November 16th, 2006

Books

Following a meme (as posted by bazzalisk, gaspodog, and billyabbott), here's the Science Fiction Book Club's list of the 50 most significant SF/fantasy novels from 1953-2002. The ones I've read are in bold; the ones I've started but not finished are in italics.

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So, 13 out of 50; not too bad. Mind you, as with many of these lists, I do think it's cheating a bit when you have trilogies counted equally with individual novels. Of the ones I've read, I'd recommend "Fahrenheit 451" as the most significant: I wouldn't say it's my favourite, but it's the one which has the most relevance to modern life. (I discussed the immersive TV aspects last year.) I ought to try reading the "Foundation" trilogy again: I last tried when I was 11 or 12, and I've read other Asimov stories since then, so I'd probably appreciate it more now. The other one I've started and not finished is "Dragonflight", as discussed here and here a few years ago.