"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan) (ajrose93) wrote,
"A.J. Rose" (Jonathan)

Oh, no! Memeage! :0


But it's SF memeage, so thass okay. From the divine intralimina:

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.

I'm adding "put an ampersand& beside the ones you've read multiple times." (And for clarity's sake, I'm placing novel titles not on the original list between "quotes" rather than italicizing them.)

I was, btw, gonna headline this "Ode to a Wasted Youth"...but given that I grew up to spend my life writing fantasy, maybe reading Fantasy/SF titles wasn't such a waste. It's proven more useful to me so far than, say, Geometry. ;)

Here there be classicks.... :D

The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien*&
The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov*&
Dune, Frank Herbert**&&
Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein*&
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin*&
Neuromancer, William Gibson (His prose style in this was wonderful, though, and I did read and enjoy "Idoru")
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick***&&& ("Ubik" and "Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch" and "Galactic Pot-Healer" are prolly my faves, but I've read nearly everything he did that's been published, including the underappreciated non-SF titles like "Puttering About in a Small Land." Sui generis, this guy. A genius.)
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury*& (Another unique talent, and my all-time fave. Don't miss "Dandelion Wine" and "Something Wicked This Way Comes" and "The October Country"...for starters. Those I've read more times than I can recall.)
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe (Started repeatedly, but never finished. Superb prose, but really dark stuff -- you might like it. ;) )
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.*
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov (I assume this isn't "I, Robot"?)
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison***&&& (SF grows up. Nothing like it before; practically nothing this good since. But then, I'm an old guy. :) )
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison***&&& (Another of my deities. Bite me. ;) )
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester*
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman (There should be something for "Dammit, I keep meaning to get to this!")
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling (Not one of my faves, but enormously important. :) )
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams**&& (Wonnnnderful.)
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson (One of the finest short story writers ever, though, all of whose shorts should be reprinted ASAP. The one about the gunslinger...the one about thirst...ye gods. Unparalleled. Come to that, I loved "Hell House.")
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin* (And have you read her Phil Dick-style book, "The Lathe of Heaven"?)
Little, Big, John Crowley (I tried, on multiple titles...I really did)
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick***&&& (More astonishment.)
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon (Sturgeon is another fave, though: particularly the short story collection "Sturgeon is Alive and Well," and most particularly the story "Slow Sculpture." Another genius, in style and substance. Have been buying the complete collection of his short stories.)
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute (Seeing the movie doesn't count. ;) )
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke (Huge Arthur Clarke fan as a kid -- "A Fall of Moondust" to "Tales from the White Hart" to "2001." Missed this one, tho. (But I think I bought it...prolly here someplace...)
Ringworld, Larry Niven (A very nice man, btw.)
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut***&&& (Another idol, particularly for his early work -- "Player Piano" through this one -- and, wait!, "Breakfast of Champions," and "Slapstick," and...!)
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson* (He lost me in the most recent cycle, but I've enjoyed a lot of his stuff.)
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (But he also wrote one of the finest fantasy titles, "The Traveller in Black," which I adore. And some occult fic! :) )
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock* (But "Behold the Man" was a lot more important. Anyway, another genius, many of whose books load my shelves.)
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer (What -- they left off his pr0n?! Now THERE'S some classicks! :D )

I know this can't be complete...but screw 'em for not including Gordon R. Dickson's "Childe Cycle" books. In particular (here I go again): "Necromancer"; "Tactics of Mistake"; "Soldier, Ask Not"; and "Dorsai!"

And I could add another bazillion neglected works (in particular, WHERE IS SHEA & WILSON'S "ILLUMINATUS!" TRILOGY?!), but I won't 'n' so there.

93 93/93 -- The Ancient One :0

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