We are discussing Science Fiction books

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:


Foundation series


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. 

Directions to get there:

At Sony Signal & Koramangala Life Style Oasis Mall junction turn left if you are coming from BTM directions and a little ahead of Namdhari's at the corner of 17th D Main Road is Carrots 


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  • Kartik S.

    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

  • Phani Kumara V.

    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.

    July 20, 2014

    • Phani Kumara V.

      Tim, you just keep adding to my to-read list :)

      July 20, 2014

    • Narayana

      A few years' worth of to-read settled!

      July 20, 2014

  • Tim P.

    Continued: Don't miss
    https://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

    • Sagar V.

      Fantastic reading suggestions Tim. Enough for a few years :D

      July 20, 2014

  • Abhishek G.

    Hi Tim, yesterday was a great meetup and in a great measure due to your being there! We all learnt a lot!

    July 20, 2014

  • Tim P.

    Somebody remind me: which was the geologist author, with stories like a struggle across the desert?

    July 20, 2014

  • Tim P.

    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_Stapledon
    were praised (by me).

    continued in the next <100 characters post

    2 · July 20, 2014

  • Sagar V.

    Fine discussion today! I am noting down here the names of authors/books that went around.

    Daniel Suarez
    Andy Weir
    Neal Stephenson
    Dan Simmons
    Ian M Banks
    Greg Egan
    Harry Turtledove
    Peter Watts
    Ivan Yefremov
    Charles Stross
    Jorge Luis Borges
    Randall Garrett
    Isaac Asimov
    Robert Heinlein
    Ray Bradbury

    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

    • Rekha R.

      Good work Sagar.

      July 19, 2014

    • Narayana

      Authors: Lois McMaster Bujold
      Books: Sirens of Titan (Kurt Vonnegut)

      July 19, 2014

  • Tim P.

    "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

  • Tim P.

    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.

    July 13, 2014

    • Rekha R.

      Good morning Tim. People always enjoy interacting with you.

      July 13, 2014

    • Tim P.

      Good morning to you! (now slipped into afternoon)
      I look forward to seeing you next.

      July 13, 2014

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