Barbara Hopkins : My young friend, Bobbie Morris, a student at Northern Arizona University, loves things that we older folk would refer to as science fiction or scifi or fantasy. Since it's summer and she's out of school, i propose that we send her a reading list. She needs to know what predates Harry Potter! (hopefully, she's read a lot of these already.)
Here are my suggestions off the top of my head:
I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
Necromancer by William Gibson
Dune by Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury
Watership Down by Richard Adams
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin
Who has more recommendations for her? Maybe some newer stuff? Most of these resonated wth me when i read them as a teenager or younger.
Now, Bobbie Morris, if you don't get any other suggestions, check out mine!!! 3 hours ago - View -
Dickson Yeo : I used to read Neal Stephenson quite a bit. But when I parse through his essays and speeches now. I don't. Its a masked, folksy explanation for hetero-orthodoxy, China bashing and tribal militarism. 14 hours ago - View -
Phyllis Kelly Hall : Bailey Scott Hall, Mackenzie Puckett, Savannah Woods, Audrey Michelle Myers, Maddie Neal, Megan Stewart, Melanie, SarahKate Stephenson,
Kendall Westbrooks and Macey Neal, It's always about wanting to one-up Yourself from the day before.There is never an absolute 100% perfect performance, but go out and striving for it America Eagles OO Makes you Unstoppable! Play Hard Ladies You Make me PROUD! :) 15 hours ago - View -
Raymond Salvatore Harmon : Are there any "code philosophers" who discuss the ramifications of programming language and its evolution and how that relates to human development? Big picture questions about the nature of code? Curious what is out there. 23 hours ago - View -
Mark Karavan : SQUARE WAVES!!!! SQUARE WAVES ARE THE SNOW CRASH!!!! 1 day ago - View -
The Writers' Workshoppe : I want to display steampunk books in our window for the Port Townsend Steampunk Festival, June 7th/8th. Suggestions? 1 day ago - View -
Alma Lujan : The Diamond Age In my opinion, it most certainly is a nobrainer to write a book called anything # shades of whatever, and turn it into a cha-ching best seller just because of the sex. That type of writer dies not appeal to me. It takes a talented and creative mind to transport the reader's mind into a different time wrapped up in a concoction of futuristic and old world settings full of intense action and suspense. Now ,that is to me, the truly exiting escape that I long for in a book, and Neal Stephenson has definitely captured me with this amazing title. 1 day ago - View -
William Ward : Playing MMOs for the first time reminds me of my 3rd favorite Neal Stephenson book (after Snow Crash[the book that created the use of the word 'avatar' for your online persona] and The Diamond Age), called Reamde. It's about an MMORPG built around actual money, as in gold in the game is worth money IRL. To all my MMO peeps, (@John Cahillane Shaun McCaugherty Emily Soto Amanda Soto) you need to read this book, and if you enjoy it, the other 2 books i mentioned are must-reads as well. 1 day ago - View -
Trena Craig : It's no secret, I am an extremely proud mamma! However, this is something that only a handful of people in my lifetime has ever heard me say; For once in my life (that's 48 years, two months and 10 days), I am proud of myself. I have worked hard at letting God have my life-Completely. My "Creative Make-Up" (I like to call it my Universal Planets) of Spiritual, Mental, Physical, and Financial solar system is finally in God-Alignment. It started last June with a life-changing transformation that began on my knees crying out to God to free me from the bondage of my own self-destruction (just Trena Craig and the Holy Spirit and God Himself) that lead to the Holland Theatre stage (Peggy Weiss, and a whole production cast and more), lead to the Shine FM Christian Radio Station (Carol Baird, Mark Boyer, Kristen Spain, Shelley Stephenson and many more), which lead to Celebrate Recovery (Shelley Stephenson, Nathanael Alexander, Matt Sandlin, and a bunch more there), to Maximized Living (Dr. Katie Benson, Cassie Major, Josh Benson, and the entire ML team and even some of the patients) to Team Challenge (Hannah Craig, Pat Puchalski, Debbie Shub, Marisa Sarringhaus and the entire Central Ohio CCFA Team) to ACN (Jeff Craig, Kody Alan Brentlinger, Jonas Neal, Dave Cummings, Dan Handley, Christi Handley, Elijah Craig, and the entire ACN Global Company-which is way to many to mention). And, now, my Journey begins. Lead on Lord!!! 1 day ago - View -
Mother Jones : Eliminating Hunger, One 3-D-Printed Meal at a Time What if we could deliver food to the globe's hungry millions through 3-D printing? 1 day ago - View -
Tor Books : My FridayReads is THE TWELVE-FINGERED BOY John Hornor Jacobs. What are you reading today? -JH 1 day ago - View -
Phil Corpuz : "He walks slowly, partly because otherwise he will suffer heatstroke and fall dead in the gutter. Worse yet, he may fall through an open hatch into a torrent of sewage, or brush against one of the squatters's electrical wires, which dangle overhead like patient asps. The constant dangers of sudden electrocution from above or drowning in liquid shit below keep him looking up and down as well as side-to-side. Randy has never felt more trapped between a capricious and dangerous heaven and a hellish underworld. This place is as steeped in religion as India, but all of it is Catholic."
