(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.