Thursday, January 22, 2009

Guardian's Science Fiction & Fantasy Novels Everyone Must Read: The Meme

I saw it SF Signal and I figure it'll make some rounds. The alternate title to the post would be something like 'The Shameful Admission That I'm Actually Not Very Well Read in SFF". The books I've read are bolded, I've italicized books that are languishing in The Stack, and linked reviews I've written. I'm not planning on taking the time to comment on what books should be on the list and what shouldn't. I'm sure there will be lots of discussion along those directions elsewhere.

Guardian has been running a series called 1,000 Novels Everyone Must Read and has recently published their 131 science fiction and fantasy picks. (Links to intro. For the list, see Parts One, Two and Three.) They've also listed a couple of interesting articles: The Best Dystopias by Michael Moorcock, Imagined Worlds by Susanna Clarke, and Novels that predicted the future by Andrew Crumey.

  1. Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
  2. Brian W Aldiss: Non-Stop (1958)
  3. Isaac Asimov: Foundation (1951)
  4. Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin (2000)
  5. Paul Auster: In the Country of Last Things (1987)
  6. JG Ballard: The Drowned World (1962)
  7. JG Ballard: Crash (1973)
  8. Iain Banks: The Wasp Factory (1984)
  9. Iain M Banks: Consider Phlebas (1987)
  10. Clive Barker: Weaveworld (1987)
  11. Nicola Barker: Darkmans (2007)
  12. Stephen Baxter: The Time Ships (1995)
  13. Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio (1999)
  14. Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination (1956)
  15. Poppy Z Brite: Lost Souls (1992)
  16. Algis Budrys: Rogue Moon (1960)
  17. Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita (1966)
  18. Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Coming Race (1871)
  19. Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (1960)
  20. Anthony Burgess: The End of the World News (1982)
  21. Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Princess of Mars (1912)
  22. William Burroughs: Naked Lunch (1959)
  23. Octavia Butler: Kindred (1979)
  24. Samuel Butler: Erewhon (1872)
  25. Italo Calvino: The Baron in the Trees (1957)
  26. Ramsey Campbell: The Influence (1988)
  27. Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
  28. Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)
  29. Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (1984)
  30. Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
  31. Arthur C Clarke: Childhood's End (1953)
  32. GK Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
  33. Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)
  34. Michael G Coney: Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)
  35. Douglas Coupland: Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
  36. Mark Danielewski: House of Leaves (2000)
  37. Marie Darrieussecq: Pig Tales (1996)
  38. Samuel R Delaney: The Einstein Intersection (1967)
  39. Philip K Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
  40. Philip K Dick: The Man in the High Castle (1962)
  41. Umberto Eco: Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
  42. Michel Faber: Under the Skin (2000)
  43. John Fowles: The Magus (1966)
  44. Neil Gaiman: American Gods (2001)
  45. Alan Garner: Red Shift (1973)
  46. William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)
  47. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Herland (1915)
  48. William Golding: Lord of the Flies (1954)
  49. Joe Haldeman: The Forever War (1974)
  50. M John Harrison: Light (2002)
  51. Robert A Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
  52. Frank Herbert: Dune (1965)
  53. Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game (1943)
  54. Russell Hoban: Riddley Walker (1980)
  55. James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
  56. Michel Houellebecq: Atomised (1998)
  57. Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932)
  58. Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled (1995)
  59. Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
  60. Henry James: The Turn of the Screw (1898)
  61. PD James: The Children of Men (1992)
  62. Richard Jefferies: After London; Or, Wild England (1885)
  63. Gwyneth Jones: Bold as Love (2001)
  64. Franz Kafka: The Trial (1925)
  65. Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon (1966)
  66. Stephen King: The Shining (1977)
  67. Marghanita Laski: The Victorian Chaise-longue (1953)
  68. Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Uncle Silas (1864)
  69. Stanislaw Lem: Solaris (1961)
  70. Doris Lessing: Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
  71. David Lindsay: A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
  72. Ken MacLeod: The Night Sessions (2008)
  73. C.S. Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56)
  74. Hilary Mantel: Beyond Black (2005)
  75. Michael Marshall Smith: Only Forward (1994)
  76. Richard Matheson: I Am Legend (1954)
  77. Charles Maturin: Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
  78. Patrick McCabe: The Butcher Boy (1992)
  79. Cormac McCarthy: The Road (2006)
  80. Jed Mercurio: Ascent (2007)
  81. China Miéville: The Scar (2002)
  82. Andrew Miller: Ingenious Pain (1997)
  83. Walter M Miller Jr: A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
  84. David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas (2004)
  85. Michael Moorcock: Mother London (1988)
  86. William Morris: News From Nowhere (1890)
  87. Toni Morrison: Beloved (1987)
  88. Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)
  89. Vladimir Nabokov: Ada or Ardor (1969)
  90. Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)
  91. Larry Niven: Ringworld (1970)
  92. Jeff Noon: Vurt (1993)
  93. Flann O'Brien: The Third Policeman (1967)
  94. Ben Okri: The Famished Road (1991)
  95. Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club (1996)
  96. Thomas Love Peacock: Nightmare Abbey (1818)
  97. Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan (1946)
  98. John Cowper Powys: A Glastonbury Romance (1932)
  99. Terry Pratchett: The Discworld Series (1983- )
  100. Christopher Priest: The Prestige (1995)
  101. Phillip Pullman: His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
  102. François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34)
  103. Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
  104. Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space (2000)
  105. Kim Stanley Robinson: The Years of Rice and Salt (2002)
  106. JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
  107. Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses (1988)
  108. Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry: The Little Prince (1943)
  109. José Saramago: Blindness (1995)
  110. Will Self: How the Dead Live (2000)
  111. Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818)
  112. Dan Simmons: Hyperion (1989)
  113. Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (1937)
  114. Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash (1992)
  115. Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
  116. Bram Stoker: Dracula (1897)
  117. Rupert Thomson: The Insult (1996)
  118. JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit (1937)
  119. JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
  120. Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889)
  121. Kurt Vonnegut: Sirens of Titan (1959)
  122. Robert Walser: Institute Benjamenta (1909)
  123. Sylvia Townsend Warner: Lolly Willowes (1926)
  124. Sarah Waters: Affinity (1999)
  125. HG Wells: The Time Machine (1895)
  126. HG Wells: The War of the Worlds (1898)
  127. TH White: The Sword in the Stone (1938)
  128. Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)
  129. John Wyndham: Day of the Triffids (1951)
  130. John Wyndham: The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)
  131. Yevgeny Zamyatin: We (1924)

