« Such Writerly Goodness | Main | Filler »


Germs have their revenge, it seems. Ian's got a bit of an ear infection, so say the sawbones. But it's pretty mild, all things considered. So another antibiotic for him. Think this one's banana flavored.

* * *

Behold, the SF Book Club's list of The 50 Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books, 1953-2002. And no list like that can go without someone somewhere turning it into a meme. Shocking, this internet.

So, the rules: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.

  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. - Admittedly, I was fourteen the last time I tried to read it. But I do own a copy.
  13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras - It's apparently the best book I've never heard of.
  15. Cities in Flight, James Blish - Again, I do own a copy of this.
  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 - I read the first book in fifth grade, and did a book report on it. You should've heard the class go "Eeeeew!" all at once, when I said the main character was a leper. Even the teacher.
  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 - Again, I was fourteen when I tried and failed. But I've got a copy, so I can try again.
  31. Little, Big, John Crowley - Another book I own but haven't read. Sad, really.
  32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny - I liked this, but I think I prefer Creatures of Light and Darkness. I'm a sucker for the Egyptian motif.
  33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
  35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon - Yes, owned but not read.
  36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith - As this is his collected short fiction, I can only say I've read some of it, not all.
  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 - The Silmarillion works better for me if you pick it up, read a tale, then put it back down again. I've been doing that for a while now.
  42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut
  43. *Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson - There's something satisfying about naming your main character Hiro Protagonist.
  44. 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 read "Riverworld," which is set in this series. Does that count? No?

Apparently, I read a lot. I also buy books I haven't yet gotten around to reading. I blame librarianism. For much more amusing commentary on this list, consult with Mr. Moles.

* * *

50 day rejection from Strange Horizons. Oh, and did I mention I got an email from someone who wants to turn "Tales of the Plush Cthulhu" into a music video? I'll let you know what comes of this.