Science fiction

Oprettet: 01.05.2001 - 08:00

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Frank Herbert: Dune
This Hugo and Nebula Award winner tells the sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, the focus of an intricate power struggle in a byzantine interstellar empire. Arrakis is the sole source of Melange, the "spice of spices." Melange is necessary for interstellar travel and grants psychic powers and longevity, so whoever controls it wields great influence.

The troubles begin when stewardship of Arrakis is transferred by the Emperor from the Harkonnen Noble House to House Atreides. The Harkonnens don't want to give up their privilege, though, and through sabotage and treachery they cast young Duke Paul Atreides out into the planet's harsh environment to die.

There he falls in with the Fremen, a tribe of desert dwellers who become the basis of the army with which he will reclaim what's rightfully his. Paul Atreides, though, is far more than just a usurped duke. He might be the end product of a very long-term genetic experiment designed to breed a super human; he might be a messiah. His struggle is at the center of a nexus of powerful people and events, and the repercussions will be felt throughout the Imperium.

Dune is one of the most famous science fiction novels ever written, and deservedly so. The setting is elaborate and ornate, the plot labyrinthine, the adventures exciting. Five sequels follow. --Brooks Peck --
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Orson Scott Card: Ender's Shadow
The book tell a story of brilliant children being trained in the orbiting Battle School to lead humanity's fleets in the final war against alien invaders known as the Buggers. The most brilliant of these young recruits is Ender Wiggin, an unparalleled commander and tactician who can surely defeat the Buggers if only he can overcome his own inner turmoil.

Second among the children is Bean, who becomes Ender's lieutenant despite the fact that he is the smallest and youngest of the Battle School students. Bean is the central character of Shadow, and we pick up his story when he is just a 2-year-old starving on the streets of a future Rotterdam that has become a hell on earth. Bean is unnaturally intelligent for his age, which is the only thing that allows him to escape--though not unscathed--the streets and eventually end up in Battle School.
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Philip K. Dick: Ubik
Nobody but Philip K. Dick could so successfully combine SF comedy with the unease of reality gone wrong, shifting underfoot like quicksand. Besides grisly ideas like funeral parlors where you swap gossip for the advice of the frozen dead, Ubik (1969) offers such deadpan farce as a moneyless character's attack on the robot apartment door that demands a five-cent toll:

"I'll sue you," the door said as the first screw fell out.
Joe Chip said, "I've never been sued by a door. But I guess I can live through it."

Chip works for Glen Runciter's anti-psi security agency, which hires out its talents to block telepathic snooping and paranormal dirty tricks. When its special team tackles a big job on the Moon, something goes terribly wrong. Runciter is killed, it seems--but messages from him now appear on toilet walls, traffic tickets, or product labels.

Meanwhile, fragments of reality are timeslipping into past versions: Joe Chip's beloved stereo system reverts to a hand-cranked 78 player with bamboo needles. Why does Runciter's face appear on U.S. coins? Why the repeated ads for a hard-to-find universal panacea called Ubik ("safe when taken as directed")?
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Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Join Douglas Adams's hapless hero Arthur Dent as he travels the galaxy with his intrepid pal Ford Prefect, getting into horrible messes and generally wreaking hilarious havoc. Dent is grabbed from Earth moments before a cosmic construction team obliterates the planet to build a freeway. You'll never read funnier science fiction; Adams is a master of intelligent satire, barbed wit, and comedic dialogue.

