Book Meme

Aug. 14th, 2011 09:48 pm
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Rememed from jeffreyab. The NPR SF list meme: Bold if you've read, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a series you've read part but not all of.

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien
2. The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy, by Douglas Adams*
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert

5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury**
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

11. The Princess Bride, by William Goldman**
12. The Wheel Of Time Series, by Robert Jordan
13. Animal Farm, by George Orwell
14. Neuromancer, by William Gibson
15. Watchmen, by Alan Moore
16. I, Robot, by Isaac Asimov
17. Stranger In A Strange Land, by Robert Heinlein

18. The Kingkiller Chronicles, by Patrick Rothfuss
19. Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
20. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley
22. Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, by Philip K. Dick
23. The Handmaid's Tale, by Margaret Atwood

24. The Dark Tower Series, by Stephen King
25. 2001: A Space Odyssey, by Arthur C. Clarke
26. The Stand, by Stephen King
27. Snow Crash, by Neal Stephenson

28. The Martian Chronicles, by Ray Bradbury**
29. Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
30. The Sandman Series, by Neil Gaiman
31. A Clockwork Orange, by Anthony Burgess**
32. Watership Down, by Richard Adams
32. Starship Troopers, by Robert Heinlein
33. Dragonflight, by Anne McCaffrey
34. The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein
35. A Canticle For Leibowitz, by Walter M. Miller

36. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells
37. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea, by Jules Verne
38. Flowers For Algernon, by Daniel Keys
39. The War Of The Worlds, by H.G. Wells
40. The Chronicles Of Amber, by Roger Zelazny

41. The Belgariad, by David Eddings
42. The Mists Of Avalon, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
43. The Mistborn Series, by Brandon Sanderson
44. Ringworld, by Larry Niven.
45. The Left Hand Of Darkness, by Ursula K. LeGuin
46. The Silmarillion, by J.R.R. Tolkien

47. The Once And Future King, by T.H. White
48. Neverwhere, by Neil Gaiman
49. Childhood's End, by Arthur C. Clarke
50. Contact, by Carl Sagan
51. The Hyperion Cantos, by Dan Simmons
52. Stardust, by Neil Gaiman
53. Cryptonomicon, by Neal Stephenson

54. World War Z, by Max Brooks
55. The Last Unicorn, by Peter S. Beagle
56. The Forever War, by Joe Haldeman
57. Small Gods, by Terry Pratchett

58. The Chronicles Of Thomas Covenant, The Unbeliever, by Stephen R. Donaldson
59. The Vorkosigan Saga, by Lois McMaster Bujold
60. Going Postal, by Terry Pratchett
61. The Mote In God's Eye, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle

62. The Sword Of Truth, by Terry Goodkind
63. The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
64. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, by Susanna Clarke
65. I Am Legend, by Richard Matheson
66. The Riftwar Saga, by Raymond E. Feist
67. The Shannara Trilogy, by Terry Brooks
68. The Conan The Barbarian Series, by R.E. Howard
69. The Farseer Trilogy, by Robin Hobb
70. The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger
71. The Way Of Kings, by Brandon Sanderson
72. A Journey To The Center Of The Earth, by Jules Verne**
73. The Legend Of Drizzt Series, by R.A. Salvatore
74. Old Man's War, by John Scalzi
75. The Diamond Age, by Neil Stephenson
76. Rendezvous With Rama, by Arthur C. Clarke

77. The Kushiel's Legacy Series, by Jacqueline Carey
78. The Dispossessed, by Ursula K. LeGuin
79. Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury**
80. Wicked, by Gregory Maguire
81. The Malazan Book Of The Fallen Series, by Steven Erikson
82. The Eyre Affair, by Jasper Fforde
83. The Culture Series, by Iain M. Banks
84. The Crystal Cave, by Mary Stewart
85. Anathem, by Neal Stephenson
86. The Codex Alera Series, by Jim Butcher
87. The Book Of The New Sun, by Gene Wolfe
88. The Thrawn Trilogy, by Timothy Zahn
89. The Outlander Series, by Diana Gabaldan
90. The Elric Saga, by Michael Moorcock
91. The Illustrated Man, by Ray Bradbury**
92. Sunshine, by Robin McKinley**
93. A Fire Upon The Deep, by Vernor Vinge
94. The Caves Of Steel, by Isaac Asimov
95. The Mars Trilogy, by Kim Stanley Robinson
96. Lucifer's Hammer, by Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle
97. Doomsday Book, by Connie Willis
98. Perdido Street Station, by China Mieville

