Monday, May 15, 2006

Books That Are Not the Burned Book

At the moment, I'm up to 61 comments on Angry Customers, with the identity of the Burned Book still a mystery.

So maybe it's time for a recap of all the books that we now know are not correct. I've included authors where I thought they might not be blindingly obvious:
Ender's Game
Neuromancer
Starship Troopers
Dune
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Dragonriders of Pern
Fahrenheit 451
any of Marion Zimmer Bradley's "Darkover" books
The Infinity Link by Jeffrey A. Carver
The Earthsea Trilogy
The Left Hand of Darkness
The Mote in God's Eye
The Puppet Masters
Little Fuzzy
Ringworld
Dhalgren
Foundation
The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress
Nine Princes in Amber
1984
Lord of Light
The Stars My Destination
Slan
All My Sins Remembered
A Canticle for Leibowitz
The Martian Chronicles
Day of the Triffids
More Than Human
Childhood's End
The Time Machine
The Inheritors by William Golding
The Anubis Gates
The Female Man
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
Flowers for Algernon
A Case of Conscience
Mission of Gravity
The Fifth Head of Cerberus
Jack of Shadows by Roger Zelazny
Norstrilia
The Midwich Cuckoos
The Dispossessed
The Sirens of Titan
The Space Merchants
The Crystal World
The End of Eternity
The Birth of the People's Republic of America by John Calvin Bachelor
Oath of Fealty by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
Pavane by Keith Roberts

Again, what we know about this book:
  • A SFBC member bought it from the club 20-25 years ago, but did not read it then.
  • Recently said member tried to read this book, and found it "a disgrace to science fiction."
  • Said member then burned the book around the edges, and sent it to me.
  • Oh, and the member also said "[m]ost of the people in the book are the exact opposite of people in most science fiction stories."
  • It's a pretty famous SF book.
  • It is notably older than 20-25 years.
  • It is not as world-famous as Dune.
  • The book is listed in David Pringle's Science Fiction: 100 Best Novels
  • The book is the author's only major SF novel, though he (another hint) wrote other things.
Please note, given that last hint, that both A Canticle for Leibowitz and Norstrilia have already been guessed. (As has 1984.)

1 comment:

The Editor said...

I can't belive it's not CAT'S CRADLE. Hmmmm.

John Klima

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