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Please list an indie sci-fi novel you recently enjoyed!

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Posted on Sep 1, 2011 10:54:13 AM PDT
Jennifer says:
I can't believe I just slogged through what amounts to one person telling other people how they SHOULD be writing. Go find another thread where people want to be told how to write, I'm pretty sure that this thread was created for a different purpose. Your long winded discussions of proper writing are annoying and useless in this thread.

I really wanted to get some new recommendations (and no, I'm not an author) since I enjoy "soft SF", like the Share series by Nathan Lowell and the Origins series by Randolph Lalonde. I did at least pick out one or two others to look into, so for those of you who are continuing the thread based on what the OP was interested in, thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 11:03:34 AM PDT
James May says:
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2011 11:58:08 AM PDT
lwd says:
Jennifer -

Perhaps you could start a discussion group similar to this one in the MOA forum? I would dearly love to put in a couple of titles that exactly match the heading of this thread, but I literally CAN'T without breaking Amazon's TOS or being accused of being a sock-puppet.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 1:06:52 PM PDT
Alex Jackson says:
Hello, I have just recently read and thoroughly enjoyed High Voltage. This book is written like a script and is very easy to follow, so it is good for all ages. It revolves around a 14-year-old boy named Clyde Watts, who accidently gains super powers after a chemical spill. This book is action packed, filled with drama, mutants, and superheroes. So if you are a fan of superhero stories, read this book and you will NOT be disappointed.

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 6:54:08 PM PDT
Ex-Heroes by Peter Clines is good if you enjoy the idea of superheroes versus zombies concept. I reviewed it about a year ago and thought it was well worth reading. For Kindle users, the publisher put it on sale this week.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 8:45:08 AM PDT
Coppo says:
An indie Sci-Fi novel that I really enjoyed was The Sarrhian Seed by Roger Elwell. It reminded me of the E.E "Doc" Smith Lensman novels that I read many years ago, but taking advantage of several decades of scientific development to bring the details up to date. I would call it a page turner, however I read it on Kindle, so I'm not sure I can use that phrase anymore...

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 10:56:11 AM PDT
Do vampire books count as sci-fi or fantasy? Blood on the Ice by Ian T Healy is funny and fun (vampires and ice hockey!). Or for a more sci-fi-ish story, Watcher's Web by Patty Jansen. She's Australian, which makes for a different perspective if you're from the States.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2011 11:31:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 2, 2011 2:44:57 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Hi Jennifer, I looked at the Origins series you mentioned, and it looks like the first book or fixup is free, at least the Kindle version is. I grabbed a copy to check out sometime. I don't really read much Space Opera or Military SF (come to think of it, I don't read series either) but since they seem to be fairly popular subgenres, I thought I'd put up the link:

Origins (Spinward Fringe)

A free book with a recommendation is almost as good as a book with Zombies.

I looked over the series and though it appears wildly popular by indie standards, there were some reviewers commenting on grammatical errors (even for the later books). That's not necessarily a deal killer for me, but it may be for others.

Posted on Sep 2, 2011 3:12:19 PM PDT
Pulpman says:
I am putting up for consideration the book Judgment on Tartarus. I found it a fun and easy to get through story. The story is about Corona Scott and her first space assignment on board the space ship Astrella II. I liked how a murder mystery and political turmoil were brought to a solid climax and then resolved.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2011 3:49:31 PM PDT
I would count them as fantasy. In my mind, SF is something with space ships, or technology that is not available yet. Vampires (as in the undead) don't make sense.

Posted on Sep 10, 2011 10:27:39 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 11, 2011 5:37:24 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
I noticed that Bradbury has come up in a couple recent conversations, I found a French author who often reminds me of Bradbury (also Borges and Kafka and Poe). Small Beer Press published a superb translation of some of his works last year, I've mentioned it before, but this seems like a good time to plug again. The horror and SF elements are very lite.

