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Old 02-11-05, 03:42 PM
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Please suggest good [science] fiction or fantasy books with an aquatic angle

I never come across a fantasy book of any setting that has had much in way of aquatic life. Be it high fantasy, never seen water elves(lol) or just fiction. Any good ones out there? Was Abyss movie based on book by chance? I imagine I would need to look at disaster book authors to get any fix.
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It sounds as if you would be amenable to science-fiction suggestions. If so, for starters I can cite Alison Sinclair's "Blueheart".
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I believe the story of The Abyss was James Cameron's *, but I also think the novelization was done by Orson Scott Card, and it's supposed to be pretty good.




*though not entirely original,
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Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Day the Earth Stood Still have a lot of similarities
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20,000 leagues under the sea.
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Originally Posted by Jacobsen
20,000 leagues under the sea.


Melville's "Moby Dick".

Joan Slonczewski's "A Door into Ocean".
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The Face of the Waters by Robert Silverberg.
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Alan Dean Foster's Cachalot and Alison Sinclair's Blueheart
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I second, err, third, the recommendation of Blueheart. Glad to see someone else out there knows it
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Kobo Abe's Inter Ice Age 4 is my favorite.
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Phillip Jose Farmer's Riverworld series.
Harry Harrison's Hammer and the Cross series deals with seafaring Vikings in an alternate universe.
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I found this list:
Charles Kingsley. Water Babies (1863)
Andre Laurie. Under the Sea: The Crystal City (1895)
Arthur Conan Doyle. The Marecot Deep (1929)
Jack Williamson. The Green Girl (1930)
Dennis Wheatley. They Found Atlantis (1936)
Lawrence OíDonnell (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore). FURY. (aka Destination: Infinity) 1947
Arthur C. Clarke. The Deep Range. 1954. Whale farming
Kenneth Bulmer. City Under the Sea. (1957) Beyond the Silver Sky (1961)
Gordon R. Dickson. The Space Swimmers. (1963)
Hal Clement. Oceans on Top (1967)
Margaret St. Clair. The Dolphins of Altair (1967)
Lee Hoffman. The Caves of Karst (1969)
Biemiller, Carl L. The Hydronauts (1970); Follow the Whales (1973); Escape from the Crater (1974) Young adult
Ian Watson. The Jonah Kit.
T. J. Bass. The Godwhale (1974)
Alexander Jakabbo. A Deeper Sea (1992).
.... on this site: http://orion.ramapo.edu/~kfowler/und...rseatexts.html

Here are some more references: http://www.magicdragon.com/UltimateS....html#undersea
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While looking into this I saw several references to a Golden Age [possibly juvenile] series by Fred Pohl and, similarly, Gordon R. Dickson's "Secret Under The Sea"

And from a Usenet thread
  • Diane Duane's "Deep Wizardry"
  • Alida Van Gores' "Mermaid's Song"
  • "Oceanspace" by Allen Steele
  • "Half the Day is Night", by Maureen McHugh
  • "Starfish" by Peter Watts
  • Tony Anzetti's two books 'Typhon's Children' and 'Riders of Leviatan'
  • Alan Dean Foster's "Cachalot"
  • Frank Herbert's "The Dragon in the Sea" aka "Under Pressure " aka "21st Century Sub"
  • Hal Clement's "Ocean On Top".
An earlier Usenet thread mentioned several of those and probably some more also: http://groups-beta.google.com/group/...354ede654a8dbc
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"Startide Rising" and "The Uplift War" by David Brin
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Old 02-25-05, 11:49 AM
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Very kind all these great suggestions! Of to get started on them!
thanks
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Originally Posted by madara
Very kind all these great suggestions! Of to get started on them!
Are you still lurking here? If so, how did your underwater fantasy binge go?
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"Dragon in the Sea" aka "Under Pressure" aka "21 Cent. Sub" is phenomenal although I doubt it's still in print under any of those titles. If the "Eye" anthology is still available though, "Under Pressure" is included -- the other two titles are longer versions of the initial short story.

Also by Herbert, I would recommend "The Jesus Incident" and it's sequels "The Lazarus Effect" and "The Ascension Factor".
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