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Message 892850 - Posted: 8 May 2009, 23:26:04 UTC

What is everybody's favourite SETI themed Science Fiction novel?

Mine is "Encounter with Tiber" by Buzz Aldrin and John Barnes, followed closely by Contact.

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Message 892862 - Posted: 8 May 2009, 23:55:06 UTC

I have to go with 'CONTACT' by Carl S. Written, gee what has it been, 25-30 yrs. ago, and it still holds the standard, in my book.
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Message 892874 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 0:14:03 UTC - in response to Message 892862.


Hey, klc, ya beat me to it! It's still an amazing novel--I've read it like 4 times so far. (I so need to buy new books for my bookshelf! LOL)
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Message 892886 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 0:45:05 UTC - in response to Message 892874.
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Hey, klc, ya beat me to it! It's still an amazing novel--I've read it like 4 times so far. (I so need to buy new books for my bookshelf! LOL)


Yea, I know what you mean. I've read it 2 or three,(can't even remember) times, but it's been awhile. Now look what you've done! I'll be digging it out right after the hockey game!

And also, hello and welcome to James Stephenson.
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Message 892916 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 1:50:52 UTC
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Recall not Earth by C.C. MacApp



Recall not Earth wrote:

Mercenaries of the Galaxies.
All life on Earth had been destroyed in a quick and easy kill by the great and ruthless intergalactic Vulmot Empire. Only an elite group of spacemen survived the holocaust. The last earthlings, they were scattered wanderers through the galaxies, hiring out their fighting skills to whatever power needed them, yearly growing more bitter, dissolute, desparing.
By now the pitiful remnants of the Space Corps lacked even the will to fight - until a tantalizing promise from an enslaved race made them assemble one last time, for a mission only men with nothing to lose would attempt, for a final battle only desperate courage could win...

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Message 892917 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 1:53:55 UTC

Contact has to be my favorite.

Another favorite where a non human intelligence was found is "The adolescence of P1". Sorry, I don't remember the author.
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Message 892928 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 2:41:09 UTC

Contact obviously a favourite here. I have read twice myself.

One of the things I like about "Encounter with Tiber" is that it is written from the human point of view and the alien point of view as well. There are also some great scientific explanations. Quite a bit of effort was spent in consulting different scientific authorities to make sure the science was accurate in the story. I guess you can expect that coming from an ex-astronaut.

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Message 892995 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 7:24:50 UTC


My favorite is contact also.

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Message 893021 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 8:20:21 UTC - in response to Message 892928.

Contact obviously a favourite here. I have read twice myself.

One of the things I like about "Encounter with Tiber" is that it is written from the human point of view and the alien point of view as well. There are also some great scientific explanations. Quite a bit of effort was spent in consulting different scientific authorities to make sure the science was accurate in the story. I guess you can expect that coming from an ex-astronaut.



I have the hardback edition & thought that it was an excellent read - shame there wasn't a sequel.
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Message 893025 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 8:53:32 UTC

Fred Hoyle's "The Black Cloud". 1958.
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Message 893041 - Posted: 9 May 2009, 11:43:26 UTC - in response to Message 892916.

Recall not Earth by C.C. MacApp



Recall not Earth wrote:

Mercenaries of the Galaxies.
All life on Earth had been destroyed in a quick and easy kill by the great and ruthless intergalactic Vulmot Empire. Only an elite group of spacemen survived the holocaust. The last earthlings, they were scattered wanderers through the galaxies, hiring out their fighting skills to whatever power needed them, yearly growing more bitter, dissolute, desparing.
By now the pitiful remnants of the Space Corps lacked even the will to fight - until a tantalizing promise from an enslaved race made them assemble one last time, for a mission only men with nothing to lose would attempt, for a final battle only desperate courage could win...

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. . . [meant to mention - Thanks Joker for the referral - baCk awhile]

That 'quote' above is slightly mis-leading [in essence] - the most interestin' [imho] begins with Chapter 20 [regarding Time] and iT is a most interestin' read right till the end Chapter [24] . . . Thanks again

joanne & richard

> re: the Post Q. = 'Contact' of course


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Message 893263 - Posted: 10 May 2009, 4:04:04 UTC

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Message 893299 - Posted: 10 May 2009, 8:16:15 UTC

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Message 893951 - Posted: 12 May 2009, 15:21:12 UTC

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Message 893954 - Posted: 12 May 2009, 15:29:13 UTC - in response to Message 893951.

Mines is Mote in Gods eye By Larry Niven

Now that's a Very Good book, The Moties, Quite possibly the one of the best books I've ever read.
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Message 893975 - Posted: 12 May 2009, 21:36:42 UTC

Rendezvous with Rama A very good novel and the first part of 4.
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Message 894007 - Posted: 12 May 2009, 22:45:20 UTC - in response to Message 893975.

Rendezvous with Rama A very good novel and the first part of 4.

Another good read, But only only problem, They never met the builders of RAMA, Kind of left a few questions unanswered really.
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Message 894014 - Posted: 12 May 2009, 22:56:40 UTC

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Message 894055 - Posted: 13 May 2009, 0:08:28 UTC - in response to Message 892850.

The Lensman Series By E.E. "Doc" Smith

instead of being called Earthlings - we should be called "Tellurians"
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Message 894103 - Posted: 13 May 2009, 3:23:41 UTC - in response to Message 894055.

The Lensman Series By E.E. "Doc" Smith

instead of being called Earthlings - we should be called "Tellurians"

Read those too, Plus some of Docs others works, Like the ones falling under the Skylark series of Books. As to Tellurian, I'm from Earth, So Earthling seems to fit better, but that's cause terra I think is Latin for Earth.
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