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Yep, that's the one. Thanks for reminding me of the date. First went there three years ago and have gone ever since. Absolutely awesome show. Barton should be there. He has been every year I've gone.
Last year I bought a micro power carver. Not sure what I might come home with this year.Sure be fun looking tho!! ;-)
`Casper
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On 9/17/2012 10:16 AM, Casper wrote:

Read (and re-read) every book I could find by Asimov and Heinlein among others. I love the weapon maker stories of A.E. van Vogt. One of my all time favorites is "The Stars My Destination" by Alfred Bester. Current faves include Robert Asprin and David Weber.
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On Mon, 17 Sep 2012 15:22:45 -0600, Just Wondering wrote:

"A Canticle for Leibowitz" is often mentioned as the best SF novel ever. I'm not qualified to say if that's right or wrong, but it's certainly a contender.
Note that it's definitely written from a Catholic viewpoint which I don't share, but it's so good I don't mind. Besides, I can always counter it with a reread of "The Sayings of Lazarus Long" :-).
Heinlein is great, but I prefer Harry Harrison's stuff to the others you mention. I also like Poul Anderson.
But if you include fantasy with SF, Terry Pratchett is by far the best IMNSHO.
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On 9/17/2012 6:21 PM, Larry Blanchard wrote:

I don't include fantasy (or horror) with Science Fiction. But that's just me.
Leibowitz is good, a classical piece of epoch proportions.
But I wouldn't call it "best". Best is a hard call.
For me that would be Niven/Pournelle - The Mote in God's Eye Lucifer's Hammer would top my list.
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On 09/17/2012 05:49 PM, Richard wrote:

Inferno is great.
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On 9/17/2012 8:09 PM, Doug Winterburn wrote:

Yup. And all the Man-Kizn Wars stories too.
But the subject was "best" (a four letter word if ever there was!)
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I still have every book Heinlein ever published, and agree that the other titles listed are outstanding. It is impossible for me to pick the BEST novel in the genre, however, I can pick the BEST science fiction story ever.
Drum Roll, please.......
Nightfall by Isaac Asimov.
Hands down the best piece of science fiction ever written. I have a copy of the novel Nightfall he wrote some 50 years after the original short story. It is an excellent novel, and fills in many details not available in the short story. But because of the length of the novel (and probably because I knew the ending), it did not have the mind blowing impact of the short story. I cannot think of another story that comes close to having the same impact, now 71 years after it was written.
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On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 20:01:43 -0500, Roy wrote:

Right now I sure can't think of a better one. But "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" comes close.
And I'll nominate a movie, just to liven things up. I vote for the original B/W version of "The Thing". Or maybe "The Day the World Stood Still".
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wrote:

Great story. One of the ones I've only read once.

The Day the Earth Stood Still.
Metropolis
When Worlds Collide (1951). The special effects in this movie were superb for the time. This series was to be a trilogy. The sequel - After Worlds Collide - still leaves a lot of unanswered questions. Wylie and Balmer supposedly started on the third and final book, but it has never seen the light of day. WWC is a very good book for the time. AWC is lacking. The third book might have put it all together and we might have had another Skylark series. Seems we will never know. A remake directed by Stephen Sommers is in preproduction, whatever that means.
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Close Encounters
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On Mon, 17 Sep 2012 18:09:37 -0700, Doug Winterburn

+1 for Niven, and add Andre Norton, David Weber, David Drake, William C. Deitz, and John Ringo to the list of absolute greats.
I simply could NOT read books by Terry Pratchett, Douglas Adams, Neal Stephenson, or William Gibson. We have entirely and incompatibly different mind warps, evidently.
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On Mon, 17 Sep 2012 23:05:39 -0700, Larry Jaques

Dan Simmons is one author you might look at then.
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wrote:

Thanks. I've read one or two of his Hyperion series. He's OK. I long for the authors who have written scores of books and I feel the need to read everything they've ever written. Asimov, Bradbury, and Heinlein were them when I was a teenager. Since then, Niven, Norton, Pournelle, Ringo, Dietz, Weber, Drake, and yes, even Dick Marcinko, are the names. Fun stuff!
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On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:48:00 -0700, Larry Jaques

Might I suggest looking for World Enough & Time by Simmons, collection of 5 stories. It was the Hyperion series that of his that I found first, having exhausted Asimov.....
Still want someone to publish Asimov's personal collection of dirty limericks.
Mark
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On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 06:48:00 -0700, Larry Jaques wrote:

No Poul Anderson?
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On Tue, 18 Sep 2012 16:57:29 +0000 (UTC), Larry Blanchard

No, didn't like him, Anthony, Silverberg, or Farmer much, either.
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On 9/18/2012 2:05 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

I couldn't "get" Douglas Adams either ("Hitch Hikers Guide..."). "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" (Hunter Thompson) didn't stir me much either.
Here is another review/suggestion:
Read Moor's, "Chip Charving Workbook" BEFORE Barton's, "Complete Guide to Chip Carving".
I base this on reading both of these in the last 2 week. The first is far more *instructive* (to the beginner), the second mostly features photos of beautiful projects (largely presented without instruction).
Maybe one of Barton's other books would provide a good introduction to chip carving--but this one does not. It was fine though after reading Moor's book. I made through it in one sitting--it would be great if you need a carving-project idea. Barton's book also contains a few nice sets of character templates (in several fonts), along with photos of what they looked like carved in wood. In fact, this may comprise 1/3 of the book!
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On 9/18/2012 1:05 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

Stephenson and Gibson are two of my favorites ... "The Diamond Age", and "Crytpnomicon", both by Stephenson, are my favorite of all time in this genre. "The Diamond Age" has turned out to be a rare and prescient glimpse of the future since it was written in 1995 ... unfortunately, in some aspects, we're getting there rapidly.
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I struggled to get through L. Ron's "Battlefield Earth".
But I absolutely loved the movie.
Go figure...
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On 9/18/2012 12:05 AM, Larry Jaques wrote:

Spider Robinson.
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Too much information. No one but you is interested in your crap.
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