Posted by: Kevin | March 13, 2007

Yep, I’m a Nerd. And You?

I came across this list on Pharyngula and had to add my 2 cents.  It’s nice to know that there are other people out there just as nerdy (and more so) in their reading tastes as I am.   Below the fold is a list of the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy books of the past 50 years.  I’ve bolded the ones that I’ve read.  I’ve also added comments where appropriate.

The Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002

  1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien    Read the books, Saw the movies, pretty much everything short of learning Elvish.
  2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  3. Dune, Frank Herbert     Read the whole Dune series, all six books, repeatedly.  I refuse to speak of his son’s efforts with the Dune Universe.
  4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein  “A growing closer” has become a permanent addition to the vocabulary of my wife and I.
  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  Book 7 and Movie 5 in 4 months!
  27. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice     I hit the bi-sexual vampire saturation point a few books back, but that in no way takes away from Anne Rice’s first.
  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     Does reading the Sirens of Titan count?
  43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
  44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein     The Movie sucked
  47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
  48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks     Read the first chapter of one of the sequels and hated it.  Never picked up the series again.
  49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
  50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

I’m surprised to find that I’ve only covered 20% of the list so far.  I guess this will give me something to do once I finally move.

Via Pharyngula

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