Books: SciFi & Fantasy

Discussion in 'SciFi & Fantasy' started by Porfiry, Oct 3, 2001.

  1. kelkittens Banned Banned

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    I'm writing scifi but not the greatest with grammer, just a good imagination.

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    It's about a kingdom in conflict and a daughter good with the elements, which most in their kingdom are. Using metals they can tune in better those abilities and even create vortex's that allow them to travel to earth, only on earth they are not solid forms but more like spirits that do not age until they return. Only a few can manipulate the elements are gain solid forms on earth. Only one day the family decide to imprison their daughter on earth using metals and than die leaving her stranded with a family on earth whom to make a story short uses her for gain on earth. Being able to become solid they draw blood and think it regenerative so use it for that purpose to rich families. Only when they die they come back as zombies and we have a zombie break out and the only one who can save them is the daughter whom's blood they used. Well she becomes free and than ends up on the run from her kingdom finding her 200 years later. (Well you get the picture its about dimensions)
     
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  3. origin Trump is the best argument against a democracy. Valued Senior Member

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    Sorry, but I think you should be told the truth; that is just terrible.
     
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  5. Fantanooby Registered Member

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    What a great topic! I've already discovered new books to add to my reading list!
    Can anyone recommend fantasy books with convincing and genuine female lead characters? I often find them to be a bit underwhelming..
     
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  7. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    The Color Of Distance
    (Amy Thomson)

    It's more sci-fi than fantasy, but the lead female character crash lands during a survey mission on a new planet, and has to adapt to a strange alien jungle.
     
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  8. Fantanooby Registered Member

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    I've never bothered reading first contact stories so far, but the reviews sound very good and since you say that it has a nice female lead I'll give it a try! Thanks

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  9. Fantanooby Registered Member

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    Anyone else?

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    (Sorry for the double post)
     
  10. James R Just this guy, you know? Staff Member

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    Has anybody read any of Ann Leckie's books, in particular the Ancillary series? I'm trying to decide whether to commit to reading them.

    The lead character, as I understand it, is a former spaceship who used to control many human (or humanoid) ancillary bodies, but who for some reason is forced to occupy just one.

    One of the devices in the book, which sounds interesting, is that the lead character doesn't really distinguish between sexes, presumably because he/she/it thinks biological sex is not very important. Since he/she/it cannot easily distinguish between different sexes, all characters in the book are referred to by feminine pronouns. So, we get sentences along the lines of "I deduced that she was probably male."

    In general, though, the reader is left to puzzle out for themselves which characters are male and which are female.
     
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  11. Fantanooby Registered Member

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    Interesting concept!

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    =)
     
  12. zgmc Registered Senior Member

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    That sounds interesting. I seem to remember that in a book by Brian Herbert, the spaceship had a consciousness and was alive. Pretty sure it was "The Race for God".
     
  13. professorpunctual Registered Member

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    Favourite fantasy book of all time is Magician by Raymond E Feist. I love all his books though, especially Talon of the Silver Hawk
     
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  15. DaveC426913 Valued Senior Member

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    Wow. Not only does Kobo not have the book, it has never even heard of the author.

    Not cool, Kobo.
     
  16. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    Iain M. Bank's Culture novels are rife with conscious ships, characters in their own right. I've read a few but generally can't recall books as well as I can recall films, so I don't know if the ship's consciousness ever inhabited a human-like android or not.
    Reminds me that I must read some of them again.

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  17. Sarkus Hippomonstrosesquippedalo phobe Valued Senior Member

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    I generally like the "origin" stories of characters more than stories about their on-goin sagas, so this was certainly my favourite of the... however many in the cycle (trilogy?).
    But it's still what I consider fairly standard Fantasy fare. Or maybe is seen as standard because the standard is based on it?
    The Thomas Covenant chronicles are a bit different, and I very much like David Gemmell's work, with Legend probably being my favourite Fantasy book. But after a while even his stories blend into one, with fairly interchangeable lead characters: all generally on the older side, all flawed, all with a hidden past etc. Fun, though.
     
  18. spidergoat Valued Senior Member

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    They use avatars, which could be robots or field projections.
     
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