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Who used to read or still reads Science Fiction Books?

Chris_L Avatar
Chris_L 9 5.5k United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 3:45PM
I used to devour as much sci-fi as I could get from the local library when I was younger. From a book of short sci-fi stories two really stick in my mind. Wish I could find that book or more info on the stories as I only remember certain details:

In one favourite story a guy recieved a device that could track lightwaves back through time and resolve an image. It had a name similar to Ozo / Oozi / Ouozo afaicr. I think he first used it to track the package it came in back through the post, sorting offices, vans, mailboxes to where it had come from, then he watched his parents at the moment of his own conception. Weird but thought-provoking. Would like to find that again.

Another story was about people going to the cinema and needing more and more gimmicks to sate their boredom and bring excitement, it progressed from enhanced sound and video effect to a point where every night an audience member would be murdered at random. It was a horrific story of dystopia and the end, which I won't spoil, was very profound. Can't remember author or title.

Anyone recall these?
Dave_Canon Avatar
Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 7:49PM
I had a period in my late teens when I read quite a few science fiction novels but mainly classics by H G Wells, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C Clark etc. I do have all of H G Wells work on my Kindle (99p the lot) but have only read a small part of it. I do not recall those stories and tend to only read historical novels or non-fiction history now.

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9 7.3k 22 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 9:49PM
At 14 I was bitten by the EE Doc Smiths Lensman series. These I've re-read a few years ago.
I continued to read SciFi books by Clark (Rama series), Asimov, Herbert (Dune) for many years.

Not so much now, more horror or action thriller.
Always get the latest Reacher book for Christmas. Scott Mariani Ben Hopes are similar. Greg Hurwitz or Dean Kootz are other I now lookout for.
keith selmes Avatar
keith selmes 19 7.4k 1 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 10:27PM
At primary school we had some of these Kemlo books

I went on to a lot more SF, and still try one now and then.
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brian1208 20 11.8k 12 United Kingdom
27 Sep 2019 11:04PM
Daemon and the subsequent book (Freedom?) are worth a read, if somewhat depressingly like the way society is becoming now

My collection is extensive, (around 50 years of collecting) and still new books are added.

Our local library stores some of the newer ones for me on their public shelves (saves fighting for shelf space with my wife who collects Crime and Historical novels Smile )
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Toobi_Won 12 77 8 England
28 Sep 2019 8:11PM
As a one time avid reader of the genre, (more into "factual" history now) when well written, the best series read to date was by Julian May , her four books in the Saga of the Pliocene Exile series. She has also expanded on the theme in other books. Make a great series for HBO.
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Dave_Canon 17 2.2k United Kingdom
28 Sep 2019 10:19PM
I was always interested in Science as a child and indeed became a Scientist. Some of the best Science Fiction writers were scientist such as Asimov, Clarke and Hoyle. In 1945 Arthur C Clarke published a paper about Geostationary Communication Satellites in Wireless World. Many of H G Wells predictions were uncanny though Wells was not actually a scientist though his writing was not limited to SF.

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Pedeonic 6 62 United Kingdom
21 Dec 2019 11:14PM
Scifi was what got me interested in reading in the first place. I read a book many years ago by Nicholas Fisk called Wheelie in the Stars. It was when i was very young. Then i read non fiction and now read a mixture. Harry Turtledove the American novelist books such as the World War series are very good. He does alternate history, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction and mystery.


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