A long overdue meme

Alas, poor Terz. He tagged me and then hardly saw me until his birthday yesterday.

Instructions: Below is a Science Fiction Book Club list of the most significant SF novels between 1953-2006. The meme part of this works like so: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star* next to the ones you love.

Okay, I am going to absolutely suck at this.

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 (I think I tried reading it)
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

Clearly, I have a lot of "classic" science fiction reading to catch up on. Meantime, though, in what scarce free time I have on the train, I've been reading a lot of non-fiction.

No tagging here. I can't think of enough friends who read science fiction whom Terz hasn't already tagged.


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At 12/03/2006 8:42 pm , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I took a shot at my version, posted here. I thought I was well-read, but this list has me reconsidering.

At 12/04/2006 12:23 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, I couldn't help noticing... Terz's birthday is Dec 1?

At 12/04/2006 12:54 am , Blogger Tym said...

Chris > Thanks for visiting! Yeah, I consider myself a sci-fi aficionado, but I look like a real novice after working through this list.

the fell bat > Aye!

At 12/04/2006 3:51 am , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm going to be pedantic here but aren't some of these fantasy, and not science fiction?

At 12/04/2006 11:41 pm , Blogger trisha said...

Not trying to be nit-picking here but can you actually not finish reading something (LOTR in your case) and still put a star on it?

I couldn't finish LOTR either and the reason is cos it's so heavy-going. Hence, no star from me.

At 12/05/2006 3:04 am , Blogger tscd said...

Some of the books on your list are hard to come by in Singapore.

At 12/05/2006 7:21 am , Blogger Tym said...

nardac > Yeah, but I didn't make up the list!

trisha > I finished LotR only because I skimmed through some of the long bits in verse.

tscd > They are? I thought between Kinokuniya and Borders, we could get most titles here.

At 12/05/2006 12:15 pm , Blogger tscd said...

The Ursula Le Guin novels were around for more than a decade before they were available in Singapore. I think 5 years ago I wouldn't have recognised half those authors.


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