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Meme: significant SF/F novels, 1953-2002

(Nicked from moon_orchid)

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 underline the ones you loved.


  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 (I love love love MZB, but this was not one of my favorites of hers)

  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 (I named my computer Linden after the character)

  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 (misplaced my copy, will find it again eventually)

  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein

  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock

  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (Vogon's met him)

  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford

  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer



Why isn't I, Robot on this list?

Also, no VALIS?! You could have put the cat on a leash.

Comments

( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
gamahucheur
Nov. 19th, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
You want both I, Robot and The Caves of Steel on the list?
oddharmonic
Nov. 19th, 2006 06:10 am (UTC)
I think I, Robot is more accessible to the casual reader. (I prefer the Galactic Empire trilogy to the Elijah Baley trilogy.)

I was moderately annoyed about the list switching between series and individual titles too.
gamahucheur
Nov. 19th, 2006 07:53 am (UTC)
Well, I don't know their metric for significance. Accessibility may not have had much weight.
ronimaymac
Nov. 19th, 2006 05:49 am (UTC)
Also loved Ender's Game. I'm taking a Tolkien class semester, so I'll get my first (literary) taste of LOTR. I'm putting your other three loved-its on my library list!
teal91
Nov. 19th, 2006 07:55 am (UTC)
i like the idea of a 100 books and a cat walking on the list with cream soaked paws and come at the list that way. Alice Sheldon nee James Tiptree Jr and Robert Silverberg deserve a spot.
oddharmonic
Nov. 26th, 2006 01:53 am (UTC)
I like nice square numbers like 100, but wet books make me worry. Maybe just a little cream...
stakingaclaim
Nov. 20th, 2006 02:12 pm (UTC)
I am shocked. Shocked, I tell you. I expected that I wouldn't have read a single book on this list and was amazed to find I'd read 2. Go me! I would like to read Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? though. Maybe it will be one of the 4 books I read next year.
my_daroga
Nov. 29th, 2006 09:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry. I followed you here from misfitina. And you just severely beat me at DDC; I never would have figured out where to put "memes."
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