99. The Xanth Series, by Piers Anthony
100. The Space Trilogy, by C.S. Lewis

*Haven't read the latest one, but that wasn't writ by Douglas Adams
**Seen the movie

I have a vague recollection of trying to read Out of the Silent Planet 35-ish years ago, but don't actually recall anything about it. I read the first Dark Tower book, but wasn't impressed enough to continue. I read the first Thomas Covenent trilogy, and that was enough.

Census Meme

Mar. 9th, 2011 01:20 am
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2011: Three-room rented flat in Cheltenham. 2001: Same, except a bit tidier, as I'd only been here a few months. 1991: A rented room in Cheltenham, while I was finishing my Design for Electronic Media HND. 1981: Living with my Mum, Dad and younger brother in Mum's bungalow outside Brixham, in South Devon. 1971: As above but living in my Dad's place by the harbour. 1961: Just a few months old, living elsewhere in Brixham; I no longer recall anything about that place.
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, Nelc sent to me...
Twelve spaceprobes drumming
Eleven macs piping
Ten rockets a-leaping
Nine submarines dancing
Eight rpgs a-milking
Seven computers a-swimming
Six books a-reading
Five ro-o-o-obots
Four gurps
Three naughty tentacles
Two role-playing games
...and a nihongo in an astronomy.
Get your own Twelve Days:
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Caught this one off [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll, from this post by Paul McAuley. I've underlined the ones I've read, because bold doesn't show up too well with this font reversed out. On my monitor, at least.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818
Journey to the Centre of the Earth JULES VERNE 1863
After London RICHARD JEFFRIES 1885
The Time Machine HG WELLS 1895
The House on the Borderland WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON 1912
We YEVGENY ZAMIATIN 1924
Brave New World ALDOUS HUXLEY 1932
Star Maker OLAF STAPLEDON 1937
1984 GEORGE ORWELL 1949
I, Robot, ISAAC ASIMOV 1950
The Martian Chronicles RAY BRADBURY 1950
The Dying Earth JACK VANCE 1950
Childhood’s End ARTHUR C CLARKE 1953
The Space Merchants CM KORNBLUTH & FREDERIK POHL 1953
Tiger! Tiger! ALFRED BESTER 1956

The Death of Grass JOHN CHRISTOPHER 1956
The Seedling Stars JAMES BLISH 1957
The Midwich Cuckoos JOHN WYNDHAM 1957
Starship Troopers ROBERT A HEINLEIN 1959
A Canticle for Liebowitz WALTER M MILLER JR 1959

Solaris STANSLAW LEM 1961
Hothouse BRIAN ALDISS 1962
A Clockwork Orange ANTONY BURGESS 1962
Cat’s Cradle KURT VONNEGUT JR 1963
Martian Time-Slip PHILIP K DICK 1964
Dune FRANK HERBERT 1965
The Crystal World JG BALLARD 1966
Flowers For Algernon DANIEL KEYES 1966
Lord of Light ROGER ZELAZNY 1967
Nova SAMUEL R DELANY 1968

Pavane KEITH ROBERTS 1968
The Left Hand of Darkness URSULA K LE GUIN 1969
Roadside Picnic ARKADY AND BORIS STRUGATSKI 1969
334 THOMAS M DISCH 1972
Dying Inside ROBERT SILVERBERG 1972
The Fifth Head of Cerberus GENE WOLFE 1972
Ten Thousand Light Years From Home JAMES TIPTREE JR 1973
The Forever War JOE HALDEMAN 1974
Inverted World CHRISTOPHER PRIEST 1974
The Female Man JOANNA RUSS 1975

Arslan MJ ENGH 1976
The Ophiuchi Hotline JOHN VARLEY 1977
The Final Programme MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1968

Kindred OCTAVIA BUTLER 1979
Engine Summer JOHN CROWLEY 1979
Timescape GREGORY BENFORD 1980
Neuromancer WILLIAM GIBSON 1984

Divine Endurance GWYNETH JONES 1984

28/48, is that a pass?
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Caught this one off [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll, from this post by Paul McAuley. I've underlined the ones I've read, because bold doesn't show up too well with this font reversed out. On my monitor, at least.

Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818
Journey to the Centre of the Earth JULES VERNE 1863
After London RICHARD JEFFRIES 1885
The Time Machine HG WELLS 1895
The House on the Borderland WILLIAM HOPE HODGSON 1912
We YEVGENY ZAMIATIN 1924
Brave New World ALDOUS HUXLEY 1932
Star Maker OLAF STAPLEDON 1937
1984 GEORGE ORWELL 1949
I, Robot, ISAAC ASIMOV 1950
The Martian Chronicles RAY BRADBURY 1950
The Dying Earth JACK VANCE 1950
Childhood’s End ARTHUR C CLARKE 1953
The Space Merchants CM KORNBLUTH & FREDERIK POHL 1953
Tiger! Tiger! ALFRED BESTER 1956

The Death of Grass JOHN CHRISTOPHER 1956
The Seedling Stars JAMES BLISH 1957
The Midwich Cuckoos JOHN WYNDHAM 1957
Starship Troopers ROBERT A HEINLEIN 1959
A Canticle for Liebowitz WALTER M MILLER JR 1959

Solaris STANSLAW LEM 1961
Hothouse BRIAN ALDISS 1962
A Clockwork Orange ANTONY BURGESS 1962
Cat’s Cradle KURT VONNEGUT JR 1963
Martian Time-Slip PHILIP K DICK 1964
Dune FRANK HERBERT 1965
The Crystal World JG BALLARD 1966
Flowers For Algernon DANIEL KEYES 1966
Lord of Light ROGER ZELAZNY 1967
Nova SAMUEL R DELANY 1968

Pavane KEITH ROBERTS 1968
The Left Hand of Darkness URSULA K LE GUIN 1969
Roadside Picnic ARKADY AND BORIS STRUGATSKI 1969
334 THOMAS M DISCH 1972
Dying Inside ROBERT SILVERBERG 1972
The Fifth Head of Cerberus GENE WOLFE 1972
Ten Thousand Light Years From Home JAMES TIPTREE JR 1973
The Forever War JOE HALDEMAN 1974
Inverted World CHRISTOPHER PRIEST 1974
The Female Man JOANNA RUSS 1975

Arslan MJ ENGH 1976
The Ophiuchi Hotline JOHN VARLEY 1977
The Final Programme MICHAEL MOORCOCK 1968

Kindred OCTAVIA BUTLER 1979
Engine Summer JOHN CROWLEY 1979
Timescape GREGORY BENFORD 1980
Neuromancer WILLIAM GIBSON 1984

Divine Endurance GWYNETH JONES 1984

28/48, is that a pass?
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Caught from [livejournal.com profile] ffutures & [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll

The usual rules apply: bold the ones you've read. Strike the ones you've read that you don't think belong on this list. Post a peeved comment about stories you think should have been on this list but weren't (Extra credit for complaining about the lack of inclusion of stories published after this list was compiled).


"Jeffty Is Five", Harlan Ellison (1977)
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", Harlan Ellison (1965)
"The Star", Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
"I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", Harlan Ellison (1967)
"'All You Zombies—'", Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", Ursula K. Le Guin (1973)
"The Game of Rat and Dragon", Cordwainer Smith (1955)
"The Nine Billion Names of God", Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
"A Sound of Thunder", Ray Bradbury (1952)
"The Green Hills of Earth", Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
"Day Million", Frederik Pohl (1966)
"It's a Good Life", Jerome Bixby (1953)
"Aye, and Gomorrah…", Samuel R. Delany (1967)
"Light of Other Days", Bob Shaw (1966)
"The Last Question", Isaac Asimov (1956)

