New reading

I have a request to make.

I have recently gotten into a show on the Science Channel. You may have heard of it. They call it "Firefly".

Anyway, that, along with the fact that "Void Dogs" hasn't updated since September, has refueled my desire to read scifi stories. Does anyone know any good space or steampunk stories I can read online?

Andrea's picture

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I really like Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality. The alternate-universe Harry's a bit of an arrogant a$$ at first, but it gets better. http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5782108/1/

I know a lot of people hate Twilight, but Alicorn's Rational!Bella is much more likable and intelligent in her stories, Luminosity and Radiance. The story starts out very similar to the Twilight series, but eventually the way that Rational!Bella thinks ends up taking things in a completely different direction to the point where the original plot is unrecognizable. Both books were recently finished, and the author has started writing weekly "flash" stories that are reminiscent of MeiLin's bonus stories. http://luminous.elcenia.com/index.shtml

If you like mostly-romance-with-a-little-sci-fi, I highly recommend Tiranog's Stargate Atlantis fanfic. Her Harry Potter stuff is good too, but it's more fantasy than sci fi. http://tiranog.southroad.com/

On that note, the actual Stargate Atlantis series is amazing. I hear the main Stargate series is great too, but I've only seen Stargate Atlantis so far. It's available for steaming if you have a Netflix account.

I'm also really into V the series too -- the old one from the '80s and the new one by ABC. Unfortunately, the episodes aren't officially available online, so you have to search around for them

I think that's about it. I'm looking for more sci-fi/fantasy stories and shows (and medical dramas, but that's not everyone's cup of tea), so I'm looking forward to what everyone else posts.

Oh, and make sure you see Serenity! It's like Firefly's season finale/conclusion.

PS: Also, I hear great things about Battlestar Galactica. Once again, probably not free online, definitely not something to read, but it's still high-quality sci fi!

Pikachu42's picture

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posting the link the the re-imagining of Twilight. I like this SO MUCH better than the original, which made me want to lobotomize myself.

Andrea's picture

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Cool, I'm glad you like it too!

Gudy's picture

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... available from Project Gutenberg, but what you really want to check out, if you haven't already, is BaenCD at the Fifth Imperium. The site hosts, legally I might add, all the Baen promotional CDs. And while there's lots of repetition, that collection still contains around 200 different S/F and fantasy books in a variety of formats including html for online reading.

Highlights include Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga (except for the 5th volume), David Drake's RCN series, John Ringo and Travis Taylors Voyage of the Space Bubble series, a bunch of re-issues of classic S/F like James H. Schmitz' Telzey&Trigger stories or Christopher Anvil's works, all of David Weber's Honor Harrington stuff including stories written by other authors in the Honorverse, and lots and lots more.

Capriox's picture

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I did NOT know about the BaenCD site. I've read the stuff in the Baen Free Library, but this... this is going to suck up all my free time for a few days now. Thanks (or not) ;-D

Gudy's picture

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... welcome. Smile

FYI, my folder with freely downloaded Baen books from the Free Library and the Baen CD site contains 250 files (i.e. uniqe books), with at least half a dozen of those being omnibus editions with two or three novels each.

So, yeah, that'll be a couple of days worth of reading material. Biggrin

Capriox's picture

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I'm sure they have their flaws, but I gotta say, I love Baen.

Raigne's picture

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about this one a couple of times, but I never miss an opportunity to plug it to people who might be interested (much like the History).

anachronauts is a genre mash-up by Stephen Gagne that is one part fantasy, one part sci-fi, and one part post-apocalypse.

Shadow_Slayer74's picture

I love that story, I have tried to get a few friends to read it (with mixed success) and even based several pbp RPG games in my own version of the setting.

Zandu Ink's picture

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Oh, gods. What have you done to me? Not even through the first chapter, and I'm hooked...

Raigne's picture

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Been a fan of Stephen's work for a long time, and I even did a bunch of the editing on the first couple of chapters of the first age, along with other fellow LJ bloggers.

ETA: Incidentally, should you make it through the backlog, you can follow twoflower on either twitter or LJ for new updates. You may also be interested in his other series, Unreal Estate, which is more firmly in the sci-fi genre, and if it's still available, i am ikon, which was his short lived open world with a steampunk flare. It didn't work out as a community project, and he would rather just forget the whole thing, but the work he did on it was still enjoyable.

Shadow_Slayer74's picture

He also made some very entertaining modules for Neverwinter Nights.

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