The Hitchhiker's Guide is rich in comedic detail and thought-provoking situations and stands up to multiple reads. Required reading for science fiction fans, this book (and its follow-ups) is also sure to please fans of Monty Python, Terry Pratchett's Discworld series, and British sitcoms.
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Gene Wolfe: The 5th Head of Cerberus - Three Novellas
A brothel keeper's sons discuss genocide and plot murder; a young alien wanderer is pursued by his shadow double; and a political prisoner tries to prove his identity, not least to himself. Gene Wolfe's first novel consists of three linked sections, all of them elegant broodings on identity, sameness, and strangeness, and all of them set on the vividly evoked colony worlds of Ste. Croix and Ste. Anne, twin planets delicately poised in mutual orbit...
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Jack Vance: Tales of the Dying Earth
Jack Vance is one of the most remarkable talents to ever grace the world of science fiction. His unique, stylish voice has been beloved by generations of readers. One of his enduring classics is his 1964 novel, THE DYING EARTH, and its sequels--a fascinating, baroque tale set on a far-future Earth, under a giant red sun that is soon to go out forever. This omnibus volume comprised all four books in the series, THE DYING EARTH, THE EYES OF THE OVERWORLD, CUGEL'S SAGA and RIALTO THE MAGNIFICENT. It is a must-read for every sf fan.
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William Gibson: Count Zero
Turner, corporate mercenary, wakes in a reconstructed body, a beautiful woman by his side. Then Hosaka Corporation reactivates him for a mission more dangerous than the one he's recovering from: Maas-Neotek's chief of R&D is defecting. Turner is the one assigned to get him out intact, along with the biochip he's perfected.

But this proves to be of supreme interest to certain other parties--some of whom aren't remotely human. Bobby Newmark is entirely human: a rustbelt data-hustler totally unprepared for what comes his way when the defection triggers war in cyberspace. With voodoo on the Net and a price on his head, Newmark thinks he's only trying to get out alive. A stylish, streetsmart, frighteningly probable parable of the future and sequel to Neuromancer
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Kurt, Jr. Vonnegut: Galapagos
Galapagos takes the reader back one million years, to A.D. 1986. A simple vacation cruise suddenly becomes an evolutionary journey. Thanks to an apocalypse, a small group of survivors stranded on the Galapagos Islands are about to become the progenitors of a brave new, and totally different human race. Here, America's master satirist looks at our world and shows us all that is sadly, madly awry -- and all that is worth saving.
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Peter Watts: Starfish
Peter Watts's first novel explores the last mysterious place on earth--the floor of a deep sea rift. Channer Vent is a zone of freezing darkness that belongs to shellfish the size of boulders and crimson worms three meters long. It's the temporary home of the maintenance crew of a geothermal energy plant--a crew made up of the damaged and dysfunctional flotsam of an overpopulated near-future earth.

The crew's reluctant leader, basket case Lenie Clarke, can barely survive in the upper world, but she quickly falls under the rift's spell, just as Watts's magical descriptions of it enchant the reader: "Steam never gets a chance to form at three hundred atmospheres, but thermal distortion turns the water into a column of writhing liquid prisms, hotter than molten glass."..
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Michael Crichton: Timeline
Lindhardt og Ringhof, 2000.
471 sider
Teknologifirmaet ITC forsker anonymt i kvantemekanik og under forsøg med at teleportere ting, får de bekræftet teorien om, at universet i virkeligheden er et multivers, altså en mængde af parallelle universer. Det lykkes dem at flytte ting mellem universer ved at komprimere dem til så små størrelser, at de kan flyttes gennem de ormehuller, der findes helt nede i kvanteskummet mellem atomerne.

Da ITC sender et kamera ind i et parallelunivers, opdager de, at de har sendt kameraet ind i en anden tid - en arkæolog forsvinder i Frankrig i 1375. Fire andre sendes ind for at hente ham.
Vores fire helte har 36 timer til at hente den forsvundne professor. Straks fra deres ankomst bliver de forfulgt, og under deres flugt når de at deltage i ridderturneringer, komme i kamp, deltage i angrebet af en borg og meget mere.

Michael Faber: Inderst inde
Gyldendal, 2000
263 sider
Absurd roman om en underlig kvinde, der kører rundt i det skotske højland og samler blaffere op. Det skal være store, muskuløse og kødfulde mænd, som hun tager med hjem og forarbejder....

Kim Stanley Robinson: Antarktis
Cicero, 1999
439 sider
Det er stadig, et godt stykke ude i fremtiden, at sammenligne med en isplanet, og det kræver det yderste af et menneske at overleve på dette sted.
Men Antarktis er rig på olie, så overleve skal mennesket, hvad enten det drejer sig om olieborerne eller miljøaktivisterne, i en stadig kamp mod naturen og mod hinanden.

