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« Reply #15: April 08, 2008, 06:00:47 am »

Manly Wade Wellman. ALL of the "Silver John" books. Set in Appalachia, short reads, engaging characters, interesting folk magic. LOVE them. (Again, old, but that's no reason not to have them.)

They can be difficult to find, though, as I understand it.  Dad's been looking for a copy of one of them (not sure which one off the top of my head) for ages and ages without real success.  (He almost had it through a local bookstore, but then Borders moved in almost literally next door and the local place shut down before his order was completed.  Really pissed him off; to this day he won't go into Borders.)  Maybe a library would have an easier time finding it, though, I don't know.
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« Reply #16: April 08, 2008, 09:04:33 am »

They can be difficult to find, though, as I understand it.

Someone really should reprint them.
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« Reply #17: April 08, 2008, 02:00:08 pm »

All opinions and suggestions are greatly appreciated.

I'm fond of Robert Sawyer, the first contact scene in "Calculating God" is a classic.

Other than that most of the SF I read is older stuff. Due, in no small part, to the fact that much of it is snagged from my father's collection.

I will agree with whoever it was that said George R.R. Martin writes good stuff.

And for fantasy there's nothing better, imho, than Terry Pratchett's Discworld books.
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« Reply #18: April 08, 2008, 03:52:41 pm »



I'll second the votes for Cherryh, Bujold, Weber and Lackey.

S.M. Stirling, Island in the Sea of Time and sequels.
John Ringo, There Will Be Dragons series.

up-and-comer: Naomi Novak, Temeraire series.

Classics: Wyndham. Doc Smith (if you can find any  Sad ). Moorcock. Edgar Rice Burroughs.

Foreign work: Haruki Murakami of Japan. Writes very dense and literary, like Heinlein crossed with Life of Pi. Personally I like something lighter, but she's very popular across the Big Pond.
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« Reply #19: April 08, 2008, 06:31:03 pm »

Eric Flint.  He's running a series that's half sci-fi and half historical fic.

David Eddings.

And then there's the well-known stuff like Pratchett, Adams, Clarke, Gaiman...

Dan Simmons' Hyperion Quartet.
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« Reply #20: April 09, 2008, 12:52:30 pm »


First I'd like to thank everybody so far; there's a few individual responses I'll make in separate posts, but this is to the thread at large.

See, we actually have a pretty good sci-fi collection, no doubt thanks to my associate and his love of the genre. Smiley We have most of the big names, like RAH and Asimov and Cherryh and Pratchett and Adams and Anthony and Lackey and Gaiman and McCaffery (I should hope so, it'd be pretty pathetic if we didn't), etc., as well as a fair few mid-listers like Brin and Sawyer.  Which is why I'm to the point where I'm a bit outta my depth. 

I've thought before about what I would do if it were mine to remake, but some of my ideas aren't terribly practical.  I would really love it if he could get Asimov's and Realms of Fantasy and some other sci-fi and fantasy magazines, but somebody else is in charge of mags, and they're in another section of the library, so I don't know that he'd be allowed to.  Same w/comics; somebody else's bailiwick, and another section anyway.  I can imagine a really wonderful set up, but again, there's limits to what he'll be permitted to do.

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« Reply #21: April 09, 2008, 12:57:38 pm »


Random list of people I like to read:

<snip list for space>

Actually, we have all that, I'm afraid.  Thanks for the suggestions, though. Smiley

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Warriors of the Sun God.  absolutely brilliant.  *runs very fast*

LOL, I actually thought of that when he first said something about it. Cheesy  But seeing as it's not in print form,  it's probably not something to go on the list.


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« Reply #22: April 09, 2008, 01:00:33 pm »


What about some of the stuff that Douglas Clegg has written recently.  Some of his books may be in your friend's horror section but recently he has taken to writing fantasy.  I'm thinking of hiss Vampyricon and Mordred: Bastard Son in particular.  Both are historic dark fantasy.

Excellent, I didn't even know he did fantasy. *adds to list*

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George R. R. Martin's books are very good, but I'm not sure if they're hugely popular.

Have 'em. Smiley  And I don't think they really circulate terribly well, though you also have to realize I'm basing this statement on what I remember from a paging job I haven't had in approaching 2 years.
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« Reply #23: April 09, 2008, 01:06:18 pm »

For urban fantasy: anything by Emma Bull. (Her recent _Territory_ is Tombstone-based, but several of her other books are classic urban fantasy). Also Charles de Lint.

We've got a couple Emma Bull, but could always do w/more.  Charles de Lint we've got lots of, but not a complete collection. 

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Neil Gaiman.

