Monday, November 22, 2010

100 SF books

Books I've read in italics. List shamelessly stolen from Jaquandor

The Postman – David Brin
The Uplift War – David Brin
Neuromancer – William Gibson - oooh, yes. I've always loved the concept of cyberpunk, so Neuromancer is a must for me.
Foundation – Isaac Asimov
Foundation and Empire – Isaac Asimov
Second Foundation – Isaac Asimov
I, Robot – Isaac Asimov - I love short stories, they are my favourite literary form and I, Robot contains some of the best stories I've ever read
The Long Tomorrow – Leigh Brackett
Rogue Moon – Algis Budrys
The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury - I've read some in other collections of short stories, but for some reason never all of them
Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury - this book speaks to my soul. Do yourself a favour and don't watch the movie.
Something Wicked This Way Comes – Ray Bradbury - I didn't finish it, I just didn't like it much

Childhood’s End – Arthur C. Clarke
The City and the Stars – Arthur C. Clarke
2001: A Space Odyssey – Arthur C. Clarke - I read it after seeing the movie. I still didn't get it. But it's still a cool book.
Armor – John Steakley
Imperial Stars – E. E. Smith
Frankenstein – Mary Shelley - a classic and I've read it many times. The first time after seeing Gothic, which I can only recommend.
Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card
Speaker for the Dead – Orson Scott Card
Dune – Frank Herbert - only the first book, which was cool, but I was bored by the time I had read about 1/3 of the second book
The Dosadi Experiment – Frank Herbert
Journey Beyond Tomorrow – Robert Sheckley
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams - *waves towel*
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Philip K. Dick- Blade Runner is one of my favourite movies ever and I tried to read the book after seeing it for the first time, but I didn't like it. I suspect that this was the fault of the German translation, though, I should give it another try
Valis – Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly – Philip K. Dick
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch – Philip K. Dick

1984 – George Orwell- my favourite dystopian novel
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut - this wasn't what I expected and I had so much fun reading it. For some reason. all the (short) reviews I had read concentrated on the WWII part and I had no idea that the story would involve aliens and so much weird stuff.
Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
The War of the Worlds – H. G. Wells -
The Time Machine – H. G. Wells
The Island of Doctor Moreau – H. G. Wells
The Invisible Man – H. G. Wells hm, I didn't realize I had read so much by Wells. The Invisible Man is my favourite - see The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen for more of this fascinating character...the graphic novel, not the movie (it's fun, but for once I can understand Alan Moore's fit of rage). Take a look at the unintentionally hilarious Doctor Moreau movie, just for shits and giggles, but only AFTER reading the book.

A Canticle for Leibowitz – Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Alas, Babylon – Pat Frank
A Clockwork Orange – Anthony Burgess - I actually liked the movie better
A Journey to the Center of the Earth – Jules Verne
From the Earth to the Moon – Jules Verne
Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea – Jules Verne - Jules Verne rules!
Old Man’s War – John Scalzi

Nova Express – William S. Burroughs - I've read Naked Lunch, which was ... an experience (weird, but good)
Ringworld – Larry Niven
The Mote in God’s Eye – Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
The Unreasoning Mask – Philip Jose Farmer
To Your Scattered Bodies Go – Philip Jose Farmer
Eon – Greg Bear
Jurassic Park – Michael Crichton - that was before Crichton started to really piss me off with his anti-science stuff
The Andromeda Strain – Michael Crichton
Lightning – Dean Koontz
The Stainless Steel Rat – Harry Harrison
The Fifth Head of Cerebus – Gene Wolfe
Nightside of the Long Sun – Gene Wolfe
A Princess of Mars – Edgar Rice Burroughs

Cryptonomicon – Neal Stephenson - this is embarassing, but no. I've been meanign to buy it for ages, I can't get the English version at any library
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
The Stars My Destination – Alfred Bester
Solaris – Stanislaw Lem - not my favourite Lem novel, but still worth reading
Doomsday Book – Connie Wills
Beserker – Fred Saberhagen
Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

The Word for World is Forest – Ursula K. LeGuin
The Dispossessed – Ursula K. LeGuin
Babel-17 – Samuel R. Delany
Dhalgren – Samuel R. Delany
Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
The Forever War – Joe Haldeman
Star King – Jack Vance
The Killing Machine – Jack Vance
Trullion: Alastor 2262 – Jack Vance

Hyperion – Dan Simmons
Starship Troopers – Robert A. Heinlein - so awesome.
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
The Moon is a Harsh Mistress – Robert A. Heinlein
A Wrinkle in Time – Madeleine L’Engle
More Than Human – Theodore Sturgeon
A Time of Changes – Robert Silverberg
Gateway – Frederick Pohl
Man Plus - Frederick Pohl

The Day of the Triffids – John Wyndham
Mission of Gravity – Hal Clement
The Execution Channel – Ken Macleod
Last and First Men – W. Olaf Stapledon
Slan – A. E. van Vogt
Out of the Silent Planet – C. S. Lewis
They Shall Have Stars – James Blish
Marooned in Realtime – Vernor Vinge
A Fire Upon the Deep – Vernor Vinge

The People Maker – Damon Knight
The Giver – Lois Lowry
The Handmaid’s Tale – Margaret Atwood
Contact – Carl Sagan - Sagan is one of the most inspirational writers I know and although I like his science books better, I still enjoyed Contact very much
Atlas Shrugged – Ayn Rand
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Battlefield Earth – L. Ron Hubbard
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court – Mark Twain ages ago, i need to re-read this
Little Brother – Cory Doctorow - Little Brother rocks. Read it. Go ahead, I'll wait. you can download it for free here It's one of the best books I've read in the last few years.

Invasion of the Body Snatchers – Jack Finney
Planet of the Apes – Pierre Boulle - that was actually much more enjoyable than the movies!

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