7 comments:

wend said...

I always find these type of lists interesting.

I've only managed 19 on that list - a pretty poor showing ...

Thanks for the links :o)

wend said...

I can't count! I've managed 25 ... though not much better out of 149.

Douglas Adams: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979)
Brian W Aldiss: Non-Stop (1958)
Isaac Asimov: Foundation (1951)
Margaret Atwood: The Blind Assassin (2000)
Margaret Atwood: The Handmaid's Tale (1985)
Paul Auster: In the Country of Last Things (1987)
J.G. Ballard: The Drowned World (1962)
J.G. Ballard: Crash (1973)
J.G. Ballard: Millennium People (2003)
Iain Banks: The Wasp Factory (1984)
Iain M Banks: Consider Phlebas (1987)
Clive Barker: Weaveworld (1987)
Nicola Barker: Darkmans (2007)
Stephen Baxter: The Time Ships (1995)
Greg Bear: Darwin's Radio (1999)
William Beckford: Vathek (1786)
Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination (1956)
Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (1953)
Poppy Z Brite: Lost Souls (1992)
Charles Brockden Brown: Wieland (1798)
Algis Budrys: Rogue Moon (1960)
Mikhail Bulgakov: The Master and Margarita (1966)
Edward Bulwer-Lytton: The Coming Race (1871)
Anthony Burgess: A Clockwork Orange (1960)
Anthony Burgess: The End of the World News (1982)
Edgar Rice Burroughs: A Princess of Mars (1912)
William Burroughs: Naked Lunch (1959)
Octavia Butler: Kindred (1979)
Samuel Butler: Erewhon (1872)
Italo Calvino: The Baron in the Trees (1957)
Ramsey Campbell: The Influence (1988)
Lewis Carroll: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Lewis Carroll: Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (1871)
Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (1984)
Angela Carter: The Passion of New Eve (1977)
Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay (2000)
Arthur C Clarke: Childhood's End (1953)
GK Chesterton: The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
Susanna Clarke: Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell (2004)
Michael G Coney: Hello Summer, Goodbye (1975)
Douglas Coupland: Girlfriend in a Coma (1998)
Mark Danielewski: House of Leaves (2000)
Marie Darrieussecq: Pig Tales (1996)
Samuel R Delaney: The Einstein Intersection (1967)
Philip K Dick: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (1968)
Philip K Dick: The Man in the High Castle (1962)
Thomas M Disch: Camp Concentration (1968)
Umberto Eco: Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
Michel Faber: Under the Skin (2000)
John Fowles: The Magus (1966)
Neil Gaiman: American Gods (2001)
Alan Garner: Red Shift (1973)
William Gibson: Neuromancer (1984)
Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Herland (1915)
William Golding: Lord of the Flies (1954)
Joe Haldeman: The Forever War (1974)
M John Harrison: Light (2002)
Nathaniel Hawthorne: The House of the Seven Gables (1851)
Robert A Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land (1961)
Frank Herbert: Dune (1965)
Hermann Hesse: The Glass Bead Game (1943)
Russell Hoban: Riddley Walker (1980)
James Hogg: The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824)
Michel Houellebecq: Atomised (1998)
Aldous Huxley: Brave New World (1932)
Kazuo Ishiguro: The Unconsoled (1995)
Shirley Jackson: The Haunting of Hill House (1959)
Henry James: The Turn of the Screw (1898)
PD James: The Children of Men (1992)
Richard Jefferies: After London; Or, Wild England (1885)
Gwyneth Jones: Bold as Love (2001)
Franz Kafka: The Trial (1925)
Daniel Keyes: Flowers for Algernon (1966)
Stephen King: The Shining (1977)
Marghanita Laski: The Victorian Chaise-longue (1953)
CS Lewis: The Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56) (Book 1 at least)
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu: Uncle Silas (1864)
Stanislaw Lem: Solaris (1961)
Ursula K Le Guin: The Earthsea series (1968-1990)
