Can anybody recommend some science fiction written long ago with links to where the stories can be downloaded for free? The older the stories the better. The first thing that comes to mind is obviously the works of Jules Verne. It is interesting to see how people of the past thought what the future might look like and how those visions compares with how we live today.
"We" by Yevgeny Zamatin is pretty good, and is public domain so it should be pretty easy to find.
I have not read it all, but it is listed as one of the oldest SF stories ever.
The only one which comes to my mind is "Wicked", a fanfic about The Wizard of Oz.
You mean like The Book of Mormon? Ok, so that doesn't sell at all, they give it away.
Da Vinci Code has actually very little to do with the Bible. It's more like a fanfic of a fanfic.
Ok, it didn't technically "sell," being a webcomic, but I think that Dan Kim's fancomic "Nana's Everyday Life" was far superior to it's source, the animu "Elfen Lied."
Paramount had an arrangement with some publishers, and maybe still does, to sell "original Star Trek fiction."
I'm told it sells pretty well. Do Star Trek novels count as fanfiction?
What do you define "fan fiction" as? A piece of fiction, based upon a previous work, written by a fan of that previous work?
"Angel of the opera."
Anyone else think that it's kind of absurd to post here? I'm pretty sure that at least 85% of 4ch reads nothing that isn't online.
>>1 is a hypocrit for posting such a stupid thread in the first place
I know right. It's been a while since I've fixed my eyes on a book for more than an hour or two.
It is entirely possible to use the net AND read books. Saying otherwise is perpatrating stereotypes.
>It is entirely possible to use the net AND read books.
Not at the same time though. That ends in nothing but confusion.
Many classical literatures are available online as electronic text nowadays.
OP is wrong. I love books.
umm I find it's better to post on any of these text boards than on imageboards. I'm just so afraid I'll get made fun of by other /b/tards.
I love books. Though I think it's unfair to discount the internet as "unliterate" or whatever. There's the Gutenberg project and stuff, yeah, but...I have been truly amazed by the beauty and veracity of some internet copypasta. Or at least some good writing.
As we all know, smoking is really bad for your health. What a lot of people don't realize is that when you smoke, those few minutes of your expected lifespan are literally transformed into the ash you flick away into an ashtray. Ashtrays, each and every one of them, are constructed by a single group running several dozen front companies.
Basically, unless you're putting out your smokes beneath your heel or in the ashtray your kid made at camp, you're dispensing your ashen life into this group's eager little recepticle. Their ashtrays absorb the life force from the ashes and sends it to a central holding facility. No one knows for sure what these guys are going to do when they've collected all that life energy, but it's probably going to be huge.
Incidentally, there's talk of a rival organization leading the anti-smoking political agenda from behind the scenes. They probably figure removing smoking sections, and thus ashtrays, from restaurants and bars is a good first step towards thwarting whatever it is this ashtray company is trying to do.
"The copypasta" may become the great new literary form of the 21st century, just as "the film" overtook "the novel."
Yeah, I don't particulary like (or hate) HP, but I'm not interested in it either, however, a couple of HP fans are kind of starting to drive me nuts while they are waiting (and thay can't read english so they will be like 2 years either waiting for the spanish translation to roll out or learning english) for it so I'd like you people that are reading the book to dump some spoilers =)
Just kidding, he doesn't die. I haven't read it yet.
lol watch this video guys it's hilarioushttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iL5NltsDWX8&NR=1
The first bit was crap, second one a bit better, but the frat-boy choking on his own tongue from laughter ruined the whole thing.
It reminds me of people who laugh at their own jokes, only this is worse because there isn't even anything remotely funny.
I give it my lowest rating; One (1) Dumbledore Corpse(s).
Hedwig, Snape, Mad-eye-Moody, Dobby, Fred, Lupin and his wife, Bellatrix Lestrange, and Voldemort die. Harry and Ginny get married and have three kids. Ron and Hermione get married and have two kids.
Read the Wikipedia article.
You could have at least worded it a little more interesting.
OMG HERMOINE AND GINNY GET PREGNANT!!!!
Snape had the hots for Harry's mom since they were like 10.
This is somewhat relevant again.
