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SERIES WITHDRAWAL! I need NEW Sci-Fi series recommendations!

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Initial post: Jan 30, 2012 10:46:49 PM PST
I just finished reading this series called "The Keepers" (link attached) it was totally epic, might have been one of the best series I've read in the past 2 years. The only thing I could compare it to was Enders Game/Shadow meets Game Of Thrones (which I could not stop reading books 1-4 for a month straight). I seriously recommend it to anybody looking for a new Sci-Fi genre and series to read...

...Now that I'm done with it though, I'm going through some MEGA WITHDRAWAL and I NEED A NEW SERIES TO READ!

Does anyone out there know of something with creative twists, not afraid to kill main characters, edge of your seat thrill ride, Sci-Fi space or medieval themed? I've already read:
The Keepers
Enders Game
All Neal Stephenson
Game of Thrones
All Heinlein
All Philip K. Dick
All William Gibson
Jonathan Lethem
(Ashamed to admit it) Harry Potter
And a bunch of others.

I feel like I'm missing some new epic Sci-Fi series out there and I need to get my hands on something amazing! And something NEW!!! The Keepers was awesome cause it was new and dealt with stuff that is going on now with the latest advances in science. Game of Thrones was awesome, because the character development was insanely good and I could never tell what direction he was going to go. I really like that. Anything super high tech mixed with human condition, apocolypse, the hero's journey, and a good father/son story would be greatly appreciated. (No Star Wars recommendations please, though I love Star Wars, there is only so much SW novels I can read.)

Any suggestions? I'd really love to hear some.

Thanks for anyone's time who read this. I really appreciate it. I hope you can give me some good suggestions and alter my life through a mind bending book.



And here is the link for "The Keepers" the last book series I read. I guess it's on sale now (goes to show my crappy luck, I paid full price. Still worth it)
The Keepers Part 1: World War III

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 6:32:41 AM PST
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Posted on Jan 31, 2012 7:49:44 AM PST
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MyklSkeleton says:
I'd recommend the Revelation Space series by Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space, Redemption Ark, and Absolution Gap (Revelation Space). You might also like Peter F. Hamilton, but I haven't read him yet: The Reality Dysfunction (The Night's Dawn). If the size of his books are any indication he should be truly epic :)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 8:13:57 AM PST
2theD says:
Something Operatic: start with Revelation Space
Something Exciting: start with Gridlinked
Something Smart: start with Nightside The Long Sun
Something Pretty Smart: start with Sundiver
Something Epic: start with Lords of the Middle Dark
Something Martian: start with Red Mars
Something Silly: start with The Hitchhiker's Guide
Something "Noir": start with Altered Carbon
Something Hard-boiled: start with When Gravity Fails
Something Pulp: start with The Engines of God

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 8:45:44 AM PST
Moonbeamy says:
For great character development, Guy Gavriel Kay, epic fantasy.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 9:01:00 AM PST
W.T. Keeton says:
Have you tried Asimov?

If you string together his Robot, Empire and Foundation stuff, it really forms one big 14 or 15 novel series. That goes from the near future (now our past since it was written decades ago) to tens of thousands of years from now.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 9:32:03 AM PST
Yingjiu Sun says:
I would recommend this arthor's books

trilisk ruins is listed at No 2 of the best sell of sci-fic books. Insidious series is listed at No 12..

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 9:47:36 AM PST
This is great feedback!!!!!! Thank you! Please keep them coming!


In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 9:52:13 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 9:53:56 AM PST
A few authors I notice missing from your list that I highly recommend:
Neal Asher (my new favorite author after Heinlein)
Larry Niven
Jerry Pournelle
CJ Cherryh
SM Stirling

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 10:14:42 AM PST
Tigger Boy says:
There are dozens out there, looks thru the discussions under SPACE OPERAS,MILITARY SCI- FI, and even in the sci-fi forums here.
Just takes a little time and you'll find many more than you have mentioned maybe not all classics to many but good solid reading;
Here's afew of my favorites;
DAVID WEBER many series
ELIZABETH MOON my favorite is the VATTA series
ANNE MCCAFFREY some fantasy but tons of good reading, many series
JAMES H SCHMITZ ( a 60's classic author) TELZEY ABERDON series
New indie authors;
THOMAS DEPRIMA "A GALAXY UNKNOWN " series , not classic's but fun can't put down reading
MICHAEL R. HICKS 'IN HER NAME' series, well written lots of action

If you want these works and can't download from Amazon , go to BAEN .COM and download thru Amazon to your kindle or buy the books thru them. Also you'll find a ton of great author there and in the free library you start many series free

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 2:27:16 PM PST
Trim Tram says:
Old Man's War ?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 3:32:41 PM PST
Old Man's war? What is that about?

