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Old 03-24-2009, 09:47 AM   #31
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Some of Sheri S Tepper's work stands up with the best.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:41 AM   #32
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Glatt--those aren't obscure books!
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #33
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Glatt--those aren't obscure books!
To a college kid, many are.
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Old 03-24-2009, 10:47 AM   #34
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I took social science fiction literature in college.

It was facinating! I liked Star Trek but maybe because that was the only thing on at the time.

I know I am not a sci fi geek though.
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:21 AM   #35
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For a while I was involved in a local SF convention, and even chaired it one year. That makes me a pretty big SF nerd.
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Old 03-24-2009, 12:27 PM   #36
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For a while I was involved in a local SF convention, and even chaired it one year. That makes me a pretty big SF nerd.
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Ding Ding Ding, it's SF Nerd not geek,
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Old 03-24-2009, 01:41 PM   #37
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yup, I shoulda video even.
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:08 PM   #38
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I was a member of a science fiction book club when I was a kid. I read Clarke's Rendezvous with Rama when I was in the 8th grade.

I heard they were going to make a movie about it but this is all I found(from IMDB).
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Old 03-24-2009, 03:28 PM   #39
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Old 03-24-2009, 06:40 PM   #40
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BBC Radio 4 recently aired a serialised audio play of Rendezvous with Rama. I didn't get to listen to it so I can't say if it's any good. But it might be worth checking out on download?
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Old 03-24-2009, 11:36 PM   #41
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To a college kid, many are.
To many college kids, the concept of "book" is obscure.

I'm not just being silly, I have encountered several 2nd or 3rd year students who were borrowing their first book from the university library. (You know what I mean, not their first book ever.) I had to explain to one that his student card IS his library card.
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:21 AM   #42
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Don need no stinkin books... Wikipedia knows all.

btw, ieSpell wants to change Wikipedia to wiped... apropos.
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:01 PM   #43
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Most were really good reads, so I figured I'd list them here for anyone who might be interested. Off the top of my head, I can recall:


Where Softly Late the Sweet Birds Sang by Wilhelm. I liked it a lot.


The Forever War by Haldeman. Excellent.
Because I think you're smart, and I usually agree with what you say, I am downloading these two ......the canticle one interests me, but it was not on audible.com ....

ETA: I very nearly ordered the WRONG forever war. apparently, Dexter Filkins also wrote a book by the same title...cock. it's about the taliban and iraq and shit i would hate.

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The Time Traveller's Wife (can't recall the author).
Audrey Niffenegger

very excellent!
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:16 PM   #44
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Okay, Brianna, ya wanna rumble?

Lit geeks (if that is what you prefer) don't have the imagination or creativity to read good SF. (sneer). They prefer the mundane, the day-to-day, the comfort of real life!

It takes a special person to create and write whole worlds, history, culture as well as new scientific concepts, to weave those concepts into present place and character; and a special person to be able to read and visualize them. I also submit that science fiction and fantasy (whether or not you care to lump them together) are the classics of our time--or at least some of them. Written and filmed SF is woven into twentieth and twenty first century culture, irrevocably. Much of written science fiction is fine and though provoking, as much as mainstream literature. I think that movies, especially, have joined with this genre so marvelously, and I only anticipate more creativity in this area.

Okay, I'm kidding about the rumbling and sneering part, and would never make fun of literature geeks. Seriously--everyone is entitled to their own taste. Just read!
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Old 03-25-2009, 08:18 PM   #45
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