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... and Isaac Asimov's book I,Robot was very good so I'd like to try one of his other books from the Robot series.
Recommend the Elijah Baley series, starting with The Caves of Steel and moving through to Robots and Empire - different in they're all single stories (rather than a collection of short stories like I, Robot is), but very entertaining detetective stories.
Cheers Prof. I'll give them a try sometime.
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It's years since I properly read the robot series but they are excellent - make sure you go in order. I would personally recommend, especially given your non-fiction interests, looking at the even better Foundation series, starting with Foundation. The first three are also particularly easy reads as they were originally serialised short stories.
Given that you have enjoyed some of his short stories, try and find a collection that includes Nightfall, probably the greatest short SF story ever. He also wrote a novel of it later in his career which is worth reading if you enjoy the short story.
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I think that I'll be paying the library a visit later this afternoon to see what they have available.
Update - I've just ordered Foundation.
I've read 26 of the BBC's Big Read: http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/bigread/top100.shtml
Other than Asimov and John Wyndham I can't hack a lot of SF but I read a quite brilliant 'hard' science fiction book a few years ago, called Dragon's Egg, by Robert L. Forward. Highly recommended, tho you may need to order from US. Also, for simple fantastic storytelling try Wasp by Eric Frank Russell. This may need to be bought second hand.
Very odd. My tally is also 26. (Two of them 'without the option' because they were course books.)
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I read a lot of John Wyndham's books in my teens and have a few on BBC CDs now.
The only Asimov I read was 'The End of Eternity'. I also read a couple of Arthur C Clarkes' books when I was a kid. ('Rendezvous With Rama' and 'Childhood's End'.)
That's about it for my lifetime's SF intake, apart from a few scattered short stories (like E. M. Forster's The Machine Stops), and classics like 'Brave New World'.
Yes, Wyndham and Asimov were mainly teenage reads for me too. Asimov stuck with me to the extent that I think I have a complete uk collection, plus at least one collection only available in the US. When I moved house about 18 months ago I reread most of the foundation series and also realised there were two books I'd managed never to read: one was The End of Eternity! Anyway, I thought it was pretty exceptional (save for a bit of a plot hole, which is unusual for him).
Have only read A Room with a View by Forster. Haven't done much reading since the baby was born, but I will add your suggestion to the list. I hadn't counted Brave New World, a classic. Also read one or two Rama books but didn't get on with them. I suppose you could also count Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go as SF which (well before the film) I loved and indeed recommended for our book club.
I wasn't trying to make any point. Due to having a predominantly scientific/technical education (and working in IT for most of my adult life), I have come across a number of people who have no interest in fiction or art (or even music).
In a few - admittedly quite extreme - cases I have worked with individuals who actually got quite angry with the whole idea of fiction. One guy (an Iranian born American mathematician and programmer) got furious at the very idea that people would want to 'waste' their time reading 'lies' (his definition of fiction).
I have gone through mild phases of this myself. (I am still allergic to Thomas Hardy, ever since school, even though I passed my English literature O'Level with an A grade by some miracle!)
The (Welsh, ex-policeman) English teacher that we had for two years, poisoned any interest in reading good literature for a few years afterwards. It was my interest in history (and long - pre-internet - night shifts throughout my 20s) that eventually got me reading good fiction again. (A long route via history, then biographies and diaries to novels based on actual historical events and/or characters.)
With the exception of Thomas Hardy (still too painful) I got over it and my leisure reading is probably around 50/50 factual/fiction.
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