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100 SF/fantasy books list

The Guardian has come up with a list of 1000 novels everyone must read. (well every Guardian reader anyway). This is the Science Fiction & Fantasy component.

The ones in bold I've read; the ones that are underlined I loved; the ones that are in strikethrough I hated; the ones in italics I intend to read. This is not yet a meme, but I got the idea from dolorosa_12.

Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979) - but never finished
Brian W Aldiss, Non-Stop (1958)
Isaac Asimov, Foundation (1951)
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin (2000)
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
Paul Auster, In the Country of Last Things (1987)
JG Ballard, Crash (1973)
JG Ballard, Millennium People (2003)
JG Ballard, The Drowned World (1962)
William Beckford, Vathek (1786)
Iain Banks, The Wasp Factory (1984)
Iain M Banks, Consider Phlebas (1987)
Clive Barker, Weaveworld (1987)
Nicola Barker, Darkmans (2007)
Stephen Baxter, The Time Ships (1995)
Greg Bear, Darwin's Radio (1999)
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination (1956)
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Poppy Z Brite, Lost Souls (1992)
Charles Brockden Brown, Wieland (1798)
Algis Budrys, Rogue Moon (1960)
Mikhail Bulgakov, The Master and Margarita (1966)
Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Coming Race (1871)
Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange (1960)
Anthony Burgess, The End of the World News (1982)
Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars (1912)
William Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959)
Octavia Butler, Kindred (1979)
Samuel Butler, Erewhon (1872)
Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees (1957)
Ramsey Campbell, The Influence (1988)
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)

Angela Carter, The Passion of New Eve (1977)
Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus (1984)
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
Arthur C Clarke, Childhood's End (1953)
GK Chesterton, The Man Who Was Thursday (1908) - more accurately, am reading now through DailyLit
Susanna Clarke, Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)
Michael G Coney, Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)
Douglas Coupland, Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
Mark Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
Marie Darrieussecq, Pig Tales (1996)
Samuel R Delany, The Einstein Intersection (1967)
Philip K Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K Dick, The Man in the High Castle (1962)

Thomas M Disch, Camp Concentration (1968)
Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
Michel Faber, Under the Skin (2000) - want to read, but have doubts after trying to read The Crimson Petal and White
John Fowles, The Magus (1966)
Neil Gaiman, American Gods (2001) - I am not and will never be a Gaiman fan, also did not finish
Alan Garner, Red Shift (1973)
William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Herland (1915)
William Golding, Lord of the Flies (1954)
Joe Haldeman, The Forever War (1974)
M John Harrison, Light (2002)
Nathaniel Hawthorne, The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
Robert A Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
Frank Herbert, Dune (1965)
Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker (1980)
James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
Michel Houellebecq, Atomised (1998)
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World (1932)
Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled (1995)
Shirley Jackson, The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
P. D. James, The Children of Men (1992)
Richard Jefferies, After London; Or, Wild England (1885)
Gwyneth Jones, Bold as Love (2001)
Franz Kafka, The Trial (1925)
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon (1966)
Stephen King, The Shining (1977)
Marghanita Laski, The Victorian Chaise-longue (1953)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, Uncle Silas (1864)
Ursula K Le Guin, The Earthsea series (1968-1990)
Ursula K Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
Stanislaw Lem, Solaris (1961)
Doris Lessing, Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
CS Lewis, The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
MG Lewis, The Monk (1796)
David Lindsay, A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
Ken MacLeod, The Night Sessions (2008)
Hilary Mantel, Beyond Black (2005)
Michael Marshall Smith, Only Forward (1994)
Richard Matheson, I Am Legend (1954)
Charles Maturin, Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
Patrick McCabe, The Butcher Boy (1992)
Cormac McCarthy, The Road (2006)
Jed Mercurio, Ascent (2007)
China Miéville, The Scar (2002)
Andrew Miller, Ingenious Pain (1997)
Walter M Miller Jr, A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas (2004)
Michael Moorcock, Mother London (1988)
William Morris, News From Nowhere (1890)
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Haruki Murakami, The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)
Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor (1969)
Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)
Larry Niven, Ringworld (1970)
Jeff Noon, Vurt (1993)
Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman (1967)
Ben Okri, The Famished Road (1991)
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-four (1949)
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club (1996)
Thomas Love Peacock, Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946) - we have the whole series, just haven't gotten to them yet
Frederik Pohl & CM Kornbluth, The Space Merchants (1953)
John Cowper Powys, A Glastonbury Romance (1932)
Terry Pratchett, The Discworld series (1983-
Christopher Priest, The Prestige (1995)
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34)
Ann Radcliffe, The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson, The Years of Rice and Salt (2002)
JK Rowling, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)
Joanna Russ, The Female Man (1975)
Geoff Ryman, Air (2005) - I absolutely loved WAS, so Air is sitting on my shelf waiting for me to get to it
Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry, The Little Prince (1943)
José Saramago, Blindness (1995)
Will Self, How the Dead Live (2000)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Dan Simmons, Hyperion (1989)
Olaf Stapledon, Star Maker (1937)
Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
Bram Stoker, Dracula (1897)
Rupert Thomson, The Insult (1996)
JRR Tolkien, The Hobbit (1937)
JRR Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954-55) - I tried, but Tom Bombadill was too much for me, and I put it down
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889)
Kurt Vonnegut, Sirens of Titan (1959)
Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
Robert Walser, Institute Benjamenta (1909)
Sylvia Townsend Warner, Lolly Willowes (1926)
Sarah Waters, Affinity (1999)
HG Wells, The Time Machine (1895)
HG Wells, The War of the Worlds (1898)
TH White, The Sword in the Stone (1938)
Angus Wilson, The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)
Gene Wolfe, The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)
Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
John Wyndham, Day of the Triffids (1951)
John Wyndham, The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)
Yevgeny Zamyatin, We (1924)

