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List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« on: October 16, 2021, 03:28:03 pm »
Saw this and sent to Mrs. R, and she agreed it is a good list. I asked her if we had "A Memory Called Empire", and she said yes it is upstairs. She read the "Three Body Problem" and liked it, but that was a library book, so I will check it out soon, as I keep seeing references to it. I read Science Fiction often in HS and University, but not so much lately. I have some catching up to do.

There are some I might quibble with, and some authors are not included (cough, Skalzy, cough) but it is a decent list.

 https://bookriot.com/the-most-influential-sci-fi-books-of-all-time/amp/
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #1 on: October 16, 2021, 05:47:13 pm »
I don't read books to often because I read something constantly all day. Frankenstein was a book I couldn't quit reading. It was fantastic. (FWIW - Dean Koontz Frankenstein series is worth your time to read as well.)
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2021, 07:09:07 pm »
I read more horror fiction than science fiction, but I have been listening to some Sci Fi lately. It was good to see PKD and Crichton on there, although Andromeda Strain would be more fitting than Jurassic Park given current events.
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2021, 09:55:51 pm »
NK Jemison is fantastic. I'm behind on my reading and it looks like I need to add a few more. The Left Hand of Darkness I just grabbed for a buck, excited to get into it

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #4 on: October 17, 2021, 12:36:54 am »
Saw this also and bookmarked it. I have read many on here. Interestingly enough I have "A Memory Called Empire" saved as a sample on my Kindle and was considering reading that. Now I certainly plan to.

Plenty left off the list (how do you not include "The Stars My Destination"by Alfred Bester???) but a lot of good suggestion and many books here I do want to read.

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2021, 08:54:22 pm »
Finally read "A Memory Called Empire" and liked it.

I plan to check "The Three Body Problem" out of the Library and also on my list is to get "American Gods".
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #6 on: December 06, 2021, 08:30:25 am »
Finally read "A Memory Called Empire" and liked it.


I'm reading that right now! So far I like it too. about 1/3 through.

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2021, 08:55:42 am »
Finally read "A Memory Called Empire" and liked it.


I'm reading that right now! So far I like it too. about 1/3 through.

It gets better.  :)
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #8 on: December 06, 2021, 09:28:08 am »
I'm guessing many of you remember the 50cent used golden era scifi paperback novels and their often bizarre covers.

https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #9 on: December 06, 2021, 10:53:32 am »
I read "The Three Body Problem" a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it. It has social commentary that goes beyond the sci-fi, as many of the best do. The original H.G. Wells books have lots of that, but since the commentary is on 19th century England the humor is sometimes lost on the modern reader.
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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #10 on: December 06, 2021, 05:53:54 pm »
I'm guessing many of you remember the 50cent used golden era scifi paperback novels and their often bizarre covers.

https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk

Cool link!

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #11 on: December 08, 2021, 07:20:36 am »
I'm guessing many of you remember the 50cent used golden era scifi paperback novels and their often bizarre covers.

https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk

i juist have to go back and say this is the funniest thing I have seen on the internet in a while. It's like the "Mystery Science Theater 2000" of Fiction book covers. Hysterical!

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #12 on: December 08, 2021, 12:32:39 pm »
I'm guessing many of you remember the 50cent used golden era scifi paperback novels and their often bizarre covers.

https://www.goodshowsir.co.uk

i juist have to go back and say this is the funniest thing I have seen on the internet in a while. It's like the "Mystery Science Theater 2000" of Fiction book covers. Hysterical!

lol, yeah i grew up with a ton of these bizarre covered paperbacks. i love how the site is still updated, it must have 10,000 bookcovers by now

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #13 on: December 08, 2021, 06:06:02 pm »
I actually read some of the books he has listed from my dad's library -- he had a ton of sci fi paperbacks from 60's, 70's and early 80's. At first i didn't noticed the captions ore mouse over titles. Great stuff.

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Re: List of Most Influential Science Fiction Books
« Reply #14 on: December 26, 2021, 08:47:43 pm »
The Three Body Problem is the best Science Fiction I have read in decades. Best book I've read in a number of years. Will find the sequels at the Library.
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