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Another list created to provide suggestions on good Science Fiction novels. I find that its truly hard to find good ones.

I am hoping that others will contribute to the list to add some of their favourites to help me find something new to read on the commuter train

See this geek list for historical fiction: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/40591

[edit: fixed spelling]
[edit: Such a great list guys! thanks for all the great contributions! keep them coming! there is so much on here now that I HAVE TO READ!]
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1. Board Game: Dune [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:134]
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Frank Herbert's: Dune

This has got to be my favourite Science Fiction book series. It borders on fantasy, but its so great!

I still find that the original trilogy of books to be my favourite of the series.
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2. Board Game: China Moon [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:4317]
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David Wingrove: Chung Kuo

The series is extremely rich with lots of shades of gray. I love the plethora of characters and the depth of the back ground of the store.

Here is a summary of the novel:
The Chung Kuo novels describe a Chinese-dominated, world-wide system of enormous city states (named after the continents which they span continuously - with some exceptions in mountainous regions and for farm land). The cities are built of 'Ice', an artificial material which allows for a continuous structure of several hundred living quarter levels atop each other. The world's populace of 34 billion (ruled by but not fully composed of people of Chinese descent) is led by a hereditary group of seven T'angs, whose main goal is imposing stability on history. During the books it is shown that in this quest and their desire for perpetual dominance, they have erased the true history timeline from human knowledge, especially the exploits of the western societies before Chinese ascendancy and eventual world conquest from the 21st century on.

Books in the series include:
When China Comes 
The Middle Kingdom 
The Broken Wheel 
The White Mountain
The Stone Within 
Beneath the Tree of Heaven
White Moon, Red Dragon 
Days of Bitter Strength
The Marriage of the Living Dark 



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3. Board Game: Hitch-Hikers Guide to the Eclipse [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Douglas Adams: Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy

Not exactly a heavy science fiction series, but exceptional all the same. Funny and whimsical is how I would best describe it. I love the many side comments that he tosses in throughout the book (like the background description of the bulldozer driver having Ghenghis Khan as an ancestor).

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4. Board Game: The Dolphin Training Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
 
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Startide Rising by David Brin

While not the first book in the series (Sundiver takes that honor) this is really the beginning of the two trilogies in his Uplift series.

This is also the very best of the series as well, not that it isn't worth reading the rest but really this is geek heaven.

Here we have an Earth starship, partly crewed by dolphins which stumbles across an ancient secret and is then chased across the galaxy by dozens of warring alien fleets.

Fantastic.
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5. Board Game: Ring of Rule [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Larry Niven: Ringworld

(only the first one mind you)

The book opens with a great introduction to the main character Louis Gridley Wu. The novel opens in 2855 with Louis Gridley Wu stepping out of a transfer booth, a teleportation kiosk, in Beirut, thus entering yet another time zone. Louis, after having escaped the festivities of his own 200th birthday, is now bar-hopping the world, always staying behind the local midnight in order to extend his birthday as long as possible.

Louis goes on to travel to the mysterious Ringworld and he and his companions attempt to discover what caused the Ringworld's inhabitants to lose their technology, and puzzle over who created the Ringworld and why.

A little old-school Pulp for Sci-Fi but a fun read.
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6. Board Game: Square Miles [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Miles Vorkosigan series, by Lois McMaster Bujold.

(Two notes - first, while the books are a series, each stands on its own, and second, three of the books - Falling Free, Shards of Honor, and Ethan of Athos - don't include Miles at all, while a fourth - Barrayar - is almost completely without him.)

The series has been described - accurately - as space opera, but these are far and away my favorite books; I've read them all many times, and I believe I've now listened to all of them as well. (Both the original books on tape and more recent recordings are very good; I prefer the former, but will gladly spend my driving time with either.)

