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Best SF Books

How many of the "100 Science Fiction Books You Just Have to Read" has Gary read?

1 Childhood's End Arthur C. Clarke
2 Foundation Isaac Asimov
3 Dune Frank Herbert

4 The Man in the High Castle Philip K. Dick
5 Starship Troopers Robert A. Heinlein
6 Valis Philip K. Dick
7 Frankenstein Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
8 Gateway Frederik Pohl

9 Space Merchants Frederik Pohl
10 Earth Abides George R. Stewart
11 Cuckoo's Egg C.J. Cherryh
12 Star Surgeon James White
13 The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch Philip K. Dick
14 Radix A. A. Attanasio
15 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke
16 Ringworld Larry Niven

17 A Case of Conscience James Blish
18 Last and First Man Olaf Stapledon
19 The Day of the Triffids John Wyndham
20 Way Station Clifford D. Simak
21 More Than Human Theodore Sturgeon
22 Gray Lensman E.E. "Doc" Smith
23 The Gods Themselves Isaac Asimov
24 The Left Hand of Darkness Ursula K. Le Guin
25 Behold the Man Michael Moorcock
26 Star Maker Olaf Stapledon
27 The War of the Worlds H. G. Wells
28 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

29 Heritage of Hastur Marion Zimmer Bradley
30 The Time Machine H. G. Wells
31 The Stars My Destination Alfred Bester
32 Slan A. E. Van Vogt
33 Neuromancer William Gibson
34 Ender's Game Orson Scott Card

35 In Conquest Born C. S. Friedman
36 Lord of Light Roger Zelazny
37 Eon Greg Bear
38 Dragonflight Anne McCaffrey
39 Journey to the Center of the Earth Jules Verne
40 Stranger in a Strange Land Robert A. Heinlein

41 Cosm Gregory Benford
42 The Voyage of the Space Beagle A. E. Van Vogt
43 Blood Music Greg Bear
44 Beggars in Spain Nancy Kress
45 Omnivore Piers Anthony
46 I, Robot Isaac Asimov
47 Mission of Gravity Hal Clement
48 To Your Scattered Bodies Go Philip Jose Farmer
49 Brave New World Aldous Huxley
50 The Man Who Folded Himself David Gerrold
51 1984 George Orwell
52 The Strange Case of Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson
53 Snow Crash Neal Stephenson
54 Flesh Philip Jose Farmer
55 Cities in Flight James Blish
56 Shadow of the Torturer Gene Wolfe
57 Startide Rising David Brin
58 Triton Samuel R. Delany
59 Stand on Zanzibar John Brunner
60 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
61 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

62 A Canticle for Leibowitz Walter M. Miller Jr.
63 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
64 No Blade of Grass John Christopher
65 The Postman David Brin
66 Dhalgren Samuel R. Delany
67 Berserker Fred Saberhagen
68 Flatland Edwin Abbott Abbott

69 Planiverse A. K. Dewdney
70 Dragon's Egg Robert L. Forward
71 Downbelow Station C. J. Cherryh
72 Dawn Octavia E. Butler
73 The Puppet Masters Robert A. Heinlein
74 The Doomsday Book Connie Willis
75 Forever War Joe Haldeman
76 Deathbird Stories Harlan Ellison
77 Roadside Picnic Arkady Strugatsky
78 The Snow Queen Joan D. Vinge
79 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury

80 Drowned World J.G. Ballard
81 Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut
82 Red Mars Kim Stanley Robinson
83 Upanishads Various
84 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
85 The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams

86 The Lathe of Heaven Ursula K. Le Guin
87 The Midwich Cuckoos John Wyndham
88 Mutant Henry Kuttner
89 Solaris Stanislaw Lem
90 Ralph 124C41+ Hugo Gernsback
91 I Am Legend Richard Matheson
92 Timescape Gregory Benford
93 The Demolished Man Alfred Bester
94 War with the Newts Karl Kapek
95 Mars Ben Bova
96 Brain Wave Poul Anderson
97 Hyperion Dan Simmons
98 The Andromeda Strain Michael Crichton
99 Camp Concentration Thomas M. Disch
100 A Princess of Mars Edgar Rice Burroughs

I've actually tried to read Startide Rising several times - it's a snoozefest to me. And, I dispute the inclusion of fantasy drek on a list that claims to be Science Fiction. Science Fiction doesn't resort to "here be magick" to explain things.

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Aug. 16th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC)
Hmmm...I've never thought of Frankenstein as Sci-Fi. I've read a lot of these but I'm really more of a Sci-Fantasy reader.
Aug. 16th, 2004 04:16 pm (UTC)
I've never understood why there's the assumption that people who read science fiction read fantasy and vice versa. Dragons are not technology. :-)
Aug. 16th, 2004 10:20 pm (UTC)
I actually do read both though I don't know that most people do. I just tend to like the fantasy more. I also read mysteries/thrillers.
Aug. 17th, 2004 04:58 am (UTC)
See? Most people that read one of the genres don't read the other one (or not much). Personally, the only fantasy books I've read in the past decade are Storm Constantine. But, you go into a bookstore and 60% of the time, the books are shelved in one big "SF/Fantasy" section, rather than separating them. I have to wade through the 800 Star Wars books and then throw out the billion and a half orcs and elves before I find a hard SF book. Of course, I know the root of this problem lies in the fact that so many authors write in both genres. Zelazny, Modessitt, etc. have all confused the booksellers. And nowadays, most booksellers are easily confused.
Aug. 17th, 2004 08:26 am (UTC)
Re: Bookstores
This is true. I'm always fascinated to see where they'll put Laurell K Hamilton and JD Robb.
Aug. 17th, 2004 02:38 pm (UTC)
Re: Bookstores
Hamilton writes the noirish vampire mystery romance books, right? Pick any genre, it will fit!
Sep. 17th, 2004 08:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Bookstores
Yup and yup! :-)
Aug. 16th, 2004 06:59 am (UTC)
LOL I have read like 10 of them :P Lord of Light is AWESOME, as are most of Zelazny's works.
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