[ExI] Islands of trans-humanity

efc at swisscows.email efc at swisscows.email
Mon Dec 4 14:40:25 UTC 2023

Speaking of books, I was wondering if you could recommend some good 
authors for me since Christmas is soon upon us?

I like Gibson (early stuff), Stephenson (early), Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, 
Philip K. Dick, Stanislaw Lem, to mention some.

I dislike emotional relationship centered science fiction, and prefer more 
"hard" stories or stories with interesting philosophical concepts. I like 
the golden age of science fiction as well.

Oh, and I also dislike ideological science fiction where the author starts 
with some current political fashionable idea and then weaves a thin story 
around that. Be it libertarianism or socialism. When it feels as if the 
author is just trying to make a political point instead of focusing on 
science fiction, I get bored.

Best regards,

On Mon, 4 Dec 2023, Ben Zaiboc via extropy-chat wrote:

> On 03/12/2023 22:23, Kelly Anderson wrote:
> ChatGPT says that, "one notable example is the works of Peter F.
> Hamilton, whose sci-fi novels often include humans who have evolved
> into subspecies, influenced by technology, ideology, and biology." Has
> anyone read Hamilton's books? Worth the read??
> Definitely worth the read. I've read all of his stuff, I think, and nothing strikes me as being not worth it.
> Some of the novels are BIG books (most of them actually), so be prepared for that. Good world-building, and he doesn't just stick to
> one. I found lots of transhumanist ideas in his stuff, and rate him as one of my favourite authors (ranking alongside Iain M Banks,
> which should indicate how highly I regard him).
> Highly Recommended.
> Ben

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