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Time's 50 SciFi and Fantasy Novels

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien:  such a fun hobby he had, conlangs
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov: **
3. Dune saga, Frank Herbert: % New last book is an unknown, new pre-quels are supposed to be good
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein: # ** indeed, life-altering
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin: I should have read these twenty years ago.. </lj>
6. Neuromancer trilogy, William Gibson: Bah, his second trilogy is much much better
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke: Must've missed this one, hmm
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick: %
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley: Was this Crystal Cave and such? Bah, politics T.E White is better
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury: # Worth memorizing ;)
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe: I was underwhelmed, and annoyed by the diction games
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.: % (Also, a sequel was published recently)
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov: % I never did get through the whole trilogy
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras:
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish: Is this with the tripods?
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett: Definitely the wrong Discworld novel to hype
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison: not sure which collection that is
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison:, ibid, but Ellison can pen a mean short story
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester:
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany:
21. Dragonflight trilogy, Anne McCaffrey: Bah, Pern. Telepathic dolphins??
22. Ender's Game series, Orson Scott Card: Really have to get all the way through Children of the Mind to see the scope of it, and appreciate both the gall and triumph of the author's achievement. Or, take the first book and run.
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson:
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman:
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl: I should read more of Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling:
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy trilogy, Douglas Adams: so brilliant in previous incarnations, the books go downhill quickly
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire saga, Anne Rice: the first few were a fun read ..
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin: % I need to read some more LeGuin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley:
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny: Never could get into Amber, never tried any other Zelany
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick:
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement:
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon: I quote his Law but have read too few of his stories
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith:
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute:
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke: %
39. Ringworld trilogy, Larry Niven:  Fascinating setup for man and kzinti. A really large constructed object
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien: I've never got through it. Beautiful poetic imagery
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut: %  Mmm, Vonnegut, must find more ...
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson # Such a hard read, and chock full of ideas .. compares oddly to his more recent works
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner:
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester:
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein: oft misunderstood and yet essentially correct: citizenship should be earned
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock: (ie the Elric books) Didn't finish the Elrics, prob ought to. Moorcock hates it.
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks:
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford:
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer:

Meme via polychromatic22, key from there, with my additions: % for needs a re-read as it has faded, # for try to read once a year or so, and soon a list of 50 or so works they left out
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