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Top 100 sf(f?) books meme

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Gakked from amy34 and celestialgoldfish. I struck out what I read, and italicized what I recommend.  I read a lot when I was younger, and my taste unformed. Some of these books feel dated, others didn't hit my personal sweet spot. And some of these are just plain wonderful and multi-layered, and can be read again and again....
And clearly I have some gaps in my sff education!


1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams

3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card

4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin [first 3 books]

6. 1984, by George Orwell

7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury

8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov

9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley

10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman

12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan(book 1 only)

13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell

14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson

15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore

16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov

17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss (About halfway)

19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

21. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick

22. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

23. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King

24. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke

25. The Stand, by Stephen King

26. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

27. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury

28. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut

29. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman(part of one)

30. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess

31. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein

32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams

33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey

34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein

35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells

37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne

38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys

39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells

40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings(I started one)

42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley

43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson

44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven

45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin

46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White

48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman

49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke

50. Contact, by Carl Sagan(maybe, can't remember)

51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons

52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman

53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks

55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle

56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman

57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson

59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold

60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett

61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind

63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy(started)

64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke

65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson

66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist

67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks

68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard

69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb

70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson

72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne

73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore

74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi

75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson

76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey [part of book one]

78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin

79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury

80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire

81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson

82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde

83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks

84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart

85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson

86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher

87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe

88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn

89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan(started 1 book)

90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock

91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury

92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley

93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge

94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov

95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson(maybe 1)

96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis

98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville[almost)

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony

100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

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On August 31st, 2011 01:31 pm (UTC), lindenfoxcub commented:
funny how, out of a hundred books, there's about 13 written by women. *sigh*
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On August 31st, 2011 01:45 pm (UTC), bnbalder replied:
Hm. Good thought! Which ones would you add?

Me:
Trilogy, Ursula LeGuin
All her stories, James Tiptree
King of Kantmorie, Ansen Dibell ( pseud. Nancy Dibble)
Native Tongue, Suzette Haden Elgin
Crown of Stars, Kate Elliott
Jaran series, Kate Elliott
Deverry series,
Jenny series, Barbara Hambly
Darkover series, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Dust, Elizabeth Bear.

What are yours?
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On August 31st, 2011 01:56 pm (UTC), lindenfoxcub replied:
There's a couple of those that I plan on reading, but of books I've read:

A wrinkle in time, Madeleine L'engle (seriously, how is this one not on their list!!)
The Story Box, Monica Hughes
Brown Girl in the Ring, Nalo Hopkinson
I imagine many people would want to see anne rice on there somewhere too, but I haven't personally read her.

I'm a bit ashamed to say I haven't read more awesome female authors, but it's largely because of lists like these, and the fact that male authors are the ones that get the prominent placings on the shelves, and get my attention. Which is why I plan to make one of next year's new year's resolutions be reading all those female authors that I've been meaning to read - elizabeth bear, ursula k leguin, mainly. I wanted to read the dust series, it always looked interesting.
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On June 26th, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC), c_maxx replied:
All great authors, and some new ones for me.

I've also been d'cussing Cherryh's Morgaine Triology at c-maxx, perhaps not great lit, but great adventure!
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