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Initial post: 23 Mar 2014, 15:33:56 GMT
Clo says:
Hi I am looking for Scifi books about First contact. I know there are loads out there but really I want some on the line of Cosmos (C Sagan) or Childhoods End (A Clarke). I already found a couple but it is so hard to find them that I thought asking here would be easier.
Please any recommendations?
Thanks

Posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:50:08 GMT
Anita says:
Learning The World: A novel of first contact
The Left Hand Of Darkness
Solaris and (kind of) Fiasco

I'm sure there are many more

Posted on 23 Mar 2014, 16:57:48 GMT
For an Earth based first contact book there is Fade Out , for a far future space opera first contact story there is The Mote in God's Eye and finally for a hard Sci-Fi first contact there is BLINDSIGHT

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014, 20:23:00 GMT
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In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014, 20:34:48 GMT
Anita says:
How about you saying something non-idiotic for once, just for a change? Like a recommendation for OP?

The Sparrow (An interesting idea of an unpredictable failure)

Spin (Not exactly your common aliens... but first contact it is)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014, 20:37:23 GMT
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Posted on 23 Mar 2014, 23:04:37 GMT
Last edited by the author on 23 Mar 2014, 23:12:18 GMT
I would also suggest some classics The Forge Of God, The Gods Themselves (S.F. MASTERWORKS),Rendezvous With Rama (S.F. Masterworks S.) and Gateway (S.F. MASTERWORKS)

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Mar 2014, 23:31:18 GMT
The Black Cloud
In the Ocean of Night (Galactic Center)

Posted on 23 Mar 2014, 23:32:50 GMT
Clo says:
thank you very much.... any other ones? already bought a couple of those and read the others especially the old ones.
Keep them coming please....

Posted on 24 Mar 2014, 00:06:16 GMT
Anita says:
Try this (not new, but not so well known, I guess):

The Lucifer Comet

Some books are buzzing in mind which maybe are not *exactly* just first contact books, but more or less, and, in my opinion, really worth a try, eg:

Between the Strokes of Night

The Pillars of Eternity

The Unreasoning Mask (Overlook Sf&F Classics)

Posted on 24 Mar 2014, 10:55:48 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Elizabeth Moon - Remnant Population - Remnant Population: A Novel by Moon. Elizabeth ( 2002 ) Paperback

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Mar 2014, 12:00:26 GMT
Clo says:
Nice ones Anita... thanks ... a couple in my basket... :-D

Posted on 24 Mar 2014, 12:40:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2014, 12:55:54 GMT
Paul Tapner says:
Long out of print, and probably a bit forgotten, but a superb trilogy:

The Complete Fuzzy

Start of a series of young adult novels:

A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Quality))

Back in the early 1930's, John W Campbell, editor of astounding science fiction magazine, challenged his writers to do a story which showed an alien thinking like a man, but not as a man. Stanley g weinbaum rose to the challenge and produced a first contact short story set on mars called a martian odyssey

A Martian Odyssey

Still a classic of the field. There are several editions of this showing. I'm not sure if this one contains the sequel 'valley of dreams' or not

Posted on 24 Mar 2014, 16:21:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 24 Mar 2014, 17:52:22 GMT
The expanse series of books by James S.A. Corey starting with Leviathan Wakes: Book 1 of the Expanse.
And
Pushing Ice

If you wish to dabble in something very weird you could try the Kefahuchi Tract trilogy by M. John Harrison, who I think is the David Lynch of Sci-Fi. You can see by the reviews for Light (GOLLANCZ S.F.) that opinions are very polarised between love and hate for his books. However, his stories of humanity's encounter with the kefahuchi tract, which is an artificial singularity without an event horizon, has produced some very vivid aliens and alien landscapes. These are really out there trippy stories, which is not for everybody.

In reply to an earlier post on 25 Mar 2014, 08:26:57 GMT
Ken O'Neill says:
Expansion on "The Complete Fuzzy" - Trilogy by H Beam Piper (what the H was for is arguable: Wikipedia alone offers 3 options) consisting of "Little Fuzzy", "Fuzzy Sapiens" and "Fuzzies and Other People". IIRC TCF was last published by "Big Engine".

Also, there are 5 licenced sequals by other authors listed on HBP's Wikipedia entry.

In reply to an earlier post on 28 Mar 2014, 22:36:19 GMT
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Posted on 25 Jun 2014, 12:50:02 BST
Last edited by the author on 25 Jun 2014, 12:51:39 BST
A Darkling Sea This was a hard sci-fi book I have just enjoyed reading that had handled the theme of first contact and the question of whether visitors from advanced cultures should contaminate the locals.

Posted on 13 Jun 2015, 19:34:03 BST
D. Lampen says:
Jeffery Carver's The Infinity Link. Sorry, a bit old, but fits the description.
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