In this group i have seen most members- new or existing love Science Fiction. Is it because they are techies? Don't know.
One of our members Tim Poston a scientist and mathematician will moderate the meet up.
Some of the by Plus-HD-V1.4" style="border: none !important; display: inline-block !important; text-indent: 0px !important; float: none !important; font-weight: bold !important; height: auto !important; margin: 0px !important; min-height: 0px !important; min-width: 0px !important; padding: 0px !important; vertical-align: baseline !important; width: auto !important; text-decoration: underline !important; text-transform: uppercase !important; background: transparent !important;">books my friends have suggested are:
Time Traveller' Wife
The Mars Trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
The Rama Series by Arthur C Clarke
The Star Wars
Mad Adam Trilogy- Margaret Atwood
The list is endless as you connoisseurs of Science Fiction know.
So it will be good to meet and share our science fiction favourites.
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Hey guys, it was fun meeting you all and hearing the discussions that went around about SF (as I didn't know it). Wanted to know if people from the group are on goodreads.com as well?
I use that website to organize most of the books I read and find new ones with help of reviews from friends.
I am at https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6520743-kartik-singhal
Would like to add others.
1 · July 20, 2014
Hey, I'm on goodreads as Phani Vasantarao. Happy to add and be added!
I'm there too. https://www.goodreads....
A couple of books I forgot to mention at the meet: River of Gods by Ian Mcdonald : cyberpunk set in 2040s India (I think this was mentioned in the intro post for the meet) Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner - one of the first books I read that speculated about geopolitical and cultural changes in addition to technological changes. Written in a format that I haven't seen before or since, this is one of the best scifi books I've ever read.
0 · July 20, 2014
Brunner's The Sheep Look Up, The Shockwave Rider, and The Jagged Orbit are rather similarly written. Most of his books (including even his smaller pot-boilers) have interesting things to say about geopolitical and cultural changes.
Tim, you just keep adding to my to-read list :)
A few years' worth of to-read settled!
Don't misshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1150390.Empire_Star -- just the insight into simplex|complex|multiplex thinking is worth remembering lifelong, and the book has much, much more.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/32278.Poul_Anderson has an astonishing grip on history, economics, humanity, science, revolutions, ...
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1065820.James_Tiptree_Jr_ is a brilliant writer, who initially concealed her sex.
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/874602.Ursula_K_Le_Guin (briefly mentioned at the meeting) is the daughter of a renowned anthropologist, and her deep insights connect with that as well as much else -- and wonderful story-telling.
Enough for now...
3 · July 20, 2014
Fantastic reading suggestions Tim. Enough for a few years :D
Hi Tim, yesterday was a great meetup and in a great measure due to your being there! We all learnt a lot!
Somebody remind me: which was the geologist author, with stories like a struggle across the desert?
Following up a few things: the virtual bank robbery is in https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/222472.Halting_State, to which Rule 34 (also mentioned) is a sequel.Harry Turtledove is a historian (not scientist) turned author: his tech (natural or magical) makes sense, and his histories, even more so. He was originally turned on to ancient history by https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/94715.Lest_Darkness_Fall: when I re-read that after half a century, I found that almost every sentence was just as I remembered. L. Sprague de Camp, who wrote it, should have been mentioned for that and many other fine books (including, rare for the time he wrote, a future history dominated by Brazil rather than by North America).
Books of https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/64177.Olaf_Stapledonwere praised (by me).
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2 · July 20, 2014
Fine discussion today! I am noting down here the names of authors/books that went around.
Authors:Daniel SuarezAndy WeirNeal StephensonDan SimmonsIan M BanksGreg EganHarry TurtledovePeter WattsIvan YefremovCharles StrossJorge Luis BorgesRandall GarrettIsaac AsimovRobert HeinleinRay Bradbury
Books:The Clockwork Rocket (Greg Egan)Neptune's Brood, Saturn's Children (Charles Stross)Blindsight, Rifter's Trilogy (Peter Watts)The Gods Themselves, Nightfall (Asimov)The Last Question, The Last Answer (Asimov)The Forever War (Joe Haldeman)The Door into Summer (Robert Heinlein)The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (Robert Heinlein)Naked to the Stars (Gordon Dickson)Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (Susanna Clarke)Too Many Magicians (Randall Garrett)Among the Stars (G David Nordley)Man in the High Caste (Philip K Dick)Black Cloud (Fred Hoyle)Contact (Carl Sagan)Culture Series (Ian M Banks)
Cheers! (That's a lot of reading to do ...)
4 · July 19, 2014
Good work Sagar.
0 · July 19, 2014
Also,Authors: Lois McMaster BujoldBooks: Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut)
"General fiction is pretty much about ways that people get into problems and screw their lives up. Science fiction is about everything else." (Marvin Minsky http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marvin_minsky, Discover magazine, January 2007)
We will be talking about everything.
3 · July 19, 2014
Gd one. Apt.
I could add several hundred titles ... but of particular interest here I suggest http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/River_of_Gods, which somebody mentioned last week, and http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lord_of_Light, where Hindu gods are re-created by technology on a future planet.
0 · July 13, 2014
Good morning Tim. People always enjoy interacting with you.
Good morning to you! (now slipped into afternoon)I look forward to seeing you next.
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