Ursula K Le Guin: The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
Doris Lessing: Memoirs of a Survivor (1974)
MG Lewis: The Monk (1796)
David Lindsay: A Voyage to Arcturus (1920)
Ken MacLeod: The Night Sessions (2008)
Hilary Mantel: Beyond Black (2005)
Michael Marshall Smith: Only Forward (1994)
Richard Matheson: I Am Legend (1954)
Charles Maturin: Melmoth the Wanderer (1820)
Patrick McCabe: The Butcher Boy (1992)
Cormac McCarthy: The Road (2006)
Jed Mercurio: Ascent (2007)
China Miéville: The Scar (2002)
Andrew Miller: Ingenious Pain (1997)
Walter M Miller Jr: A Canticle for Leibowitz (1960)
David Mitchell: Cloud Atlas (2004)
Michael Moorcock: Mother London (1988)
William Morris: News From Nowhere (1890)
Toni Morrison: Beloved (1987)
Haruki Murakami: The Wind-up Bird Chronicle (1995)
Vladimir Nabokov: Ada or Ardor (1969)
Audrey Niffenegger: The Time Traveler's Wife (2003)
Larry Niven: Ringworld (1970)
Jeff Noon: Vurt (1993)
Flann O'Brien: The Third Policeman (1967)
Ben Okri: The Famished Road (1991)
George Orwell: Nineteen Eighty-four (1949)
Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club (1996)
Thomas Love Peacock: Nightmare Abbey (1818)
Mervyn Peake: Titus Groan (1946)
Frederik Pohl & CM Kornbluth: The Space Merchants (1953)
John Cowper Powys: A Glastonbury Romance (1932)
Terry Pratchett: The Discworld series (1983- ) (A few of them)
Christopher Priest: The Prestige (1995)
Philip Pullman: His Dark Materials (1995-2000)
François Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34)
Ann Radcliffe: The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794)
Alastair Reynolds: Revelation Space (2000)
Kim Stanley Robinson: The Years of Rice and Salt (2002)
JK Rowling: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997)
Geoff Ryman: Air (2005)
Salman Rushdie: The Satanic Verses (1988)
Joanna Russ: The Female Man (1975)
Antoine de Sainte-Exupéry: The Little Prince (1943)
José Saramago: Blindness (1995)
Will Self: How the Dead Live (2000)
Mary Shelley: Frankenstein (1818)
Dan Simmons: Hyperion (1989)
Olaf Stapledon: Star Maker (1937)
Neal Stephenson: Snow Crash (1992)
Robert Louis Stevenson: The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
Bram Stoker: Dracula (1897)
Rupert Thomson: The Insult (1996)
JRR Tolkien: The Hobbit (1937)
JRR Tolkien: The Lord of the Rings (1954-55)
Mark Twain: A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur's Court (1889)
Kurt Vonnegut: Sirens of Titan (1959)
Horace Walpole: The Castle of Otranto (1764)
Robert Walser: Institute Benjamenta (1909)
Sylvia Townsend Warner: Lolly Willowes (1926)
Sarah Waters: Affinity (1999)
HG Wells: The Time Machine (1895)
HG Wells: The War of the Worlds (1898)
TH White: The Sword in the Stone (1938)
Angus Wilson: The Old Men at the Zoo (1961)
Gene Wolfe: The Book of the New Sun (1980-83)
Virginia Woolf: Orlando (1928)
John Wyndham: Day of the Triffids (1951)
John Wyndham: The Midwich Cuckoos (1957)
Yevgeny Zamyatin: We (1924)

wend said...

now 26 ... missed The Famished Road on the list

Neth said...

better than me

Paul Niles said...

I lost all respect for this list when they listed Chronicles of Narnia above LOTR. Now I know everyone's got LOTR fatigue, and will for a while, but man it isn't even close... =)

Neth said...

In all honesty - I don't put much weight in any list (even though a few get posted on this blog from time to time).

wend said...

Like you Neth, I don't put much 'weight' behind the lists, but find them interesting anyway. Like most people, I suspect - I haven't read the book selected, but quite a few of the backlist of these authors.

Must try Flowers for Algernon ... I remember the film version was pretty good, starring Matthew Modine. Will have to check that one out.

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