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Guardian books: SF and Fantasy

Too many favourites on here to pick any in particular. Not surprisingly I score better here than on any three of the previous lists combined, with 85 out of 149 books that I have read and also most of Pratchett (though he’s not quite as prolific as Balzac). Indeed, I have reviewed no fewer than 38 of these at greater or lesser length on line, and three of them are in my imminently-to-read pile.

Which of these books have you read?

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
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Brian W Aldiss, Non-Stop (1958)
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Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (2000)
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Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
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Paul Auster, In the Country of Last Things (1987)
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JG Ballard, Crash (1973)
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JG Ballard, Millennium People (2003)
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JG Ballard, The Drowned World (1962)
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William Beckford, Vathek (1786)
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Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory (1984)
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Iain M Banks, Consider Phlebas (1987)
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Clive Barker, Weaveworld (1987)
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Nicola Barker, Darkmans (2007)
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Stephen Baxter, The Time Ships (1995)
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Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)
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Poppy Z Brite, Lost Souls (1992)
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Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland (1798)
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Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (1966)
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Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Coming Race (1871)
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Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1982)
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William Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959)
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Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
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Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees (1957)
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Ramsey Campbell, The Influence (1988)
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Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
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Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)
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Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977)
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Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
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Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
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Arthur C Clarke, Childhood's End (1953)
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Michael G Coney, Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)
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Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
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Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
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Marie Darrieussecq, Pig Tales (1996)
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Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
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Philip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962)
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Thomas M Disch, Camp Concentration (1968)
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Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
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Michel Faber, Under the Skin (2000)
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John Fowles, The Magus (1966)
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Alan Garner, Red Shift (1973)
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915)
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William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954)
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Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
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Robert A Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
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Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (1943)
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Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (1980)
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James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
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Michel Houellebecq, Atomised (1998)
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Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled (1995)
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Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
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PD James, The Children of Men (1992)
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Gwyneth Jones, Bold as Love (2001)
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Stephen King, The Shining (1977)
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Marghanita Laski, The Victorian Chaise-longue (1953)
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Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas (1864)
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Ursula K Le Guin, The Earthsea series (1968-1990)
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Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961)
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Doris Lessing, Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
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CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
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MG Lewis, The Monk (1796)
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David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
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Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions (2008)
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Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black (2005)
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Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward (1994)
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Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
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Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy (1992)
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Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
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Jed Mercurio, Ascent (2007)
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China Miéville, The Scar (2002)
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Andrew Miller, Ingenious Pain (1997)
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Walter M Miller Jr, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
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Michael Moorcock, Mother London (1988)
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William Morris, News From Nowhere (1890)
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Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
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Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)
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Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor (1969)
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Jeff Noon, Vurt (1993)
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Ben Okri, The Famished Road (1991)
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Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)
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Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey (1818)
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Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946)
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John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance (1932)
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Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
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François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34)
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Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
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Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space (2000)
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JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
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Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)
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Will Self, How the Dead Live (2000)
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Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
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Dan Simmons, Hyperion (1989)
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Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937)
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Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)
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Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
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Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
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Rupert Thomson, The Insult (1996)
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JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)
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Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889)
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Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan (1959)
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Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
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Robert Walser, Institute Benjamenta (1909)
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Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes (1926)
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Sarah Waters, Affinity (1999)
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HG Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
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HG Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)
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TH White, The Sword in the Stone (1938)
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Angus Wilson, The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)
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Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
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John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids (1951)
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John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)
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And which would you particularly recommend?



Previous Guardian lists:
Love
Crime
Humour
Family and Self
State of the Nation

Comments

( 18 comments — Leave a comment )
livii
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
Very odd list - I don't read a lot of sci-fi/fantasy but I did decently on this list. Very lit-focused. Didn't have time to actually fill out any of the others, but again, some I've seen in movie format as well, or I've read other works by the author.
bopeepsheep
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:22 pm (UTC)
I think the poll can't cope with the numbers - it seems to have picked up mummimamma's vote for Orlando but not mine (if I go to Fill Out Poll all my ticks after Neal Stephenson have gone, and I've done it twice now).
nwhyte
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:40 pm (UTC)
Hmph. It gives up on me after Tolkien - so only 79 ticks instead of the full 85! No doubt this is a shortcoming of the LJ polling mechanisms.
bopeepsheep
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:47 pm (UTC)
I've read 95, it is showing 79 for me too. :(
matgb
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:56 pm (UTC)
Well, it is supposed to be a maximum of 15 per poll. I still think LJs polling is better than any other online implementation I've seen.

Loads in there that I still haven't got around to, the Heinlein is in the pile from the library next to the bed now. Would've read it, but they're too efficient at ordering my Stross and Macleod books in.
tamaranth
Jan. 22nd, 2009 08:43 pm (UTC)
Damn, I lost count. But impressed to see non-genre Literature of the Fantastic on the list -- Hilary Mantel in particular, but also mundane tales of nastiness such as The Wasp Factory, Ingenious Pain, Lolly Willowes. (Also: yay Bold as Love!) The list is definitely geared towards the literary end of the genre, though of course it also includes the massively popular titles that, omitted, would spark squawks of protest.
lasultrix
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:09 pm (UTC)
Ingenious Pain is interesting in that there's no hint of SF (if I recall correctly) until halfway through. His condition is very unusual, to be sure, but it does exist.
jdigital
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
I feel very under-read now: only Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, The Hobbit, and two Discworld novels.
raycun
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:29 pm (UTC)
65, I think it was...
tanngrisnir
Jan. 22nd, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
Some I didn't tick I may have read, in fact I am sure I have read a couple of them (one of the Ballards for sure), but I can't remember anything about them at all (in the case of the Ballards, which one, even) so left them unticked. Some of the ones I did tick I really need to refresh my memory of them.
lasultrix
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:07 pm (UTC)
That'll teach me to read more slowly. Missed out Flowers for Algernon and Ingenious Pain.

It must have been too long since I've read them. I don't actually remember anything SF about The Blind Assassin or Lord of the Flies.
matgb
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:57 pm (UTC)
Lord of the flies was set during a notional future war where kids would be evacuated overseas. That's pretty much it though.
redfiona99
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
10 read plus 3 started. I'm just more interested in the topics of books like this, I think.
purplecthulhu
Jan. 22nd, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
There are some odd choices there...

Why Darwin's Radio and not Blood Music? Why Years of Rice and Salt and not the Mars series? Why The Night Sessions and not The Star Fraction? Why Snowcrash and not The Barque Cycle or Anathem?

Not impressed - though I did rather better on this list than the last one...
nwhyte
Jan. 23rd, 2009 09:33 am (UTC)
I would actually favour their choices for KSR and Neal Stephenson. But I agree that Blood Music was way better than Darwin's Radio, and also in keeping with their habit of generally recommending an author's earlier work.
girfan
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
If you don't mind, I'm borrowing your poll to put in my LJ just to see what happens.


This one has the most books I've read (or intend to read) so far.

nickbarnes
Jan. 22nd, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Blind Assassin, among others, is not SF.
yea_mon
Jan. 24th, 2009 02:46 am (UTC)
Seeing the Dan Simmons' Hyperion is on the list I feel I should take the time to repeat the warning:

Read the Endymion books at your peril!

That is all.
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