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SF/Fantasy reading meme

stolen from the well-read pfeifferpack. I did better than I thought here -- although I barely remember the ones I read when I was a kid

The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002
source: http://www.epic-fantasy.com/fantasy_books/topfifty.htm

Bold the ones you have read

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

Of you haven't read these....go give them a go! Happy reading.



( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 11th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
It's funny - looking over this list I see more books that I haven't read than those that I have - but I've read a lot of science fiction and fantasy over the years. I think I must've picked a lot of unknown ones that don't show up on classics lists. (Good list - I'll have to keep it in my library bag.)
Nov. 13th, 2006 10:57 am (UTC)
In general, I read a lot more hard science fiction than I do fantasy. (Of course, you and I realize there IS a difference.) But I also read a lot of the lesser known stories. I also tend to not discriminate between the so-called literary works and the trashy novels that would never made any list. And, I spent time tracking down and reading ALL the old SF novels by the then-famous E.E. "Doc" Smith, whose daughter was my high school English teacher.

In any case, you're right -- it is a good list!
Nov. 13th, 2006 05:12 pm (UTC)
I remember my dad once bringing home a draft of an SF story from one of his students for me to read. I was probably in 9th or 10th grade. (Dad's a social worker and minister and for awhile when we lived in Mishawaka he also taught a few classes at Bethel College.) I think the story was going to be published in Analog but for the life of me I can no longer remember the author. He's from Goshen. I wish I could so I could look him up at the library and see what he's published since!
Nov. 14th, 2006 07:28 am (UTC)
It would be neat to find out what the author's done since then, in the hopes that he went on into a successful career. Then you could say you knew him back when ... just like you will with me. *grin*

They were reprinting Doc Smith's books while I was in high school, and his daughter let me look at the galley proofs from the publisher (he'd passed on, so she was handling his interests). Just the idea that I was looking at something from the actual publishing process thrilled me.
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