Stef (firecat) wrote,
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book list meme!

via james_nicoll, Paul McAuley's personal list of essential science fiction. (I don't actually know who he is.)

The ones I have read are bolded. The ones I am intending to read or re-read are italicized.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818

Journey to the Centre of the Earth JULES VERNE 1863 (I might have read it but I don't remember it.)
After London RICHARD JEFFRIES 1885 (Never heard of it, or the author.)
The Time Machine HG WELLS 1895 (I read it once but I don't remember it very well at all.)
The House on the Borderland WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON 1912 (Never heard of it or the author.)
We YEVGENY ZAMIATIN 1924 (Never heard of it, might have heard of the author once.)
Brave New World ALDOUS HUXLEY 1932
Star Maker OLAF STAPLEDON 1937
1984 GEORGE ORWELL 1949
I, Robot, ISAAC ASIMOV 1950
The Martian Chronicles RAY BRADBURY 1950
The Dying Earth JACK VANCE 1950
Childhood’s End ARTHUR C CLARKE 1953 (I just re-read this.)
The Space Merchants CM KORNBLUTH & FREDERIK POHL 1953
Tiger! Tiger! ALFRED BESTER 1956 (I thought I hadn't read this, but supergee said it's better known in the U.S. as The Stars My Destination.)
The Death of Grass JOHN CHRISTOPHER 1956 (Never heard of it or the author.)
The Seedling Stars JAMES BLISH 1957
The Midwich Cuckoos JOHN WYNDHAM 1957
Starship Troopers ROBERT A HEINLEIN 1959
A Canticle for Liebowitz WALTER M MILLER JR 1959
Solaris STANSLAW LEM 1961
Hothouse BRIAN ALDISS 1962
A Clockwork Orange ANTONY BURGESS 1962
Cat’s Cradle KURT VONNEGUT JR 1963
Martian Time-Slip PHILIP K DICK 1964 (I really wonder why this one and not other P.K. Dick, which I think is much better.)
Dune FRANK HERBERT 1965
The Crystal World JG BALLARD 1966
Flowers For Algernon DANIEL KEYES 1966
Lord of Light ROGER ZELAZNY 1967
Nova SAMUEL R DELANY 1968
Pavane KEITH ROBERTS 1968 (Never heard of it or the author.)
The Left Hand of Darkness URSULA K LE GUIN 1969
Roadside Picnic ARKADY AND BORIS STRUGATSKI 1969 (Never heard of it or the authors.)
334 THOMAS M DISCH 1972
Dying Inside ROBERT SILVERBERG 1972 (I read Time of Changes and hated it.)
The Fifth Head of Cerberus GENE WOLFE 1972 (I read The Book of the New Sun but not this.)
Ten Thousand Light Years From Home JAMES TIPTREE JR 1973 (I read many of the short stories but not this.)
The Forever War JOE HALDEMAN 1974 (Meh.)
Inverted World CHRISTOPHER PRIEST 1974
The Female Man JOANNA RUSS 1975
Arslan MJ ENGH 1976 (Never heard of it or the author.)
The Ophiuchi Hotline JOHN VARLEY 1977 (I've read several other Varleys but not this.)
The Final Programme MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1968
Kindred OCTAVIA BUTLER 1979 (Just finished it.)
Engine Summer JOHN CROWLEY 1979 (I've read Little, Big and The Solitudes but not this.)
Timescape GREGORY BENFORD 1980 (Meh.)
Neuromancer WILLIAM GIBSON 1984 (Meh+)
Divine Endurance GWYNETH JONES 1984

Based on my feelings about some of the ones I've read, I don't think I will be using this list to further populate my own book list. But if there are any you especially like I want to hear about it.
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