Via Pharyngula: “Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years“. Here’s my list, boldface for what I’ve read, “+” for those I though very good indeed, “-” for those I whish I hadn’t read, and italics for those I’m wanting to read.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 GibsonChildhood’s End, Arthur C. ClarkeDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. DickThe Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley -Fahrenheit 451, Ray BradburyThe Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe + A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.The Caves of Steel, Isaac AsimovChildren of the Atom, Wilmar ShirasCities in Flight, James BlishThe Colour of Magic, Terry PratchettDangerous Visions, edited by Harlan EllisonDeathbird Stories, Harlan EllisonThe Demolished Man, Alfred BesterDhalgren, Samuel R. Delany –Dragonflight, Anne McCaffreyEnder’s Game, Orson Scott Card +The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson +The Forever War, Joe HaldemanGateway, Frederik PohlHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. RowlingThe Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams +I Am Legend, Richard MathesonInterview with the Vampire, Anne RiceThe Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le GuinLittle, Big, John CrowleyLord of Light, Roger ZelaznyThe Man in the High Castle, Philip K. DickMission of Gravity, Hal ClementMore Than Human, Theodore SturgeonThe Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer SmithOn the Beach, Nevil ShuteRendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke +Ringworld, Larry Niven +Rogue Moon, Algis BudrysThe Silmarillion, J.R.R. TolkienSlaughterhouse-5, Kurt VonnegutSnow Crash, Neal StephensonStand on Zanzibar, John BrunnerThe Stars My Destination, Alfred BesterStarship Troopers, Robert A. HeinleinStormbringer, Michael Moorcock +The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks -Timescape, Gregory BenfordTo Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose FarmerNot too bad I guess, but you’ll notice I’m sorely lacking in the field of Dick, Ellison, Bester, Farmer etc. I’ll have to remedy that. Otherwise it’s a fairly good list as such lists go, I can agree to books that I thought was terrible, like “The Sword of Shannara” (I guess I should just by happy Eddings isn’t in it at least), as they have had an impact even though I perhaps don’t think it was necessarily a good one. There are some missing books though.And hey, Donaldson is in. That counts as a major plus in my book.
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