"There Will Come Soft Rains", Ray Bradbury (1950)*
"Or All the Seas with Oysters", Avram Davidson (1958)
"Requiem", Robert A. Heinlein (1940)
"Air Raid", Herb Boehm (John Varley)(1977)

"That Hell-Bound Train", Robert Bloch (1958)
"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1948)
"The Country of the Kind", Damon Knight (1956)*
"The Liberation of Earth", William Tenn (1953)
"Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)
"Sundance", Robert Silverberg (1969)
"When It Changed", Joanna Russ (1972)
"Love is the Plan the Plan is Death", James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)

"The Third Expedition" ("Mars Is Heaven!"), Ray Bradbury (1948)
"Passengers", Robert Silverberg (1968)*
"Cassandra", C. J. Cherryh (1978)
"Helen O'Loy", Lester del Rey (1938)
"The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", Gene Wolfe (1970)
"The Long Watch", Robert A. Heinlein (1949)

"Space-Time for Springers", Fritz Leiber (1958)
"Speech Sounds", Octavia E. Butler (1983)
"The Way of Cross and Dragon", George R. R. Martin (1979)
"Corridors", Barry N. Malzberg (1982)
"Out of All Them Bright Stars", Nancy Kress (1985)
"Robbie", Isaac Asimov (1940)
"Narrow Valley", R. A. Lafferty (1966)
"The Hole Man", Larry Niven (1974)
"The Pusher", John Varley (1981)

"That Only a Mother", Judith Merril (1948)*

*Might have read, the title sounds vaguely familiar....
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Caught from [livejournal.com profile] ffutures & [livejournal.com profile] james_nicoll

The usual rules apply: bold the ones you've read. Strike the ones you've read that you don't think belong on this list. Post a peeved comment about stories you think should have been on this list but weren't (Extra credit for complaining about the lack of inclusion of stories published after this list was compiled).


"Jeffty Is Five", Harlan Ellison (1977)
"'Repent, Harlequin!' Said the Ticktockman", Harlan Ellison (1965)
"The Star", Arthur C. Clarke (1955)
"I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream", Harlan Ellison (1967)
"'All You Zombies—'", Robert A. Heinlein (1959)
"The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas", Ursula K. Le Guin (1973)
"The Game of Rat and Dragon", Cordwainer Smith (1955)
"The Nine Billion Names of God", Arthur C. Clarke (1953)
"A Sound of Thunder", Ray Bradbury (1952)
"The Green Hills of Earth", Robert A. Heinlein (1947)
"Day Million", Frederik Pohl (1966)
"It's a Good Life", Jerome Bixby (1953)
"Aye, and Gomorrah…", Samuel R. Delany (1967)
"Light of Other Days", Bob Shaw (1966)
"The Last Question", Isaac Asimov (1956)

"There Will Come Soft Rains", Ray Bradbury (1950)*
"Or All the Seas with Oysters", Avram Davidson (1958)
"Requiem", Robert A. Heinlein (1940)
"Air Raid", Herb Boehm (John Varley)(1977)

"That Hell-Bound Train", Robert Bloch (1958)
"The Lottery", Shirley Jackson (1948)
"The Country of the Kind", Damon Knight (1956)*
"The Liberation of Earth", William Tenn (1953)
"Harrison Bergeron", Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. (1961)
"Sundance", Robert Silverberg (1969)
"When It Changed", Joanna Russ (1972)
"Love is the Plan the Plan is Death", James Tiptree, Jr. (1973)

"The Third Expedition" ("Mars Is Heaven!"), Ray Bradbury (1948)
"Passengers", Robert Silverberg (1968)*
"Cassandra", C. J. Cherryh (1978)
"Helen O'Loy", Lester del Rey (1938)
"The Island of Doctor Death and Other Stories", Gene Wolfe (1970)
"The Long Watch", Robert A. Heinlein (1949)

