Works of Astounding Science-Fiction

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Hey, if people start using fossil words again, then that's no problem, because then it will be a part of the language again. Not my problem.

Can you imagine how hard it is to read anything when you're constantly picking out language phenomena that you had to learn for class?

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I can imagine it's alot like me looking at drawings and seeing the framework of how it is made.
It is almost as frustrating as not being able to understand how the detail work is accomplished.
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Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein... probably a cliche, but I'm going to say it anyway. The premise was intriguing, the plot engaging, the writing fantastic, the religious allegory well-executed (and a hell of a lot better than Narnia). What more could you want from a book?
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It's already been mentioned, though not in this thread I believe. Ed is a huge Heinlein fan.
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OK - I wouldn't say I am a Sci-Fi enthusiast (more of a King fan...) but I recently went through the "Old Man's War" Series and LOVED it.... Also "The Dark Tower" series is great reading, and mixes in with a little sci-fi towards book 3 or so (I think). Anyways, on to my point - What books would you recommend that are on the same sort of category of Old Man's War, not going to give away any storyline here, but basically combat in a space environment against other intelligent races, hopefully breaching into a little human enhancement / cloning . Dealing with / explaining crazy physics (doesnt have to be true haha) is also another category I love in sci fi books (to see the spoiler stuff just copy and paste it into a google bar / the quickreply thing, it is a pretty big spoiler in the book, but not unexpected... figured I would be safer rather then ruin a good read for anyone

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I would go with Armor, by John Steakley.
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Thomas Aquinas wrote:Stranger in a Strange Land by Heinlein... probably a cliche, but I'm going to say it anyway. The premise was intriguing, the plot engaging, the writing fantastic, the religious allegory well-executed (and a hell of a lot better than Narnia). What more could you want from a book?
I did really like Stranger in a Strange Land but found it a little bit distracting that he was trying to push the boundaries of some societal customs and beliefs while sticking to others... but I suppose that's almost unavoidable when reading SciFi that's more than about 25 years old, which I do. A lot.
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So, I'm now reading 'The Enchantments of Flesh and Spirit' by Storm Constantine. I have to say that it is the most interesting story about Post-Apoc psychic reverse-vampire hermaphrodites I have read in quite some time. Also it's apparently part of a trilogy, so now I have to track down the other books to finish the story.
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Heinlein is my favorite author as well... I think I might have said that earlier. However, unlike most fans it seems, my favorite books of his were his junior novels (space cadet, have spacesuit: will travel, rocket ship galileo, the rolling stones), rather than his future history works. I love his talent for writing realistic space adventure fiction, while making it as scientifically accurate as possible where applicable.

I Just finished reading an article that I tangent'd a couple times and wound up at, it's the writer's point of view on the movie adaptation of "Puppet Masters" (also a really good book, one of my favorites! I wish I owned it :( ) It puts the book-to-movie process in a new light (at least for me it did), so it was worth a read:

http://www.nitrosyncretic.com/rah/rossio.html

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I'm glad to know that it wasn't the screenplay adapter's fault, at least. Also, why is sticking closely to the book such a bad thing?
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I have no idea.... I mean, that's like the #1 complaint people have when they see movies based on a book, and yet the film people refuse to make it follow the book. It's just... stupid. Some of us want to see an exact movie version of the book, goddamnit! >:(

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Well, I have no qualms with it. The director wants to add their own interpretation and creative ideas to the film, and I support it as long as the basic gist of the story is maintained. Sometimes the changes are made purely for the case of practicality either in terms of production or plot, so that's cool.
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Yes, but almost all the time, sahan, that's NOT the case, and they're just changing it cause they didn't like it.

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Or because of time constraints. I mean, each lord of the rings movie was three hours long, could you imagine if they had put everything in each movie? I'd still watch it, but the majority of people don't have good attention spans anymore.
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Oh my gosh, what was that crap in the very beginning and very end of the books with all that ultimately useless information? I'm glad they had to sense to take that all out and just get on with the story.
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