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    Fiction:
    Catch-22
    Life of Pi

    Non-fiction:
    How the Earth Moved
    Backyard Giants
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    Dr. Wurm,
    I picked up a copy of The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke at borders and that night on the news they announced his death, that was a weird Jungian synchronicity!

    Seedjar:
    The new Lovecraft collection is published by Barnes & Noble and is sold in their "Barnes and Noble Classics" section of the bargain books next to Jules Verne and Charles Dickens (all these big hardcover collections are $12.95). It has a big purple picture of a clock / space vortex or something on the cover. It's much nicer than the "Necronomicon" Lovecraft collection put out last year cos this has almost everything he wrote except the poetry from the Fungi From Yuggoth old pulp book and the stuff he re-wrote for young authors and allowed to be published under their name. Of course, if you wanna read them all free online just click: http://www.dagonbytes.com/thelibrary...aft/index.html

    Another great writer who contributed to the Lovecraft mythos (the gods: Tsathoggua, Ubbo-Sathla, etc) is Clarke Ashton Smith. I might even commit such a heresy as to say I like Smith's stuff more than Lovecraft, or at least equally. You can read all his short stories, weird poetry, nonfiction and unfinished story synopsis / outlines from his notebooks found after his death, free online here: http://www.eldritchdark.com/writings/short-stories/
    I see that there is now also recorded MP3s audio books of Smith's stories since I was there last! It's downloading time!

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    I have no idea, but here are five that come to mind. I'm in a philosophical phase and at least four of these fit that:

    Pheasants of the Mind - Datus Proper
    Cadillac Desert - Marc Reisner
    Encounters with the Archdruid - John McPhee
    Sand County Almanac - Aldo Leopold
    Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury
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    Take your pick from these authors:

    Orson Scott Card
    David Brin
    Peter Hamilton
    Julie Czernedas
    Brian Stableford
    Issac Asimov

    I am sure there are others I can not think of right now
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    Junky -- William Burroughs
    The Serpent and the Rainbow --Wade Davis
    Breakfast of Champions --Kurt Vonnegut
    Still life with Woodpecker --Tom Robbins
    The Yellow wallpaper --Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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    Ha, someone else on earth knows William Burroughs! Somehow I feel my weirdness is partly vindicated! lol!

    What do you think of his cut-up novels: Soft Machine, Wild Boys and Nova Express?

    Pyro,
    The only thing I've read by Orson Scott Card is his book on how to write fantasy & sci-fi stories. That's a good plan, take writing lessons from someone you've never read! lol!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swords View Post
    Pyro,
    The only thing I've read by Orson Scott Card is his book on how to write fantasy & sci-fi stories. That's a good plan, take writing lessons from someone you've never read! lol!
    Go to the store/library today and grab a copy of 'Ender's Game' One of the best Sci-Fi novels out there.
    'My love was science- specifically biology and, more specifically, when placed in a common jar, which of two organisms would devour the other.'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pyro View Post
    Go to the store/library today and grab a copy of 'Ender's Game' One of the best Sci-Fi novels out there.
    I have to agree, it is probably one of of my favorite books. The rest of the series is quite good too.
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