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The SFBC's list of significant sf and fantasy of the 1953-2003 period, first seen by me chez yhlee here, james_nicoll here and wyvernfriend here but now all over my friends list. As usaul, bold the ones you've read, strike-out the ones you hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

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
(TV) *
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

I am ashamed of not having read Little, Big; but I have never heard of Wilmar Shiras or Children of the Atom.

Come the weekend I shall do some number-crunching of other people's responses to this...

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martin_wisse
Nov. 17th, 2006 09:54 am (UTC)
Children of the Atom has been mentioned a fair few times on rec.arts.sf.written; it is apparantely about a group of mutant children coming to grips with their new found powers in a world that fears and hates them and yes, it came out a fair few years before the X-men.

But you disliked Neuromancer? Why?

(My take on the list, crossing out those I've read.)
blue_condition
Nov. 20th, 2006 08:32 pm (UTC)
I think a lot of people liked Neuromancer then for the linguistic pyrotechnics and the style, but hated it on re-reading - at least, I fall into that category, so I filed it as a "loved it" because I did in '85 or whenever. ;)
stegoking
Nov. 17th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
People give credit to Children of the Atom for X-Men -- and Stan Lee certainly stole a bit from it, but he stole even more from More than Human.
nickbarnes
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:00 pm (UTC)
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*

"started but never finished"? What would that be like? I'm obviously
not very discerning.

The asterisks (and non-existent strike-throughs) show what I felt when I first read these books, which in some cases was when I was about 9 or 10, so may not be a very mature critical appraisal.

Also, I have no idea whether I've read "Shannara" or "Avalon". They obviously left quite a mark.
I'm more certain about the Cordwainer Smith, although I remember reading and enjoying "Alpha Ralpha Boulevard".
shana
Nov. 17th, 2006 12:16 pm (UTC)
The first part of Children of the Atom -- 'In Hiding' -- is more likely to be familiar than the whole thing.
sammywol
Nov. 17th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)
I am surprised that your brother has let you away with not reading Little Big as it was on his vehement recommendation that Mr Wol & I read it. I am not surprised that your hit rate is much more respectable than mine.
(Anonymous)
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:19 pm (UTC)
Am I cheating if I've modified that to put plusses by the ones I merely "like a lot". (It seems important to me to distinguish between the books that I really really love like LOTR and Rogue Moon and books I respect a lot and all and enjoy but don't quite "love".)

I note I haven't put strikethroughs through any. I guess that's in part because I've avoided the ones I think I might hate (like The Sword of Shannara or The Mists of Avalon), and in part because the list really is pretty good.

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

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Rich Horton
wyvernfriend
Nov. 18th, 2006 04:57 pm (UTC)
Read Little Big, didn't like it.
nwhyte
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:15 pm (UTC)
Heretic!

(Apparently. But you knew that, anyway.)
wyvernfriend
Nov. 18th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
I've heard that said, but then again a fair number of books that people "really recommend" I've disliked but I've enjoyed stuff other people regards as Trash. Hey, to each their own.

It's one of the few books I've actually sold.
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