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Old 02-24-2009, 09:45 AM   #1
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Hey! its been a few months since i read a book and id like to pick up a new one... Im looking for something in the sci-fi/paranormal category... id love to find something that has a feel like LOST or FRINGE... i like sci-fi that kinda takes place in the framework of the real world like those shows do... kinda where the outside world is oblivious to the fantastic things happening...
time travel & the supernatural are a plus! HELP!
OH! and dont suggest Bad Twin! ive heard of it, but im not too interested in it!

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Slaughterhouse-Five. Its the basis for the Lost episode "The Constant". Its based in WW2 and is about a soldier who becomes "unstuck in time". Its a modern classic.

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Old 02-24-2009, 09:55 AM   #3
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I cant think of a specific one, but Michael Crichtons novels often touched on similar themes exploring science and paranormal.

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Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury

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im gonna check those out... anything else?

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read it many years ago

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Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - My personal favourite Philip K. Dick novel, also the basis for Blade Runner.

An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge - A short story that has a similar flashback framework to Lost.

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The Third Policeman by Brian O'Nolan/Flann O'Brien
Ubik by Philip K. Dick
Time Out of Joint by Philip K. Dick

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The Stand by Stephen King. Many parts of Lost are inspired by this book, and Charlie Pace is even based on the character of Larry Underwood. It's a truely fantastic read.

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The Stand is one of the main inspirations for Lost, I recommend just googling the "Lost book club" which will bring you up all the books used/refrenced in the show, many of them are science-fiction themed.

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Old 05-12-2009, 06:42 PM   #13
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lol Great idea for a thread Gilpesh you totally saved me the trouble. Accelerando by Charles Stross is an absolutely amazing read but it is really really out there for lack of a better term but what science fiction isnt. Slaughterhouse 5 is something Ive been meaning to read for a long long time and just never have. I have a feeling I would really enjoy Vonnegut (sp) or Lovecraft. Ive heard nothing but great things about At the Mountains of Madness.



I read a couple really good books lately one was called The Cobra Effect by Brian Preston (pretty sure) and its about this CDC agent dealing with a biologoical attack on some major city on the east coast (forgot) and even though technically not sci/fi it has alot of scientific talk especially about biological and chemical warfare plus the death scenes are absolutely gorgeously grotesque.

I recently Sphere by Michael Chrichton and as usual book was better than the movie. Seriously though if you liked the movie then read the book cuz its really really good.

One book though I havent seen mentioned here at all that if you like Fringe or Lost you WILL LOVE is From the Corner of His Eye by Dean Koontz. Honestly I think it is by far his best book it is seriously amazing how beautiful a book it is. Seriously Gilpesh this is my number recommendation for you it is that good!

I dunno man theres alotta good sci/fi out there but an equal amount of crappy stuff pretty much anything by Kurt Vonnegut, Phillip K. Dick, H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Heinlen.

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OLIVER MAKES WEIRD SCIENCE IN "FBP: FEDERAL BUREAU OF PHYSICS"
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It's been nearly a decade since Simon Oliver launched "The Exterminators" for Vertigo Comics. And like the insect-infected world featured in his debut hit, illustrated and co-created by Tony Moore of "The Walking Dead" fame, the one he's building with artist Robbi Rodriquez in "FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics" is heading towards a mass extermination. Except in his latest creator-owned series for Vertigo, a far more powerful menace lurks in the shadows -- and that menace is physics.

"FBP" follows a team of investigators working for the Federal Bureau of Physics as the physical world begins to unravel thanks to quantum tornadoes, bubbleverses and a new brand of science that would have left the Beastie Boys needing to expand their horizons and parameters far beyond what they previously believed possible.

In seven issues to date, Oliver and Rodriguez have delivered a mystery literally spiraling out of control and one that is based, at least in part, on real science. Not bad for a kid that used to get reports card stating: "He does okay but he could do better."

With the series going on a one-month hiatus to coincide with the release of its first collected edition on February 19, CBR News connected with Oliver to discuss the real-life scenario that appears to mirror the events of "FBP," why knowing what wormholes and time dilation is may make the series even more enjoyable and how long the writer believes the series will run.
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Ian Tregillis in conversation with Charlie Stross on The Laundry Files

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This week sees the release of THE COLDEST WAR (UK | ANZ) , the second novel in Ian Tregillis’s landmark series, the Milkweed Triptych. The trilogy began with BITTER SEEDS (UK | ANZ) and concludes with the forthcoming NECESSARY EVIL (UK | ANZ).

These novels feature a secret history of Twentieth Century conflicts in which scientifically-enhanced superhumans and dark magic collide. The result is described by Fantasy Faction as ‘oh-so compelling, fascinating and frighteningly convincing’ and by Cory Doctorow as, ‘some of the best – and most exciting – alternate history I’ve read. Bravo.’

Ian:
One of the things I enjoy most about the Laundry books is the way they juxtapose spy drama, Lovecraftian horror, and the banality of office politics. They combine the profound and the mundane to great effect. Does it work because the narrowness of the corporate mindset can be laughable, or because matrix management is merely a different kind of unspeakable horror?

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I’m not certain. However, I will note that both horror and humour are tints that we can apply to a narrative; the same plot structure and characters could in principle be written into a horror story or a farce, purely depending on how we colour the narrative.

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Fiction writers aren’t alone in thinking the occult makes an attractive dance partner for intelligence services. The CIA infamously speBitter Seeds - the first novel in the Milweed Triptych, a fantasy series featuring superhumand and dark magic, and earning comparisons with Charles Stross's Laundry Files novelsnt millions of dollars on its remote-viewing program, Project Stargate. It has also been alleged the Soviet navy attempted to investigate telepathy as a means of secure communications with submarines.

But the Laundry contends with extraordinarily dangerous powers, as do the intelligence operatives of the Milkweed books. How much stock would you put in the notion that a real-world three-letter agency *wouldn’t* jump at the chance to commune with ravenous extra-dimensional beings?

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None whatsoever! Which is why at least one of the Laundry’s foreign counterparts, the Black Chamber, is pretty clearly run by the many-angled ones, and the Laundry itself is full of archives documenting highly questionable compromises. In fact, “the road to hell is paved with good intentions” could well serve as the overarching theme of the Laundry Files as a series (I have a long-term plot that is slowly unrolling) . . .

Back in 1997 when I began to explore this area, I started with a novelette titled “A Colder War”, which made it pretty explicit. ACW was set in the future of Lovecraft’s “At the Mountains of Madness” – a future in which Nazi Germany, the USSR, and the USA had all found their uses for the ancient alien technologies found by the Pabodie expedition to Antarctica. It all ends in tears (and a fate worse than global thermonuclear annihilation – the point of that story was to inject some horror back into Lovecraftiana by linking it implicitly to something truly horrifying, to anyone who grew up during the Cold War), but not before a Senator in a congressional hearing gets to utter the words, “Mister President, we cannot allow a Shoggoth Gap to emerge.”

Yes, if they got their hands on this stuff they’d use it. We have met the enemy, and we are doing our best to turn into them before they turn into us.

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