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  1. Scouse

    Scouse Glyphosate-fuelled tumor-boy FH Subscriber

    I'm after suggestions, specifically for audiobooks (as that's how I consume the *vast* majority of written works - couple of hours a day three days a week on my commute, every long trip in the car at weekends and easy long summer bike rides).

    I obtained on the high seas the (alleged) "top-100 sci-fi audiobooks" of all time and I've knocked them on the head. And all of Pratchett (although to be fair, I'd read most of his stuff at Uni).

    Listening to James Joyce's Ulysees at the moment and have Don Quixote and Dostoyevski's The Brothers Karamazov.

    I particularly like hard sci-fi rather than wishy washy fantasy.

    What is an *absolute* must read / listen?

    Happy to purchase through legitimate means any author who is still alive and making money off their work. Otherwise their kids can fuck off and get a job :)
     
  2. DaGaffer

    DaGaffer Down With That Sorta Thing

    Most Alistair Reynolds (certainly his earlier stuff). Charles Stross (Accelerando is the best SF about The Singularity ever written), All Neal Stephenson.
     
  3. Scouse

    Scouse Glyphosate-fuelled tumor-boy FH Subscriber

    I've done some Neal Stephenson (Snow Crash, right?) - quite enjoyed but didn't love it.

    Revelation Space was again entertaining but felt a bit long. Not come across Charles Stross tho :)
     
  4. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home

    Anything by "Iain M Banks", Peter F Hamilton, Neil Gaiman, Richard Morgan (Altered Carbon series). I also like Iain Banks' books (without the "m") also but they are not sci fi.
     
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  5. DaGaffer

    DaGaffer Down With That Sorta Thing

    You haven't read Cryptonomicon? Good God man, stop what you're doing and read it immediately
     
  6. Job

    Job TWAT and FH Object of Ridicule

    Im old school.

    Arthur C Clarke 2061, its good because its very grounded in its science and its a good follow up to 2010.
     
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  7. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    Since I don't know what's on the Top 100 list you "acquired" here's some modern stuff, most are the first book in a series.

    The Three-Body Problem - Cixin Liu
    Ancillary Justice - Ann Leckie
    Ninefox Gambit - Yoon Ha Lee
    Blindsight - Peter Watts
    Children of Time - Adrian Tchaikovsky
    The Quantum Thief - Hannu Rajaniemi
     
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  8. Scouse

    Scouse Glyphosate-fuelled tumor-boy FH Subscriber

    Yeah. Read that too :)
     
  9. Scouse

    Scouse Glyphosate-fuelled tumor-boy FH Subscriber

    Ta. :)

    Any of those one-shotters?
     
  10. Scouse

    Scouse Glyphosate-fuelled tumor-boy FH Subscriber

    Read all of Ian M Banks in book form (and listened to Player of Games recently). Was thinking Crow Road and the likes tho :)

    Liked the first of the Altered Carbon ones - much better than the crappy TV series (started good, went off rails).

    Can't remember the name of the mammoth Peter F Hamilton one I listened to. Ah yeah, the reality disfunction. I didn't rush out to grab the others. How many in the series? (And are they all as long?) - I tend to be annoyed by anything involving telepathy.
     
  11. georgie

    georgie FH is my second home FH Subscriber

  12. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    Only Blindsight though the rest are pretty much self contained and reading the following books isn't required with the exception of The Three-Body Problem. If you don't read the rest of that trilogy you are missing out on the hardest of hard-sci-fi.
     
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  13. Bodhi

    Bodhi FH is my second home

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  14. dysfunction

    dysfunction FH is my second home

    He has about 18 books. The one you read was part of the Night's dawn trilogy and yes they are all that long.
    There is also the Void Trilogy (also long books). He has other series apart from those.
     
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  15. Exioce

    Exioce Part of the furniture FH Subscriber

    Children of Time from that list I'd recommend. Has no sequels etc.
     
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  16. Zarjazz

    Zarjazz Sarcasm. Only one of the services offered.

    Not true, a sequel comes out in May. Definitely one I can recommend without hesitation but I can't guarantee he'll like the rest though :) Some of them are a bit like Marmite - love or hate.
     
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  17. Exioce

    Exioce Part of the furniture FH Subscriber

  18. Lakih

    Lakih FH is my second home

    I listened to White Fang, by Jack London a while ago. It was entertaining. Started listening to Dantes inferno, it was interesting, hard to keep up with and sadly not the whole series.
     

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