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Anthropologeek
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Icon 1 posted May 21, 2010 14:35      Profile for Anthropologeek         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello,

I am new here and don't know if anyone is interested in anthropological science fiction books. I am looking for new SF books with anthropological elements. I just found one called Talus by E. Ozan, but that is the only recent one I found. I fidn it interesting because it is about cryptozoology (In Madagascar there are human like creatures called kalonoro. They have telephatic powers and are also a part of a life form powered by swarm intelligence. A cult organization enslaves them to abuse their telepathic powers and some other scientists are trying to help them escape, etc. etc.).

Don't have anything similar to read after this. Does anyone know any other similar books written in the last few years?

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Icon 1 posted May 21, 2010 15:03      Profile for Venture   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Anthropology being the study of humanity?... if I am not confusing my "logys".

There are a ton of great books about this. I love to read. If you haven't read "Stranger in a Strange Land" that is a MUST for any geek. such a great book and an amazing author. Make sure you get the "uncut" version.

Moonseed by Steven baxter
any Neil Stevenson book
any Robert Heinlein book

That does not have the fictional creatures that you seem to be looking for. I don't read a lot of that relate to folk lore or fantasy. Most of what I read is cyber/tech, psychological, space, Realistic types.

A new book or set of books that are really great if you would get into tech fiction is Daemon by Daniel Suarez.

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Icon 1 posted May 21, 2010 15:14      Profile for Anthropologeek         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Thanks Venture. I did read Stranger in a Strange Land. I agree. Great book. I missed Moonseed for some reason. Thanks for recommending it.

FYI, the creatures in the one I'm reading are based on real anthropological theories. Even the editor of Nature Mgazine thinks that they could be real. Actually that is the main reason I was intrigued. Check it out if you have time.

Thanks again.

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Icon 1 posted May 21, 2010 15:58      Profile for Venture   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
This isn't a book but an Anthropology essay we had to read in college. I thought it was pretty good! It speaks of a land and makes it sound so strange an weird but really he is talking about america.

https://www.msu.edu/~jdowell/miner.html

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I'm responding in this thread because it's silly to have the same conversation in two threads. So I'm forcing a merger. [Razz]

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Hi Xanthine. I read all the LeGuin in existence! And I agree, one of the best authors in this genre. And I also agree with you about Greg Bear books. Thanks for all the recommendations. Venture recommends Moonseed. Just FYI, if you haven't already read it. And I kinda like the one I'm reading right now because it is based on real theories. So you can check that out as well.

Thanks very much.

Okay, so from your opening post I thought you were more of a sci-fi n00b than you actually are. My bad. [Razz]

Have you ever read anything by Octavia Butler?

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Icon 12 posted May 22, 2010 06:27      Profile for Anthropologeek         Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
[Smile] Never read Octavia Butler. Thought it was a little outside my interest. But I may be wrong. Which one do you recommend to start with?
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