Sci-fi Book Meme

picking up from Half Awake, I figured I’d enjoy continuing this thread.  Of course, it helps that I’m an avid reader and enjoy flaunting it.

From Half Awake:

According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 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 (more asterisks, more love), exclamation points for the ones you own.

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien!***
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov!****
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert!****
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein!
  5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin!
  6. Neuromancer, William Gibson!
  7. Childhood’s End, Arthur C. Clarke!*
  8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick!
  9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley!
  10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury!**
  11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe!
  12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.!*
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov!*
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish!
  16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett!
  17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison!
  18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison!
  19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester!
  20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany!
  21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey!*
  22. Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card!****
  23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson!*
  24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman!
  25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl!
  26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling!
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams!
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin!
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley!
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny!
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick!
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement!
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon!
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith!
  37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
  38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke!
  39. Ringworld, Larry Niven!*
  40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
  41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien!
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut!
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson!***
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner!
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester!
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein!***
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock!
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks**
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer!

What also struck me about many of the rest of books on the list was that I either a) knew exactly what the cover looked like (i.e., I’ve seen them on the shelf for years and contemplated purchasing them, but had no real reason to commend them) or b) actually own them and just haven’t gotten around to trying them.

edit: just noticed the bit about asterisks…  now added.

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One Response to “Sci-fi Book Meme”

  1. You totally schooled me. 🙂

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