Usually the Security Now podcast covers the latest stress-inducing security holes in Windows, Flash, Acrobat, and Java. But at the end of last December in episode 333 Steve Gibson devoted an episode to his favorite science fiction. He started with some movies: This Island Earth, Forbidden Planet, and The Day The Earth Stood Still. But most of the episode covered books, and Steve has good taste and likes Hard SF. He started with Asimov’s Robot mystery novels, beginning with The Caves Of Steel. His favorite Larry Niven is Protector, but The Mote In God’s Eye was ok too. He also enjoyed Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker series.
And I actually learned about Peter F. Hamilton from him: the Mandel Series, the Night’s Dawn series (huge), Fallen Dragon (standalone novel), and the Pandora’s Star/Judas Unchained duology.
Next came an independent author who sells from his own site, Michael McCollum at scifi-az.com. Michael has the Antares series and the Gibralter series. Someone told me to check out his 1st 2 books from the 80’s. There’s also The Sails Of Tau Ceti. Some free short stories are available. There’s no audiobooks unfortunately (an opportunity for someone?), unless you count some computer generated audio files.
Steve also mentioned Jack Campbell’s Lost Fleet series, Graham Sharp Paul’s Helfort’s War series, David Weber’s Honor Harrington series, Greg Bear’s Eon, and Gregory Benford’s Galactic Center saga.
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