Thursday, January 22, 2009

Part 2 of The Guardian's list of 124 SFF Novels You Must Read

SF Gospel has discovered where some of the missing books are. You know... those books you miss when they're not on a list of must-read science fiction and fantasy books. It seems some books are separated into sub-genres. So here are those lists (as printed in the SF Gospel post) with ones I've read in bold print:

Imagined Worlds:
1. CS Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
2. JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit (1937)
3. JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
4. Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
5. Terry Pratchett: The Discworld series (1983- ) I've read the first 3 and look forward to more.
6. Ursula K Le Guin: The Earthsea series (1968-1990)

Best Dystopias:

1. George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-four (1949)
2. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
3. Frederik Pohl & CM Kornbluth: The Space Merchants (1953) Maybe... I don't remember.
4. Angus Wilson: The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)
5. Thomas M Disch: Camp Concentration (1968)
6. Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
7. Joanna Russ: The Female Man (1975)

Radical Reading:
1. Virginia Woolf: Orlando (1928)
2. Angela Carter: The Passion of New Eve (1977)
3. Ursula K Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
4. Geoff Ryman: Air (2005)

The Best of J.G. Ballard:
1. The Drowned World (1962)
2. Crash (1973)
3. Millennium People (2003)

Ballard gets his own list? Odd. I think Donaldson's first Thomas Covenant trilogy should be on the list somewhere.

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