Urbin Report

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Top 50 SciFi & Fantasy books

The Top 50 SciFi & Fantasy books as listed by the SciFi Book Club.
I've bolded the ones I've read, italicized the ones I started and never finished, and done a strike through on the ones I've read and hated.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien - I only made it a couple of chapters into the second book. I much preferred Alan Dean Foster or Philip Jose Farmer, which I was reading a lot of at the time.
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 "This is not a book to be tossed aside casually. It should be flung with great force"
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, IMNSHO, this is not SciFi, and more horror than fantasy.
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny I am quite fond of this one. One of his best stand alone works.
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 A really great book.
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein If you have only seen the movie, go read the book.
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks Why is this Tolkien rip off even on the list?
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford An interesting book, but I can't see why it made this list.
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer