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January 19th, 2006
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Recommend some science fiction to me
So, I got to thinking about what sorts of science fiction books my employer would publish in the future. We're currently publishing our first SF novel, and I think the main reason we're doing that is that it fits quite nicely with a nonfiction book we've just published (Robots Unlimited, a history of AI and a look ahead discussing how we might interact with sentient computers). If we publish more SF books, I think they will have to focus either on some interesting bit of computer technology or on some kind of interesting mathematics.

Can you recommend some published SF that fits into one of these categories?

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From:rikchik
Date:January 19th, 2006 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Rudy Rucker's books are all about the interesting mathematics (and some interesting CS). Plus he writes nonfiction too.
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From:rosefox
Date:January 20th, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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And he's a good friend of my father's, so I could probably make a connection there if you wanted one.
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From:queue
Date:January 20th, 2006 03:58 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the offer, but I think I already have a connection. My current employers (before they started their own company) published the first edition of Infinity and the Mind. :-)
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From:queue
Date:January 20th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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Cool. Looks like he's a popular choice.
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From:jencallisto
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:02 am (UTC)
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Permutation City by Greg Egan.
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From:queue
Date:January 20th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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Thanks for the recommendation.
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From:jencallisto
Date:January 20th, 2006 04:06 am (UTC)
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you're welcome. a math PhD i know recommended it to me and i really really liked it.
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From:magid
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:16 am (UTC)
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Everyone in Silico, Jim Munroe
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From:queue
Date:January 20th, 2006 04:01 am (UTC)
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Is that the one you have? Can I borrow it?
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From:magid
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:39 pm (UTC)
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Yes (thanks to Charlie), and yes. (I'm trying to remember if you've already read it, actually.)
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From:mabfan
Date:January 20th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
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I have to admit a certain curiosity here, for obvious reasons.

Check out works by Vernor Vinge, such as True Names. Greg Egan's got some cool mathematical stuff. Have you seen the Clifton Fadiman anthology Fantasia Mathematica? And the Rudy Rucker anthology Mathenauts?
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From:queue
Date:January 20th, 2006 04:00 am (UTC)
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Of the authors you mention, I've read Vinge's Deepness books, and I've started in on Rucker's Infinity and the Mind.
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From:magid
Date:January 20th, 2006 12:38 pm (UTC)
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There's a second Fadiman anthology, Mathematical Magpie, that I like more than the first.
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