I suppose that there aren't any book threads in the arts sub-forum, so let me start one:
I recently finished an amazing book and thought that this sub-forum would be a good place to mention it. I finished "Dragon's Egg" by Robert Forward. It is very hard science fiction. I never liked scifi that had anthropomorphic aliens in it. Aliens that are just slightly altered humans just seem so wrong. Forward has thought up a race of truly "alien" aliens and has wrote an book detailing this fictional race's rise from barbarism to advanced civilization. The author, Robert Forward, has a physics doctorate and wrote this book, in part, as a primer on neutron star physics. This is the kind of book that is so good that I stayed up too late finishing it last night and missed a bit of sleep. I still have that 'too little sleep and too much coffee' headache. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in science fiction that has a emphasis on the "science." The only caveats are that Forward is bad at writing dialog, the book starts off poorly while it is only dealing with humans and only picks up part way through when it focuses on the strange environment and lives of alien beings. It gets better and better the further you get into it until (if you are like me) you won't want to put it down.
I also recommend "Flatland" to anyone wanting to read about truely alien beings. "Flatland" was written in the nineteenth century, so it is in the public domain. A free and entirely legal copy of it exists here:
This book is half exploration of life constrained by different dimensions that we are used to and half satire against oppressive parts of British culture. It makes for a great read.
So, I guess I've started the ball rolling here. Does anyone have recommendations for good books? I've been meaning to get back into reading for fun and I could use a few good recommendations. Feel free to use this thread to post any book recommendations or comments.
"You say that it is your custom to burn widows. Very well. We also have a custom: when men burn a woman alive, we tie a rope around their necks and we hang them. Build your funeral pyre; beside it, my carpenters will build a gallows. You may follow your custom. And then we will follow ours."
British General Charles Napier while in India