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welcome, sci fi recommendations, Shelfari [Nov. 7th, 2007|02:39 pm]
Book Bears and Cubs


Hi guys, new to the group and I was hoping I could cadge some recommendations from yawl.

I'm a sci fi fan but since I'm a grad student I don't have a lot of time to read for pleasure.  Can anyone recommend some good sci fi? 

I don't really care for fantasy, or anything that's too SCA / magic-missile-ey.  I dig broad-scope visionary stuff.  Kim Stanley Robinson's Mars trilogy is a touchstone, as is the mind-as-labyrinth stuff by Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, and stuff that seems like it came from Borges (even though I've never read any Borges, I feel like I have.)

Specifically, I've been eager to read something about the Singularity.

If any of that resonates with you, I heartily recommend "Turing's Delirium", by Bolivian author Edmundo Paz Soldan.

Also, I've got a profile on book-focused social networking site Shelfari.  Is anyone else who's on here on there?  I gave up on filling out profile after profile (Facebook, I was serious about that restraining order), but a way to meet people based on what you've read was irresistible.