Saturday, April 23, 2011

Yet Another Braggy, Listy, Skiffy Meme

I got this meme from James Nicoll, and it's the usual thing -- a long list of books, which you set in bold if you've read them and set in italics if you own a copy. This particular list is from the UK publisher Gollancz, and is their self-declared fifty best science fiction and fantasy novels.

As usual, the real point is to do one of two things: either to show off how many books one has read, or to declare that these grapes are oh so very sour. I'll see how well I do before I decide which path I'll take.

  • A Case of Conscience by James Blish
  • Altered Carbon by Richard Morgan
  • Brasyl by Ian McDonald
  • The Dispossessed by Ursula Le Guin
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • Fairyland by Paul McAuley
  • The Female Man by Joanna Russ
  • The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
  • Flood by Stephen Baxter
  • Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
  • Gateway by Frederik Pohl
  • Hyperion by Dan Simmons
  • Last and First Men by Olaf Stapledon
  • More than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
  • Pavane by Keith Roberts
  • Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds
  • Ringworld by Larry Niven
  • Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
  • Tau Zero by Poul Anderson
  • The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
  • The Separation by Christopher Priest
  • The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
  • Yellow Blue Tibia by Adam Roberts
  • Beauty by Sheri S. Tepper
  • Best Served Cold by Joe Abercrombie
  • Book of the New Sun (Vol 1&2) (Vol 3&4) by Gene Wolfe
  • The Book of Skulls by Robert Silverberg
  • Conan Volume One by Robert E. Howard
  • Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris
  • Elric by Michael Moorcock
  • Eric by Terry Pratchett
  • Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin
  • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson
  • The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  • Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
  • I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
  • Little, Big by John Crowley
  • Lud-in-the-Mist by Hope Mirrlees
  • Memoirs of a Master Forger by William Heaney
  • Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • The Runes of the Earth by Stephen Donaldson
  • Something Wicked this Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
  • Tales of the Dying Earth by Jack Vance
  • Viriconium by M. John Harrison
  • Wolfsangel by M. D. Lachlan
Some of those titles -- and I'm looking at Flood and Yellow Blue Tibia in particular -- are perhaps less essential than others, and they're also among a set of books I'd call "current authors Gollancz wants to flatter." I also greatly doubt that the essential Stephen Donaldson book is The Runes of the Earth. Still, given the requirements of the list -- these are all books that Gollancz publishes, and has available right now -- it's a pretty good list of the best of a certain British-focused view of SFF.

1 comment:

Amy Goldschlager said...

I'd like to know what font to use if 1) Have it as an ARC or 2) Got it for free, then disposed of it
3) Own a signed copy

I feel these are all important distinctions. :-)

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