Need some ideas for sci fi

Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby exploited » Sun Jan 19, 2014 12:45 pm

Anathem by Neal Stephenson. Amazing.

Anathem is set on and around the planet Arbre. Thousands of years prior to the events in the novel, society was on the verge of collapse. Intellectuals entered concents, much like monastic communities but focused on intellectual endeavors rather than religious practice. Here, the avout— intellectuals living under vows and separated from Sæcular society, fraa (derived from Latin frater) for male avout and suur (derived from Latin soror) for female avout — retain extremely limited access to tools and are banned from possessing or operating most advanced technology (at a level beyond paper and pen) and are watched over by the Inquisition, which answers to the outside world (known as the Sæcular Power). The avout are forbidden to communicate with people outside the walls of the concent except during Apert, a 10-day observance held only once every year, decade, century, or millennium, depending on the frequency with which a given group of avout is allowed to interact with the Sæcular world. Concents are therefore slow to change - unlike the rest of Arbre, which goes through many cycles of booms and busts.

Interaction between the avout and the Sæcular world is not, however, limited to Apert. The secular power may "Evoke", or remove from the concent, members of the avout, when needed to address pressing scientific ("theorical") issues facing Sæculars. Such removal is one of many "Auts" (ritual acts) performed on certain occasions – much like rituals or sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church. The act of removing an avout from a concent at the request of the Sæcular Power is called "Voco" (a Latin word meaning "I call": most of the technical words used in Anathem are derivations or puns on Latin words, cf. Lucub – a late-night study session – from the Latin lucubratio), or "evocation", the avout called being "evoked".

The narrator and protagonist, Erasmas, is a fraa at the Concent of Saunt Edhar (Saunt, abbreviated St., is a corruption of the ancient word savant and is a title bestowed on influential intellectuals of the past).

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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby The Comrade » Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:43 am

Just watched the movie equilibrium. I'd actually never heard of it before despite starring christian bale. I think its exactly what you're looking for :ymhug:
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby exploited » Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:33 am

Ha that movie got overshadowed by the Matrix when it came out. It was the rage back in high school amongst my nerd friends. Good flick. Gunkata is cool.
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby eynon81 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:24 am

The Comrade wrote:Just watched the movie equilibrium. I'd actually never heard of it before despite starring christian bale. I think its exactly what you're looking for :ymhug:


watched that movie maybe half a dozen times in college. I like how it's a puppy that drives him over the edge.
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby eynon81 » Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:25 am

The Windup Girl.
a little bit preachy
a little bit depressing
but well done and very original
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby broken robot » Fri Jan 24, 2014 9:47 pm

The Comrade wrote:Just watched the movie equilibrium. I'd actually never heard of it before despite starring christian bale. I think its exactly what you're looking for :ymhug:


On netflix, going to check it out, hopefully this weekend.
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby PoS » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:36 am

broken robot wrote:I'm interested in learning more about sci fi, but none of that really geeky shit containing long lists and taxonomies of strange people and places. I'm talking sci fi that deals with existential and human issues.

This is all you need:
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby Winchester » Sun Jan 26, 2014 11:56 am

eynon81 wrote:The Windup Girl.
a little bit preachy
a little bit depressing
but well done and very original


Enjoyed that book.
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby Winchester » Tue Jan 28, 2014 8:33 am

Winchester wrote:
NAB wrote:I just finished this book and I highly recommend it (it's tops of mind). Great read and it deals with some very timely (and near future) technological issues as they relate to humans.

http://www.amazon.com/Nexus-Ramez-Naam/dp/0857662937


Sweet, gonna be next on my list.


Fantastic book, reading the second one now.
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Re: Need some ideas for sci fi

Postby John Galt » Wed Jan 29, 2014 2:22 pm

alot has been mentioned but to reiterate


Battlestar Galatica. not only the best scifi but one of if not the best TV shows in the history of TV shows

Vernor Vinge. Deepness is his best, but Fire in the Sky and Rainbow's End are also amazing.
Orson Scott Card. Obviously Ender, but he had some other interesting series as well.
Alistar Reynolds. This guy used to work for the European Space Agency now he just writes amazing space opera. Revelation Space is the place to start.

Common thread through all of these: almost completely hard sci fi. these things are not fantasy like star trek or star wars. they have concepts like the melding plague, a plague that attacked biomechanical nanorobots, lighthuggers which approach but do not exceed the speed of light, the 'focus' virus which makes you forget bodily functions and keeps you working on whatever task you are focused to, etc etc

oh and exploited... I enjoyed Anathem... but i also enjoyed xkcd's comic on it

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