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Science Fiction Mysteries

Peace Destounis - 01:40pm May 11, 1998 PST(#1 of 8)
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This topic doesn't interest anyone, I guess...

Well, I'm a big fan of the god-like Isaac Asimov, who wrote some fabulous mysteries, whether shorts like his Black Widowers stories or full-length novels like his Robot stories featuring Lije Bailey and his robot partner Daneel Olivaw. His idea that SF could be a great genre for mysteries was fully supported by his writing. His mysteries could always be solved based on the clues and every futuristic device was fully explained as it related to the story. No tricks with "hi-tech crime-solvo devices". Just really good mysteries.

While Asimov was incredibly prolific, I have read most of his books. I'd appreciate more SF mystery suggestions, if there's anyone out there?? :)

Maggie O'Neil - 08:23pm Jul 12, 1998 PST(#2 of 8)

I never thought of science fiction and mysteries as being connected although I am a great fan of both. Have you read the Foundation series? It's really long, but well worth the time. Sphere, book and movie, were both big disappointments (in my humble opinion).

Paul Watson - 01:40pm Jul 23, 1998 PST(#3 of 8)

If you like science-fiction mysteries, try an author named Larry Niven. Most of his books are still in print. A lot of his SF involves puzzles of some kind (such as how two people could be crushed to death in a spaceship with a reputedly invulnerable hull), but he also has written some crime-oriented stuff. Try:

_The Long ARM of Gil Hamilton_, with three novelettes, one of which is a locked-room puzzle with a surreal crime scene to rival anything in Ellery Queen. (Niven read Queen -- and Rex Stout -- when he was young, BTW.)

_The Patchwork Girl_, set in the same future history and with the same detective.

In one of his recent collections (Niven's been writing for more than 30 years) he reprints his semi-parody of the hard-boiled P.I. genre, "The Meddler", featuring a private eye named Bruce Cheseborough, Jr. (no lie) who has to solve a fair puzzle to save his life. I don't recall which collection -- I think it's called _Limits_ -- but look for that story title.

Good luck! Paul W.

Linda Harrell - 08:05am Mar 14, 1999 PST(#4 of 8)

I'm plotting a SF mystery now. I'm trying to build the future world it will be in. I have several plots about cloning that I'm dying to try.


Lawrence Lundigan - 05:10pm Jun 30, 2000 PST(#5 of 8)

Don't see why there aren't more posts here? Almost all good science-fiction writers have tried their hands at mysteries. Fred Saberhagen had John H Watson save the world from the Beserkers (Read the Metal Murderer, a tour de force), Poul Anderson had a Martian Sherlock, from the Street of Those Who Prepare Nourishment in Ovens, solve the Theft of the Martian Crown Jewels, Issac Asimov, and William Nolan's wonderful P.I. Sam Space. There is also Randall Garrett's stories of Lord Darcy and Master Sorcerer Sean O Lochlainn, criminal investigators in the reign of His Grace, John IV

stikeforce - 01:03pm Jan 8, 2002 PST(#6 of 8)
"It's a cult... they worship blue oysters"... MST3K 'The Final Sacrifice'

you ought to look up some books edited by Martin H. Greenburg, particularly "Sherlock Holmes in Orbit". There is a whole subgenre of sf related short story mysteries. You could try Sharyn McCrumb's Jay Omega novels. Not SF per se, but they deal with fandom (very well, i might add)

stikeforce - 01:05pm Jan 8, 2002 PST(#7 of 8)
"It's a cult... they worship blue oysters"... MST3K 'The Final Sacrifice'

OOPS!!!!! It's GreenbErg, Mike Resnick coedited.

Leslie Clahoun - 09:25pm Mar 1, 2002 PST(#8 of 8)

How about looking at this from a mystery point of view also. JD Robb writes a gritty cop series (with a really hot romance) that takes place in 2058. So far there are 13 books and they just keep getting better and better. Begin with "Naked In Death" and read them in-order so you can keep track of the characters.

I'm not quite sure if you would call this science fiction, certainly not space fiction, but it's definitely strange and different from anything else. I refering to Hugh Holton's Larry Cole series. Has anyone else read these books?

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