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Via kadath: According to the Science Fiction Book Club, these are the 50 most significant SF & Fantasy Books of the last 50 Years, 1953-2002. Bold the ones you've read, strike the ones you hated, italicize the ones you couldn't get through, asterisks for the ones you loved (more asterisks, more love), for the ones you own. [Not sure what one is expected to do for books one owns. -ed]


1. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Foundation Trilogy by Isaac Asimov (SO BORING OMG.)
3. Dune by Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin
6. Neuromancer by William Gibson
7. Childhood's End by Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep by Philip K. Dick
9. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (Doesn't this title refer to the series rather than one book? I know I read The Shadow of the Torturer but I can't remember how much else I finished.)
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel by Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom by Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight by James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories by Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren by Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey (I used to love this and now have some Issues with it.)
22. Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson (Threw it across the room at the rape scene and had zero desire to keep reading about the idiot)
24. The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway by Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by J.K. Rowling (My relationship with this is too complex to call it love.)
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams*
28. I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Wow, does this ever fail to hold up on re-reading. Except for Claudia.)
30. The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big by John Crowley*
32. Lord of Light by Roger Zelazny*
33. The Man in the High Castle by Philip K. Dick (Maybe? I cannot now remember which PKDs I read and which I skipped. Italicizing it would be fair.)
34. Mission of Gravity by Hal Clement
35. More Than Human by Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man by Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach by Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld by Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5 by Kurt Vonnegut
43. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein
47. Stormbringer by Michael Moorcock (Was this actually part of the Elric books? I know I read all of those, although I can't remember them for toffee.)
48. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (OMG bad Tolkien ripoff)
49. Timescape by Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Philip Jose Farmer
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