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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:32 pm   Post subject: Which Sci-Fi books are missing? Reply with quote


Following on from SnowLeopard's post in this thread I checked out the series of SF Masterworks, a series of books published that are supposed to represent the cream of Science Fiction. You can find the whole list here.

My question is: what books do you think are missing from the list?

Here are my suggestions:

Titan by Stephen Baxter

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

Legacy Of Heorot by Larry Niven, Jerry Pournelle, Steven Barnes

and

Quatermass by Nigel Kneale

Any additions will be most welcome! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 30, 2006 3:56 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Something from polish great SF writer Stanislaw Lem should be added there (e.g.: "Solaris", or "The Cyberiad", "The Star Diaries" or many more)

Here you can read more about one of the greatest SF authors of 20th century and his works.
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PostPosted: Mon May 01, 2006 12:05 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Nice topic Mellow Smile

I'm surprised the Foundation Series by Asimov or any of the Robot series (Caves of Steel, The Naked Sun, Robots of Dawn, Robots and Empire) isn't on that list.

I am glad to see Ringworld though.

Others that IMO should be on that list:

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein

The Tripod Trilogy (The White Mountains, The City of Gold and Lead, The Pool of Fire) by John Christopher (a.k.a. Samuel Youd)
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 1:46 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Nice topic indeed Smile

At first thought, I'd add

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and
Hyperion by Dan Simmons

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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 2:16 am   Post subject: Reply with quote


Alchemist wrote:
Nice topic indeed Smile

At first thought, I'd add

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card and
Hyperion by Dan Simmons

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I agree wholeheartedly, Alchemist. Those are both tremendous classics. Perhaps they're not on the list because they're both fairly recent (80s, early 90s).

Still, it's good to see some of the lesser known classics on that list. Starmaker has been a favourite of mine since I read it a few years ago, and yet not very many people seem to have read it... likely, at least in part, because it's not very easy to find a copy of.
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PostPosted: Tue May 02, 2006 1:33 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Hurr78 wrote:
Perhaps they're not on the list because they're both fairly recent (80s, early 90s).


I'd say so as well Smile Well, Mellow also added recent books so I also wanted to add future classics Wink
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I would probably add Neuromancer by William Gibson and Wild Seed by Octavia Butler. Personally, I liked Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card better than Ender's Game. Also, where are such classics like 1984 by George Orwell and Brave New World by Aldous Huxley?
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zirael wrote:
Personally, I liked Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card better than Ender's Game.


I can understand that -- these books are very different in terms of story and themes! I also liked Ender's Shadow, which tells the events in Ender's Game from the point of view of one of the children under Ender's command. Brilliant Cool

What about

Arrow To Your Scattered Bodies Go and/or
Arrow The Maker of Universes by Philip José Farmer?
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Great idea for a topic mellow. So many new books I should read.

Excellent picks, gd. Asimov is a legend!

I would add:

Dayworld by Philip Jose Farmer
The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke
The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury

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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 12:26 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


The Martian Chronicles are great Snowy! I had forgotten that one.

Andromeda Strain - Michael Crighton
Sphere - Michael Crighton
I'm not sure if you could count it Sci-Fi, but Farenheit 451 by Bradbury is also a great book!
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I'm not sure if you could count it Sci-Fi, but Farenheit 451 by Bradbury is also a great book!


oh yeah! it counts! Smile

Farenheit 451 was the only sci-fi that was required reading in my High School.
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PostPosted: Mon May 08, 2006 3:34 pm   Post subject: Reply with quote


Asriana wrote:
Andromeda Strain - Michael Crighton
Sphere - Michael Crighton


Good call asri. These made me think of Artifact by Gregory Benford.

Then, of course, there is the masterly Contact by Carl Sagan. This had one of my favourite conclusions to a book ever. Brilliant.

By the way Snowy, another good shout for The Martian Chronicles. I was really haunted by the TV series. It was such an atmospheric read - to this day I still feel there is an air of mysetry around the book.
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The Mote in God's Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle

"Probably the finest science fiction novel I've ever read" Robert A. Heinlein

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