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Feb 04, 2013 05:50PM

48322 Maggie wrote: "I think the Smith collection was reprinted recently. I know I picked it up at my local bookstore for the normal price..."

okay then, i will nominate The Rediscovery of Man! by Cordwainer Smith.
Feb 04, 2013 12:45PM

48322 thanks Dylan!

and we will have to subtract The Warrior's Apprentice as well, because that is next month's Series Read.

i'm not nominating anything because i'd like to read Dawn. although i would love to nominate Rediscovery of Man, as that is my favorite scifi collection. but the price for that volume or other collected smaller volumes may be exorbitant.
Jan 25, 2013 12:47PM

48322 i thought Soulless and its sequel were pleasant but not very memorable - i won't continue with the series.

i liked Leviathon. just read its sequel Behemoth, which was also enjoyable.

i thought Boneshaker was okay, but often dull and annoying.

i completely loved The Glass Books of the Dream Eaters and its sequel The Dark Volume by Gordon Dahlquist. although a lot of people have not enjoyed those books. i don't understand a lot of people.
Jan 25, 2013 12:13PM

48322 So Marjorie made some good points re. where to start the series read (the ones I noted above in msg 20)... but because another group - Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club - has chosen that book for their Feb group read, we'll just start with the first chronological book in the series, Shards of Honour. And so skip the poll. I hate repeating the group reads of other groups.
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Jan 25, 2013 12:09PM

48322 After receiving a notice from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Club that they were just about to start their read of Bujold's The Warrior's Apprentice, and knowing how much both Maggie and I do not want to repeat other groups' reads... I was just about to propose that we go ahead and make an executive decision and start with Shards of Honor for the Vorkosigan series read.

However I just recieved Maggie's notice and, as usual, she has somehow been able to telepathically predict my own thoughtstream. So all I'll do is post a message in a couple appropriate spots (series read discussion thread & poll comment trhead).

Marjorie made some really strong points as far as why we should start with Warrior's Apprentice. but i think another group reading that book is reason enough for me to skip setting up yet another poll and for us to just start with Shards of Honor.
Jan 24, 2013 02:26PM

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Jan 23, 2013 11:06AM

48322 it's yours!

i'd love to take the first month of the series read.
Jan 22, 2013 09:54PM

48322 Richard, that is my preference as well. we will put it to a poll! although either way i plan on reading the first 2 chronological books. the points in favor of skipping the first two are (1) they don't deal with Miles directly and (2) #3 - the first actual Miles novel - is available for free. those are pretty good points... which is why we will be putting it to a vote.
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Jan 22, 2013 12:46PM

48322 Maggie wrote: "ok, so when the feb random poll first ended, RD had won. Somebody must have left the group since then, making it a tie. I first noticed this yesterday when I realized I had never put the books on..."

ah, well that makes it simple. i'm fine with moderating Reality Dysfunction, or not if someone is excited to read it for the first time.
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Jan 22, 2013 07:50AM

48322 hey i just noticed that the Footfall/Reality Dysfunction runoff poll ended in a tie! i'll be happy to moderate the group random read thread for that month. my preference would be Footfall (probably no surprise) but i am actually fine with rereading Reality Dysfunction as well. i will go with whichever the moderator pack thinks is best.

edit: i just noticed that Reality Dysfunction is already featured on the home page as the Feb read. why is that?

also, voting in the series read just ended and Vorkosigan Saga won (by 1 point!). i almost hate to do another poll, but because there are strong arguments in favor of starting off with two different books (Shards of Honor or Warrior's Apprentice), i think i have to put up a poll to determine where the majority want to start. although my preference is start with the very first book in the series and will probably do that either way.
Jan 16, 2013 01:37AM

48322 bump

Stand on Zanzibar - John Brunner
Dune - Frank Herbert
Foundation - Isaac Asimov
Hyperion - Dan Simmons
Dragonflight - Anne McCaffrey
Spin - Robert Charles Wilson
Rendezvous with Rama - Arthur C. Clarke
The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
Speaker for the Dead - Orson Scott Card
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
A Canticle for Leibowitz - Walter Miller Jr.
The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith
A Fire Upon the Deep - Vernor Vinge
Ubik - Philip K. Dick
The Forever War - Joe Haldeman
Frysepunket (English title: Freezing Down) - Anders Bodelsen
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick
The Windup Girl - Paolo Bacigalupi
Childhood's End - Arthur C. Clarke
The Stars My Destination - Alfred Bester
Downbelow Station - C.J. Cherryh
Stardance - Spider and Jeanne Robinson
The Mote in Gods Eye - Niven/Pournelle
Frankenstein - Mary Shelley
Old Man's War - John Scalzi
The Warrior's Apprentice - Lois McMaster Bujold
Gateway - Frederik Pohl
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert Heinlein
Consider Phlebas - Iain Banks
Altered Carbon - Richard K. Morgan
The Fifth Head of Cerberus - Gene Wolfe
Adiamante - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Dawn - Octavia E. Butler
Damnation Alley Roger Zelazny
Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury
Pandora's Star - Peter F Hamilton
Battlefield Earth - L. Ron Hubbard
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Jan 16, 2013 01:36AM

48322 i liked the second season of Alphas. although i suppose it is only marginally scifi. i hope it comes back for a 3rd season.
48322 "What am I promoting? That's an interesting question, imaginary shill... Get your e-copy before the internet runs out."

ha! nice; i like.
Jan 06, 2013 11:48PM

48322 closing this thread now. to vote for your choice of series read, go to
Jan 06, 2013 11:47PM

48322 closing this thread now. to vote for your choice of series read, go to:
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Jan 02, 2013 09:31PM

48322 oh but i don't want to automatically give the Series Read over to Night's Dawn (as much as i'd like to reread the series)... there were a bunch of nominations so let's put it to a vote.

right now Reality Dysfunction is one up on Footfall and i bet it will stay that way by the time the poll closes tonight. after that poll closes, i'll put up the Series Read poll. prob sometime tomorrow (and will include Reality Dysfunction/Night's Dawn of course).
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Dec 29, 2012 07:26PM

48322 hey moderators!

there may be an issue if Reality Dysfunction wins for February and if it wins for the March Series read as well. Footfall is in the lead now but who knows, Peter Hamilton is (deservedly) popular and that lead could end. so i propose that we keep Reality Dysfunction/Night's Dawn series as one of the nominees for the series read... and if it wins in both polls, then we change the Feb Random Read to Footfall so we don't have the same book for 2 months in a row.

sound kosher?
Dec 21, 2012 12:43AM

48322 that is one of my favorite series ever. i may even vote for it over my own nomination of The Culture. love Vance.

Timothy & Mike, thanks for the extensive linking in your posts!
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Dec 20, 2012 02:12PM

48322 cool, thanks Trax!

Jason, take Altered Carbon!
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Dec 20, 2012 05:52AM

48322 moderators new & old! i just posted a message for you on the moderator thread.

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