-Cryptonomicon, Neal Stephenson (1999)
Thank you Paul Catiang for reminding me of how remarkably funny Stephenson's descriptions of walking around in mid-late 90s Metro Manila can be. 1 day ago - View -
John Weschler : It's3:57AM and I've been awake for an hour for headache medicine to beat back the pain that woke me up. I'm reading a good book (REAMDE by Seattle author Neal Stephenson) and fiddling around with my iPad. Linda and I spent a sunny afternoon exploring historic Park City. We meandered through a new park that features a 30,000 sq. ft skateboard series of bowls . Teens were flocking to b-ball and v-ball courts. School is over later today. Great art galleries here! 1 day ago - View -
Cliff Sees : A request to all the SF fans out there: it's been decades since I've read SF on a regular basis. I want to start reading it again. Most of my favorite authors are dead: Asimov, Bradbury, Dick. I like Harlan Ellison and Ben Bova. I do not like fantasy, such as Tolkien, or characters or locations I cannot pronounce, such as Cthulu. Suggestions? Writers and titles you like, let me know. I like all Star Treks, Babylon 5,the first half dozen seasons of SG-1 (and the movie on which it's based) Orphan Black and of course Doctor Who. Are there any contemporary writers I should check out? Advise me. 1 day ago - View -
Becky Clark : On one of my writerly listservs this question has come up and raised more than a few hackles, so I thought I'd ask my peeps. If you read ebooks, what do you think about hyperlinked Tables of Contents in works of fiction? (Not nonfiction - those are always necessary.) Are they always and forever unnecessary in fiction? Do you care one way or the other? Would it make you angry if they were there? If you want a TOC in a novel, why? What about if they were in the back of the book instead of the front? What about chapter titles ... necessary or not? Discuss. 2 days ago - View -
ESPN : The best athlete I've ever met in person was ___________. 2 days ago - View -
Christopher Ashby : The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 1/2) If you never saw the AZ Storytelling of Science, Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday's Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J4QPz52Sfo Link to Part 2 (of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40YIIaF1qiw The Origins Project at ASU presents the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focusin... Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J4QPz52Sfo 2 days ago - View -
Tom Alkazin : #VemmaNation #YPR... We have a lot to look forward to in the upcoming years. The best way we can describe it to people is to have them imagine a jet taking off. It takes a lot of runway for it to get up to speed, but once it's airborne it goes very high, very quickly. Likewise, Vemma spent a couple of years getting off the ground, but now it is in a steady climb and breaking sales records every month. So anyone who gets started now can take advantage of all that preparation, acceleration, and momentum. The products are unrivaled. The comp plan is incredibly lucrative. The marketing tools are without peer. The owners understand and respond to the field's ideas. And there are systems in place like the Roadmap to Success that make the education and duplication process simple.
We can honestly say we have never seen anything like Vemma in all the years we have been in this industry. And we have never seen such an overwhelming demand for viable options to obtain and maintain health and prosperity. So whether you're a college student who wants some spending money, a single parent who needs to pay off some bills, or a seasoned networker who's just tired of all the broken promises, we invite you to become a part of our Vemma family. It can add richness to every area of your life that you never dreamed possible... Until now! 2 days ago - View -
Kory Schaubhut : So many people have to get tattoos and piercings these days because how else could we possibly know that we're living in a nightmarish dystopian vision of the future? We might see the absence of diesel-engine flying cars and Yakuza street samurai and get confused. 2 days ago - View -
Bacon Sports : NBA players that have two first names (ex. Paul George, Chris Paul). Go. 2 days ago - View -
Brad Hessel : You “Reading Austin Grossman's YOU. Every prior description of game development in prose has been written by people who have no fucking clue what game developers do, and I'm looking at you, Neal Stephenson and Walter Jon Williams (the latter with less excuse, since he's done tabletop design and has digital developers who are close friends). I have some quibbles; Grossman doesn't understand code, and has a mystical and kind of absurdly excessive regard for what engineers do (I trust you understand I'm not slighting what engineers do when I say that). But on the whole, I think this is the first evocation in print that is a reasonably faithful expression of what it's like to be a game developer.