Eek I am a longtime fan of the epic "My Immortal", but when I went to read it again I found that it is no more?? Does anyone know where I can find it, or has anyone saved it? I might have to go listen to MCR and slit my wrists whilst dressed like Amy Lee if not.
I wrote this back when I was 12... >_<
But at least being 12 makes it a valid excuse...
To see how far I've come...
I found My Immortal yesterday and decided - after an extreme lapse in intelligence - that it couldn't be as bad as everyone thought, so I launched my own investigation.
Turns out, I was right...it's worse.
34 chapters in and I wish I had blown my brains out 33 chapters ago.
By the time you get towards the end, the first chapter actually seems well written...
Prove me wrong.
This is similar to talking about textboards vs imageboards
... and humans were created by a flying spaghetti monster.
Prove me wrong!!
I am completely correct.
Prove me wrong.
So books in the 2060s will be either totally indecipherable or commercial rot?
Western culture had a good run, I guess.
So... books in 50 years will be:
>AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA em em em DA!
I'm glad literature is still behind
Futurist literature was already there in the 1920s.
Excessive Haste, a play by Verlaine.
The curtain rises: a gentleman and a lady are seen locked in a close embrace.
A second gentleman approaches noiselessly and shoots them both dead. The corpses remain in close contact, faces down. The killer draws near them, raises the man's head and starts back. He then raises the woman's head and shows even greater astonishment.
2nd gentleman: "My God! I've shot the wrong couple!"
Best. Series. Ever.
Am I wrong?
I read it first in elementary school, then I reread it last year and realized how fucking awesome it actually is.
Rereading the series. Just finished the second book. Agree with >>3.
Yes you are wrong. It was good, but definitely not the best. Still, it's a matter of opinion.
Yes you are wrong. It was good, but definitely not the best. Still, it's a matter of opinion.
I read The Hobbit and then LOTR when I was a teenager in the 80's. Some parts of the trilogy were really slow-going, and I didn't fully grasp everything, but still enjoyed it a lot. The Hobbit was completely enchanting, and I couldn't put that book down. I'd stay up late through the night to read it, over and over again.
But I also greatly enjoyed stories by Robert E. Howard (Kull, Conan), Moorcock (Hawkmoon, Elric), Lovecraft, various other pulp-era stuff that was later compiled into book format, and last but not least, the great Jules Verne.
This is a nice thread. Let's have a book edition.
I just read my first book by Haruki Murakami, "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle". Murakami gets a lot of praise in these parts, and after reading this book, I can confirm that it isn't unfounded. The book to me felt a bit weaker towards the end, but I really liked hearing the stories of Nomonhan, Siberia, and such.
The Russia House by John le Carré
Imagine James Bond told from the perspective of his accountants. It's kind of like that. Except imagine that the James Bond in question fell into spying after his career in banking fell through. Not sure why this was forced on me, but hey, it offers some highly fictionalized accounts of the everyday early Perestroika-era Soviet lifestyle and I dig that for some reason. An entirely bureaucratic spy novel.
The Vast Unknown by Broughton Coburn
It's about the first American expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. After having been beaten in the race to #1 in nearly everyone else by 1963, Americans seek to play catch up in mountaineering too. Notable for a few technical firsts, the expedition was otherwise routine, including the death of one member. As far as these books go, it's OK. The best part is mention of the Camel cigarettes tie-in promotion. Oh, 1963, you so silly.
The Greenlanders by Jane Smiley
Difficult to read if only because everyone has a difficult name. Gives a highly-fictionalized account of the many trials of the Norse Greenlanders in a style sort-of reminiscent of the sagas. Greenlanders were the hardest of Viking remnants, who managed to eke out an existence through primitive pastoralism in the worst theoretically-habitable place on earth. They did this for close to five hundred (miserable) years. They died out due to isolation, climate change, and invasion on two fronts. Take note, Western World! Or read about Rapa Nui, I guess.
Otherwise, cherish hilarious (in the Icelandic-sense, so not particularly) tales of St. Olaf the Greenlander and the various drawn-out stories of so-and-so's-dottir living a full and detailed life before suddenly dying by falling through thin ice while seeking out her lost sheep. If you're into misery porn, you might as well learn something from it! Read it!
