Stef (firecat) wrote,
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Another list of books

via treacle_well and womzilla

The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002 according to Science Fiction Book Club.

I've read or started most of these. Am interested to hear whether you think I should read any of the rest.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien (An all time favorite)

2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov (Read as a teenager. Didn't like. Read the first one again as an adult and liked it better, but didn't love it.)
3. Dune, Frank Herbert (Read as a teenager, loved. Read again as an adult after watching the hideous SciFi Channel attempt at it. Still loved.)
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein (I used to think I had read this, but now I think I only glanced in my father's copy because I can't remember anything about it. Have no intention of reading, as Heinlein is bad for my tooth enamel.)
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin (Read as a teenager. Liked a lot, but have liked her other stuff better. She's one of my all-time favorite authors.)
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson (Read when it came out. Liked the style but thought it was kind of thin on plot.)
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke (Read a million times as a child. Haven't read since. Kind of afraid to spoil my good memories of it.)
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick (Read very recently. I generally come away from encounters with Philip K. Dick thinking "I like visiting the state of consciousness his brain generated, but boy would I hate living there." Liked a bit better than the movie Blade Runner.)
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley (Read when it came out. Got completely sucked into it and did nothing but read it (in between dragging myself to work) for a whole week. Doubt I'd like it now, so won't be reading it again.)
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury (Read as a teenager, didn't like much. Re-read it recently after reading his writing book, Zen in the Art of Writing. Liked it a lot better having a better understanding of how he approached writing.)
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe (Read this trilogy when it came out. Didn't really get it. Maybe will try again.)
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr. (Read as a teenager. Liked a lot. Read again a few years ago. Liked a lot again.)
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 (Have tried Terry Pratchett a few times over the years, most recently with Weird Sisters. He just doesn't do it for me.)
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester (Read recently. Loved.)
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany (Started as a teenager, need to give it another try.)
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey (Read a bunch of McCaffrey as a teenager, liked it then, but figure I probably wouldn't like it as well now.)
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card (Read some Card in the past few years. Liked the short story better than the novel. I have really liked the Card novels I've read despite the sometimes disturbing subject matter, but I've become uncomfortable with reading him because of his politics and general negative views of him in the fannish community, so I probably won't read any more.)
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson (Read this as a teenager, liked it, and slogged my way through a bunch of the sequels, which was NOT worth it. I credit Donaldson for finally teaching me that it's quite OK for me to put a book or series down if I don't like it.)
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (Read recently, thought it was OK but not great.)
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl (Read recently, enh.)
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (Read soon after it came out because of the Alan Rickman connection. Liked it OK. Have liked the sequels more, but am not a raving fan.)
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams (Read as a teenager, thought it was OK but not great. But about ten years ago someone lent me tapes of the radio show, which I LOVE.)
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice (I read Vampire Lestat when it came out, liked it, and then read this one. Didn't like it as much as Lestat but thought it was good enough that I read Queen of the Damned when it came out. Hated that and stopped reading her stuff. Except for the A. N. Roquelaure smut.)
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin (Read as a teenager. Liked it a lot. Should re-read.)
31. Little, Big, John Crowley (Read this year. Loved.)
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny (Read a few years ago. Enh.)
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick (Read a few years ago. Liked. See comments on "Electric Sheep.")
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement (Haven't read this, but have read a couple of other Clement stories and liked them a lot.)
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute (First tried to read this when I was about nine. Wasn't able to finish it. May read sometime.)
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke (Read as a teenager or young adult. Disliked. This is one reason I'm afraid to re-read Childhood's End)
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven (Read as a teenager. Was bored.)
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys (Read about ten years ago. Enh.)
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien (My love for LOTR so far doesn't extend to wanting to read this backstory.)
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut (Read as a teenager. Loved. Re-read recently and although I still think it's good, it pushed a bunch of my buttons and I really didn't enjoy it.)
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson (Read when it came out. Loved.)
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (Read a few years ago. Loved.)
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester (Read a few years ago. Loved.)
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Tried to read as a teenager. Despised with the burning heat of a thousand suns.)
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford (Read a few years ago. Liked some of the ideas, thought all the characters were really annoying.)
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer (Tried a few years ago, got bored.)
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