05 November 2008

32 SF novels you should read

This morning a list of "32 books that have pushed the boundaries of the genre, inspired generations of thinkers and in some cases have even predicted key aspects of societies development" was pointed out to me. As always with these lists, bolded numbers indicate the books I have actually read.

1. Foundation, by Isaac Asimov (I'm currently in the process of rereading this one)
2. The Time Machine, by H G Wells
3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick (filmed as Blade Runner)
4. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
5. War Of The Worlds, by H G Wells
6. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
7. The Minority Report, by Philip K Dick
8. Neuromancer - William Gibson
9. Pattern Recognition, by William Gibson
10. Accelerando, by Charles Stross
11. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
12. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert A Heinlein
13. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
14. The Giver, by Lois Lowry (Newbery Medal, 1994)
15. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne (I've read the Classics Illustrated version)
16. Ringworld, by Larry Niven
17. More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon
18. Spook Country, by William Gibson
19. Down And Out In The Magic Kingdom, by Cory Doctorow
20. Altered Carbon - Richard Morgan
21. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
22. Dune, by Frank Herbert
23. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson
24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams
25. Atlas Shrugged - Ayn Rand
26. 1984, by George Orwell
27. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
28. Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card
29. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess
30. The Andromeda Strain, by Michael Crichton
31. A Scanner Darkly, Philip K Dick
32. Timeline, by Michael Crichton

Brief descriptions of each book can be found at the link above.

H/T to Rich Gombert.

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