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16 December 2008 @ 04:41 pm
Sci-fi Book Meme  
Standard rules apply:
According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved.

1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein

5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big by John Crowley
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
Dead Rodeadro on December 17th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
didn't love any of them?
Kburgunder on December 17th, 2008 01:06 am (UTC)
I liked a lot of these, but none of them are the ones I read and re-read and re-read.

Related ones that I did madly love and would happily re-read:
The Integral Trees by Larry Niven
Old Man's War by John Scalzi
All of Theodore Sturgeons short stories ever
Pattern Recognition by William Gibson
The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
The whole Discworld Nightwatch tract by Terry Pratchett
Queen of the Damned by Anne Rice
Steel Beach by John Varley
Excession by Iain M. Banks
The Neutronium Alchemist by Peter Hamilton
... that's a few at any rate. :)
King Ratgkr on December 17th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
Neutronium Alchemist? That has to take at least 3 years to re-read. It's huge!
Kriskfrye on December 17th, 2008 05:35 am (UTC)
I read that whole series in something like ten days. Total brain candy.
bitterfun on December 17th, 2008 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm surprised by how many people watched and loved Blade Runner yet never read 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep'.
Pegaxpegax on December 19th, 2008 10:38 pm (UTC)
Hmmm, harry potter... swords of shannara.... huh

But no Stanislaw Lem's books: solaris, futurological congress... or Stalker from arkadi and boris strugatski or robert holdstock mythago wood or aldous huxley: brave new world (which is probably too old for list). I am sure that C.S. Lewis had some of the Narnia books written in 50s that should fit before potters and shannaras. One could even argue that there should be place for dragonlance series of weis and hickman.

Tons of good books in list though, just few weird ones and some I have never heard of, which I suppose should read.