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Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#21
Top Five Sci-Fi Series - Admittedly Pretty Unexperienced Here.

5. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes [Single Book, sorry kind of cheated here.]
4. The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy [Only Partially Read] by Douglas Adams
3. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
2. The Barsoom Series by Edgar Rice Burroughs
1. The Demon Princes by Jack Vance
Maybe I'll give you all the vouchers for being the only one to make a sci-fi list ;)
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#23
Not sure if you're kidding or not
Actually my brain is mush...I swear I looked through the list and couldn't see any!!!

Been a long week. Had parent interviews and have worked 60 hours this week 0_O
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#24
Top 5 Science Fiction
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1. Flowers for Algernon
2.The Stand
3. The Time Machine
4. Star Trek Federation
5. War of the Worlds
Probably wouldn't make my top 5 but both of those are my favourite HG Wells stories!
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#26
Poor Jon Snow :<
It's ok, weekend is coming soon, I hope you get some rest :)
Weekend is NOW! 737pm Friday here in New Zealand =)
 

Sneaky Burrito

Crazy Cat Lady
Staff member
#27

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
#28
Lunchtime here ... I have the best of both worlds (half a day of work over with, and only half a day to go to the WEEEEEEEEEKEND !! :))
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#32
Probably wouldn't make my top 5 but both of those are my favourite HG Wells stories!

I've read very little science fiction since I was a kid and not too much there either. But I tried my best to complete the list and really did enjoy those other books. I saw Flowers on some greatest 100 list and remember loving the story and figured it was in play. I thought the Stand was very good ( I thought about putting the Tonmyknockers on there too). I didn't care about the voucher. Like I said please pass it on. I was just trying to help compile your Birthday list. :)
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
#33
1) top 5 YA books/series (small criteria, protagonists have to be under 19 at the start of the book or series, can be sci-fi or fantasy)
2) top 5 fantasy series (has to have more than 3 books published [trilogies do not count])
3) top 5 stand-alone fantasy books (if there are rumours of a sequel, then it doesn't count. Has to be straight up stand-alone)
4) top 5 fantasy trilogies (completed)
5) top 5 sci-fi books/series (completed or uncompleted)
And in no particular order ..

1) YA

1. His Dark Materials
2. Dragonlance Chronicles
3. Enders Game
4. Wheel of Time
5. The Hobbit

2) Fantasy series

1. Malazan
2. Wheel of Time
3. ASOIAF

3) Stand alone Fantasy

1. Best Served Cold
2. Talion: Revenant
3. Elantris
4. Neverwhere
5. Warbreaker

4) Trilogies

1. Gormenghast
2. First Law
3. Farseer
4. 1st Chronicles of Thomas Covenant
5. Mistborn

5) Sci Fi

1. Hyperion
2. Fall of Hyperion
3. Enders Game
4. Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
5. I Am Legend
 

TomTB

Super Moderator
Staff member
#35
Lot of people have Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy here
I only really have it on my list due to having not read many SF books .. saying that I did like it though (well, I remember liking it, it was about 15 years ago I read it)
 

Jon Snow

No Power in the Verse can stop me
Staff member
#36
I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide...I probably will some day. Though my list of sci-fi is quite different to what a lot of you guys have. Will post my lists at the end of the comp!
 

ofer

Journeyed there and back again
#37
Lot of people have Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy here. I feel an absolute minority here. I don't know if its a generation thing, or something else, but I really dislike those books. They were a bore.
I think it's a combination of 2 factors:

1. Yes, it is a generation thing. Like hairstyles, music, etc.
2. The first in the market factor - It's like Tolkien. Even though he was certainly not the first one to write fantasy, his impact was so huge that he'll probably always will be considered the father of fantasy. Same thing with Douglas Adams - I'm sure there were a lot of comic SF/Fantasy books before him, but he was the first one to reach that level of success that everything in that specfic genre will be linked back to him.

Personally, I liked his books, but of course I've read them as a teenager. Terry Pratchett is a much better writer in my opinion.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#38
Well I read them last this year. Now I'm 31, so maybe I should have read them when I was a teen, not in my 30s to like them.

Terry Pratchett is a much better writer in my opinion.
Now, that guy is funny. Good Omens audio book, dear god that was hilarious :D
 

Darth Tater

Journeyed there and back again
#39
I haven't read Hitchhiker's Guide...I probably will some day. Though my list of sci-fi is quite different to what a lot of you guys have. Will post my lists at the end of the comp!

I don't know what generation is supposed to like that book but it seems like it would be mine dove I was a ripe 20 years old when it was first published.

I thought it was horrible when I read it for the first time about 8 months ago. IMO, The characters were stupid, the jokes were terribly lame (I grinned/softly chuckled at maybe 8 of them), and the story was pointless and the ending was dumbest of all. I was bored to tears and couldn't wait until it ended. . I can't decide whether it is the first or second worse fantasy/science fiction book I've ever read.

I kid you not the story and humor was very much like a Piers Anthony (same generation?) story without the pornography. It was supposed to be clever. I didn't think so. It is one of the very few books that I really don't know why anyone could like it.

Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. Do NOT read that garbage. But to each his own. Many love it.

@ Antoxx
I didn't rate Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy because I considered it Science Fiction. But if it counts I will give it a
2 and that's giving it the benefit of the doubt, I MO.
 

Alucard

In the name of the Pizza Lord. Charge!
Staff member
#40
I didn't rate Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy because I considered it Science Fiction. But if it counts I will give it a
2 and that's giving it the benefit of the doubt, I MO.
It is Sci-fi. I dont think it belongs on fantasy list. But for sci-fi list I would also give it a 2.
@Antoxx Maybe we could start sci-fi list as well by forum members? Then again, I have no idea if enough people even reads sci-fi regularly around here.