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4170 As a late baby boomer myself, I have to disagree. Look at some of the SF classics from the 1960s. Dune. Paul Atraides. Messiah figure. Stranger in a Strange Land. Michael Valentine Smith. Messiah figure. There may be things you notice but I don't think there is that clear-cut of a distinction.
Feb 28, 2012 05:01AM

4170 I'll just leave this here. The Mass Effect Rap
S&L Game Club (19 new)
Feb 21, 2012 12:45PM

4170 There's the Vintage Game Club -

It's a spinoff from the Brainy Gamer podcast -

They tend to focus more on "classic" game than whatever the current hot thing is though.
Video? (60 new)
Feb 08, 2012 08:35AM

4170 I listen to podcasts while walking or driving, so video is pretty much out for me.
Feb 07, 2012 12:05PM

4170 John Christopher, author of the Tripods trilogy of YA novels and the early eco-catastrophy novel The Death Of Grass has died.

Tripods trilogy was one of my first introductions to SF. Sad to hear.
Feb 06, 2012 05:03AM

4170 Inversions looks and reads like a fantasy, until you notice who wrote it and pick up on a few subtle clues in the text about what is really going on.
Feb 02, 2012 05:52AM

4170 How humans treat aliens is pretty much the whole point of Little Fuzzy (both versions, read both to also get a feeling as to how attitudes have changed in the last 50 years).
Feb 02, 2012 05:27AM

4170 In dead tree format, Terminal World

From Audible, Beneath the Dark Ice

Sitting at 80% on the Kindle but I haven't gotten back to it lately (which probably says something), Dourado
Feb 01, 2012 10:13AM

4170 Kevin wrote: "Keith wrote: "Adventure!"

You mean the game created by Warren Robinett?"

I suspect he means the original text Adventure, now more commonly called Colossal Cave
Feb 01, 2012 05:07AM

4170 Thought some people here may enjoy this. An index of every major Science Fiction or Fantasy award ever given out.

Locus Index to Science Fiction Awards
Jan 27, 2012 07:46AM

4170 Justin wrote: "I definitely second Jlawrence, Andrewp, and Dennis on picking an Iaian Banks book, although I've read the one's I imagine might get chosen (that are mentioned above. In Matter, there's even a few ..."

Ooh, I've got it! Inversions! Sword and Laser!
Jan 24, 2012 01:20PM

4170 AndrewP wrote: "That poll also included Look to Windward, which should be another top contender if your looking for spacie action :) Any other Bank's fans out there?"

Oh definitely, but I'm not sure ...Windward is the best one to start with. Wouldn't The Player of Games or Consider Phlebas be a better introduction? (Or my favorite, Use of Weapons?)
Jan 18, 2012 02:02PM

4170 For female science-fiction authors, I don't think anyone has mentioned Connie Willis, C J Cherryh or James Tiptree Jr. (the pesudonym of Alice Sheldon; did you know she was a photointelligence officer in WW II?)
Ebook Pricing (35 new)
Jan 17, 2012 08:37AM

4170 Warren wrote: "Apple's announcement about e-publishing will change the landscape."

Except it was apparently Apple that was behind the publishers asking Amazon to raise their prices in the first place..

MSNBC/The Wall Street Journal wrote: "The whole agreement was actually launched at the behest of Apple’s Steve Jobs, who had wanted to create an e-bookstore for the iPad but didn’t want to compete with’s cheap titles."

Full article
4170 Also check Jeremy Robinson

Hit submit too soon.

Also add David Wood's Dane Maddock books or Greig Beck's Alex Hunter series
Ebook Pricing (35 new)
Jan 16, 2012 04:59PM

4170 I feel obligated to point out that Amazon doesn't set their e-book prices; the publishers do. In fact, Amazon points that out on just about every Kindle book page; "This price was set by the publisher"
Book Covers (68 new)
Jan 12, 2012 10:22AM

4170 Most of the ones I came in to mention are already mentioned, but I'll toss A Canticle for Leibowitz onto the pile.

Clarke's Childhood's End probably should also be on there.
Nov 09, 2011 12:32PM

4170 Since @Nevan mentioned HPPodcraft, I'll also add The Cthulhu Podcast He does a lot of readings of Lovecraft and other horror stories from the same period.

Edit - fixed missing quote
4170 Joshua wrote: "I'm reading the first book of the Thomas Covenant series by Stephen R. Donaldson, and am struggling a bit, for all the reasons you are probably well aware of if you've ever tried to read this tale ..."

I found Thomas Covenant to be one of the least likable protagonists I've ever come across. I read the first two (I think it was) and never finished simply because I couldn't stand the main character.
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