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  # 1756111 4-Apr-2017 09:14
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timmmay:

 

Forever War Series, Joe Halderman. Anything he wrote is generally good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

John Scalzi has a series that explores similar themes. Old people on Earth can choose to sign up to the military. They are downloaded into a new, upgraded soldier body based on their own DNA, serve their time, and if they survive it, they get downloaded again into a non-militarised version of the body to effectively get a second life. But they can never go back to Earth. In this way, the alliance that controls access to space gets a steady stream of volunteers who are not only willing and eager (because they're elderly and will die soon anyway) but experienced with a healthy appreciation of their own mortality (unlike an 18 year old kid) and by not letting them return to Earth afterwards those people with experienced minds in young bodies are perfect candidates for building new planetary colonies.

 

The books follow one particular soldier who keeps getting sucked back into the conflicts because the powers keep manipulating circumstances so that it is always the right thing for him to do. He knows he's being manipulated, but has to go along anyway.





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  # 1756112 4-Apr-2017 09:17
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John Scalzi has a series that explores similar themes. Old people on Earth can choose to sign up to the military. They are downloaded into a new, upgraded soldier body based on their own DNA, serve their time, and if they survive it, they get downloaded again into a non-militarised version of the body to effectively get a second life. But they can never go back to Earth. In this way, the alliance that controls access to space gets a steady stream of volunteers who are not only willing and eager (because they're elderly and will die soon anyway) but experienced with a healthy appreciation of their own mortality (unlike an 18 year old kid) and by not letting them return to Earth afterwards those people with experienced minds in young bodies are perfect candidates for building new planetary colonies.

 

The books follow one particular soldier who keeps getting sucked back into the conflicts because the powers keep manipulating circumstances so that it is always the right thing for him to do. He knows he's being manipulated, but has to go along anyway.

 

 

I've read that too. Old Mans War by Scalzi is the better series IMHO. He's pretty prolific and most of his books are excellent.


 
 
 
 


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Another vote for Peter Hamilton.

I somehow missed him but came across a book review of a latest novel which was a sequel but sounded interesting enough to order both on Kindle. Bought and read in week? 1000 pages.

Abyss beyond dreams.

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afe66: Another vote for Peter Hamilton.

I somehow missed him but came across a book review of a latest novel which was a sequel but sounded interesting enough to order both on Kindle. Bought and read in week? 1000 pages.

Abyss beyond dreams.

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I personally found his other Commonwealth books to be more compelling than the Abyss ones. The mix of hard SF with magic & swords (and not even with the scantily armoured Valkyries) is a bit jarring for me.





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  # 1756125 4-Apr-2017 09:47
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Paul1977:

Could anyone recommend a good sci-fi novel series?


I am really enjoying The Expanse tv series, but am reluctant to read the books so as not to spoil the show.


For those who have read The Expanse novels 9and enjoyed them), what other series would you recommend?



That's a bit like saying you're reluctant to read the Bible in case it spoils The Life of Brian!

The books are so much more detailed and will fill in so many blanks that the show leaves. They are also very good.





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That's a bit like saying you're reluctant to read the Bible in case it spoils The Life of Brian!

 

 

 

This is his sandal! Follow the sandal!





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Can't forget, of course, the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov!


 
 
 
 


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I have about 95% of all of Robert Heinlein books. He was a bit of a socialist but he could still tell a good stories.

EDIT: forgot to mention I have about 1000 sci fi & sci fan books :)




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Miles Vorkosigan Saga is often overlooked...

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosigan_Saga





 


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For a classic ... hard to go past the Dune series (the original Frank Herbert Novels, I haven't read his son's work).





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For space opera: -

 

Black Fleet series

 

Legacy Fleet series

 

Lost Starship series

 

War Eternal series





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For something quite different - read any of AG Riddle's books





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Geektastic:
That's a bit like saying you're reluctant to read the Bible in case it spoils The Life of Brian!

 

 

 

This is his sandal! Follow the sandal!

 

 

 

 

He is the Messiah! I should know: I've seen a few!






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@SaltyNZ: ... Iain Banks, with or without the M. ...
 laughing He gets my vote every time.

 

@Dratsab: ... A novel series I really enjoyed reading many (many!) years ago was The Amtrak Wars by Patrick Tilley. ...
 smile I really enjoyed this until all the Ne-Issan section. Reading the Wikipedia entry, maybe I should have kept going? Sounds like a great ending.

 

@timmmay: ... Ender Series. ...
laughing Wow, what a powerful series. & the movie was decent too.

 

@MikeAqua: ... For a classic ... hard to go past the Dune series (the original Frank Herbert Novels, ...
 surprised So many fond memories

 

 





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  # 1756187 4-Apr-2017 11:01
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SaltyNZ:

afe66: Another vote for Peter Hamilton.

I somehow missed him but came across a book review of a latest novel which was a sequel but sounded interesting enough to order both on Kindle. Bought and read in week? 1000 pages.

Abyss beyond dreams.

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I personally found his other Commonwealth books to be more compelling than the Abyss ones. The mix of hard SF with magic & swords (and not even with the scantily armoured Valkyries) is a bit jarring for me.



I think I also lean more to purer scifi than the abyss series and will start buying them.

I was just explaining how I found the author initially (last month).

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