SF Book Meme

 

My kind of meme, via Strange Musings.

According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you’ve read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn’t get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), exclamation points for the ones you own.

  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!
  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!
  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!
  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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3 Comments on “SF Book Meme”

  1. halfawake Says:

    I did not read very many of those… But I’m glad to see that the Sword of Shannara made the list!

  2. halfawake Says:

    At lunch today my advisor happened to mention that when he retires he wants to write a scifi novel. This shocked everyone at the table. I asked him if he read scifi too and he said yes!! So I forwarded him this list and he just responded saying he’s read 9 of the top 10, and that #49 was one of his favorites. Who knew!?

  3. geekylibrarian Says:

    I’ve still got to go with #18


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