- The Hyperion Cantos by Dan Simmons: Not only does Dan Simmons throw nanotechnology, wormholes, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, and time travel at the reader, he does so in a very readable fashion. In Rise of Endymion, there's an organically grown Dyson Sphere!
- Implied Spaces by Walter Jon Williams: While I'm not overly thrilled with the execution, WJW isn't stingy with the concepts in Implied Spaces. We get body swapping, pocket dimensions, nanotechnology, artificial intelligence, and wormholes.
- Roger Zelazny: Yes, I know the late Roger Zelazny isn't a novel but the man throws ideas around like an octopus in a snowball fight. Aliens masquerading as gods, time travel, alternate dimensions, artificial intelligence, etc.
- Ringworld: I actually don't like this book very much but I love the Ringworld concept. Picture a ring-shaped world encircling a sun and having millions of times the surface area of Earth? Too bad nothing very exciting happened there...
- The Old Man's War series by John Scalzi: In this humorous series, John Scalzi throws some pretty big ideas around. We get body swapping, nanotechnology, FTL travel, space elevators, organic machines, and more clever ideas than you can shake a stick at.
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
As I've been chipping away at Rise of Endymion over the past week or so, I keep getting more and more impressed by the amount of ideas Dan Simmons throws at the reader, both in this volume and the Hyperion Cantos as a whole. Today's blog topic will be Idea Books.