Top 100 SF/F/H Books You Must Read Meme

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I discovered this list here and immediately thought this would be a great meme. Here is how it works:

Bold all the titles you have read, italicize the titles you hope to read or have seen the movie for (since many of these have been turned into movies) and try to make a distinction between the two, and just mark ones you’ve never heard of somehow (preferably with a parenthesis of some sort).

People tagged:
John of Grasping For the Wind

And here is the list:

100 Books Thou Shalt Read Before You Die
By the Inquest Staff

1. Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Chronicles of Amber by Roger Zelazny
3. The Ender Quartet by Orson Scott Card (read the first book)
4. Neuromancer by William Gibson 5. The Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever by Stephen R. Donaldson (6 Books total)
6. Foundation by Isaac Asimov (6 Books total) (read the first two books)
7. Dune by Frank Herbert
8. Elric by Michael Moorcock
9. The Man in the High Castle by Phillip K. Dick
10. 1984 by George Orwell
11. Hyperion by Dan Simmons (four books)
12. The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
13. Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay (never heard of it)
14. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
15. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick (aka Bladerunner)
16. The Sword of Shannara by Terry Brooks (probably will never read)
17. The Anubis Gates by Tim Powers (I’ve heard of it, but I don’t know if I’ll read it)
18. Lightning by Dean Koontz (probably will never read)
19. The Uplift Trilogy by David Brin
20. Ringworld by Larry Niven
21. The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (seen the movie)
22. Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser by Fritz Leiber (complete series) (never heard of it, though I have heard of Leiber)
23. A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
24. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (and I’ve seen the movie)
25. The Stand by Stephen King (tried reading it, got bored; tried watching the movie, got bored)
26. Le Morte d’Arthur by Sir Thomas Mallory
27. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov (seen the movie)
28. The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
29. Watership Down by Richard Adams (seen the movie too)
30. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
31. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
32. Helliconia by Brain Aldiss (three books)
33. The Book of the New Sun by Gene Wolfe (five books) (never heard of it)
34. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathon Swift
35. Mindkiller by Spider Robinson (novella in book Deathkiller) (never heard of it)
36. Blood Music by Greg Bear 37. The Green Mile by Stephen King (probably won’t read, not a fan of King’s work, saw most of the movie though)
38. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (saw the movie, probably will never read though)
39. Starship Troopers by Robert Heinlein (saw the movie)
40. The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (seven books) (read the first two books)
41. The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson
42. Watchers by Dean Koontz (probably won’t read)
43. The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
44. Emphyrio by Jack Vance
45. The Wizard of Oz by Frank L. Baum
46. War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells (seen two of the movies)
47. Mythago Wood by Robert Holdstock
48. Animal Farm by George Orwell (seen the movie)
49. The Princess Bride by William Goldman (seen the movie)
50. Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (complete series) (not sure I want to read it)
51. It by Stephen King (seen the movie)
52. A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
53. Timescape by Gregory Benford (never heard of it)
54. Pern by Anne McCaffery (complete series) (not sure I’ll read this)
55. Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
56. Good Omens by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett
57. Fionavar by Guy Gavriel Kay (three books) (never heard of it)
58. Earthsea “trilogy” by Ursula K. LeGuin
59. 2001 by Arthur C. Clarke (four books) (seen the movie)
60. Xenogenesis by Octavia Butler (three books)
61. A Fire Upon the Deep by Vernor Vinge
62. Conan by Robert E. Howard
63. Mars trilogy by Kim Stanley Robinson
64. Midnight at the Well of Souls by Jack L. Chalker (never heard of it)
65. A Spell for Chameleon by Piers Anthony
66. The Gap by Stephen R. Donaldson (five books) (I’ve not clue what this is)
67. A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court by Mark Twain
68. Adventures of the Stainless Steel Rat by Harry Harrison
69. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
70. Dark Elf series by R. A. Salvatore (not all that interested, especially if this is Forgotten Realms stuff)
71. West of Eden by Harry Harrison
72. A Fine and Private Place by Peter S. Beagle (never heard of it, but I know who the author is)
73. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (saw the movie too)
74. Dying Inside by Robert Silverberg (never heard of it)
75. Dragonlance by Margaret Weis and Tracy Hickman (never read any of this stuff, probably won’t)
76. Lensman by E.E. “Doc” Smith (six books)
77. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
78. The Mote in God’s Eye by Larry Niven and Jerry Pournelle
79. Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein
80. Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
81. The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells (seen at least three movies based on this)
82. Gun, With Occasional Music by Jonathan Lethem (never heard of it)
83. Lyonesse by Jack Vance (three books)
84. Catspaw by Joan Vinge
85. Crystal Express by Bruce Stirling
86. The Last Unicorn by Peter S. Beagle
87. To Your Scattered Bodies Go by Phillip Jose Farmer
88. The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (never read, didn’t like the style, but saw the movie)
89. Downbelow Station by C.J. Cherryh
90. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
91. The Songs of Distant Earth by Arthur C. Clarke
92. “The Four Lords of the Diamond” by Jack Chalker (never heard of it)
93. Swords by Fred Saberhagen
94. Way Station by Clifford Simak
95. The Kraken Wakes by John Wydham
96. Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson
97. The High Crusade by Paul Anderson
98. Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll (seen at least three movies based on this)
99. Carrion Comfort by Dan Simmons (never heard of it)
100. The Postman by David Brin (saw the movie)

About the Author:

Shaun Duke is an aspiring writer, a reviewer, and an academic. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric and Writing at Bemidji State University. He received his PhD in English from the University of Florida and studies science fiction, postcolonialism, digital fan cultures, and digital rhetoric.

One thought on “Top 100 SF/F/H Books You Must Read Meme

  1. I disapprove of this list because it has RJ, but it doesn’t have GRRM.

    Well, GRRM was inspired by RJ, but GRRM took RJ’s idea and made it ten billion times better.

    I bookmarked the original list, and since I approve of quite a few of the other suggestions, this list might be something for me to work through, while I still have spare time.

    And even if you tagged me, I would probably ignore you. D:

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