The List--SF and what I've read of it

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* recommended

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Non-Stop by Brian W Aldiss

*Foundation by Isaac Asimov

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

*The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood--Really, this bit of anti-religious, anti-male, anti-anti in SF drag--puhleese. This is a strong indication to me that the list of 1,000 has a great many that can be missed.

In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster

The Drowned World by JG Ballard

Crash by JG Ballard It's pretty clear by the inclusion of Paul Auster and this work, in particular, that the list-makers are incapable of distinguishing SFF and surrealism. Surrealism is NOT SFF and should not be confused with it.

Millennium People by JG Ballard

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

Consider Phlebas by Iain M Banks

Weaveworld by Clive Barker

Darkmans by Nicola Barker

The Time Ships by Stephen Baxter H.G. Wells revisited, interesting

Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear

*Vathek by William Beckford

*The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester Required reading along with The Demolished Man.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Lost Souls by Poppy Z Brite

Wieland by Charles Brockden Brown

Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys

*The Master and Margarita by Mikhail BulgakovSFF? Hardly, but then where does one put it?

The Coming Race by EGEL Bulwer-Lytton
**A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess

The End of the World News by Anthony Burgess

*A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs A real romp, andnot nearly as bad as you might expect from early pulp fiction. Seems like damning with faint praise, but this book is a lot of fun and great for a brain-break.

Naked Lunch by William Burroughs--Well, I read at it, does that count?
Kindred by Octavia Butler

Erewhon by Samuel Butler

The Baron in the Trees by Italo Calvino

The Influence by Ramsey Campbell

*Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

*Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll

Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter

The Passion of New Eve by Angela Carter

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon

The Man who was Thursday by GK Chesterton

**Childhood's End by Arthur C Clarke

Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke

Hello Summer, Goodbye by Michael G Coney

Girlfriend in a Coma by Douglas Coupland

House of Leaves by Mark DanielewskiPlease--what a mess of a post-modernist morass--unreadable, incomprehensible, and worst of all dull.

Pig Tales by Marie Darrieussecq

The Einstein Intersection by Samuel R Delaney

Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K Dick

*The Man in the High Castle by Philip K Dick

Camp Concentration by Thomas M Disch

Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco

Under the Skin by Michel Faber

**The Magus by John Fowles--Weird, wild, and wonderful in ways that defy description.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Red Shift by Alan Garner

Neuromancer by William Gibson--I'm not as impressed with this as many are. Didn't much care for it when it was brand new, and haven't grown fonder with time. Far prefer the writing of Bruce Sterling in the same genre.

Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Lord of the Flies by William GoldingSFF, hardly. Allegory, fable, satire, cautionary tale, caustic view of society, but SFF?

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Light by M John Harrison

*The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne SFF--it seems someone is not paying much attention.

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein

*Dune by Frank L Herbert

*The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse--SFF? Again, surrealism and uncategorizable gets dumped into SFF.

Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban

*The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg

Atomised by Michel Houellebecq

**Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

The Unconsoled by Kazuo Ishiguro

***The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson--Perhaps an all-time favorite--certainly one of the finest haunted house novels (or is it) ever.

**The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The Children of Men by PD James

After London; or, Wild England by Richard Jefferies

Bold as Love by Gwyneth Jones

**The Trial by Franz Kafka

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

The Shining by Stephen King

The Victorian Chaise-longue by Marghanita Laski

Uncle Silas by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

The Earthsea Series by Ursula Le Guin

*The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula Le Guin--Not sure I care for the message; however, it was strong then and remains strong

*Solaris by Stanislaw Lem--Weird, but not nearly so wonderful as the Russian movie made from same. Lem's socialism ocassionally obscures his powerful vision.

Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing

The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
*The Monk by Matthew Lewis--Classic Gothic stuff--and I mean way over the top. What Gothic was meant to be (on opium).

A Voyage to Arcturus by David Lindsay

The Night Sessions by Ken Macleod

Beyond Black by Hilary Mantel

Only Forward by Michael Marshall Smith

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

Melmoth the Wanderer by Charles Maturin

The Butcher Boy by Patrick McCabe

***The Road by Cormac McCarthyThey're making a movie from this?

Ascent by Jed Mercurio

The Scar by China Mieville

Ingenious Pain by Andrew Miller

**A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter M Miller Jr

Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

Mother London by Michael Moorcock

News from Nowhere by William Morris

*Beloved by Toni Morrison--SFF? I guess it falls in the realm of dark fantasy, but somehow--oh, I don't know.

The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami

Ada or Ardor by Vladimir Nabokov

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Ringworld by Larry Niven

Vurt by Jeff Noon

The Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien

The Famished Road by Ben Okri

Nineteen Eighty-Four by George Orwell

Fight Club by Chuck PalahniukAgain inability to distinguish surrealism from SFF

Nightmare Abbey by Thomas Love Peacock

Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake

The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and CM Kornbluth

A Glastonbury Romance by John Cowper Powys

The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett

The Prestige by Christopher Priest

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

Gargantua and Pantagruel by Francois Rabelais

*The Mysteries of Udolpho by Ann Radcliffe--One of the books that set the conventions of the Gothic and one most thoroughly skewered by Northanger Abbey

Revelation Space by Alastair Reynolds

The Years of Rice and Salt by Kim Stanley Robinson

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone by JK Rowling

Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie--Ho hum, if they had just ignored it, it would have gone away into a well-deserved academic obscurity. Read Midnight's Children instead.

The Female Man by Joanna Russ--Never write occassional poetry or politically inspired fiction

Air by Geoff Ryman

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Blindness by Jose Saramago

How the Dead Live by Will Self

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Hyperion by Dan Simmons

Star Maker by Olaf Stapledon

**Snow Crash by Neal StephensonThe end is a little soft, but you have to love a hero named Hiro Protagonist

*The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

***Dracula by Bram Stoker

The Insult by Rupert Thomson

The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

*The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

Sirens of Titan by Kurt Vonnegut--This is actually a really good choice for Vonnegut--I'm surprised it didn't include the more politcal Slaughterhouse 5

*The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole--The Granddaddy of the Gothic

Institute Benjamenta by Robert Walser

Lolly Willowes by Sylvia Townsend Warner

Affinity by Sarah Waters

The Time Machine by HG Wells

The War of the Worlds by HG Wells

**The Sword in the Stone by TH White

The Old Men at the Zoo by Angus Wilson

The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe

Orlando by Virginia Woolf--If you're going to read Virginia Woolf, don't start here. The myth of Teresias retold.

Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham

The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham

We by Yevgeny ZamyatinBack in my dystopian phase--Ayn Rand's Anthem, Bradbury's Fahrenheit451, Orwell's 1984, Huxley's Brave New World, this was a stand-out. But I don't remember it much now. Will have to revisit

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On the one hand, slipping 30 or so books into one slot with "The Discworld Series by Terry Pratchett" is cheating.

On the other hand, if you read one Discworld book, you'll read 'em all.



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