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Old 06-11-2012, 01:16   #16
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Re: free SCI-FI ebooks

I like the Baen Fifth Imperium site, ISOs or CD copies of all the free giveaway CDs that come packaged with some of the new Hardcover releases.

I have the complete Harrington, all the grantville free books, the first few of the aldenata series... pretty much most of the CD contents on my laptop.



For me, I use ebooks since there are no or very few english books available in China, and I couldn't fit a couple of tons of paper in a 20Kg airline allowance!
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Re: free SCI-FI ebooks

'Nother sci-fi geek here. Hard sci-fi is great, I probably like Ian Banks best in that category (Consider Phlebus, Use of Weapons, etc.). Richard Morgan is great hard sci-fi too, seems like all the good sci-fi authors are Brits these days. Also love China Mieville, Paolo Bacigalupi, and of course Neal Stephenson. And all the classics like Philip K. Dick, Aaasimov, Greg Bear, William Gibson, Walter Jon Williams, etc. etc. So much good stuff...
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I too have noticed the drift from hard sci fi, to the fantasy stuff. Look at bookstores these days, there are about 100 fantasy tales published for each hard title. Reflects a trend away from 'science', towards make-believe wish fulfillment. Concerning.
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Alastair Reynolds is one of my favorite Sci-Fi writers.
Questions: I don't have an e-reader but will purchase a Kindle this week. Can I download books from Baen to the Kindle or only from Amazon?

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...and all the Alastair Reynolds book. Reynolds Books are the best I've read. My all time favorite is The Prefect...
Not a Baen author? I couldn't find this author or book on Baen, but am interested since you highly recommend it.

EDIT: turns out I do have a lot of Alastair Reynolds ebooks obtained from another cruiser, but not The Prefect.

Can anyone suggest one of Reynold's other books to start with?

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Not a Baen author? I couldn't find this author or book on Baen, but am interested since you highly recommend it.

EDIT: turns out I do have a lot of Alastair Reynolds ebooks obtained from another cruiser, but not The Prefect.

Can anyone suggest one of Reynold's other books to start with?

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Reynolds is on ACE books.

House of Suns is very good too. Really you can not go wrong with Reynolds, Any of his books will be a good read.
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Alastair Reynolds is one of my favorite Sci-Fi writers.
Questions: I don't have an e-reader but will purchase a Kindle this week. Can I download books from Baen to the Kindle or only from Amazon?

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Baen have just about every ebook format known to man. Their website explains things pretty well too.

Along with all the other authors mentioned can I also throw in Peter Hamilton?
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Baen have just about every ebook format known to man. Their website explains things pretty well too.

Along with all the other authors mentioned can I also throw in Peter Hamilton?
Please do, Peter Hamilton has some very nice books out.
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Thanks for the info, sailorchic! Umm, let's see.... Sails reads scifi cute... I might be in love! LOL I have family In Galt, Ca next time I'm there will get in touch
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If you like Ian M Banks culture novels, you woul probably also enjoy Catherine Asaro.

A golden oldie for me is C J Cherryh, one of my first Sci Fi authors, reading my dads books.

I also enjoy the Larry Niven Puppeteer books, better than the ringworld series they parallel and overlap IMO.
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James SA Corey's mega novels Leviathan Wakes and Caliban's War are real modern takes on classic sci fi. Not to be missed.
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Shifting into cyberpunk sf... I loved Gibson's Pattern Recognition...
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The Liaden series of SF books written by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller are also pretty good too. As is the Vorkosigan series by Lois McMaster Bujol.
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I too have noticed the drift from hard sci fi, to the fantasy stuff. Look at bookstores these days, there are about 100 fantasy tales published for each hard title. Reflects a trend away from 'science', towards make-believe wish fulfillment. Concerning.
I read a statement by John Ringo that fantasy outsells hard sci fi by a huge amount, so if one wants to make a living, it's necessary to write at least some of that dragon and witch stuff....

But happily for those who prefer hard sci fi, there is still great stuff being written.

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