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SF Book Meem (Better late than never I) - RonO's Ramblings

Nov. 17th, 2006 01:26 pm SF Book Meem (Better late than never I)

Well, since most of my SF related friends have done their list, I'll do mine:

(Text for directions stolen from billroper) Here's that 50 SF books meme, with the ones that I've read bolded, the ones that I started italicized, the ones that I couldn't stand struck out, and the ones that I loved with an asterisk beside them.

Note, I have not distinguished between reading with my eyes, and listening to the (mostly unabridged) audio version.

*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 -- I think
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 -- A + is have a *
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

A couple of notes:

This confirms what I've often suspected -- that I'm not all that well read. I've been doing better since my commute went from a few minutes to 30-45, and I started listening to books when driving. The slightly more recent discovery of audible.com has also improved the situation. But now I'm limited to the titles that they have -- an extensive but far from exhaustive list.

I'll have to agree with the frequent comments about the sequels to Ender's Game, although its been a while since I read or listened to the later stories featuring an adult Ender, but I think the later sequels that take place during or right after the original novel are more enjoyable. Of course I could be biased because I'm currently working through listening to them on unabridged audio in internal chronological order. (aside, Orson Scott Card, probably because he listens to audio books himself, is one of the best represented SF authors in Audible.com's catalog, so his books are easier for me to get than some other SF authors).

I also noticed that I only italicized one book -- which (if it is the one I remember) I started when I was in high school, an era when I often started but didn't complete books. I got stalled in Book II of The Lord of the Rings at least twice during that same era.

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