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Question: Which book do you like best?  (Voting closed: April 02, 2010, 12:49:55 PM)
Dune - Frank Herbert - 15 (78.9%)
Foundation - Isaac Asimov - 4 (21.1%)
Total Voters: 19

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Castle Watchcat
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Anything for a Weird Life

« on: March 26, 2010, 12:49:55 PM »

Last week Ender's Game was knocked out by The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  The competition was closer than I expected.  Well, 2 to 1 isn't really close, but I honestly expected a slaughter.

This week we have a faceoff between two great masters.  Though I suspect Herbert gets that title on the strength of this one book alone.  I have enjoyed some of his other work - The Dosadi Experiment and Whipping Star I recall as being quite good for example.  But I've read other of his works that were less than stellar.  And of course fans argue endlessly about the merits of Dune's various sequels. 

Asimov on the other hand has a huge and very impacting bibliography.  He's best known for the linked stories of Foundation and his Robotics tales, but he also gave us stories like "Nightfall" (as run in Escape Pod 100), The Bicentennial Man, The Gods Themselves, and many nonfiction works on science.  If you're asked to think of an iconic Science Fiction author, chances are you think of Asimov.
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It's a missile, boy.

« Reply #1 on: March 26, 2010, 04:25:20 PM »

Looks like Herbert might be running away with it, and I can't say I'm surprised.  If pressed, I'd say I value Aasimovs body of work over Herberts, if for nothing else than it's size and the ground he broke, but Dune was just more fun to read, for me, than Foundation, as much as I loved it as well.
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« Reply #2 on: March 26, 2010, 06:15:34 PM »

Asimov created a much better body of work overall, but Herbert achieved a masterpiece in Dune that is stronger book than anything of Asimov's I've read (note that I have not actually read Foundation yet).
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« Reply #3 on: March 29, 2010, 01:41:07 AM »

And again, my candidate will lose... Undecided

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