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13 December 2008 @ 06:48 am
Sci Fi Book Meme  
Meme from drangnon

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.


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. Leguin
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* (I read the American version)*
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

ETA: What would you like to add to the list from that era?

*ETA2: Apparently the American and British versions of J.K. Rowling's first Harry Potter book differ. I hadn't heard this before--I guess I am not enough of a fan to read up on such things. :)

ETA3: I no longer read Orson Scott Card because of his sheer hatred of gay people (homophobia is far too mild a word) as expressed in an online essay about how gay marriage is so horrible it will end civilization or somesuch thing. I've boiled it down but he goes on and on about it in the nastiest tone possible.
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Kristen: stressraisha on December 14th, 2008 03:31 am (UTC)
The first Harry Potter book doesn't even have the same name in America and the UK. The Philosopher's Stone was renamed to the Sorcerer's Stone for the USA because they thought it would be less offensive. Changing titles/versions of books (and albums, in the music industry) is pretty common between the UK and the US, actually. See Temeraire/His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novik or Northern Lights/The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman for some other popular recent examples.

I'd like to know what their criteria for "significant" is. Bestselling? Influential in some way? Most reprints?

And finally, that picture of Mars is your icon is awesome. ;)