"Space-Time for Springers", Fritz Leiber (1958)
"Speech Sounds", Octavia E. Butler (1983)
"The Way of Cross and Dragon", George R. R. Martin (1979)
"Corridors", Barry N. Malzberg (1982)
"Out of All Them Bright Stars", Nancy Kress (1985)
"Robbie", Isaac Asimov (1940)
"Narrow Valley", R. A. Lafferty (1966)
"The Hole Man", Larry Niven (1974)
"The Pusher", John Varley (1981)

"That Only a Mother", Judith Merril (1948)*

*Might have read, the title sounds vaguely familiar....
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Caught from [Bad username or site: http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/ @ livejournal.com]. Of the James W. Campbell Award for Best Novel, bold those you've read, strike those who you think should not have won:

1973 - Beyond Apollo, Barry N. Malzberg
1974 (tie) - Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke; Malevil, Robert Merle
1975 - Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, Philip K. Dick
1976 - The Year of the Quiet Sun, Wilson Tucker (special retroactive award for a novel from 1970)
1977 - The Alteration, Kingsley Amis
1978 - Gateway, Frederik Pohl
1979 - Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
1980 - On Wings of Song, Thomas M. Disch
1981 - Timescape, Gregory Benford
1982 - Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
1983 - Helliconia Spring, Brian W. Aldiss [1]
1984 - The Citadel of the Autarch, Gene Wolfe
1985 - The Years of the City, Frederik Pohl
1986 - The Postman, David Brin
1987 - A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski
1988 - Lincoln's Dreams, Connie Willis
1989 - Islands in the Net, Bruce Sterling
1990 - The Child Garden, Geoff Ryman
1991 - Pacific Edge, Kim Stanley Robinson
1992 - Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Bradley Denton
1993 - Brother to Dragons, Charles Sheffield
1994 - No award
1995 - Permutation City, Greg Egan
1996 - The Time Ships, Stephen Baxter
1997 - Fairyland, Paul J. McAuley
1998 - Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
1999 - Brute Orbits, George Zebrowski
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
2001 - Genesis, Poul Anderson
2002 (tie) - Terraforming Earth, Jack Williamson; The Chronoliths, Robert Charles Wilson
2003 - Probability Space, Nancy Kress
2004 - Omega, Jack McDevitt
2005 - Market Forces, Richard Morgan
2006 - Mindscan, Robert J. Sawyer
2007 - Titan, Ben Bova
2008 - In War Times, Kathleen Ann Goonan

[1] Tried to read once, but for some reason I find Aldiss quite hard going, so I abandoned it quite early.
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Caught from [Bad username or site: http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/ @ livejournal.com]. Of the James W. Campbell Award for Best Novel, bold those you've read, strike those who you think should not have won:

1973 - Beyond Apollo, Barry N. Malzberg
1974 (tie) - Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke; Malevil, Robert Merle
1975 - Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said, Philip K. Dick
1976 - The Year of the Quiet Sun, Wilson Tucker (special retroactive award for a novel from 1970)
1977 - The Alteration, Kingsley Amis
1978 - Gateway, Frederik Pohl
1979 - Gloriana, Michael Moorcock
1980 - On Wings of Song, Thomas M. Disch
1981 - Timescape, Gregory Benford
1982 - Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban
1983 - Helliconia Spring, Brian W. Aldiss [1]
1984 - The Citadel of the Autarch, Gene Wolfe
1985 - The Years of the City, Frederik Pohl
1986 - The Postman, David Brin
1987 - A Door into Ocean, Joan Slonczewski
1988 - Lincoln's Dreams, Connie Willis
1989 - Islands in the Net, Bruce Sterling
1990 - The Child Garden, Geoff Ryman
1991 - Pacific Edge, Kim Stanley Robinson
1992 - Buddy Holly Is Alive and Well on Ganymede, Bradley Denton
1993 - Brother to Dragons, Charles Sheffield
1994 - No award
1995 - Permutation City, Greg Egan
1996 - The Time Ships, Stephen Baxter
1997 - Fairyland, Paul J. McAuley
1998 - Forever Peace, Joe Haldeman
1999 - Brute Orbits, George Zebrowski
2000 - A Deepness in the Sky, Vernor Vinge
2001 - Genesis, Poul Anderson
2002 (tie) - Terraforming Earth, Jack Williamson; The Chronoliths, Robert Charles Wilson
2003 - Probability Space, Nancy Kress
2004 - Omega, Jack McDevitt
2005 - Market Forces, Richard Morgan
2006 - Mindscan, Robert J. Sawyer
2007 - Titan, Ben Bova
2008 - In War Times, Kathleen Ann Goonan