I've also long thought that
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would be perfect for the role of Miles, if anyone ever decided to make a movie based upon the series...
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7. Board Game: Categorically Speaking [Average Rating:6.14 Unranked]
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The Mets, after an eventful, but productive, trade deadline, find themselves on top of the NL East. Amazing!
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Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game is rightly celebrated as a scifi classic. But I think his real masterpiece was the second book of the series, Speaker for the Dead. It shows Ender as an adult, trying to unravel a mystery of alien homicide on a far distant world. The book features great characters and a tremendous story. It also pretty much stands on its own, although when you have the chance to read two great books back to back, why wouldn't you?
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8. Board Game: Destination Mars [Average Rating:4.97 Unranked]
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Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson (Red Mars, Green Mars, Blue Mars)

My favourite. Highly recommended to anyone remotely interested in such varied topics as politics, ecology, biology, geology, etc.
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9. Board Game: Hive War [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Orson S. Card: Ender's Game

They have small kids trained to fight in the next war against the hive queen. Great book!


They keep promising a movie, but we are still waiting....

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10. Board Game: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:344]
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The Cathedral is vast, as are you.
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Neuromancer by William Gibson. A love story where the love interest is dead, and the last time American science fiction was literature.
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11. Board Game: Mystery of the Abbey: The Pilgrims' Chronicles [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Hyperion and Fall Of Hyperion by Dan Simmons
I read this series a number of years ago but I still remember it as one of the very best science fiction stories.

The two Hyperion books really need to be read together and if you do you're in for a treat. Seven pilgrims are travelling to the planet Hyperion seeking the mysterious Shrike, a legendary monster in the best horror tradition (all spikes and blades). The travellers tales, which weave through the first book are each excellent in their own right and the whole story is a compelling read.

This is grand space opera and includes a decadent collapsing civilization, time travel, vicious religious military orders, tele-portals and spaceships made from trees!

The final two parts of the story; Endymion and The Rise Of Endymion are set several hundred years later than the first two books and are equally as good.



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12. Board Game: Empire of the Sun [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:634]
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I'm surprised that Scott contributed to this list without adding The Book of the New Sun. I am in the last book of the Book of the Short Sun. I would highly recommend anything Wolfe has written, but I would suggest starting with the Book of the New Sun. Be prepared to work. It is not easy or light reading.

From wikipedia
"The Book of the New Sun is a novel in four parts written (1980–83) by science fiction and fantasy author Gene Wolfe. It chronicles the journey and ascent to power of Severian, a disgraced journeyman torturer who rises to the position of Autarch, the one ruler of the free world. Severian, who claims that he has perfect memory, tells the story in first person; the books are presented by Wolfe as a translation of Severian's writings into contemporary English. The series takes place in the distant future, where the Sun has dimmed considerably and the Earth (referred to in the series as "Urth") is slowly cooling.

The four volumes in the series are:

* The Shadow of the Torturer (nominated for the 1980 Nebula Award, winner of the 1981 World Fantasy Award)
* The Claw of the Conciliator (nominated for the 1982 Hugo Award, winner of the 1981 Nebula Award)
* The Sword of the Lictor (nominated for the 1983 Hugo Award and the 1982 Nebula Award)
* The Citadel of the Autarch (nominated for the 1983 Nebula Award). This title is occasionally mistitled as 'The Citadel of Autarch'

A coda, The Urth of the New Sun (nominated for the 1988 Hugo Award and Nebula Award), which takes place several years after the events of The Book of the New Sun, was added later. Wolfe has since written two series that exist loosely within Severian's universe, The Book of the Long Sun (a four-book series set on a generation ship; two of the books were nominated for Nebula Awards) and The Book of the Short Sun (a three-book series following the inhabitants of the generation ship after their long journey has finally finished)."

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13. Board Game: Fantastic Worlds [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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    The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin. Her best work, and that's saying something.

             Sag.


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14. Board Game: Demon's Run [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:8731]
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The Demon Princes series and Tschai: Planet of Adventure series, both by Jack Vance. They have both been republished in two-volume sets, though originally the first was five books and the second four books.

Vance is perhaps the most entertaining SF author I've ever read. And one of the most imaginative. In one chapter he can toss out more ideas than some SF authors get in a lifetime. Very readable, very re-readable - highly recommended!

The first series is a story of vengeance across the galaxy. The second a story of a castaway Terran on an alien planet. Both protagonists are very capable individuals, and both meet an incredibly rich cast of characters and settings. Great stuff!
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15. Board Game: Russia Besieged [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2997]
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    I'm a big fan of We by Eugene Zamiatin as well. A much better distopia than Brave New World or 1984.

