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Posted: 04 October 2011 01:17 AM   [ Ignore ]
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It goes without saying that there are many hardcore Sci Fi fans here; What are your opinions about Arthur C. Clarke and Greg Bear?

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Posted: 04 October 2011 03:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It goes without saying that there are many hardcore Sci Fi fans here; What are your opinions about Arthur C. Clark and Greg Bear?

Big fan of both! In particular I love Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End, and Bear’s Forge of God and Eon ... similar books in a way, though Bear’s are a lot grimmer.

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Posted: 04 October 2011 10:47 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It was probably reading Clarke’s A Fall of Moondust that inclined me to go for engineering than any other single book.  I probably read it 5 times while still in grade school.

I haven’t read any Greg Bear in a really long time.  His stories had BIG PHYSICS but it just didn’t seem as though the characters had much control.  Like they were just appendages dragged along by the physics.  It just wasn’t too interesting.

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Posted: 04 October 2011 10:56 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Yeah, in Bear it’s people up against the vastness of physics. (Well, advanced intelligences using physics). But then that’s kind of Rendezvous as well.

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Posted: 04 October 2011 10:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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dougsmith - 04 October 2011 03:59 AM

I love Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama ...

Just read (actually listened on audiobook) Rama again for the first time since high school, way back in tthe’70’s. It was every bit as good as I remember.

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Posted: 04 October 2011 03:10 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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dougsmith - 04 October 2011 03:59 AM
mid atlantic - 04 October 2011 01:17 AM

It goes without saying that there are many hardcore Sci Fi fans here; What are your opinions about Arthur C. Clark and Greg Bear?

Big fan of both! In particular I love Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End, and Bear’s Forge of God and Eon ... similar books in a way, though Bear’s are a lot grimmer.

Was Childhood’s End the one that 2001 was made from?

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mid atlantic - 04 October 2011 01:17 AM

It goes without saying that there are many hardcore Sci Fi fans here; What are your opinions about Arthur C. Clark and Greg Bear?

Big fan of both! In particular I love Clarke’s Rendezvous with Rama and Childhood’s End, and Bear’s Forge of God and Eon ... similar books in a way, though Bear’s are a lot grimmer.

Was Childhood’s End the one that 2001 was made from?

No, 2001 was made from “The Sentinel”, a short story. Then IIRC Clarke expanded it into its own book called 2001, basically at the same time the film was being made.

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Posted: 05 October 2011 06:58 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Anyone familiar with the Ben Bova novels? He began his career as a science writer and switched to si-fi in the 70’s. He’s my son’s favorite author.

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Posted: 05 October 2011 08:23 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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The Dueling Machine, by Benjamin William Bova
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/30796/30796-h/30796-h.htm

The Next Logical Step, by Benjamin William Bova
http://www.gutenberg.org/files/28063/28063-h/28063-h.htm

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Posted: 05 October 2011 09:26 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 9 ]
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thevillageathiest - 05 October 2011 06:58 AM

Anyone familiar with the Ben Bova novels? He began his career as a science writer and switched to si-fi in the 70’s. He’s my son’s favorite author.

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I liked Mars and the sequel. His descriptions of know-nothing politicians kowtowing to religious desires to deny evolution and climate change are more timely today than when they were written.

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Posted: 06 October 2011 01:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 10 ]
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I’d never heard of Bova until now; they were cool stories, thanks for posting them.

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