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  •  I remember getting completely absorbed in 'Fire', (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, Ender

    and its glittering ideas. Very good book. Neuromancer even more so, like jacking into something dangerous.

    In researching this diary, I came across a very thought-provoking post: Introductory Science Fiction Books for Literary Readers. Here's Edelman's take on those two Vinges, specifically in terms of how accessible they are to non-SF readers:

    Vernor Vinge’s A Deepness in the Sky. The intellectual heft of this book isn’t quite so apparent at first blush, and the spider people might roll some eyeballs. But the man can write, and his discussions of individuality-versus-groupthink are both powerful and subtle.

    Vernor Vinge’s A Fire Upon the Deep. One whiff of the talking wheeled plant people, and your average Anne Tyler reader is outta there. A Deepness in the Sky is a better bet.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Mon Sep 30, 2013 at 11:37:00 AM PDT

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