Oh how I worship the science that is fiction

from , not that I could’ve passed it up. I don’t mean to be competitive with her in particular, but I am in general and I was pleased to see Neal Stephenson on the list more times than Asimov. Why do I feel like I took a similar meme before but the titles were different and included Dianetics? Maybe it was a scifi/fantasy one?

1. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams
2. Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell It’s not about socialism, its about fascism
3. Brave New World — Aldous Huxley – I know, I own it but never read it, I blame my parents for allowing me to inherit it
4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick I was never into Dick
5. Neuromancer — William Gibson cowboys, hackers, the internet, cyberpunk…isn’t that enough firsts for one book to earn its spot on the list?
6. Dune — Frank Herbert Yawn, I read half of it in junior high, my boy was bolder and read the whole series recently so now we own it
7. I, Robot — Isaac Asimov
8. Foundation — Isaac Asimov I own Foundation’s Edge though, I read the whole series but was left holding only one
9. The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett – if we own it, its my husband’s and its in the basement, I haven’t
10. Microserfs — Douglas Coupland
11. Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson I need to reread it
12. Watchmen — Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons damnit, I loaned it to someone and now I’ve moved. I can’t believe I was 22 before I discovered graphic novels!
13. Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson I own two copies, both hardbacks purchased the day it came out, we both read it in tandem.
14. Consider Phlebas — Iain M Banks
15. Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein I read it in high school and was an instant Heinlein convert, which is a shame cause he was kind of a lech…It’s refreshing reading Spider Robinson now and seeing some of that corrected
16. The Man in the High Castle — Philip K Dick – I had to read the description on Amazon to remember reading it, there was some good stuff in this one, I liked the guy selling Mickey Mouse watches, or am I thinking of a different book?
17. American Gods — Neil Gaiman
18. The Diamond Age — Neal Stephenson – still probably my favorite Stephenson, although I haven’t finished the Confusion or The System of the World yet. This book gave me strength as a woman and I nearly named my first kid YT, how bad is that?
19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson
20. Trouble with Lichen – John Wyndham – wtf? I haven’t even heard of this!

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8 thoughts on “Oh how I worship the science that is fiction

  1. For funs sake while I wait for stuff at work…

    1. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams Am I the only person who enjoy’s these books less as I get older? Loved them the first time around in Junior High, but thought they were blah last time I read it in college.
    2. Nineteen Eighty-Four — George Orwell I always felt that 1984 was alittle too Dostoyevski(sp?). Animal Farm I thought was better.
    3. Brave New World — Aldous Huxley – Good book. Once you get around to reading you should read Brave New World: Revisisted. Really interesting.
    4. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? — Philip Dick Better than the movie, but all of Phillip K. Dick’s books are better as books.
    5. Neuromancer — William Gibson Never read it. I’m a bad person.
    6. Dune — Frank Herbert The first one I thought was good. All the other ones I refuse to recognize as exsisting.
    8. Foundation — Isaac Asimov Asimove sucks.
    9. The Colour of Magic — Terry Pratchett – Heard of it. Meant to read it. Never got around to it.
    10. Microserfs — Douglas Coupland – Has been recomended to me. Have gotten around to it.
    11. Snow Crash — Neal Stephenson Probably his best book. Maybe Diamond Age
    12. Watchmen — Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons damnit – Never even heard of it.
    13. Cryptonomicon — Neal Stephenson Probably his second best book. It’s a shame about the sequels.
    15. Stranger in a Strange Land — Robert Heinlein My favourite Heinlein book. I actually start people off on this one. The idea is that if you like Stranger you like Heinlein. If you don’t like Stranger… you don’t like Heinlein and I just saved you thousands of pages of reading that you dind’t like.
    16. The Man in the High Castle — Philip K Dick Tied for best work with Androids.
    17. American Gods — Neil Gaiman Awesome book. Highly recomended.
    18. The Diamond Age — Neal Stephenson See above.
    19. The Illuminatus! Trilogy — Robert Shea & Robert Anton Wilson – It’s the Conversations with God book 3 of SciFi. I’ve started it so many times but can never finish it because it’s insane.
    20. Trouble with Lichen – John Wyndham – wtf? I haven’t even heard of this! (ditto)

      • Re: Asimov can’t suck if you haven’t read any and you like Heinlein

        I tried to read Asimov. It was what I imagine being beaten to death with a technical manual might be like. Heinlein is amazing in his own right. Spider Robinson is better because he can write decently strong women characters with a sex positive attitude without turning the whole thing into an orgy with their family members. But as far as overall message I place Robinson and Heinlein on par with each others.

  2. I think I’m just going to use this as my what to read list. I have really just discovered this sort of stuff, thanks mostly to you and Branka who encouraged me to read Stephenson. Given that I actually finished the entire Baroque Cycle (it is worth it if you can stick to it if only for the “wow, I bet only a handful of people have ever made it through factor”) I guess I like it :). I think I’ll do Diamond Age next. I’m also getting ready to become a Gaiman fan. SOmeone gave me Good Omens to read.

    • I made it halfway through The Confusion and really loved Eliza’s character, but Stephenson has always done great females as far as I’m concerned, even though he is more shy about it, but then I was discharged from the hospital and just never made it back…little ones and all that. I am so proud of you though!

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