My tastes are pretty varied, and at some point I know I'd love to read just about everything on the list. But there's just some things I know I won't touch - like the Discworld series, or the Dune series because already I couldn't care less about their stories or characters. (The Pratchett humor does not appeal to me) and there's other stories (like the Mark Twain's on the list) that I've seen so many media incarnations of, that I really don't think it'll be worth the time to read the original. *shrug*

Also, many of the ones I put in italics are actually sitting on a shelf in my living room, or are in Amazon wishlist limbo. Or, I have something else by the same author if not that exact book.



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Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:34 pm (UTC)
So why won't you ever touch the Dune series? I mean, not that you have to but I will say, Herbert is one of my favorite authors, and I've read that entire series five or six times and every time I glean something new from it. Paul A'tredies is a brilliant character, and I love Ghanima. Anyway, not going to rant on about how brilliant those books are.

Also, I'm surprised Ender's Game wasn't on there, and of his lesser known books, which it doesn't *surprise* me that it's not on there, I think it *should* be, is The Worthing Saga by Card. That book actually changed my life and changed how I view hardship. I mean, if Harry Potter is on there (please don't kill me Harry Potter fans) then *shrug* Ender's Game is a thousand times better than Harry Potter. IMO.

Anyway, that was really cool, thanks for sharing. I always like seeing if my favorite books end up on these kind of lists. (None of them did, which is sad, lol. Chris Moore should be recognized.)
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:36 pm (UTC)
Eh, okay, some of my favorites are there. C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien do get credit. As does Aldous Huxeley.
Jan. 23rd, 2009 07:51 pm (UTC)
With Dune - it's like I know the basic story, and it doesn't interest me at all. Herbert might be a great author, but it's pretty much been ruined for me over the years, and even if I only knew the basics of the story - it's not one that interests me. *shrug*

I'm a little surprised that Ender's Game isn't on the list. I'm not a big Card fan, and I haven't read it, but I know enough about it to be surprised it was overlooked.
Jan. 24th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
I despise Card with a passion, I never liked his writing, but his politics alone are enough to put me off him regardless.

But I also loved the Dune books, but then I like a lot of desert type stories, too many years in AZ I think. But its not everyone's cup of tea.

Looking back over the books I read last year, its seems I'm on an urban fantasy kick, I think I may stay there for a while. Mixed with Victorian era steampunk, huh? Go figure!

I have to say though, one of my all time favorite books is the "Three Musketeers". I wish I had read it much sooner than I did.
Jan. 24th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Hmm, I'm taking this. Too interesting to pass up!
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