A Life on Paper: Stories

Posted on Sep 11, 2011 2:25:45 PM PDT
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Posted on Sep 12, 2011 2:58:04 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 12, 2011 4:07:46 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2011 4:41:20 PM PDT
Hello Verity,

I am sorry that I am seeing this so late. However, I never saw anything from you. I do appreciate honest feedback, and if you wouldn't mind, I'd be interested in seeing your notes on Dirtside if you don't mind sending them again. Anything to help me and the work grow! The email address listed at the beginning of the book would work (dirtsidediaries at gmail dot com). I'm sorry to say it may have been marked as spam, and I may have missed it. Life has been a bit busy the last few months as I just got out of the Army. Seriously though, thanks for reading it! If you made it through twice, I'll take that as a compliment! :)

And many thanks to Jed for the kind words and review. I can't express my gratitude that you guys took the time to actually wade through my story!

Take care,

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 2:46:06 AM PDT
browncoat says:
try the Astra trilogy. first one's free. (Astra: Synchronicity)
i like the same books you do.

Posted on Sep 16, 2011 2:05:13 PM PDT
To Meet Fate (stories of the future) Only 99 cents. Short story.

Posted on Sep 27, 2011 10:31:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 27, 2011 11:08:27 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
I just finished this recently:


It's not really SF in any meaningful sense of the word, it's basically fantasy tinged horror of the type I've seen discussed in this forum, it was like a Zelazny/King collaboration or something on the order of Gemmell's Jerusalem Man. It was a page turner, I had trouble putting it down (so to speak, I read it on my PC), there were a lot of interesting characters and situations that were introduced and dropped in favor of simple minded (but exciting) swordplay.

Posted on Sep 28, 2011 12:01:00 AM PDT
Hypatia y la eternidad (Spanish Edition)

Hypatia and eternity - Hypatia y la eternidad - What would the world be like today if the Library of Alexandria had not burnt?

Before being brutally murdered, Hypatia must save the Great Library. Then, she will overcome the only thing that is irreversible, death itself. She is converted into an eternal being and embarks on a fabulous journey through space/time, penetrating the minds of the most influential characters of a different, alternative history: emperors, conquerors or geniuses like Leonardo or Einstein. This historical-futuristic epic novel is made up of suspense, adventure and parallel realities.

Hypatia y la eternidad (Spanish Edition)

Posted on Oct 23, 2011 6:04:51 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 23, 2011 6:14:45 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
This is a pretty good read so far: Braji

I'm into the second decile (and I almost never get that far in anything before I decide I've got something better to do with my time). On the other hand, as far as I've made it in the story, it's more like "A Day In The Life Of Ivan Denisovich" or "Papillon" than the apparently similar and solidly SFnal "Camp Concentration" (Disch). It's got Brunneresque vibes. As usual, I will provide updates.

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 9:58:17 PM PDT
Tom Rogers says:
Braji closing in on the halfway mark--I've refined and revised my opinion, this is more like oldskool Cherryh doing the Gulag, than Brunner.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 4:25:13 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Nov 3, 2011 6:01:58 PM PDT
Here are a couple for your consideration:

The Karma Booth by Jeff Pearce
All the Paths of Shadow by Frank Tuttle (it's steampunk/fantasy but with a very scientific edge - the 'wizards' are also the scientists in his world)

Both are very accomplished writers with amazing vision, so they're very good flag bearers for self and small publishers.

Oh, and here's a short to try, which I enjoyed very much: Finished, by C A Young

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 5:39:37 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 5:42:49 PM PDT
"At the risk of losing my modesty"

No, you're at risk of being banned by Amazon. Self-promotion is not allowed anywhere but the Meet Our Authors forum. Link is here:

Besides, the OP already said they didn't want self-promos.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 5:50:52 PM PDT
Personally I think shorts are harder to get right than novel length stories. Short stories demand discipline and very tight writing, skills that many selfpubbers have yet to develop. Too many short stories and novellas I've read from them read exactly like they are - a story that runs out of puff and a writer who has no idea what to do with a good idea.

I speak as a huge fan of the short story form, by the way. I think when it's good, it's very very good. And when it's bad....

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 3, 2011 5:54:30 PM PDT
"Madouc turned him a dubious glance."

That is *not* good writing, I'm sorry to say. In fact the speech tags in this are clumsy as anything. Needs more editing.
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