Not the last, I trust; no doubt one day, laymen with an interest will understand game development in the same way that laymen with an interest today understand how movies get made. But this is a first, in its own way.”
I need your help.Please,reccomend me a good book but not a recent one,one that is old,one that could be found in a library with old books (that's all my school has got ._. )
I'm feeling very bad right now :/ I'm about to cry everyday,my last 3 weeks of school are coming but I don't want to leave,I feel like everybody hates me and I need a book which can make me forget about everything and think at it even when I finished it or went to sleep. 2 days ago - View -
Jennifer Kasper : I have finished reading the Hunger Games Trilogy and now just feel lost. It is crazy how attached we can get to fictional characters. Can anybody recommend another great book to read? 2 days ago - View -
Bendix Fernandez : MMDA 'disappointed' over Dan Brown’s depiction of Manila in latest novel From a hack like Dan Brown, hell yes I take offense. From some other better author, I will defend it as creative license. 2 days ago - View -
Andy Hall : So I've just finished an unusually long book. Is what I'd say if the book I'm reading wasn't by Neal Stephenson. But it is, so instead I shall say: I'm nearing the halfway point in my book. 2 days ago - View -
Greg Costikyan : You Reading Austin Grossman's YOU. Every prior description of game development in prose has been written by people who have no fucking clue what game developers do, and I'm looking at you, Neal Stephenson and Walter Jon Williams (the latter with less excuse, since he's done tabletop design and has digital developers who are close friends). I have some quibbles; Grossman doesn't understand code, and has a mystical and kind of absurdly excessive regard for what engineers do (I trust you understand I'm not slighting what engineers do when I say that). But on the whole, I think this is the first evocation in print that is a reasonably faithful expression of what it's like to be a game developer.
Not the last, I trust; no doubt one day, laymen with an interest will understand game development in the same way that laymen with an interest today understand how movies get made. But this is a first, in its own way.
Dan Whiteside : "The difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people...is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations - in fact, they expect them and are apt to become suspicious when things seem overly straightforward."
-- Neal Stephenson, "The Diamond Age" 3 days ago - View -
Q87.7 : The 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music Spin has named the 100 Greatest Drummers of Alternative Music. Do you agree? Who did they leave off? -wALT 3 days ago - View -
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Shirley Aldana : The Great Debate: THE STORYTELLING OF SCIENCE (OFFICIAL) - (Part 2/2) To all my nerdy science loving Bill Nye fans diversity champions and even skeptic networks... A must watch!
The Storytelling of Science featured panel of esteemed scientists, public intellectuals, and award-winning writers including well-known science educator Bill Nye, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, theoretical physicist Brian Greene, Science Friday's Ira Flatow, popular science fiction writer Neal Stephenson, executive director of the World Science Festival Tracy Day, and Origins Project director Lawrence Krauss as they discuss the stories behind cutting edge science from the origin of the universe to a discussion of exciting technologies that will change our future. Link to Part 1 (of 2): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_J4QPz52Sfo Join the Origins Project at ASU for the final night in the Origins Stories weekend, focused... Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40YIIaF1qiw&feature=share 3 days ago - View -
Geoffrey A. Landis : Gabrielle Harbowy's Photos Gabrielle Harbowy shared this picture of me on a panel at the Starship Century Symposium with Neal Stephenson, Freeman Dyson, Allen Steele, and Chris Lewicki 3 days ago - View -
Peter LeBreton Merz : The audacious plan to end hunger with 3-D printed food Neal Stephenson and several other futurists have been positing this for years. The idea of cultured meat dates back decades. It is an amazing and wonderful time to be alive. 3 days ago - View -
Daniel Arjona : La NASA invierte en una impresora 3D de alimentos ""Los viajes espaciales requieren alimentos con 15 años de vida ", añade Contractor, "pero nosotros estamos trabajando con proteínas y macro y micro nutrientes en polvo que mantendrán sus propiedades por lo menos 30 años".
Impresoras 3D de alimentos. Flipante. A mí todo esto de la impresión 3D cada vez me recuerda más a 'La Era del diamante', la estupenda, y ardua, novela de Neal Stephenson.
Tom Hargis : When it comes to the World Wide Web, what is a metaverse? 3 days ago - View -
John Mansfield : When it comes to the World Wide Web, what is a metaverse?
A virtual 3-D online representation of reality. The word metaverse is a combination of meta (meaning “beyond”) and universe. It was first used in the 1992 cyberpunk sci-fi novel Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson. 3 days ago - View -
Joanne Bohol : Dan Brown calls Manila 'gates of hell' in novel Huwag maging sensitive. Manila isn't for the faint of heart, and I live here. 3 days ago - View -