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Ten of the best SF books of all time

 
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Steve Rogerson



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 12:34 pm    Post subject: Ten of the best SF books of all time Reply with quote

I've written an article on what I consider to be the best SF books of all time:

http://www.suite101.com/content/ten-of-the-best-science-fiction-novels-of-all-time-a326196
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AnnaGrant



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for that mention for Tanith Lee's Silver Metal Lover.

I'm a huge fan of hers. Drinking Sapphire Wine is a particular favourite.

My personal list would include Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban, Helliconia series by Brian Aldiss, The City and the Stars Arthur C Clarke, Wizard trilogy by John Varley, Children of the Dust Louise Lawrence (and Andra from my teenage years!) The Road by Cormac McCarthy Those are off the top of my head. I have a strong preference for the epic and/or post apocalyptic.

I find it too difficult to commit myself to a definitive top 10-it changes.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 31, 2010 8:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some of my favourites:
The Mote in God's Eye
Rendezvous with Rama
Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch

Probably not milestones, but I enjoyed reading them and there was plenty to think about after I'd finished reading.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 10:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perdido Street Station I found to be very hard going for at least half of the book. It's so conceptually alien.

Anna, have you tried the original novella of City, Against the Fall of Night?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No I haven't, Janov.

I'll look it up and give it a whirl. Only read The City and the Stars fairly recently.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 04, 2011 3:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

City is a superb novel and I try to read it at least once a year. It was looked at by the BBC to be adapted as an episode of "Out of the Unknown" in the 60s.

I'd also recommend The Sands of Mars, Earthlight and A Fall of Moondust, all by Clarke before he wrote 2001.
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