March 13, 2007

SF Book Meme

I came across this meme over at Jim Chappell's blog. He didn't tag me for this, but I'm probably just as much into SF as him, so I thought I'd see how I do against him. :)

Review the following list of books. Boldface the books you’ve read, italicize those you might read, cross out the ones you won’t, and place brackets around the ones you’ve never even heard of.

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 Bradbur
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

My totals: 30 read, 14 might read, two won't reads, and 4 never heard of. Jim's totals: 36 read, 10 might read, one won't read, and three never heard of. Of my 14 "might read," I've added question marks after three, meaning, I may very well have read those three books, but I don't remember if I did or not. For example, I've read a lot of Michael Moorcock's fantasies, including a number of the Elric novels, but don't know if I've specifically read Stormbringer. It's certainly a possibility. Likewise for the other two.

One of the problems with trying to read SF in S'pore is that even the best stocked bookstores here (e.g., Kinokuniya) have limited selections available. Especially some of the older authors on this list (e.g., Cordwainer Smith, Algis Budrys, Alfred Bester), trying to find their novels is virtually impossible. About the only realistic way I could get these books would be to buy them through Amazon (and I don't do that very often). Still, some of these older novels have been recently republished. For example, I recently bought and re-read Ringworld; I prolly hadn't read that book in over 20 years. Which made the experience very pleasurable, like meeting an old friend after a long absence.

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