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50 significant books

Before I go to bed (after far too much to eat at Café Jazz for our anniversary), here's another one of those book lists, this one from kernezelda.
The most significant SF and Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years (1953-2002) according to the Science Fiction Book Club.

Bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicise those you started but never finished, and underline the ones you loved.

The Lord of the Rings, by J R R Tolkien
The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

Dune, by Frank Herbert
Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein
A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula Le Guin
Neuromancer, by William Gibson
Childhood's End, by Arthur C Clarke
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick
The Mists of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
The Book of the New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
A Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter M Miller, Jr
The Caves of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
Children of the Atom, by Wilmar Shiras
Cities in Flight, by James Blish
The Colour of Magic, by Terry Pratchett

Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
Deathbird Stories, by Harlan Ellison
The Demolished Man, by Alfred Bester
Dhalgren, by Samuel R Delany
Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, by Stephen R Donaldson
The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
Gateway, by Frederik Pohl
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, by J K Rowling
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
Interview with the Vampire, by Anne Rice
The Left Hand of Darkness, by Ursula Le Guin
Little, Big, by John Crowley
Lord of Light, by Roger Zelazny
The Man in the High Castle, by Philip K Dick
Mission of Gravity, by Hal Clement
More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
The Rediscovery of Man, by Cordwainer Smith
On the Beach, by Nevil Shute
Rendezvous with Rama, by Arthur C Clarke
Ringworld, by Larry Niven
Rogue Moon, by Algis Budrys
The Silmarillion, by J R R Tolkien
Slaughterhouse-5, by Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
Stand on Zanzibar, by John Brunner
The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester
Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
Stormbringer, by Michael Moorcock
The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
Timescape, by Gregory Benford


Some of my underlines date back to my teenage years, some authors like Niven whom I adored back then have completely lost the plot and, I suspect, their marbles, and some series like Pohl's Gateway lost their way. Some, like all of Cordwainer Smith, I have read again and again and will always love. I'd have picked others in some cases though, like Heinlein's The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.

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