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Author Topic: Is there anyone like Issac Asimov today?  (Read 1143 times)
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« on: October 16, 2016, 11:52:16 AM »

Issac Asimov was an incredibley intelligent and prolific writer, will books fitting into 9 of 10 categories in the Dewey Decimal system.  (no books devoted exclusively to philosophy) (although his 3 laws of robotics could probably while fill multiple books).

Is there anyone like him today? 
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« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2016, 09:09:11 PM »

I would say that science is more complex now and more specialized so people are less likely to be able to contribute in as many areas as asimov and clark and the like were able to. That being said there are alot of scientists and it professional types who write sci-fi and contributearticles to magazines, none come to mind atm but reading the bio's on escape pod episodes might point you in the proper direction.
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2017, 04:28:37 AM »

1. He wrote an incredible universe of books
2. He wrote more sci-fi series than anyone else
3. He wrote the best sci-fi short story of all time
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« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2018, 04:09:15 AM »

The world of Sci-Fi fiction is wide and varied.

You have the classics, by Issac Asimov and Arthur C. Clark, (though some of them feel a bit dated today, and can be a bit heavy-going for a young reader.)

Ray Bradbury is a master but also quite dated, with space ships being the 50's classic cigar-shaped silver rocket, but his writing is lyrical and filled with magic. I love his stuff, but a lot of his work isn't what I'd strictly call sci-fi.

For more recent stuff. . . (I don't know what your reading level is, but below I picked out some titles which are both really fun, and fairly easy-going in terms of word-density and page count.)

A really awesome one is, "Ender's Game" by Orson Scott Card. That's a big, big favorite among sci-fi fans.

Another good one is, "A Matter for Men" by David Gerrold. (It's where the video game, "Command & Conquer" came from, I think. It's a bit of a downer, but has some fascinating ideas.)

Lois McMaster Bujold is also a fantastic sci-fi author. Two of her best are, "Shards of Honor" and "The Warrior's Apprentice" (One of my all-time personal favorite books!)

If you like humor, then Douglas Adams, "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" is life-changing and tons of fun.

Anne McCafferey wrote a very nice series, "Dragonsong", "Dragon Drums" and "Dragon Singer" --Which feel a lot more like fantasy books, but they're based on a sci-fi idea; colonists arrived on a distant world, built a society and then forgot their roots. There's no magic; it's based on sci-fi rules, but it feels like magic. Anyway, it's a beautiful series, part of her much larger and more complex "Dragon World" series.

That's a short but solid list.

Cheers and have fun!
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