Stef (firecat) wrote,

a science fiction reading list

via sistercoyote, a list of science fiction books. Don't know how the list got compiled. I haven't even heard of some of these, which I find kind of odd given how much I think I know about SF.

Bold = I've read

2. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov On first read, I was a young purist and I didn't like how the millennia-into-the-future characters who roamed an entire galaxy acted just like 1950s humans. Second read, I overlooked that and I liked it better.
3. Dune, by Frank Herbert Liked very much on first and second read. Even liked the movie and the recent TV movie. Enjoy the OH's story about a friend of his who bragged that he could describe any plot in one sentence. The OH challenged him to describe the plot of Dune. He said "Two gangs fight it out over the drug trade."
4. Man in the High Castle, by Philip K. Dick Recent read. A bit weirder and more disjointed than I prefer, but not as much as some Dick novels. And lots of food for thought.
5. Starship Troopers, by Robert A. Heinlein
6. Valis, by Philip K. Dick
7. Frankenstein, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley I know it's a classic and all, but enh.
8. Gateway, by Frederick Pohl Recent read. Interesting, but felt kinda dated to me for some reason.
9. Space Merchants, by C.M. Kornbluth & Frederick Pohl
10. Earth Abides, by George R. Stewart
11. Cuckoo’s Egg, by C.J. Cherryh
12. Star Surgeon, by James White
13. The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, by Philip K. Dick
14. Radix, by A.A. Attanasio
15. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke Read when very young, trying to understand the movie. It helped explain the movie. But not at all one of my favorite Clarkes; I used to read Clarkes like candy when I was a kid.
16. Ringworld, by Larry Niven Read when young, was too neep-neep for me at the time.
17. A Case of Conscience, by James Blish
18. Last and First Man, by Olaf Stapledon
19. The Day of the Triffids, by John Wyndham
20. Way Station, by Clifford Simak
21. More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
22. Gray Lensman, by E. E. “Doc” Smith
23. The Gods Themselves, by Isaac Asimov I kinda liked it.
24. The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula K. Le Guin I'm a big Le Guin fan.
25. Behold the Man, by Michael Moorcock
26. Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon
27. The War of the Worlds, by H.G. Wells I seem to recall trying to read it as a kid and not liking it much.
28. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, by Jules Verne See #27.
29. Heritage of Hastur, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
30. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
31. The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester Bester is a recent discovery for me and I adore him.
32. Slan, by A.E. Van Vogt
33. Neuromancer, by William Gibson I love the cyberpunk style, but the plot was pretty thin.
34. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card Recent read. Despite its being politically incorrect to like Card, both for his homophobia and for his child abuse and sadism fetishes, I really liked both the short story and the novel.
35. In Conquest Born, by C.S. Friedman I read it about 10 years ago and liked it, but I can't remember anything else about it.
36. Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny People generally seem to think that based on my interest in spiritual matters, I ought to like Zelazny. And I want to like Zelazny. But I haven't really managed yet. So far I've found his stuff kind of obscure and rambly.
37. Eon, by Greg Bear
38. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey Read most of the McCaffreys as a teenager; liked them, but have no particular interest in reading more.
39. Journey to the Center of the Earth, by Jules Verne
40. Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein I remember that my father had a copy of this, and I thought I had read it, but I can't remember anything about it. So maybe I just poked around in it.
41. Cosm, by Gregory Benford
42. The Voyage of the Space Beagle, by A.E. Van Vogt
43. Blood Music, by Greg Bear Fairly recent read. I found it fascinating, even though I wasn't quite sure what the point was.
44. Beggars in Spain, by Nancy Kress
45. Omnivore, by Piers Anthony
46. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
47. Mission of Gravity, by Hal Clement
48. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, by Philip Jose Farmer Tried and gave up.
49. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley Read as a teenager, thought it was kind of weird. May try again later.
50. The Man Who Folded Himself, by David Gerrold
51. 1984, by George Orwell Read as a teenager, got it, but didn't really like the book. May try again later.
52. The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde, by Robert Louis Stevenson
53. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson Wild romp. Liked it a lot.
54. Flesh, by Philip Jose Farmer
55. Cities in Flight, by James Blish
56. Shadow of the Torturer, by Gene Wolfe Liked the first one in the series a lot; it got too obscure for me after that.
57. Startide Rising, by David Brin Liked it a lot.
58. Triton, by Samuel R. Delany
59. Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner Recent read. Loved it!
60. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess I read this in grade school. I don't know how I got my hands on a copy. I loved it. That may explain a few things about me.
61. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury sistercoyote says "(anyone who hasn't read this one should.)" I didn't like it the first time around (I was young), but I recently re-read it after reading Bradbury's excellent Zen and the Art of Writing. Reading the writing book helped me understand how Bradbury goes about writing, and that helped me enjoy it more this time. It's not for everyone, though, even though the message is very important.
62. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter Miller Read as a teenager, liked it a lot. I think I started reading it again recently and got distracted. Should read again.
63. Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes In 7th grade we did a play based on this, and I read it then. Liked it as I recall.
64. No Blade of Grass, by John Christopher
65. The Postman, by David Brin
66. Dhalgren, by Samuel Delany As a teenager I started it a few times and couldn't get very far. It's on my list to try again.
67. Berserker, by Fred Saberhagen
68. Flatland, by Edwin Abbot
69. Planiverse, by A.K. Dewdney
70. Dragon’s Egg, by Robert L. Forward
71. Downbelow Station, by C.J. Cherryh
72. Dawn, by Octavia E. Butler
73. Puppet Masters, by Robert Heinlein
74. The Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis Really excellent.
75. Forever War, by Joe Haldeman Good.
76. Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison
77. Roadside Picnic, by Boris Strugatsky & Arkady Strugatsky
78. The Snow Queen, by Joan Vinge It's not bad really, but I kept having problems sympathizing with the characters. They seemed too drama-queeny.
79. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury As a teenager, I read it and only liked one story, the one about the empty house. I re-read it recently and liked more of the stories, but I still liked the one about the empty house the best. It haunts me.
80. Drowned World, by J.G. Ballard
81. Cat’s Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut Devoured Vonneguts as a teenager.
82. Red Mars, by Kim Stanley Robinson It's really thoroughly researched and comprehensive and all, but the characters seem really thinly drawn and the writing style is to me deadly dull. I read this one but don't plan to read the sequels.
83. Upanishads, by Various
84. Alice in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll As a kid I used to pore over an annotated version my father had.
85. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams Liked it OK, but the radio play version is definitive.
86. The Lathe of Heaven, by Ursula K. Le Guin Didn't really get it on first read as a teenager, re-read it recently after watching both the movie from the 70s and the new TV movie. Liked it a lot better this time. (Didn't think the movies did it justice.)
87. The Midwich Cuckoos, by John Wyndham
88. Mutant, by Henry Kuttner
89. Solaris, by Stanislaw Lem Liked it on my first read a while back. Plan to read it again after I've watched the old movie and the new movie.
90. Ralph 124C41+, by Hugo Gernsback
91. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
92. Timescape, by Gregory Benford Plot and ideas are quite interesting, but I found the characters annoying.
93. The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester See #31.
94. War with the Newts, by Karl Kapek
95. Mars, by Ben Bova
96. Brain Wave, by Poul Anderson
97. Hyperion, by Dan Simmons
98. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton Read as a kid after watching the movie. Loved both at the time. Don't know if they would stand the test of time.
99. Camp Concentration, by Thomas Disch
100. A Princess of Mars, by Edgar Rice Burroughs
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