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SF for my dad

When my dad heard I had gone to Boskone and met a bunch of authors he had never heard of, he said he'd like to start reading more current SF. He told me he went to the library and stood in front of the SF/Fantasy section and had no idea where to start -- he's a fan of Asimov and Heinlein and Silverberg and Clarke, but hasn't kept up with the genre.

Today I gave him three recent books that I had handy on my bookshelf: Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom by Cory Doctorow, Singularity Sky by autopope, and Old Man's War by scalzi. While I know the last will be a good read for him, I'm a little concerned that Singularity Sky may be a bit too much for someone who hasn't been keeping up -- heck, the concept of the technological singularity is still somewhat hard to grasp for me, and I actually read about it and think about it relatively often.

But anyway, we'll see if he likes them or asks for more. He read the entire Baroque Cycle on my recommendation, and enjoyed those, so I guess maybe our tastes are similar.


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Feb. 25th, 2007 02:44 am (UTC)
I totally got librarian vibes when you were book-talking your dad at lunch today. :)
Feb. 25th, 2007 04:11 am (UTC)
Oh, feh, just make his brain explode. Start 'im with Accelerando.
Feb. 25th, 2007 02:21 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha. I decided I'd try to go a little easier on him for now, and save the really weird stuff for later.
Feb. 25th, 2007 10:42 am (UTC)
I got my girlfriend's (big SF fan) mother a copy of Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space for Christmas and she said it was the most gripping thing she'd read in years.

I said, "You did?!" having been half terrified that a story about a bunch of half-crazed immortals aboard slower-than-light starships motivated primarily by anger and fear would not be very attractive to members of the Previous Generation.

I turned out to be wrong.

Applause for reccommending one of Stross's novels -- he's really the greatest of the current crop of SF writers in my opinion. Cory Doctorow sets my teeth on edge for some reason -- I just don't like his characters or his style.
Feb. 25th, 2007 02:24 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I like Doctorow's concepts but his execution could use some polish. For instance, he hasn't ended a single one of his books in a satisfactory (to me) manner -- they always seem to end with some sort of half-assed explanation that technically makes sense and deals with things, but doesn't really make me feel like the story's done.
Feb. 26th, 2007 01:56 pm (UTC)
I think if he can get through Cory Doctorow, he will be okay with Charlie Stross. Frankly, Accelerando had some parts that were hard on me, and I've read plenty of fiction and non-fiction singularity works. Old Man's War is awesome, and so is The Ghost Brigades. I need to pick up everything else Scalzi has written.
Feb. 26th, 2007 02:02 pm (UTC)
I have four Scalzi books (OMW, TGB, Agent to the Stars, and The Android's Dream) all signed. If I was smart I would have picked up a copy of The Sagan Diaries at Boskone and gotten that signed, too, but I am not smart.
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