The World Without Us by Alan Weisman
Taken from a series of magazine articles, it sure has that feel to it. Interesting stuff, most of which is plastic is bad, m'kay. If you deny the human influence on climate change, then buy six copies, have them delivered overnight air, burn them, read it on your good iPad and have a good laugh. Otherwise, it might make you a little nervous about the future.
Empty Mansions: The Mysterious Life of Huguette Clark and the Spending of a Great American Fortune. by Bill Dedman and Paul Clark Newell, Jr.
Las Vegas is in Clark County, Nevada. This story is about Hugette Clark. The woman inherited something like $300M, when that kind of money was a lot more than a Powerball prize. She used her fortune to live as a recluse in a New York apartment for thirty years and thirty+ more in a hospital room. All this while she owned sizable estates on the Santa Barbara and Delaware coasts that she hadn't visited in sixty years. Purely from an accounting perspective, this is a lot of fun!
Man I need to start reading again
I think the thanking is a good idea. For whatever reason, people get unduly attached or committed to their items. I guess it's the sunk cost fallacy. Making that commitment explicit by "thanking" it, makes it easy to get over and realize it was just a tool that had a purpose which is no longer needed without feeling guilty.
<i>Constellation Games</i> by Leonard Richardson
A disenchanted antihero game developer quickly becomes a pivotal player in a first-contact scenario by reviewing alien video games. I loved this book and I plan to read it again soon. Highly recommended for science fiction fans who also happen to be programmers.
ITT we post links to short stories by notable authors that are available online.
I'll kick this off with "Super-Frog Saves Tokyo" by Haruki Murakami
ps. request borges if you have any
Maybe he's thinking of Takashi Murakami? Different guy.
I tried to nip the presence of Murakami here in the bud, but obviously failed.
My conjecture that the presence of Haruki Murakami will invariably ruin everything was proven by http://4-ch.net/book/kareha.pl/1133909234/42. It took only one link to a Murakami story to achieve this.
For fuck's sake, dude, just stop speaking in riddles and tell us why the fuck you hate the Murakami guy. I'm sure the problem would go away if you just stopped being an abstruse asshole and told us what your stupid problem is!
Yeah, just saying "no" doesn't convince anyone. Actually, it makes me want to like Haruki Murakami. The superfrog story at >>1 was entertaining.
By being circumscribed you manage to make the thread damn near all about this guy, whereas I don't think people would have cared to much otherwise.
So, um, where to begin? A while ago some Google ads next to a GMail conversation about my reading material (mostly about David Weber and other Baen Books authors) led me to a site advertising a German alternative-history series of military SF called "Kaiserfront 1949". The basic premise is that Germany narrowly won WWI against France and is a major world power with its own military alliance by the year 1949 (WWII did not happen, nor did the Nazi regime or the Weimar republic - the Kaiser is still in power). It is also the only country owning nuclear weapons and wants to keep it that way. The publisher's site provides the first book as a free PDF download, so that's all I've read so far.
Apparently these books aren't self-contained stories, they literally end with a German "to be continued". What I read was not too awful, but a bit boring. The author seems to have decided that German technology roolz, all other tech droolz, so German planes can often simply fly above the maximum range of their enemies, German tanks are unharmed by a direct hit from a Russian shell, but fire one shot at the Russian from the same range and the tank is reduced to molten metal, etc etc. What did annoy me a bit was the way almost all German soldiers were portrayed as honorable people, whereas the Americans like torturing their prisoners, the British lack any troop morale, and the Russians love attacking without any formal declaration of war.
When I looked at the publisher's other offerings, it quickly became apparent that their books are largely aimed at the German-speaking right-wing xenophobe market. One novel set in the mid-21st century, for example, depicts Europe as firmly under the yoke of Islamic oppressors, who have instituted sharia law everywhere but the Vatican, with just a few valiant Germans to resist them.
Or buy them used?
Never. Exposing yourself to opposite yourself would be one of the best things a person can do for yourself.
anyone know where i can download lewis 'scooter' libby's "the apprentice" for free? i don't want to give him any money for it but am afraid if i get it used the pages will all be stuck together with old semen
I was drunk when I wrote this. I'm sorry.
What I mean is exposing yourself to opposing ideologies is one of the best things you can do for yourself.