[1] Tried to read once, but for some reason I find Aldiss quite hard going, so I abandoned it quite early.
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The guardian have published their list of the 1000 books you must read before you die. From their somewhat idiosyncratic F&SF list, bold the ones you've read, italicise the ones you intend to read one day, and strike the ones you wouldn't be caught dead reading. (I don't really feel that comfortable striking books I've never read, so I've chosen not to follow that part of the meme.)

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
In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster
The Drowned World by JG Ballard
Crash by JG Ballard
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
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Vathek by William Beckford
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
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 Bulgakov
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
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
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 Danielewski
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
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Red Shift by Alan Garner
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Light by M John Harrison

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
Dune by Frank L Herbert

The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
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
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

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
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 McCarthy
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
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 Palahniuk
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
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
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
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 Stephenson
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
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
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
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
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The guardian have published their list of the 1000 books you must read before you die. From their somewhat idiosyncratic F&SF list, bold the ones you've read, italicise the ones you intend to read one day, and strike the ones you wouldn't be caught dead reading. (I don't really feel that comfortable striking books I've never read, so I've chosen not to follow that part of the meme.)

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
In the Country of Last Things by Paul Auster
The Drowned World by JG Ballard
Crash by JG Ballard
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
Darwin's Radio by Greg Bear
Vathek by William Beckford
The Stars My Destination by Alfred Bester
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 Bulgakov
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
Naked Lunch by William Burroughs
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 Danielewski
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
American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Red Shift by Alan Garner
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
The Forever War by Joe Haldeman
Light by M John Harrison

The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert A Heinlein
Dune by Frank L Herbert

The Glass Bead Game by Herman Hesse
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
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

Solaris by Stanislaw Lem
Memoirs of a Survivor by Doris Lessing
The Chronicles of Narnia by CS Lewis
The Monk by Matthew Lewis
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 McCarthy
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
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 Palahniuk
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
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
The Female Man by Joanna Russ
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 Stephenson
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
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
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
Day of the Triffids by John Wyndham
The Midwich Cuckoos by John Wyndham
We by Yevgeny Zamyatin

TV meme

Jan. 24th, 2009 07:19 pm
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1. Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Series Ever

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own [at least one season] on DVD and/or VHS.
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape

44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars [1]
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias [1]
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5 [3]

31. Deadwood [2]
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder

19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South park

16. Dr Who
15. Heroes

14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica [2,4]
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files

08. The Wire [2]
07. Friends
06. 24 [1]

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons


[1] Watched the first series, but didn't manage the second
[2] Would have watched if it had appeared on terrestrial analogue TV, probably
[3] Recorded on VHS off the TV
[4] Assuming they mean the new series

Don't know that it doesn't need another distinction between stuff you watched religiously and stuff that you mostly watched. I never saw the last season of DS9 and Angel, for ex, and after seeing a few seasons of The Simpsons on BBC2 and then C4, I've given up watching.

TV meme

Jan. 24th, 2009 07:19 pm
nelc: (Default)
1. Empire Magazine's 50 Greatest TV Series Ever

1. Bold the shows you watch/used to watch.
2. Italicize the shows you've seen at least one episode of.
3. Underline the shows you own [at least one season] on DVD and/or VHS.
4. Post your answers.

