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Postby Lost Traveler » Wed Feb 18, 2004 6:46 pm

I was woundering around B&N and went into this section, from a distance I could tell it should be called Fantasy Science Fiction But I dug in anyway (also tryed looking for stuff from keltor but forgot her real name :-( ) First of 50% of the science fiction was ofcourse: On a distant planet where there is magic wizards and dragons. Then there was about a third that were all: a mass murdering machine designed to mass murder get sent on a mass murdering mission until it descovers the truth about mass murder and goes on a vengful (sp) mass murdering spree (which can be fun but im not allways in the mood for that). then 19 out of 20 of the ones left were all stuff that was 20years old when I read it 20 years ago. Did people just stop writing SF? are all the modern writes just sooooo bad that companies wont print them anymore? Or is it that we're stuck between LOTR and Harry potter right now?

what do you think?
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Postby keltora » Fri Feb 20, 2004 4:50 pm

In the Beginning.... :-)

Science fiction has become rather diverse in recent years. Turtledove is doing alternative history SF (which is actually quite good). But there is also "the new weird" (though I have yet to understand what separates it from "the old weird" but it seems to be a form of SF where things just are, and there is no real explanation...)

SF's biggest challenge is trying to stay ahead of the technology. In fact, I personally think SF's decline in recent years is due mostly to the fact that by the time SF writers predict it, it's already happening.

My recommendations would be to look for Kim Stanley Robinson, Harry Turtledove and Elizabeth Moon.

Oh, and if you find my books in B&N let me know. They have never carried them as far as I know (though they have the MZB anthos I have been in).

Try B. Daltons (who used to have copies of ARD MAGISTER) and Waldenbooks Knoxville Center. They also had some copies of my first novel.

When DRAGON'S TONGUE comes out, I am hoping B&N will carry it since they have carried a number of Meisha Merlin titles in the past.

But most of my stuff is easier to purchase from the publishers themselves (Yard Dog Press will give you a big discount off the cover price if you order direct from them) or through Amazon.com.

Some bookstores are so inundated with "self-published" authors trying to get books into their stores, they have made it harder for legitimate small press authors to get in as well.

OTOH, I know part of it is due to the fact that some small press publisher refuse to do returns.

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Postby Lost Traveler » Wed Mar 03, 2004 2:50 pm

Actually for me (the water on mars thread got me back to this one) we havn't even reached the basic tenit for which I need for Science Fiction: Space travel (or demensional travel sometimes) or an apocolyps (sp), Aliens invading modern day, tend to bore me in a violent way.

Right now Im working my way through Dietz's Formula mass killings (aka space opera)(the legion of the Damned series).
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Postby keltora » Wed Mar 03, 2004 3:06 pm

Nor sure you would enjoy my stuff then, as I write fantasy/sword and sorcery/adventure/epics. If I had to compare myself with anyone, it would be Barbara Hambly (who was one of my greatest inspirations).

If you are enjoying Deitz, you would enjoy Rick Shelley's books (alas he passed away a few years ago and there will be no more) which were military SF. Moon writes military SF (having been a Marine herself). Kristine Smith also writes in the vein you are describing.

Lee and Miller write space adventure novels. Selina Rosen's CHAINS trilogy is about a cyber enhanced female warrior who turns on her superiors and becomes a fugitive and rebel. The third book throws her out in the middle of space on a planet where the humans have been enslave by Octopi in armor.

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Postby Lost Traveler » Mon Mar 29, 2004 6:48 pm

Well actually found one thats not a war one nor is it a series (these are very hard to find)and it seems to be fairly new. Its from Jack McDevitt called Eternity Road its a post apocalypse(a plague(sp)) Its at least 200 yrs post apocalypse brobably longer.

Ive just started reading it and havnt got past the introduction of the characters. Interesting point is it takes place just south of memphis Tenn. and they talk of the roads that disapear to the east (maybe they will take a trip to Knoxville or Oak Ridge)

well after googling some reviews they probably wont go by there oh well.
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Postby JaNell » Mon Apr 19, 2004 1:46 pm

Several years ago I was in a discussion about the lack of new Science Fiction...
One of the possible reasons for less written Science Fiction that was offered is that there's a lot of SF available through TV & movies, so people are buying less SF books. Also, I think that people are demanding a higher literary quality in their SF, so what's being written doesn't look like cheesy old Sci-Fi anymore. It's wonderful but also makes categorizing difficult in bookstores.
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Postby Lost Traveler » Mon Apr 19, 2004 4:24 pm

agree but the problem is the stuf on TV IS the chessy old sci-fi.
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