Sunday, December 03, 2006

SF's Best? Two Top 50's and a Top 100

William Lexner has posted his Best Books of the Millenium (Thus Far). Fun skimming through his SF countdown. He gives top nod to..well, go see.

If you want to glance through a longer list (but with images, yay), try Tomio's Top 100 of the Last 10 Years. The links to the continuing pages of lists is at the bottom of each entry. If you want to skip to the ones he liked above all, go here: Tomio's Top (Almost) Ten

Clearly, those two have been reading way more than I have, which is not news to me. I stopped being a voracious reader 10 years ago. I sort of muddle through these days with easily exhausted eyeballs. Ah, well.

And here is the list of the Top Fifty SF&F Books in the Fifty Years from 1953 through 2002(ie, the most "significant" ones according to the Science Fiction Book Club):

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 Gibson
Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, James Blish
The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
Gateway, Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
Little, Big, John Crowley
Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
Ringworld, Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
Timescape, Gregory Benford
To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lots of great ones there, like Neuromancer, Stranger, Left Hand, etc., but then to see Starship Troopers?

Elliot said...

What these lists bring home to me is that there is a wide divergence of different tastes out there.

Well, my tastes are reflected in the SF Book Club list.