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posted ago by Smith1980 ago by Smith1980 +14 / -0

I love all sci-fi but my favorite sub-genre of it is going out and exploring space. What are some good books in that area? Or Space Opera. I love Star Trek (not the new stuff) and Babylon 5 so any books with that sort of theme of a spacefaring civilization

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Piroko 9 points ago +9 / -0

Legend of the Galactic Heroes

All ten books (don't worry, individually they're not very big books) were recently translated to english.

It's basically Napoleonic warfare in space as a backdrop for the author's discourse about the relative merits of republican democracy vs dictatorship.

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Smith1980 [S] 1 point ago +1 / -0

Awesome! Thanks!

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mainer127 5 points ago +5 / -0

Peter f hamilton.

Reality dysfunction and pandora's star, two different series, each excellent.

Rewatching b5 (2021 remaster does a great job imo) with my wife and 4yo. Other than a lot of dammits, it's great for him. The inquisitor was a bit scary...

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Smith1980 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I found Pandora’s Star at a used book sale. Haven’t read it yet. I’m on season 3 of Babylon 5. I really enjoy it.

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realerfunction 4 points ago +4 / -0

the expanse

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innocenttheinexorabl 3 points ago +3 / -0

or Chronicles of Amber for sure.

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innocenttheinexorabl 3 points ago +3 / -0

Author: Neal Stephenson

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lgbtqwtfbbq 2 points ago +2 / -0

I really like how he handles the replicator economy in The Diamond Age. Much more realistic than how they do it in Trek.

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innocenttheinexorabl 2 points ago +2 / -0

Yes, I can barely comprehend that because I have to understand what the replicator economy is haha but, ima have to check that one out because I do value diamonds. I was recommended to read this author, and will buy "Cryptonomicon" book because I was told that's what we're currently going through. I commented another series below here, too. Neal & the Amber series ima check out regarding sci-fi, but, the truth I heard is stranger than fiction.

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lgbtqwtfbbq 2 points ago +2 / -0

I'm trying to not give too much away, but the society in The Diamond Age has similar replicators to Trek, but the way people obtain replicator instructions and how people who design those instructions are incentivized to do so is I think a lot more realistic. It's more an extension of how 3D printer models today are designed and distributed than "well everyone knows how to do it and does it because they like to, and it's all free".

Cryptonomicon is also good, though I'm not quite sure I see the connection to present day. If anything we're closer to on our way to the Snowcrash universe

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innocenttheinexorabl 1 point ago +1 / -0

OK. I appreciate the description! 8) I am not sure what a replicator is! Actually, I just looked it up! It reminds me of what I would imagine wanting when I was child taking a bath lol My private teacher recommended Snow Crash in the first place, and then, Amber. Then recently, said Cryptonomicon was we're going through now. My teacher never paid taxes, and is very advanced in his study though.

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lgbtqwtfbbq 1 point ago +1 / -0

It basically makes whatever you want from energy: food, furniture, clothing etc...

I've never read Amber. Snow Crash is a good first book of his, and there's some speculation that The Diamond Age takes place in the same universe as Snow Crash but ~100-150 years in the future.

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innocenttheinexorabl 1 point ago +1 / -0

Based on the audio I'm listening to rn, the replicator device sounds like a symbol for how our reality works in regards to our minds. That's why they do False Flags that are merely on the media, and not real life. So, that it can exist through the minds'. Although, I am looking forward to better technology to help us advance, but, tech cannot replicate Source; only help us advance.

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TruthDefenseForce 2 points ago +2 / -0

Dune series

Foundation series.

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SufferableKant 2 points ago +2 / -0

Vernor Vinge's A Fire Upon the Deep and A Deepness in the Sky.

Alastair Reynold's Revelation Space series.

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Kaarous 1 point ago +1 / -0

Anything from the Castalia House Quantum Mortis sci fi universe. All of them are excellent.

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TentElephant 1 point ago +1 / -0

Dune

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Smith1980 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

Recently finished it. I had read it years ago and wanted to reread. I heard that the books by his son aren’t as good

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TentElephant 2 points ago +2 / -0

I haven't touched his son's books based on the same things you've heard.

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Pandelume 1 point ago +1 / -0

His son's books are abysmal. They get basic facts wrong. Stick to the first 3 books. The latter trilogy gets very weird if you're willing to stick with it.

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Galean 1 point ago +1 / -0

What I've read recently and liked was The Prefect and Recursion. The Prefect would make a great mini-series if it was not current year.

My favorite book is The Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny but I definitely have nostalgia attached.

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Baron_Bubbles 1 point ago +1 / -0

The Long Earth series by Terry Pratchett and Stephen Baxter. It involves the exploration of alternate dimensions rather then space.

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ArtemisFoul 1 point ago +1 / -0

I've heard good things about Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. Haven't read it yet though, it's on my ever expanding list.

You could also go to the classics and read Asimov, I loved his books when I was a kid.

Oh and if you want something seriously weird and different, find something from the Strugatsky brothers. Old Russian sci-fi is fucking crazy. I recommend Roadside Picnic (the book that inspired the STALKER series) and The Doomed City (just... what). Neither of those are really about a spacefaring civilization, I'm just mentioning these in case you'd like to go outside your comfort zone.

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Smith1980 [S] 2 points ago +2 / -0

I read Ender’s Game. It was good.

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