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  •  Oh, cfk, you're such a sweetheart. (6+ / 0-)

    It seems like something plf should try. If not, I'll be happy to.

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

    by Brecht on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 08:15:03 PM PDT

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    •  LOL, Brecht, you are my (6+ / 0-)

      favorite highbrow. Well, you and 3CM, both.

      I can't wait to read what you think about anything by Phil Dick b/c I assure you, I will never read that maniac.

      Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

      by Youffraita on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 08:17:57 PM PDT

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      •  I love Philip K. Dick, because he's so inventive, (6+ / 0-)

        and because I love a good mind-twisty plot, which is one of his fortes.

        But I'd compare him to Balzac: quite brilliant, but very uneven in output (they each had hectic lives, and churned out potboilers to plug holes in their money troubles).

        Those two Scalzi just referenced, I found very fine - probably my two favorite, of the dozen of his novels I've read. And he wrote many good stories, so a best of his short stories would be a safe bet.

        I've seen Ubik at the top of a best SF list - but that's only true if you love weird whimsy, sort of like Lewis Carroll or Escher writing SF. If it's the maniac part that bothers you, he must have some more down to earth stuff (well, at least within the atmosphere). But I can't think what.

        If you change your mind, try Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Then watch Bladerunner, which is even better, and somewhat different. Possibly the best SF movie ever. The original's better than the director's cut.

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

        by Brecht on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 08:32:12 PM PDT

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        •  Thanks, sweetie. (6+ / 0-)

          See, I kind of like to read writers who are actually sane.

          Say what you will about Dick, but "sane" isn't something even his closest friends would call him. "Drugged out to paranoia" is more like it.

          My taste runs more to Mary Gentle and Iain Banks and Terry Pratchett and George "Railroad" Martin.

          Irony takes a worse beating from Republicans than Wile E. Coyote does from Acme. --Tara the Antisocial Social Worker

          by Youffraita on Wed Jun 05, 2013 at 08:43:15 PM PDT

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