Via Pharyngula: “Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years“. Here’s my list, boldface for what I’ve read, “+” for those I though very good indeed, “-” for those I whish I hadn’t read, and italics for those I’m wanting to read.

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

Not too bad I guess, but you’ll notice I’m sorely lacking in the field of Dick, Ellison, Bester, Farmer etc. I’ll have to remedy that. Otherwise it’s a fairly good list as such lists go, I can agree to books that I thought was terrible, like “The Sword of Shannara” (I guess I should just by happy Eddings isn’t in it at least), as they have had an impact even though I perhaps don’t think it was necessarily a good one. There are some missing books though.

And hey, Donaldson is in. That counts as a major plus in my book.

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