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I am ashamed to admit I read the whole damned thing, thereby wasting a couple of weeks in my reading life. At that time I always finished a book, even when it was awful. I could have been reading something more entertaining, like used toilet paper.
Having +/- 1200 of them it is very hard to choose ( I know, I am an addict ) but I did enjoy the Foundation series, the Dune series, The dragons of Pern and many others. Special mention though for Douglas Adam's and Terry pratchett's stuff. After all it is very hard to beat 42 and the idea of a discworld.
I've got around 2,000 now, and that's after heavily winnowing my book collection over the last 20 years. When we moved into our previous house, the moving company added a surcharge for the 250+ boxes of books my wife and I had between us.
Was it you who talked about Rene Barjavel's The Ice People several years back here?
I ended up convincing a friend to buy a second hand copy off some foreign Amazon site (they were not active in India then and still don't sell second hand books) and bring it to me the next time they came. I rather enjoyed it, although the ending was sad. So thanks a lot for the (much) earlier recommendation.
I also liked:
Clifford Simak - City.
Arthur C Clarke - Rendezvous with Rama.
Hal Clement - Mission of Gravity.
The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress and Time Enough For Love by Robert A. Heinlein The Chanur Saga and The Foreigner Sequence by C. J. Cherryh; oh hell, all of her science fiction is good
The Bolo books by Keith Laumer and his successors
The Old Man's War series by John Scalzi Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle Roadmarks by Roger Zelazny Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke Footfall by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
These are all books that I re-read time and again. I have had to ration myself how often I go back to them so that they don't get stale.
In no particular order:
The Foundation series (Isaac Asimov)
The Robot books (Isaac Asimov)
Dragon's Egg & its sequel Starquake (Robert L. Forward)
Rocheworld & its sequels (Robert L. Forward)
Camelot 30K (Robert L. Forward)
The Dune series (Frank Herbert)
Ringworld and its sequels (Larry Niven)
Rama (but not the sequels) (Arthur C. Clarke)
Some of Harry Turtledove's alternate history books
The Mesklin series (Hal Clement)
The Riverworld series (Philip Jose Farmer)
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