seawasp (seawasp) wrote,

Top 50 SF Books Meme

Swiped from gridlore.

In this case "SF" means "Speculative Fiction", which encompasses Science Fiction and Fantasy (and some horror, etc. as well).

I do wonder where the heck this list comes from; there's stuff in here I'd have expected to be much farther down the list and others I expected to be on the list.

EDIT: Damn stupid markup tags, left out a bunch of boldface...

Bold what you've read, italicize what you started and couldn't finish, strikethrough what you hated. Asterisks for ones you really loved (more asterisks is of course more love!), and a "+" for ones you own.

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. Leguin + ***
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.

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