Room for All
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On the room for all thread we sometimes talk about a book someone has recently found to be fabulous or even just a perfect mindless read
Starfish, Maelstrom & Behemoth by Peter Watts -- Hard SF taking place around the Pacific Northwet, aboot an ancient form of life that gets released and outcompetes our life. and his Blindsight book -- a really neet alien contact story.
Blindsight is the kind of s-f I need to find more of. Exploration, first contact, mysteries of the cosmos is what I love about s-f. I am quite sick of social s-f. Do Watts' other novels fill that bill?
I haven't read this one but don't generally like Jodi Picoult. I think the topics that she chooses are interesting, but I don't think that they're well executed. I start out thinking that I'm going to read something great (House Rules about an autistic kid who helps solve a crime) and end up feeling like I've wasted my time on "fluff".Right now I'm reading 'Mercy' by Jodi Picoult. It's about a mercy killing, but in my opinion it is poorly constructed, poorly written. The only reasons I'm continuing is because I started it and don't like to quit and because I've got nothing else to read right now.
Blood Music, his trippy hard sf exploration of a singularity transhumanism rapture event.
I actually got into S-F through Trek and then the "classics" (Verne, Wells, early Asimov) but Clarke at his prime, which includes Rendezvous With Rama and Childhood's End, was one of my all-time favorite s-f writers. Not so much his later years when he developed a bad case of sequelitis.
Thanks to Arthur C Clarke's Childhood's End, where I became consciously aware of something called 'science fiction', my reading life changed for the better...