Culture

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Here are all the books that take place in Iain M. Banks’ Culture universe. They all take place in different times and places. Consider Phlebas 1987 -> 4.5/5 The Player of Games 1988 -> 5/5 Use of Weapons 1990 -> 4.5/5 The State of the Art (collection) 1991 Excession 1996 Inversions 1998 Look to Windward […]

The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

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{4.5/5} “Will… they put us in charge of these vessels, they train us as best they can to be emissaries of peace, to avoid conflict… but there will always be those who look to war and violence for their solution, who operate out of greed and self-interest. We can’t blame ourselves for their occasional success. […]

Hainish universe

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Many of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novels and stories take places in her Hainish universe. Here are all of those books. This is one of the best science fiction series ever created — look at how many of them are 5/5. It’s a loose series — each book focuses on different characters and places. Rocannon’s […]

The Word for World Is Forest

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{4.5/5} “Do men kill men, except in madness? Does any beast kill its own kind? Only the insects. These yumens kill us as lightly as we kill snakes. The one who taught me said they kill one another, in quarrels, and also in groups, like ants fighting.” The Word for World Is Forest by Ursula […]

StarBridge

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A. C. Crispin created the StarBridge universe, and then invited her friends to play in it with her. StarBridge 1989 -> 4.5/5 Silent Dances with Kathleen O’Malley 1990 -> 4.5/5 Shadow World with Jannean Elliott 1991 -> 4.5/5 Serpent’s Gift with Deborah A. Marshall 1992 -> 4.5/5 Silent Songs with Kathleen O’Malley 1994 -> 4.5/5 […]

Voices of Chaos: A Novel of StarBridge

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{4.5/5} “You were right, Khyriz. She did not seem alien to me, once we began to speak of dance. All those worlds out there — so many things to see….” Voices of Chaos: A Novel of StarBridge by A. C. Crispin & Ru Emerson, published in 1998 The CLS has found another new planet of […]

League of Peoples

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I’ve read all of James Alan Gardner’s books in his League of Peoples series, and the first one I’ve read twice. Expendable 1997 -> 4.5/5 Commitment Hour 1998 -> 4.5/5 Vigilant 1999 -> 4.5/5 Hunted 2000 -> 4.5/5 Ascending 2001 -> 4.5/5 Trapped 2002 -> 4.5/5 Radiant 2004 -> 5/5

Ender

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All of these books were written by Orson Scott Card. If he writes any more sequels, I’ll read them (he does have one planned but not written, called Shadows Alive). But the prequels he’s written with Aaron Johnston I’m not particularly interested in. The Ender series focuses on Ender Wiggin, and the Shadow series focuses […]

Ancestor’s World: A Novel of StarBridge

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{4.5/5} “The contracts Nordlund had signed with the Na-Dina promised enough hydroelectric power to double their world’s energy production.. That wold make possible more factories, more mills. Soon the Na-Dina would be able to build all the wonders the Infidels used so casually, and then the People would have no more need for the off-worlders.” […]

StarBridge 5: Silent Songs

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{4.5/5} “To the herd, the world consisted of warm water, easy travel, and good food. Through them, Jib had seen their River, traveled their ocean, tasted a hundred water plants, and and drunk the rich cream-laden milk of Taniwha’s mother. He’d wallowed in so many mental flavors, he had to be reminded to eat real […]