April 27th, 2011
|08:12 am - Yellowjackets|
We've chosen 50 titles published under the Gollancz imprint over the past 50 years. Now we want you to tell us your favourites. Below are two lists; one list contains 25 Science Fiction titles and the other 25 Fantasy titles. Select one title from each list and cast your vote.
We'll announce the winning titles in September and then publish the top 5 Science Fiction and top 5 Fantasy books in a stunning collectable retro-look edition to celebrate!
Here are the 25 SF titles they have chosen: follow the link above if you want to vote for one. I have read all of them, except for Flood by Stephen Baxter, and I didn't finish Stand on Zanzibar (or Rama now I come to think of it).
A Case of Conscience by James Blish I would probably vote for Olaf Stapledon, because I think he is incredible. I suppose Ringworld or Dune will win. But overall this list reminds me of how much I like SF.
Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
Brasyl by Ian McDonald
The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
Dune by Frank Herbert
Fairyland by Paul McAuley
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Flood by Stephen Baxter
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
Gateway by Frederik Pohl
Hyperion by Dan Simmons
Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
Pavane by Keith Roberts
Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
Ringworld by Larry Niven
Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Separation by Christopher Priest
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts
Thanks to dfordoom for the link.
Just the sight of an old Gollancz jacket makes the heart beat faster :D
That was the first SF I read, books my dad got out the library in the sixties, and yes there's a kind of Pavlovian link in my brain now.
Whatever the winning 5, I'll have to buy them ALL in their retro-look covers!
This reminds me yet again that, despite my MA in SF, I haven't read nearly as much SF as most of my fannish friends. I've got some work to do. :)
You can't go wrong with that lot in my opinion.
There's an article in the Guardian today, don't think it's online yet, about a resurgence in nice editions of things, to complement the stripped down electronic format.
|Date:||April 27th, 2011 08:32 am (UTC)|| |
I've never read any of them. I've seen Bladerunner and two versions of The Time Machine but that's it.
Crikey. I'm ill-read!
I also really love The Stars My Destination
Last and First Men was a book that I found staggeringly dull - couldn't read more than a few pages. 'Flowers for Algernon' by contrast is a book I'll never forget.
Olaf Stapledon certainly writes in a very particular sparse style that surely isn't everyone's cup of tea
|Date:||April 28th, 2011 10:12 pm (UTC)|| |
I had a long argument about something with my writing instructor once. In the end, she loaned me Algernon, as an illustration of her point.
She was right.
Well, that's a bit tantalising - what was the issue?
|Date:||April 29th, 2011 04:09 pm (UTC)|| |
I was writing from a character's POV, but using words that were out of character; I was arguing that those were the words necessary to correctly portray the environment the character was in. Algernon stomps on that rather effectively.
I went to cast a vote (for Le Guin, though I haven't read all these) but didn't recognise more than one or two of the fantasy titles.
I have read I think two of the fantasy books, and I will finish Little, Big one day