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message 1: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 13, 2012 05:52AM) (new)

It's time to make your nominations for the NOvember Science Fiction theme: Hard Science.

The level of Hard science I can leave up to you but the definition we'll go with is the one in Wikipedia: "Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both."

This month, we're also going to start excluding any authors who we've selected to read in the past 12 months. The list can be found here. Any author on this list is cannot be nominated.


So Let's see what you all come up with. Remember, one nomination and one seconding per person and once we have a nice list, I'll open up the vote.


Nominations
Small Miracles by Edward M. Lerner
2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Seconded
Perigee by Patrick Chiles
MetaGame by Sam Landstrom
Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress
A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
Eon by Greg Bear
Lilith's Brood by Octavia E. Butler


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm going to nominate the first book in a trilogy, Beggars in Spain by Nancy Kress


message 3: by Pete (new)

Pete Howell | 1 comments I'd like to nominate Perigee by Patrick Chiles


message 4: by Steph (new)

Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 84 comments Can I nominate Century Rain by Alastair Reynolds?


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Reads & Reviews (lisareviews) I'll nominate MetaGame by Sam Landstrom


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Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 78 comments Mod
I'll second Century Rain and nominate Eon by Greg Bear.


message 7: by Carey (new)

Carey Bostwick (carebear11) | 40 comments I will second the nomination for Perigee by Patrick Chiles.


message 8: by Dan (new)

Dan (dgeiser13) | 1 comments I'd like to nominate Small Miracles by Edward M. Lerner and I'll second Beggars in Spain.


message 9: by [deleted user] (new)

I'll second the nomination for MetaGame.


message 10: by [deleted user] (last edited Sep 12, 2012 06:17PM) (new)

I'd like to nominate A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge.

Is there an ebook version of Eon?

Also, based on the last time an indie was selected, I think those nominated should be vetted for basic English adherence and proper formatting standards. Nothing special: Just no grisly bares in Yellow Stone or other types of simple errors.


message 11: by Charles (new)

Charles (nogdog) Greg wrote: "I'd like to nominate A Fire upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge...."


Since that's been sitting unread on my Kindle for a long time now (don't know why), I'll second this.


message 12: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm not sure, does Century Rain count as Hard Science Fiction? It's bee seconded but what do you all think?


message 13: by [deleted user] (new)

Oh, and Eon by Greg Bear is an ebook - it's on Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/Eon-ebook/dp/B0.... It's published by eRead but for some reason is not available on Baenebooks.com

And I checked out Perigee and browsed the sample and there were no basic spelling or grammatical errors ...


message 14: by [deleted user] (new)

Geoffrey wrote: "I'm not sure, does Century Rain count as Hard Science Fiction? It's bee seconded but what do you all think?"

I have my doubts. It's more space opera, I think, if we want to get picayune about it. But some of his other books would probably count as Hard SF.

And I'll second Eon.


message 15: by Chai and Pakoras (new)

Chai and Pakoras (chaiandpakoras) | 12 comments I nominate Xenogenesis by Octavia E. Butler.


message 16: by Kevin (last edited Sep 12, 2012 07:57PM) (new)

Kevin Xu (kxu65) | 78 comments Mod
I think A Fire Upon the Deep is more space opera, but I'm not quite sure on that.


message 17: by Chai and Pakoras (new)

Chai and Pakoras (chaiandpakoras) | 12 comments correction - my nomination is for Lilith's Brood (Xenogenesis 1 - 3)


message 18: by Wilco (new)

Wilco Roos (roosw) | 16 comments Pete wrote: "I'd like to nominate Perigee by Patrick Chiles"
I second this one, sounds fascinating :-)


message 19: by [deleted user] (new)

I really enjoy Butler, so I'll second Lilith's Brood.


REMEMBER UKRAINE NOW ReadingReindeer (readingreindeerproximacentauri) | 24 comments I'll nominate 2312 and second the wonderful Beggars in Spain


message 21: by Dodie (new)

Dodie Reed (yarnwench) I'll second Octavia Butler. Anything she writes is wonderful.


message 22: by Joe (last edited Sep 13, 2012 08:06AM) (new)

Joe Occhipinti (joeoccchipinti) | 5 comments There's a lot of great titles on this list already. I second Jack Campbell's Lost Fleet. I guess the first book, Dauntless? It's particularly good as military, hard SF.


message 23: by [deleted user] (new)

I'm not sure about The Lost Fleet, either. Is it really Hard SF?


message 24: by [deleted user] (new)

If I'm not mistaken, there are already eight nominations with seconds. More than usual.


message 25: by [deleted user] (new)

Yeah. there are a few I'm not sure really qualify as Hard SF so I didn't put them on list up top yet. BUT, I"m thinking this is a good list and I'll run with it and create a poll.


message 26: by Joe (new)

Joe Occhipinti (joeoccchipinti) | 5 comments Geoffrey wrote: "I'm not sure about The Lost Fleet, either. Is it really Hard SF?"

Based on the definition you gave "Hard science fiction is a category of science fiction characterized by an emphasis on scientific or technical detail, or on scientific accuracy, or on both.", I think the Lost Fleet qualifies as hard SF.


message 27: by stormhawk (last edited Sep 15, 2012 12:17AM) (new)

stormhawk | 75 comments Dragon's Egg by Robert L. Forward just came to mind.

Edit: whoops. Guess I was late. Oh, well. There will be other opportunities!


message 28: by Steph (new)

Steph Bennion (stephbennion) | 84 comments I just saw the earlier comment about Century Rain. Can space opera not also be hard SF? I like Alastair Reynolds precisely because his books frequently manage to be both.


message 29: by Christina (new)

Christina Vasilevski (cvasilevski) Since the number of nominees for this monthly theme is higher than usual, why not revisit the theme a few months from now, and keep the nominee list as a reference? I think trying to vote among half a dozen books (at least) would be hard, but voting between 3 and 4 would be easier.


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