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Sci-Fi Book Club List

Yet another tidbit from Amp - The Science Fiction Book Club have created a list of the fifty most significant SF novels from 1953-2006. The game is to bold the ones you've read, strike through the ones you didn't like, italicize the ones you never finished and put a star next to the ones you liked. Righty ho then.

  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
  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

The most glaring item in that list is that I've never finished The Silmarillion. Talk about having to hand in my nerd card - sheesh. I do have it on my bookshelf, so that might be something I correct sometime in the future, when I'm um, really bored. There are quite a few big names on that list that I've never read, like Stranger in a Strange Land, Rendezvous with Rama and Stormbringer, that tempt me somewhat, but stuff like Harry Potter and Interview with the Vampire isn't ever going to make it onto my bedside table. I'm a bit miffed that Dan Simmons' Hyperion isn't on this list anywhere, but I suppose that's bound to happen when someone else makes the list.