Isaac fans?

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  1. Artemis

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    Well...ive just finished robots of Dawn...and its a real shame...so I was wondering we got any Isaac Asimov fans here? and if so? someone tell me a new book to read...I do have alot of his books....and was thinking of getting "The gods themselves"

    Ill mrs R. Daneel the most :(
     
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    Wow what a coincidence, last night at dinner my family was talking about Isaac Asimov. Unfortunately though, I've never read any of his stories.
     
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    I read Asimov almost 40 years ago. in science fiction terms he is a Great but someone you grow out of. He never asked any really important questions.
    I much prefer Brian Aldis - he is superior in every way. But my all time favourite must be John Sladek. He wrote a wonderful loving parody of Asimov - whom he called Iclick Asimove.
     
  4. Artemis

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    LOL Hertz!..

    What were your favoiret books?

    ohh and Unim! Read some!
     
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    I guess Hertz and I must be around the same age because I too startedreading Asimov around 40 years ago (as well as just about every otherSF writer) and since then I've read all his SF writings and a bunch ofhis non-SF as well.
    I've really enjoyed the "Foundation" series which, to me atleast, seems based on the "Rise and fall of the Roman empire" withappropriate SF touches.
    Don't give a rats rear end about what questions he asks, he's just a darn good writer with a superb scientific background.
    You may want to look into his "Black Widowers" series too.
    Have fun and enjoy!
     
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    I've never read any, either. It seems so strange, too, since I always have a great time when I dabble in SF. A little Arthur C Clarke here, little David Brin there, a smattering of Greg Bear....haven't read anything for a while, frankly, and I could use a new book, too! :)
     
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    i read quite a bit of his stuff about 10 years ago? i remember liking his short stories better than his novels.
     
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    It's been 30 or so years since I've read him as well so I don't remember the titles of his books. Another author you might like is Larry Niven (sp?). Very good stories.
     
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    :oops: I actually have over 500 Science Fiction books on my bookcase. About 10 are by Asimov - Foundation Trilogy, I Robot, Fantastic Voyage and such. I find his style very dated now and the science gets in the way (in my opinion) rather like Heinlein and Arthur C.
    Try:
    Jack Vance
    Roger Zelazny
    Philip K Dick
    Ray Bradbury
    John Brunner
    Robert Silverberg
    Kurt Vonnegut
    Brian Aldiss
    Bob Sheckley
    .....oh the list is endless.
     
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    That darned science gets in the way of the fiction huh? :lol:
     
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    In a way - they get so bogged down in explaining their theories and how things work that the story takes a back seat. Where would Agatha Christie be if she kept stoping to explain how cyanide was made? :mrgreen:
     
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    Haven't seen that myself but then it normally takes a science background to appreciate the theories and extrapolations presented in the stories.
    In regards to your Agatha Christie comparison, it would make sense to explain the production of cyanide if that was what the story concerned, remember it is Science fiction.
     

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