[ExI] Books for the holidays?

MB mbb386 at main.nc.us
Sun Dec 2 20:43:09 UTC 2007

Just for fun, consider Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" series: "The Golden
Compass", "The Subtle Knife" and "The Amber Spyglass".  They are young-adult and
quick and pleasant. Plus a bit thought provoking. Not sure how extropian they are,
but they do aim at "doing away with the finality of death"... although I'm not clear
about the retention of consciousness! It seems implied but no description of how.


> Hi all,
> Any scifi books that come highly recommended? Holiday season is here,
> and my time will free up for some intense reading, to which I say it's
> about time.
> I apologize in advance for the formatting in this email re: book titles.
> I do not think I will be doing it again.
> I recently finished reading Benford's _Tides of Light_ which was
> interesting because of the cyborg/podia creatures, though endlessly
> annoying because of the reduced English language that the main
> character spoke with. There were also embedded personality chips
> introduced in the story. (I also just finished _The Wild_). I have also
> been trying out some Cadigan, like _Mindplayers_ and _Synners_ as well
> as other cyberpunk like C. J. Cherryh and her _Cyteen_ (but got annoyed
> with the political backdrop). Carver's _Neptune Crossing_ and sequel
> _Strange Attractors_ are also in the input pile. I might have to do a
> rereading of _Diaspora_. All look interesting. At the moment I am
> finishing up Zindell's sf series that started with _Neverness_ and
> reading (half-way atm) _War in Heaven_. Other items in my stack include
> _Neuromancer_, _The Algebraist_, and _Hyperion_.
> What I am considering:
> _Gridlinked_
> _The Line of Polity_
> _Brass Man_
> _Polity Agent_
> all by Neil Asher
> _The Book of the New Sun_ which includes:
>         _The Shadow of the Torturer_
>         _The Claw of the Conciliator_
>         _The Sword of the Lictor_
>         _The Citadel of the Autarch_
> all by Gene Wolfe.
> _The Golden Age_
> _The Phoenix Exultant_
> _The Golden Transcendence_
> all by John C. Wright
> And maybe it is time that I purchase a copy of _Accelerando_, _A Fire
> Upon the Deep_ and a paper back copy of _A Deepness in the Sky_.
> I have ordered:
> Greg Egan:
> _Schild's Ladder_
> _Quarantine_
> _Luminous_
> _Permutation City_
> _Brain Plague_ (Elysium Cycle) by Joan Slonczewski
> - Bryan
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