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 3:38:40 PM PST
I just looked that up... It looks AMAZING! thanks!

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 3:41:22 PM PST
Ronald Craig says:
I thought so; FWIW, I really enjoyed all three of the Old Man's War books. :)

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 3:59:16 PM PST
Karen W. says:
Hearty seconds on both Niven and Pournelle. They're LASFS members (Los Angeles Science Fantasy Society) and good friends of mine... well... before I moved away from CA. They are GREAT authors.

Other suggestions:

Historical fantasy/horror: Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Saint Germain series, starting with Hotel Transylvania
Seriously guilty pleasure: John Norman's Gor series, starting with Tarnsman of Gor. He's a God AWFUL writer, but chewing through these books WILL take up your reading time and it IS a series
Fantasy: Terri Windling's Borderland series. Only a few books but WELL worth the read!
Inteligent vampires Lynn Viehl's Darkyn series

Other good writers: Fred Saberhagen, Jack Finney, Poul Anderson, C J Cherryh, Marion Zimmer Bradley, Paul Edwin Zimmer and Diana Paxson (any of the Greyhaven Group, actually) etc etc etc....

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 4:01:32 PM PST
Crowley13 says:
My all time favorite author is Terry Pratchett, check out his Discworld series. Different books feature different groups of characters in the same (very funny) universe, kind of medieval/magic but full of satire. If you like witches try Wyrd Sisters, Dragons! Dragons! if you like humorous crime stories. Just read the descriptions to find one you like, everyone I know who's given them a chance has wound up with the whole collection. There are assassins, thieves, lawyers, Death, witches, wizards, trolls, dwarves, vampires (Carpe Jugulum was great!) werewolves...I could go on forever, just look it up and read the sneak peek thingy. Also Michael Scotts The Alchemyst series.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 4:04:31 PM PST
Zen Druid says:
Try the Chaos Chronicles series by Jeffrey Carver. The first 3 are available for free as eboks at Baen. You can check out the author's site or buy singly or as an omnibus at Amazon. Neptune Crossing (The Chaos Chronicles) is the first book and is free at the moment on Amazon. Good space opera.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 4:43:36 PM PST
I've heard a whole lot about the discworld series. I've never heard people rant and rave about it though. But everyone thinks I should read it. Do you feel it's super exciting? Or just a good series?

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 4:53:36 PM PST
Crowley13 says:
I think Discworld is possibly the best series in the world, certainly the best I ever read. Some people prefer the books that focus on the wizards, some prefer the witches, my favorite are the ones with the Watch (like the police) and the Patrician (the ruler of the main city) it all depends on what you like. Just give it a shot.

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 5:04:26 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Jan 31, 2012 5:05:40 PM PST
These might not be the kind of series you are thinking of, but I really liked Dan Simmons' Hyperion Cantos and Ilium books. He seems to write in twos:

Hyperion and The Fall of Hyperion

Endymion and The Rise of Endymion

Ilium and Olympos

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 5:07:34 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 1, 2012 10:42:56 AM PST
Tom Rogers says:
It's been a while since I've seen a truly excellent SF series, the last one that really floated my boat was Shadow & Claw: The First Half of 'The Book of the New Sun' and Sword & Citadel: The Second Half of 'The Book of the New Sun'

This was a fun ride: Northworld Trilogy

Most of the series I've read (or tried to read) since have tried to attain excellence through flab and diminishing expectations.

If you don't mind a scavenger hunt, the old Perry Rhodan's were amazingly good, considering the volume of output, actually if your German is up to it, you can find a lot of the books Kindled.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 5:16:09 PM PST
I'm a series addict myself... a can't put it down series for me....look up Sharon Lee & Steve Miller "The Liaden Universe"

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 7:21:12 PM PST
I read these Sci-Fi series a while back! I loved it. $0.99/book Trans-Human (Post-Human)Post-Human (Trans-Human)

In reply to an earlier post on Jan 31, 2012 7:28:00 PM PST
Disc world is not exciting, it's humor. Classic British satire in a fantasy guise. Think Monty python does dungeons n dragons, as social satire.

Posted on Jan 31, 2012 8:09:09 PM PST
V.D.J says:
Gritty, realistic fantasy: Glen Cook's The Black Company
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