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November 14, 2006 / jadettman

Book Meme

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you’ve read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and (in my case) put an asterisk beside the ones you loved. I’m going to put a ? beside any book I don’t know anything about.

Via Eyebeams’s LJ

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
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
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
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe?
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
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
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny*
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?



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  1. Shawn / Nov 14 2006 11:39 pm

    50. To Your Scatter Bodies Go, Phillip Jose Farmer.

    First book in the Riverworld Series. A good series I have heard.

    11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe.

    I believe that this is a follow-up, or variation story on the Shadow of the Torturer & Claw of the Consillator stuff/

    48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks.

    Technically, you have read this book, it is call Lord of the Rings.
    Although, you could have read the sunday comic presentation of it, back in the 70’s.

    BTW: I find your admission that you have read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Phillip K Dick, but know nothing about it facinating. *grin*

  2. dani / Nov 15 2006 10:03 am

    “48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks.

    Technically, you have read this book, it is call Lord of the Rings.”

    yes, but so much better written… or maybe it’s the sci-fi backstory that had me happy… (or maybe that i’d read the rest of the trilogy first??)


  3. JP / Nov 15 2006 11:21 am

    Terry Brooks? I guess the key is the word “significant” – which is not the same as “good”.

  4. Dan / Nov 16 2006 4:38 pm

    And yet somehow A Game of Thrones isn’t on the list. Which I find disappointing. But okay, I guess it’s not had time to have a huge impact yet. On the other hand, what impact has the Shannara series had? Aside from proving that completely derivative work can be very profitable.

    Terry Goodkind’s books aren’t on the list either, which he must find either very frustrating, or possibly a relief. Since after all, he doesn’t write fantasy; his writing is above such petty things as being described in terms of being ‘fantasy’.

  5. Arref / Nov 16 2006 10:23 pm

    Terry Brooks = significant? I don’t think so.
    Weird list.

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