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SF/F meme from filkertom [Nov. 16th, 2006|08:38 pm]
Darth Paradox
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This is the Science Fiction Book Club's list of the 50 most significant SF/fantasy novels. Ones I've read are bold; ones I hated are struck out; ones I started but never finished are italicized; ones I loved are underlined.

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

From: kernighan
2006-11-17 05:03 pm (UTC)
You should read The Forever War (amd finish Childhood's End) if you get a chance... I loved them.
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-11-17 05:40 pm (UTC)
I've heard good things about both of them. Childhood's End, I think, was a matter of misplacing the book at some point and never coming back to it...
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From: utricularian
2006-11-17 05:11 pm (UTC)
You didn't love Dune?
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[User Picture]From: darthparadox
2006-11-17 05:39 pm (UTC)
I thought it was pretty good, but it's not among my favorites, no. Of course, it's been ten years since I read it. Maybe it's time for a reread.
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From: utricularian
2006-11-17 05:53 pm (UTC)
the best way to ready dune is to read the first 3 books right in a row :)

i've heard reading all 6 books right in a row is great, but i read too slowly and am still on the 5th one
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2006-11-18 05:16 pm (UTC)
:/ I hated the second one with a passion; it kind of soured me on the series as a whole. I've heard it gets better with the third one, but with the second one being so, for lack of a better word, boring... I can't bring myself to try the third.
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From: utricularian
2006-11-18 05:57 pm (UTC)
:'( i loved the second one! The 4th one was boring... oh god was it boring... it was liek a 600 page lecture
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[User Picture]From: nightsinger
2006-11-18 06:01 pm (UTC)
:( I'm sorry. Something about the second one just didn't do it for me. :/ The first one! Ahhh, so good.

How did you get through the fourth one, then? XD
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From: utricularian
2006-11-18 06:06 pm (UTC)
the guy who got me into dune had read all 6 and said that after you finish the 6th one all of them have a new meaning... so i kept reading through the 4th with the sole intention of starting the 5th... ij ust haven't gotten aroudn to that 5th one yet :)
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