Dan Simmons: Hyperion
Cicero, 1997
383 sider Første bind i firebindsserien om Hyperion.
På planeten Hyperion venter et væsen kaldet Tornskaden. Der er dem, der tilbeder det, der er dem, der frygter det, og der er dem, der ønsker at tilintetgøre det.
I dalen med tidsgravene, hvor store, dystre konstruktioner bevæger sig baglæns i tiden med en grusom besked fra fremtiden, venter Tornskaden på de syv pilgrimme som er rejst ud for at finde svaret på uløste gåder i deres eget liv, og - ikke mindst - at lære hemmeligheden om selve universet at kende.

Tad Williams: Universet ved siden af
Cicero, 1999
189 sider
Renie Sulaweyo, en lærer i fremtidens Sydafrika, opdager, at der er noget galt med det verdensomspændende netværk. Nogle af de yngre elever, heriblandt hendes bror Stephen, har logget sig ind på nettet, men de kan ikke komme ud igen. Sporene peger på en mystisk, gylden by kaldet Otherland, men alle, der prøver at finde ud af, hvad det er, der sker, dør.

Otherland er hjemsted for de vildeste drømme og de værste mareridt. Enorme summer er brugt på det. De bedste hjerner gennem to generationer har arbejdet for at opbygge det. Og på en eller anden måde, ganske gradvist, kræver det nu Jordens mest værdifulde ressource - børnene! 

H. H. Løyche: Mission til Schamajin
Klim, 1999.
191 sider
60 år efter at have mistet kontakten med kolonisterne på Mars vender et redningsrumskib endelig tilbage, og lander i den diktaturstat, der nu omfatter hele Europa og det meste af Asien. Kun ét besætningsmedlem er om bord, og han har mistet sit sprog. En befrielsesbevægelse sender en ung mediciner af sted med den hemmelige opgave at smugle astronauten ud, hjælpe ham til hægterne og forsøge at nå frem til, hvad der er sket med de eksperimenter på den røde planet Mars, som skulle hjælpe menneskeheden.

Erwin Neutzsky-Wulff: 2000
Borgen, 1991. 697 sider
Med udgangspunkt i et gensplejsningsforsøg, som foregår på et laboratorium i USA i året 1999, udvikler romanen sig til en fortællekreds bestående af science fiction, erotiske eventyr og religiøse lignelser.

Melvin Burgess: Hadets by
Gyldendal, 2000
379 sider
To rivaliserende familier, der styrer hver sin del af London, har besluttet, at de vil indgå i et forbund. Den kun 14-årige pige Signy skal derfor giftes med den lidt ældre Conor. Det arrangerede bryllup synes i starten at være en god ide. Men så sker der noget!.

George Turner: Da vandene steg
Klim, 1994
326 sider
I det 21. århundredes Melbourne er det en kamp at overleve i det skarpt opdelte samfund. Drivhuseffekten skaber oversvømmelse, og katastrofen truer. Gennem en lille familie beskrives det uretfærdige, magtsyge samfund.

Philip Kerr: Den anden engel
Modtryk, 2000.
399 sider
I anden halvdel af det 21. århundrede er menneskeheden på udslettelsens rand. 80% af befolkningen er smittet med P2; et virus, som dræber i løbet af 10-15 år. Den eneste mulige helbredelse kræver medicin plus en total udskiftning af offerets blod med sundt menneskeblod. Blod er liv. Blod er langt mere værd end sin vægt i guld.

Verdensblodbankens seneste pris for 1 liter sundt menneskeblod er 1.840.000 dollars. Blodbankerne hele verden over benytter sig af den mest avancerede sikkerhedsteknologi, og den sikreste af dem alle ligger slet ikke på Jorden. First National Blood Bank ligger på Månen. Dens sikkerhedssystem er uigennemtrængeligt.

Alt dette ved Dallas. Det er nemlig ham, der har designet sikkerhedsystemet. Og nu er hans datter syg. Ikke af P2, men af en ældre sygdom. En sygdom, der kræver månedlige blodtransfusioner til en pris, Dallas ikke kan betale. Der er kun én måde, han kan hjælpe sin datter på - han skal begå det mest umulige, det mest usandsynlige bankrøveri.

Romannet - 1. maj 2001

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