Monday, 28 May 2018

Chuckles Chat #67 Scenarios We Love And Hate About SF/Dystopia

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Over the coming weeks I'm looking at our book buying life. By this what I mean is, what are the scenarios in a book blurb that make us really want to pick up that book and start reading? What do we love about the genre and what puts us off?

Last week I looked at apocalypses and this week I expand the theme with science fiction and dystopia looking at future worlds and other planets. Now if you know me at all, I'm not the greatest fan of the SF genre in books which is a bit weird as I love watching SF films and TV  series. I was a huge fan of Stargate SG1, Stargate Atlantis, Blake's Seven, the original Star Wars trilogy, the Alien trilogy, Total Recall, and things like that but when it comes to space wars, aliens and other planets, I generally have little interest in reading books about them. I don't really understand that at all! I have read novels based on these films like Doom, Aliens, Independence Day, Stargate etc which were decent enough but never been greatly interested in branching out to more of them.

When it comes to books set on other planets, I'm pretty much a no show unless dinosaurs or Sasquatches or something similar are involved. I didn't like older reads like 'Starship Troopers' despite enjoying the film, so I tend to stick to modern writings. Many years back I read Dinosaur Planet by Anne McCaffrey but I don't remember much about it so I've downloaded it and the sequel to read again at some point. I've read a few more recent books like Phillip Tomasso's 'Extinction' and 'Domus' by DS Lillico. If anyone has any recs for good modern dinosaur planet adventures that aren't dead slow, please tell me as I need more of them! Or dinosaurs and monsters loose on a big spaceshift. That would be fun too!

I have branched out recently by picking up a couple of SF books like 'Six Wakes' though I'm concerned that with the cloning stuff it might get too slow, info dumpy and technical for me, kind of like the trouble I had with Michael Crichton's 'Prey'. All that nano stuff was too much for my tiny brain! I do like the idea of a killer or monster hunting people down on a spaceship or other transport so recs for that kind of thing are welcome!

Moving on to dystopia. I used to read a ton of this about corrupt and evil governments of the future, harsh environments and the aftermaths of apocalypse events. A lot of this was YA in the beginning but I basically moved more into enjoying the apocalypse side of things and going towards more of an adult version of these books. But back in dystopia SF I very much like things like The Testing, The Hunger Games and Extinction Trials where there is the element of deadly competition and dangerous environments to deal with. I like the sound of navigating places with traps, monsters and evil people hunting you down, depending on plot of course. I like the idea of breaking in and breaking out of places, teams of people working together for a purpose without dumb angst, slow starts and tons of romance. I've enjoyed things like Future Shock, Branded, The Moon Dwellers but I am more picky about the YA I read now.

What kind of SF and dystopia do you like and dislike?

8 comments:

  1. Based on what you've said, I'd recommend Pierce Brown's Red Rising trilogy.
    It fits the SF dystopia you like, has storylines dealing with games and schools and tales of fitness of the main character.

    As for Six Wakes, I haven't read it, but I did read a short story by Lafferty that turned me off so bad that I got rid of Six Wakes unread :-)

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    1. Thanks for the rec. I think it might be buried somewhere on my ereader as I was a bit unsure about it. I'll get to it at some point! Six Wakes is certainly out of my comfort zone and it's lower on the priority list!

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  2. I like soft sci-fi, like dystopias, but I struggle a lot with hard sci-fi. If there’s tons of math and science involved, I quickly get bored.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. Maths always makes my eyes glaze over!

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  3. I've read a few good dystopian books recently - Tipping Point by Terry Tyler, The Unit by Ninni Holmqvist - and it's usually seeing something different about the synopsis that draws me to a book. I don't like books to feel samey so I tend to hop randomly across most genres

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    1. I think I have The Unit somewhere on my ereader-honestly it's like a black hole that sucks books in and I just forget I have them!

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  4. You know, I don't read a lot of Sci-Fi at all. I don't mind it but just don't have a big interest in it for some reason. I should branch out but I don't.

    Mary

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    1. It certainly isn't my favourite genre to read!

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