Guy Gavriel Kay, especially his most recent _Ysabel_, which is urban fantasy. (No vampires. Ancient mythological figures, yes, but not vampires.)

Lois McMaster Bujold - start with the Cordelia duology and the first few Miles books for SF, or on the fantasy side, with Curse of Chalion.

Have 'em.

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For non-Western Europe based stuff, I've heard fantastic things about the Inspector Chen novels by Liz Williams. Also, I understand Barry Hughart's _Bridge of Birds_ is in print again, or will be, and it's *fabulous*.  (This one's historical fantasy, set in China.)

Sweet! *adds to list*

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On either a fantasy or alternate history take, Jo Walton is a longtime friend of mine online (and in person, when I get to see her!): She has a set of 4 books (one out of print) that are sorta-Arthurian, but not really, one that is a manners novel with dragons (Tooth and Claw) and a three-book alternate post WWII history thing (collectively called the Small Change trilogy: Farthing, Ha'Penny, and Half a Crown - the last one is coming out in September.)

Other friends - Sarah Monette and Elizabeth Bear are also up and coming in the field. In general, getting at least the Hugo and Nebula nominees for each year is probably not a bad bet.

Y'know, I've never seen Jo Walton or Sarah Monette, and I don't remember seeing Elizabeth Bear.  More for the list! Cool

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Finally, I'm sure he knows this one, but the Fiction-L listserv lists are often a great place to start. http://www.webrary.org/rs/flbklistgenre.html has the genre ones: there's a bunch of SF and F specific ones, and the title suggestions come from other librarians, and are usually things that are either circulating well or are just fabulous.

Oh, thank you!  That may be very helpful.  Even if he already knows about it, I'll enjoy it. Smiley
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« Reply #24: April 09, 2008, 01:08:44 pm »

I'll add John Ringo and Tom Kratman for military SF.  You can look at the Flint and Ringo books in their entirity on Baen's Free Library website.  Other Baen authors mostly have the third of each book on-line. 
We've got a fair few of those, but I think he's starting to loathe them. Cheesy

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Baen also offers it's Jim Baen's Universe for free to librarys.  I don't know the details.

That's very good to know, I shall have to tell  him about that; thank you. Smiley
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« Reply #25: April 09, 2008, 01:13:42 pm »


up-and-comer: Naomi Novak, Temeraire series.

Never heard of her. *adds to list*

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Classics: Wyndham. Doc Smith (if you can find any  Sad ). Moorcock. Edgar Rice Burroughs.

It's always the finding it that's a PITA. 

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Foreign work: Haruki Murakami of Japan. Writes very dense and literary, like Heinlein crossed with Life of Pi. Personally I like something lighter, but she's very popular across the Big Pond.

I didn't even think about the fact you lived in Japan for awhile!  Anyone else you can think of who's been translated over here?

While I'm thinking about that:  HEY BEACHGLASS!  Anything cool outta s. Korea on that front?
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« Reply #26: April 09, 2008, 01:15:25 pm »

Actually, we have all that, I'm afraid.  Thanks for the suggestions, though. Smiley

LOL, I actually thought of that when he first said something about it. Cheesy  But seeing as it's not in print form,  it's probably not something to go on the list.




Whatcha mean?  I got copies right behind me .. I can send you one ... Cheesy  *keeps on running* Cheesy
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« Reply #27: April 09, 2008, 02:08:19 pm »


I didn't even think about the fact you lived in Japan for awhile!  Anyone else you can think of who's been translated over here?


Most of the Japanese work I know is comics ... which, even if it counts, I believe a library should have the whole set, which can get pricey. I'll look into it.
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« Reply #28: April 09, 2008, 10:01:04 pm »

and I don't remember seeing Elizabeth Bear.  More for the list! Cool
You'll want to check out Bear's stuff yourself, once they get it in, I'm thinking - her SF at any rate.  It's top-notch, and I think it'll be your cuppa.

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« Reply #29: April 10, 2008, 12:42:12 pm »


You'll want to check out Bear's stuff yourself, once they get it in, I'm thinking - her SF at any rate.  It's top-notch, and I think it'll be your cuppa.

Yeah, I've been peripherally aware of her for awhile, but it's so easy to lose track of people one intends to read when the list is so damn long, y'know. Cheesy  Especially w/mid-listers, for some reason.  People who're still kinda in the genre ghetto like Karrin Lowachee (whose work I adore, btw, if you ever get a chance and think your tastes are similar enough to mine) and Bruce Balfour are easier to remember, somehow.

Which really is primarily what I was wanting; mid-listers I may be unaware of and gems in the SFF ghetto. Smiley
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