Though it has been a few years since I read the Dune series, I thought the SciFi Channel's version FAR superior to the movie; much closer to what I envisioned from the book. Definitely worth a look. The first time I tried to read the Foundation series, I had to put it down. Now my 13 year-old son has read the whole thing, I have re-read it and my 16 year-old daughter is giving it a shot. Guess persistence is the key. Haven't read any Heinlein in more years than I can count, but I have read some Clarke (really enjoyed Rendevous with Rama, but less crazy about the other books in the series). My son is turning into the SciFi fanatic I once was, and is really eating up all the old copies I have from my membership in the Science Fiction Book Club. Can anyone suggest any current authors who are real science fiction writers (not fantasy)? I get a bit tired of magic/sorcery genre, though I have enjoyed Tolken's work including The Hobbit and the LotR set , as well as Thomas Covenant. Norman aka Olo Gamgee-Took of Bywater > > > PS - anybody up for a thread about the upcoming > > > movie version of LotR? > > > > 1. I'm not a fan of LotR - but I have deep geek > > roots, and appreciate that I /could be a fan/ > > > > but for: > > > > 2. I have been unable to finish reading the thing. > > > I read most of it straight through sitting on a > towel at Pacific Beach during Spring Break a few > (ahem) years ago. I've now read the Hobbit outloud > to four of my five children and am almost 1/2 way > through LotR with my 10yearold. > > > which puts it in good company with: > > > > 3. Dune, and Gravity's Rainbow > > I couldn't get past about 20 pages in Thomas Covenant > the first time. A few years later I tried again and > read all 6 volumes almost nonstop. Unemployed at the > time. heh heh. > > Had no trouble with Dune, Dune Messiah, and Children > of Dune, but never started whatever book 4 was. The > 1981 movie had, let's say, some faults. SciFi channel > is going to rerun their made for tv version starting > June 12, if anybody's interested. (Dune, that is.) > I can't address the tv version of Dune cuz I didn't > see it. Yet. > > But then, I never finished Stranger in a Strange Land > or the Foundation series.