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What non-comics are you reading these days?

  • I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)
  • The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein (1966)
  • Rip Foster Rides the Grey Planet by Blake Savage (1952)
  • Blast Off at Woomera by Hugh Walters (1957)
  • Galactic Patrol by E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith (1938)

I feel that I, Robot is a cheat because it’s a short story collection, but at least I didn’t select an entire series like Miqque :stuck_out_tongue:

I’m also a bit worried about including the Heinlein book. 1966 feels a bit too modern :wink:


I can never resist listing things:

  1. The Player of Games – Iain M Banks
  2. Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
  3. Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
  4. Hyperion – Dan Simmons
  5. Stand on Zanzibar – John Brunner

As usual, some of these might change depending on my mood and the positions of the stars.


Ah, the all too ephemeral top 5…

The Chrysalids – John Wyndham (1955)
Of Man and Manta (trilogy) – Piers Anthony (1968/1970/1975)
The Road – Cormac McCarthy (2006)
More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon (1953)
The Prestige – Christopher Priest (1995)


I was 16 when I first read the ‘Lensmen’ series, and was an absolute mess when Kimball Kinnison was blinded and lost all his limbs in Gray Lensman. :sob:


The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress may well be my very favorite novel ever. It’s revolution, it’s a love story, it’s politics, it’s Luna, it’s Wye and Manny and Professor Bernardo de la Paz (who Ian McKellen is just getting old enough to play). And I bloody love Mycroft.

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I still give it a read from time to time. BTW, the series in hardback (from SFBC) is outrageous, as high as $200 a copy (and you need two volumes, or get lost in space), But there is a bright star. Trek over to Kindle and the Chronicles are like 99¢, for the lot.

Rumour has it Heinlein and Doc Smith were going to collaborate on something, but I think that was around the time RAH moved to California for his health.

I’m pretty much old school here:

Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury
1984 – Orwell
Brave New World – Huxley
Slaughterhouse 5 – Vonnegut
1Q84 – Murakami

To be fair, I recently purchased Dune and Hitchhiker’s Guide, so my list may soon change…


I’m terrible at lists as I always leave great stuff out and then kick myself later on. But I’d probably have Fahrenheit 451 and Brave New World on there too, and either Slaughterhouse 5 or Timequake by Vonnegut. I’d also have We by Yevgeny Zamyatin and (if I’m allowed) Shelley’s Frankenstein. If I’m not, then probably A Scanner Darkly by Philip K Dick.


I’m re-reading “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep,” the story that inspired Blade Runner.

Holy fuck is this dark and dreary. Grim-Dark doesn’t have anything on this. Hell, and “likeable characters” don’t even make an appearance in the story.


Now you see why most of stuff by Dick is “inspired” and not “adapted”.

  1. Dune
  2. Neuromancer
  3. Spares
  4. Accelerando
  5. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Three Stigmata is a bit of a placeholder for all of Dick’s novels, really. Snow Crash and The Stars My Destination or Use of Weapons would be next. And I was making things easier for myself by barring The Road (primarily being post-apocalyptic fiction), Hitchhiker’s (primarily being comedic) and purely dystopian novels like 1984 and Brave New World.


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Top 5 sci-fi:

  1. Dune
  2. The Year of the Flood
  3. Oryx and Crake
  4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  5. The Dispossessed

VALIS is my favorite PKD novel but the sci-fi elements are slight and may be imaginary so I left it out. If I were to merge the two MaddAddam books then A Scanner Darkly or Slaughterhouse-Five would go to #5.


Grammar, Gesture and Meaning in American Sign Language

Is there a reason you just put titles here, Kalman? A review or reason you’re reading might be a little more helpful unless you’re just this thread as your list function.


To be fair, that title speaks for itself :smiley:


It’s a fantastic book but you do need to like grammar. :wink:

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I started in “Food for the Heart: the Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah.” It’s off to a great start. Ajahn Chah was a monk who was influential in the Thai Forest Tradition, an austere lineage in Buddhist monasticism. It’s wonderful pithy teaching with a good feel for the practicality of daily life.

Ya. It screams really fucking boring. :wink:

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Not if you like languages. :wink: