancer (Excellent), Count Zero (pretty good)

Richard K Morgan, again, liked them all, well worth a read

And finally, China Meiville. I have seen a few knock him (in this thread as well), but I really don't think they get him. 'Perdido Street Station' is one of my favorite books ever, the worl he lays out is stunning in its complexity and plain old weird factor. I really wish he would revisit this part of his world and write a few more stories about it, they would be excellent. He does not write classical 'Sci fi' in any way shape or form, and nearly every book he writes reinvents it(him)self as far as I am concerned and I know that this does not sit well with some, but he is not trying to 'be' anybody, or copy their style, far from it.

Try PDS from him and then go from there, 'Embassytown' I thought was also very good and one of his more recent ones, The Kraken, was interesting, but don't think he is going to be like anything you have ever read, and you will get along fine with it.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2014 22:33:24 GMT
Ronald Craig says:
Haven't read any of Hamilton or Morgan so haven't an opinion on them, but otherwise your list is pretty much spot on so far as I'm concerned.

Preparing to embark on the world of Banks without the M, myself.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jan 2014 22:38:25 GMT
Anita says:
I haven't read Hamilton too, but would second Morgan.

And - I, too, could have said this, I think: "Eon being one of my favorites books from him (and if I am honest, one of my favorites, period)" :)

(Loved Eternity too, but Legacy came as a big disappointment)

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2014 10:50:30 GMT

Problem is, I am running out of books to read fast!! Some of the new stuff that has come out by the likes of B V Larsson etc is 'OK' but it is very formulaic and gets old quickly.

I have gained a couple of suggestions from this thread and will try Greg Egan, see what happens.

I guess I am going to have to find another genre that I can get along with.....

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jan 2014 11:02:47 GMT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jan 2014 11:04:39 GMT
Anita says:
Try something by Jack Chalker. It's a bit of love or hate, so can't promise you'd like him. This one may appeal as standalone (avoid the sequels!):
Midnight at Well Souls [Edit - it surely has to be Midnight at the Well of Souls]

Or The Four Lords of the Diamond series.
Or The Quintara Marathon series.

Someone I'd really recommend is Charles Sheffield, The Heritage Universe books, or a standalone: Between the Strokes of Night

(Sorry for giving the link to something unavailable, you'd have to find it elsewhere, if interested)

Also a book nobody seems to know:
The Lucifer Comet

Not exactly similar to Banks, but some decent science fiction.

Ah, one more while I'm at it:
The Sardonyx Net
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