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Science Fiction Book Club 50 most significant "novels"

Yep, I'm a skiffy geek.


Stolen from rimrunner. Rant about what "novel" means is entirely my own.

This is a list of the 50 most significant science fiction/fantasy novels, 1953-2002, according to the Science Fiction Book Club. Bold the ones you've read, italicize those you started but never finished, strike-out the ones you hated and put an asterisk beside the ones you loved.

NB: some of these are "novels" in the sense they were published as an omnibus book. Dangerous Visions, for example, is by no definition I'm familiar with an actual novel, as the stories are related only by the fact that they were theoretically unpublishable before Ellison bought them. The Rediscovery of Man is NESFA's posthumous collection of all of Cordwainer Smith's short fiction in one volume. Donaldson's First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant is a trilogy that appeared serially. Wolfe's Book of the New Sun is four novels (one of which won the 1981 Nebula) and a possible coda! I think why this annoys me is the inconsistency - why group Donaldson's trilogy but not LeGuin's Earthsea works, or Herbert's Dune novels, or the rest of Moorcock's Eternal Champion series?

*1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
*3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
*6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.

13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
*19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester

20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
*30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin

31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
*33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
*36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven

40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson

44. Last Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock

48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer


I don't recall ever hearing of Children of the Atom before, although according to Red Jacket Press' blurb about Wilmar Shiras it sounds like something I'd like. I didn't hate the Foundation books, the Thomas Covenant books, or the Riverworld books (Philip Jose Farmer's TYSBG is first of that series) but I did find them tedious. I don't know where they got the "Last" from in the Brunner title, I'm pretty sure it's just "Stand on Zanzibar" in most cases. I'd be willing to give Dhalgren another try, since I was only 15 or so when I picked it up before.
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