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Sci fi recommendations

Postby Netti » 31 Mar 2011, 17:12

I don't know why I didn't think of this sooner.

I need sci-fi recommendations. I recently finished my first sf novel after having read very little of the genre and want to educate myself. The problem is I'm looking for something very specific and while my searching has turned up lots of interesting books that I will hopefully someday read, they're not what I'm looking for. I'm looking for something that takes place on another planet and has absolutely nothing to do with humans. At. All.

Maybe I've missed something but any help would be much appreciated.
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby dios4vida » 01 Apr 2011, 21:15

Sci-fi sans humans is really, really rare. I remember reading Orson Scott Card's book on how to write sci-fi (great read, plus his Ender books are pretty good) said that having no humans makes writing aliens very hard - mind you, he was talking about very non-human aliens, because trying to explain extreme alien features using no human correlations is really difficult.

I'll see if I can dig anything up from my memory, but right now I can't think of any no-humans-allowed sci-fi clubs. Sorry!

Good luck!
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Mira » 01 Apr 2011, 21:37

I agree, I think it's rare. You may need to go back to some of the old time sci fi writers.

But I did find this link. Hope it has some good suggestions:

http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/sho ... p?t=130412
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Netti » 02 Apr 2011, 18:22

I found a book called The Snow Queen by Joan D Vinge (I think). There are possibly humans but it doesn't look like they're Earth humans and luckily my library has it. So, yay! Breakthrough.
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Cookie » 04 Apr 2011, 13:28

Netti,

The Snow Queen does have humans, but they are not earth humans. There is also Foundation by Isaac Asimov, which has non-earth humans.
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Guardian » 06 Apr 2011, 08:54

The sci-fis of Iain M. Banks; Consider Phlebas, The Player of Games, Use of Weapons, The State of the Art, Excession, Inversions, Look to Windward, Matter, Surface Detail (These are all part of the Culture series). Then the rest of his novels that are not playing in the Culture universe... Against a Dark Background, The Algebraist and Feersum Endjinn. Only this last one, Feersum Endjinn plays in the far future Earth. All the others has a different culture, different creatures, different universe. Some of the novels has cross reference with humans or have human characters, such as Against a Dark Background. But as I recall all Culture novels fits to your criteria and they're really good novels with twisted, good stories, detailed worlds and memorable characters (Banks and his works are one of my favorites.).

Or if you want easier ones, yet quality sci-fi... Harry Harrison's Deathworld trilogy. There, only the MC is a real human. The rest of the characters, while they're also humans, they're from different planets and have different traits. Deathworld 2 and 3 also plays on different planets, in different alien civilizations.
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Netti » 06 Apr 2011, 11:26

Thank you all for the help! I was able to pick up a couple books from the library and will check out some of the others when I'm done with these two.
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby kwnewton » 08 Apr 2011, 08:17

I loved Martha Wells' new book THE CLOUD ROADS. The world is not earth and there are very alien beings living on it, and no humans. It does have magic, thought, so it's a nice mix of fanasty with sci-fi. Very original!
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Re: Sci fi recommendations

Postby Sommer Leigh » 08 Apr 2011, 19:21

This isn't *exactly* what you're looking for, but I think you'll find it a good substitute. Check out Mary Doria Russell's The Sparrow. There are humans in it, but the focus is on the aliens. It is a very powerful book. It was also the only sci-fi I was required to read in college, so it has a special place in my heart.
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