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08:41 am - sf novels
oooh another list from nwhyte. I like them because they make me think about stuff I have read. 100 though - why are they always 100 - too many.
bold = read, italic = couldn't or haven't finished. I have read 55 of these. I avoid religious or libertarian SF (though I make an exception for Neal Stephenson), and I don't really like Asimov.

1 Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)
2 Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game [S1] (1985)

3 Isaac Asimov, Foundation [S1-3] (1951)
4 William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
5 Ursula K Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)

6 Robert A Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
7 Larry Niven, Ringworld (1970)
8 Robert A Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress (1966)
9 George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)
10 Dan Simmons, Hyperion (1989)
11 Ursula K Le Guin, The Dispossessed (1974)
12 Frederik Pohl, Gateway (1977)
13 Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (1974)

14 Walter M Miller, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1959)
15 David Brin, Startide Rising [S2] (1983)
16 Arthur C Clarke, Childhood's End (1954)
17 Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy [S1] (1979)
18 Alfred Bester, The Demolished Man (1953)

19 Ben Bova [ed], [A] The Best of the Nebulas (1989)
20 John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar (1969)
21 Ray Bradbury, [C] The Martian Chronicles (1950)
22 Gene Wolfe, The Shadow of the Torturer [S1] (1980)
23 Arthur C Clarke, Rendezvous With Rama (1973)
24 Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)

25 Roger Zelazny, Lord of Light (1967)
26 Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human (1953)
27 Robert A Heinlein, Starship Troopers (1959)
28 Isaac Asimov, [C] I, Robot (1950)
29 Philip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962)
30 Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1954)
31 Harlan Ellison [ed], [A] Dangerous Visions (1967)
32 Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966)

33 Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead [S2] (1986)
34 H G Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
35 Niven & Pournelle, The Mote in God's Eye (1975)
36 Vernor Vinge, A Fire Upon the Deep (1991)
37 Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)

38 David Brin, The Uplift War [S3] (1987)
39 Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars (1992)
40 Clifford Simak, Way Station (1963)
41 H G Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)

42 Connie Willis, Doomsday Book (1992)
43 Isaac Asimov, The Gods Themselves (1972)
44 Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)
45 Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
46 Philip Jose Farmer, To Your Scattered Bodies Go (1971)
47 Gardner Dozois [ed], [A] The Year's Best Science Fiction [S] (1984)
48 Gregory Benford, Timescape (1980)
49 C J Cherryh, Downbelow Station (1981)
50 Arthur C Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

51 Isaac Asimov, The Caves of Steel (1954)
52 Greg Bear, Blood Music (1985)
53 Robert Silverberg, Dying Inside (1972)
54 John Wyndham, The Day of the Triffids (1951)
55 Pohl & Kornbluth, The Space Merchants (1953)
56 Neal Stephenson, The Diamond Age (1995)
57 James Blish, A Case of Conscience (1958)

58 Clifford Simak, [C] City (1952)
59 Hal Clement, Mission of Gravity (1953)
60 Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
61 Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1870)
62 George R Stewart, Earth Abides (1949)
63 Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars [S1] (1912)
64 Philip K Dick, Ubik (1969)
65 Lois McMaster Bujold, Barrayar (1991)
66 Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1962)
67 Isaac Asimov (et al) [eds], [A] Hugo Winners/New Hugo Winners [S] (1962)
68 Tim Powers, The Anubis Gates (1983)
69 Arthur C Clarke, The City and the Stars (1956)
70 Philip K Dick, The Three Stigmata Of Palmer Eldritch (1964)
71 Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five (1969)

72 Arthur C Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise (1979)
73 Poul Anderson, Tau Zero (1970)
74 James Blish, [C] Earthman, Come Home (1955)
75 E E 'Doc' Smith, Grey Lensman [S4] (1951)
76 Joanna Russ, The Female Man (1975)
77 Jules Verne, Journey to the Center of the Earth (1864)
78 Joan D Vinge, The Snow Queen (1980)
79 Robert A Heinlein, Time Enough For Love (1973)
80 Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961)
81 C J Cherryh, Cyteen: The Betrayal [S1] (1988)
82 Harlan Ellison [ed], [A] Again, Dangerous Visions (1972)
83 Robert A Heinlein, The Puppet Masters (1951)
84 Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan (1959)
85 Samuel R Delany, Babel-17 (1966)
86 Brian Aldiss, Helliconia Spring [S1] (1982)
87 Harlan Ellison, [C] Deathbird Stories (1975)
88 Samuel R Delany, Dhalgren (1975)
89 Robert A Heinlein, Have Space-Suit - Will Travel (1958)
90 Niven & Pournelle, Lucifer's Hammer (1977)
91 Frederik Pohl, Man Plus (1976)
92 Robert Silverberg [ed], [A] Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1 (1970)
93 Olaf Stapledon, Last and First Men (1930)
94 Robert A Heinlein, The Door Into Summer (1956)

95 Thomas M Disch, Camp Concentration (1968)
96 John Varley, Titan (1979)
97 Michael Bishop, No Enemy But Time (1982)
98 Robert A Heinlein, Double Star (1956)
99 David Brin, The Postman (1985)
100 Vonda N McIntyre, Dreamsnake (1978)

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From:nwhyte
Date:July 18th, 2004 03:39 am (UTC)
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I couldn't resist doing a compare and contrast.

We've both read 47 of these through to the end and there's another four which you've started and I've finished. Four of the ones that you've read and I haven't are on my to-read list for the summer anyway. So, should I bother looking out for the other two that you finished, The Female Man and Last and First Men, and the other one which you didn't finish, Dhalgren?

That still leaves 29 that I've read which aren't on your list. Given what I see of your tastes, there are at least half of them that you needn't bother trying. But I think you would enjoy The City and the Stars, Barrayar, Lord of Light and the nicest of the Heinleins, Have Space Suit - Will Travel.



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From:communicator
Date:July 18th, 2004 03:52 am (UTC)
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The Female Man is an overtly feminist story, with a sort of deconstructed narrative, set in several parallel universes. I like it, but it's very particular in its style.

Olaf Stapledon (Last and First Men) writes bare-bones ideas text, which is almost a template for all other SF which followed it, but isn't very readerly.

Dhalgren is, I am sure, brilliant. You know Delaney? I just found the style a bit too poetic and picaresque. Not sure, perhaps it got me on a bad day.

Thanks for the recommendations.
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From:communicator
Date:July 19th, 2004 02:16 am (UTC)
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altariel came to visit yesterday, and having read this comment, brought me a copy of Barryar! - so I will let you know.
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From:altariel
Date:July 19th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC)
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I'll be fascinated to find out what you think of this.

I've read 28 on the list, which is a lot more than I would have expected.

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