             Sag.
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16. Board Game: Witches and Wizards [Average Rating:4.00 Unranked]
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The Witches of Karres by James H. Schmitz. For those who like their SF funny and with a lot of high-powered wheeling and dealing, space ships visiting lots of planets, nasty villains, etc.

Schmitz also wrote the Hub series of stories, which have been republished by Baen this century. These are slightly less humorous and even more high-powered, and very good reading. Some people love Telsey Amberdon the most, but my favorite was The Demon Breed. Wow! What a great story!
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17. Board Game: Ubiquity [Average Rating:4.41 Unranked]
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Philip K. Dick - Ubik

Yes, I could have chosen Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (Blade Runner) or A Scanner Darkly, but you've seen the movies, so here's something less well known.

Ubik takes us to normal Dick territory, in which he messes with our perceptions of reality. In this case, we puzzle over who is alive and who is in a sort of half-life of suspended animation, why time seems to be going backwards, and who or what the villain of the piece is.
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18. Board Game: Der Tiger ist los [Average Rating:5.20 Unranked]
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The Stars My Destination (also published as Tiger! Tiger!) by Alfred Bester. Oh my. Years ahead of its time.
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19. Board Game: The Uncharted Seas [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:2895]
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The Zero Stone and Uncharted Stars by Andre Norton.

The first is just okay - it isn't really among her best work, but it's necessary to understand the second book, which *is* one of her best books. Uncharted Stars is very rich SF, not to be missed - from finding a pilot in a drug dive to evading the authorities to plunging into the heart of a smuggler's den - it's all there, written way before Star Wars, and frankly better. Consider The Zero Stone just the first few chapters of one big book that gets better near the end.

And while I'm on Norton ... all cat-loving SF fans must read Breed to Come. All cat-haters stay away. Enough said.
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20. Board Game: Mind the Gap [Average Rating:2.50 Unranked]
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I loved Stephen R. Donaldson's Sci-Fi opera/epic "The Gap Cycle" which starts with the novella "The Real Story" (which isn't the real story)

http://www.amazon.com/Real-Story-Gap-into-Conflict/dp/055329...

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21. Board Game: Snowstorm [Average Rating:6.21 Unranked]
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Well, if no one else is going to do it, I will.

Snowcrash by Neal Stephenson. And everything else he's written, too.
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22. Board Game: Black Death [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:7999]
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The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis. A time-travel book that focuses on the people and how they cope with their circumstances.

This particular book is about a historical researcher sent back to medieval England, but there's also "To Say Nothing of the Dog," a much lighter book about time travel to Victorian England.

I love this author's writing in all her books, though her tone ranges a lot between light comedy and dark nilhism.
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23. Board Game: Space Opera [Average Rating:5.94 Unranked]
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A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky both by Vernor Vinge. The former is a galaxy-spanning adventure in search of a way to stop an eldritch horror; the later confined to one bizarre star system with two human ships along with a first contact situation. Both have very interesting world set-ups, lots of neat ideas, and a great plot that really moves. And he's a solid writer. The only problem is the author only writes about one book every seven years...

(The books can be read in either order.)
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24. Board Game: The Omega Virus [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2346]
Chris Page
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San Diego
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Fool's War by Sarah Zettel.

Most of the books I've read by this author have been merely okay to good, but this one for whatever reason was special. The scenario starts fairly typical -- merchant ships paid under the table to deliver A.I. prototype, things start going wrong mid-flight, and so on. But then the plot veers into left field, as you realize it's going to go a lot more into artificial intelligence than just your standard house-of-horror-in-space script. All the crew has been affected in different ways by A.I. technology in their past, and the book is going to challenge all their assumptions.

It's also a lot of fun just on the plot/characterization/writing level.
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25. Board Game: Connect the Stars [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
G. Gomez
United States
Chula Vista
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Stars in My Pocket Like Grains of Sand (1984) is a great science fiction novel by Samuel R. Delany.

The second half, The Splendor and Misery of Bodies, of Cities remains unfinished.
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