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#1 2014-05-10 12:19:32

jdonaghy
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What do you read?

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#2 2014-05-10 12:46:59

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#3 2014-05-10 15:11:28

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#4 2014-05-10 16:56:10

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#5 2014-05-10 17:00:54

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#6 2014-05-10 17:25:24

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#7 2014-05-10 18:41:38

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Re: What do you read?

Some of what is classified as science fiction is really fantasy, as an example Star Wars, the force is like magic not science.


There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

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#8 2014-05-10 21:41:10

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#9 2014-05-10 22:30:36

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There's a reason you separate military and the police. One fights the enemies of the state, the other serves and protects the people. When the military becomes both, then the enemies of the state tend to become the people.

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#10 2014-05-10 22:51:59

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There is often a distinction made between "hard science fiction" and "soft science fiction." Past a certain extent, I suppose a lot of the latter might as well be called fantasy. After a while, it's all useless classification anyway (IMO). When I contemplate the dividing lines for sci-fi, it brings to mind writers like Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child whom are generally not classified as science-fiction writers and yet whom are known for incorporating within their work a hefty amount of hard science. What does it all mean? I don't know. But I like Roger Zelazny.


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#11 2014-05-10 23:18:36

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@jeffreyC --- I was just trying to make a more general point about the blurred line between the genres of science-fiction & fantasy, I did not mean to contradict your second point wink

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#12 2014-05-11 11:34:52

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Re: What do you read?

I enjoy historical fiction and tamer types of science fiction and fantasy. Several of my favorite authors are Dan Simmons, Larry McMurtry, Cormac McCarthy, Anne Rice, J R R Tolkein, Colleen McCullough, Stephen King, Patrick O'Brian, ... The list could go on and on.

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#13 2014-05-11 14:51:07

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Every single time I read a posting written by twoion I feel incredibly uneducated. (In other words: I love reading the stuff you write.)

On the given topic: I am not very picky what I read anymore. Since I've lost a long way to work at the beginning of the year I don't have my one hour bus journey in the morning and the evening which has significantly reduced the time I spent reading. When I am not reading technical articles, journals or books I am into Science Fiction and Fantasy. I recently discovered a huge interest in cyberpunk and books about alternative realities (Neuromancer - Trilogy, books by Cory Doctorow, Hunger Games - Trilogy) but also even lighter stuff such as novels from the Warhammer-universe.

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#14 2014-05-11 16:07:39

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#15 2014-05-11 16:35:26

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#16 2014-05-11 17:06:14

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#17 2014-05-11 17:28:09

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- Ai! Aníron Undómiel. -
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- Et Eärello Endorenna utúlien. Sinome maruvan ar Hildinyar tenn' Ambar-metta. -

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#18 2014-05-11 17:29:05

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Point & Squirt

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#19 2014-05-11 18:22:27

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#20 2014-05-11 19:39:11

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Re: What do you read?

Currently reading Richard Yates' Disturbing the Peace


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#21 2014-05-11 19:53:47

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For me - if reading fiction my top author is Tom Clancy and the Jack Ryan series. Not into the ops centre ones.

Non-fiction - '39 - '45 - authors such as Antony Beevor and Max Hastings.
Particular interest ... Eastern Front '41-45. Many books, varied authors.

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#22 2014-05-13 10:42:21

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#23 2014-05-13 14:51:10

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#24 2014-05-13 16:07:21

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Re: What do you read?

As long as I am entertained I don't lean in any specific direction. But most seem to be science fiction. I also tend to do Audio books due to limited time, it makes for good driving entertainment. I highly recommend the last two I read.

"Ready Player One" by Earnest Cline and "The Martian" by Andy Weir

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#25 2014-05-14 12:53:39

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Re: What do you read?

I have the attention span of a caffeinated squirrel but when something sparks my interest for more than a few seconds the first thing I'll do is go out and find a book on the subject so what I read tends to be anything and everything and usually random. It's just the way I've always been unless something interests me I can't even fake caring about it but if I want to know more I have to know EVERYTHING about it. Someday if I ever get on Jeopardy I'm going to clean up.

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