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John Michael Scalzi II is an American science fiction author and former president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America.
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Hyperion
Dan Simmons - Aug 15, 2017 (first published in 1989)
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A stunning tour de force filled with transcendent awe and wonder, Hyperion is a masterwork of science fiction that resonates with excitement and invention, the first volume in a remarkable epic by the multiple-award-winning author of The Hollow Man.On the world called Hyperion, beyond the reach of galactic law, waits a creature called the Shrike. T...
John Scalzi
Jan 03, 2021
OMW directly influenced by: Starship Troopers, book AND film; Half-Life; Dan Simmons' Hyperion series; and rather quite a few films with snappy dialogue and a three-act structure BUT SPECIFICALLY Nora Ephron's bits in Sleepless in Seattle where Sam talks about missing his wife.      source
Starship Troopers
Robert A. Heinlein - May 15, 1987 (first published in 1959)
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The historians cant seem to settle whether to call this one "The Third Space War" (or the fourth), or whether "The First Interstellar War" fits it better. We just call it The Bug War." Everything up to then and still later were "incidents," "patrols," or "police actions." However, you are just as dead if you buy the farm in an "incident" as you are...
John Scalzi
Jan 03, 2021
OMW directly influenced by: Starship Troopers, book AND film; Half-Life; Dan Simmons' Hyperion series; and rather quite a few films with snappy dialogue and a three-act structure BUT SPECIFICALLY Nora Ephron's bits in Sleepless in Seattle where Sam talks about missing his wife.      source
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The Book of the Green Planet
William Kotzwinkle - Jan 29, 2002 (first published in 1985)
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Now, at last, we see where E.T. comes from -- who he really is and what his own distant world is like. Return with him to the Green Planet, whose inhabitants are the supreme masters of all growing things in the galaxy. Wander through their immense enchanted gardens, to which E.T. has returned, with Gertie's geranium, a fondness for junk food, and a...
John Scalzi
Jul 15, 2019
@neil_will William Kotzwinkle's ET book is terrific.      source
Goblin Emperor
Addison - Feb 12, 2019
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The youngest, half-goblin son of the Emperor has lived his entire life in exile, distant from the Imperial Court and the deadly intrigue that suffuses it. But when his father and three sons in line for the throne are killed in an "accident," he has no choice but to take his place as the only surviving rightful heir.Entirely unschooled in the art of...
John Scalzi
Aug 03, 2018
The Goblin Emperor is such a good book, y'all. Go get it and read it, you won't be disappointed.      source