The Corpus Callosum

OK, Me Too

is from a meme; Tikistitch has put up a list of the “Most
Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years
 I got this from Coturnix,
who got it from Myers.
has done it, too.  

The idea is to put the ones you’ve read in boldface.  One
thing I don’t like about this is that, to me, it makes no sense to lump
SF and fantasy books together.  To me, that is like conflating
organic chemistry with Harlequin romances.  

The list is below the fold.  Note that I read very little of
either genre now, and I never did go for some of the “classics,” such
as Tolkien.

Oh, and by the way, I o not agree at all with the selection of the
“Most Significant.”  But who would?

  • The
    Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The
    Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
  • Dune,
    Frank Herbert
  • Stranger
    in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
  • A
    Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Neuromancer,
    William Gibson
  • Childhood’s
    End, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Do
    Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick
  • The
    Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
  • Fahrenheit
    451, Ray Bradbury
  • The
    Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
  • A
    Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • The
    Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
  • Children
    of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
  • Cities
    in Flight, James Blish
  • The
    Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
  • Dangerous
    Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
  • Deathbird
    Stories, Harlan Ellison
  • The
    Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
  • Dhalgren,
    Samuel R. Delany
  • Dragonflight,
    Anne McCaffrey
  • Ender’s
    Game, Orson Scott Card
  • The
    First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
  • The
    Forever War, Joe Haldeman
  • Gateway,
    Frederik Pohl
  • Harry
    Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, J.K. Rowling
  • The
    Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
  • I
    Am Legend, Richard Matheson
  • Interview
    with the Vampire, Anne Rice
  • The
    Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
  • Little,
    Big, John Crowley
  • Lord
    of Light, Roger Zelazny
  • The
    Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
  • Mission
    of Gravity, Hal Clement
  • More
    Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
  • The
    Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
  • On
    the Beach, Nevil Shute
  • Rendezvous
    with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
  • Ringworld,
    Larry Niven
  • Rogue
    Moon, Algis Budrys
  • The
    Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
  • Slaughterhouse-5,
    Kurt Vonnegut
  • Snow
    Crash, Neal Stephenson
  • Stand
    on Zanzibar, John Brunner
  • The
    Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
  • Starship
    Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Stormbringer,
    Michael Moorcock
  • The
    Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
  • Timescape,
    Gregory Benford
  • To
    Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer


  1. #1 John Wilkins
    March 11, 2007

    Man, you have so got to read Alfred Bester!

  2. #2 Prup aka Jim Benton
    March 11, 2007

    Agreed on the Bester, but pick STARS MY DESTINATION. Also ROGUE MOON, my pick for best SF novel ever, with the Bester high on the list.
    CITIES in FLIGHT is a collection of four books, very uneven, with the third being a weak juvenile, but EARTHMAN COME HOME is much worth it. Both STAND ON ZANZIBAR and CHILDREN OF THE ATOM are worth knowing.
    And how can anyone NOT have read HITCHHIKER’S (Though a collection of the original radio scripts would be even better.)?

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