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Rendezvous with Rama

I'm not sure I've read a book that conveyed the distilled essence of exploration such as this one. I loved it.

The City and the Stars

In my ongoing quest to find the origin of the "boy wonder" sub-genre of Science Fiction, this remarkable work by Clarke elevates the genre to a whole new level. As I was reading it I was consistently asking myself, "Can this book really be this good?" In short, it is amazing. One of my new favorites for sure.

The Man in the High Castle

PKD's finest work, The Man in the High Castle is scintillating literature in the tradition of Vonnegut and only barely resembles the category of science fiction. It is absolutely nothing like the Amazon produced series (just as Blade Runner barely mirrors Do Androids?), but each are intriguing in their own way. Honestly, I'm still puzzled as to what this book means, but perhaps that is its very point. . .I'll need to consult the I Ching.

The Dark Forest

Carrying forward the incredible story from the Three Body Problem, this may be the most thoughtful Sci-Fi on this list and is shaping up to be the best trilogy I've read. The scenarios of the Wallfacers, the intrigue of the Wallbreakers, and the incredible plot twists throughout make this a must read. Couldn't recommend it more, though many folks have said it bogs down at the beginning.

Snow Crash

This well loved book didn't quite resonate with me. I'm not sure why, but the parody/hyperbole was just a bit too foreign for me to grasp.

Neuromancer

I remember really enjoying this one as a kid, but it wasn't quite the same on the re-read. I appreciate the fever-dream quality which Gibson brought to the work. He truly is a master and this bears that fingerprint.

Starship Troopers

What was the movie thinking? If you've seen it and think you know what Heinlein was writing about, you are mistaken. This book is esprit de corp, the existential joy of fighting alongside brethren for a common purpose. With a good bit of military realism thrown in as well. Loved it.

The Forever War

The Forever War marks my first foray into the genre of science-fiction known as Space Marine

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Second Foundation

And now it is time to review Second Foundation, the final book in the original Foundation Trilogy. Again Asimov has crafted his book into two main parts, the

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Foundation and Empire, Part 1

Published in two parts, this is truly two complete stories in one. The first part "The General" was published in April 1945 in Astounding Science Fiction as "Dead Hand", with the latter part "The Mule"...

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Foundation

I will make no attempt at a critical review, in the traditional sense, instead I will just

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Eon

Another one that I really need to write a long review. . .this book is awesome. Hard science, crazy out there ramifications of science that still feel like they might be plausible, and a really interesting story to boot.

Dune

Yeah, best sci-fi of all time and I NEED to write a review. I know. This is so high for me because it (as far as I know), originated a lot of the elements of modern sci-fi that I prize, stuff later found in Ender's Game and the like.

Ready Player One

OMG, so much fun in the nostalgic romp that is this trip through VR and the 80s. Wildly entertaining and worthy of a full length review.