Communicator (communicator) wrote,
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Hey, it's ages since I did a book list post. The Telegraph have published a list of 110 books that make 'the perfect library'. They are sorted by category:

Classics
Poetry
Literary
Romantic
Children's
SF
Crime
Books that changed the world
Books that changed your world (this appears to be 'middle brow books that Telegraph readers might have actually read')
History
Lives


Perhaps too long to give the whole list. I've read all the poetry, and almost all the children's and SF and crime, but only one book in the literary category. Does 'literary' have to mean awful books that I hate? Apparently yes.


So this is what the outsider picks out as the definitive SF library:

Frankenstein: Mary Shelley
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea: Jules Verne (haven't read)
The Time Machine: H.G. Wells
Brave New World: Aldous Huxley
1984: George Orwell
The Day of the Triffids: John Wyndham
Foundation: Isaac Asimov (haven't read)
2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?: Philip K. Dick (they should have picked a different one by him IMHO)
Neuromancer: William Gibson


I'd exchange Androids Dream for Scanner Darkly, drop Triffids and Twenty Thousand Leagues in exchange for, oh I don't know, Slaughterhouse Five and Left Hand of Darkness. But I don't think it's an awful list.

Hitch-hiker by the way is included in 'Books that changed your world'. Well, it changed Arthur Dent's.
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