50. Quantum Leap
49. Prison Break
48. Veronica Mars
47. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
46. Sex & The City
45. Farscape

44. Cracker
43. Star Trek
42. Only Fools and Horses
41. Band of Brothers
40. Life on Mars [1]
39. Monty Python
38. Curb Your Enthusiasm
37. Star Trek: The Next Generation
36. Father Ted

35. Alias [1]
34. Frasier
33. CSI Las Vegas
32. Babylon 5 [3]

31. Deadwood [2]
30. Dexter
29. ER
28. Fawlty Towers
27. Six Feet Under
26. Red Dwarf

25. Futurama
24. Twin Peaks
23. The Office
22. The Shield
21. Angel
20. Blackadder

19. Scrubs
18. Arrested Development
17. South park

16. Dr Who
15. Heroes

14. Firefly
13. Battlestar Galactica [2,4]
12. Family Guy
11. Seinfeld
10. Spaced
09. The X-Files

08. The Wire [2]
07. Friends
06. 24 [1]

05. Lost
04. The West Wing
03. The Sopranos
02. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
01. The Simpsons


[1] Watched the first series, but didn't manage the second
[2] Would have watched if it had appeared on terrestrial analogue TV, probably
[3] Recorded on VHS off the TV
[4] Assuming they mean the new series

Don't know that it doesn't need another distinction between stuff you watched religiously and stuff that you mostly watched. I never saw the last season of DS9 and Angel, for ex, and after seeing a few seasons of The Simpsons on BBC2 and then C4, I've given up watching.
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Same deal as the previous meme — Bold the ones you saw in the theatre, italicise the ones you saw by other means, leave the others alone — except this list is inflation adjusted.

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $1,390,067,000
2. Star Wars (1977) $1,225,462,800
3. The Sound of Music (1965) $979,817,800
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $975,957,800
5. The Ten Commandments (1956) $901,280,000
6. Titanic (1997) $883,019,700
7. Jaws (1975) $881,182,300
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $854,051,900
9. The Exorcist (1973) $760,712,400
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $749,920,000
11. 101 Dalmatians (1961) $687,430,700
12. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $675,482,800
13. Ben-Hur (1959) $674,240,000
14. Return of the Jedi (1983) $647,128,700
15. The Sting (1973) $613,302,900
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $606,416,000
17. Jurassic Park (1993) $593,096,200

18. The Graduate (1967) $588,731,200
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $583,601,600
20. Fantasia (1941) $571,339,100
21. The Godfather (1972) $542,987,300
22. Forrest Gump (1994) $540,393,800
23. Mary Poppins (1964) $537,890,900

24. The Lion King (1994) $531,354,700
25. Grease (1978) $529,221,700
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Same deal as the previous meme — Bold the ones you saw in the theatre, italicise the ones you saw by other means, leave the others alone — except this list is inflation adjusted.

1. Gone with the Wind (1939) $1,390,067,000
2. Star Wars (1977) $1,225,462,800
3. The Sound of Music (1965) $979,817,800
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $975,957,800
5. The Ten Commandments (1956) $901,280,000
6. Titanic (1997) $883,019,700
7. Jaws (1975) $881,182,300
8. Doctor Zhivago (1965) $854,051,900
9. The Exorcist (1973) $760,712,400
10. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) $749,920,000
11. 101 Dalmatians (1961) $687,430,700
12. The Empire Strikes Back (1980) $675,482,800
13. Ben-Hur (1959) $674,240,000
14. Return of the Jedi (1983) $647,128,700
15. The Sting (1973) $613,302,900
16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) $606,416,000
17. Jurassic Park (1993) $593,096,200

18. The Graduate (1967) $588,731,200
19. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $583,601,600
20. Fantasia (1941) $571,339,100
21. The Godfather (1972) $542,987,300
22. Forrest Gump (1994) $540,393,800
23. Mary Poppins (1964) $537,890,900

24. The Lion King (1994) $531,354,700
25. Grease (1978) $529,221,700

Movie Meme

Jul. 12th, 2008 08:01 pm
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IMDb's top 25 all-time box office hits. Bold the ones you saw in theater, italicize the ones you saw some other way instead, and leave the unseen ones alone.

1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. Shrek 2 (2004) $436,471,036
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $423,032,628
7. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375
8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) $380,262,555
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $377,019,252
10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) $373,377,893

11. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370,270,943
12. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $340,478,898

14. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
15. Spider-Man 3 (2007) $336,530,303
16. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
17. The Lion King (1994) $328,423,001
18. Shrek the Third (2007) $320,706,665
19. Transformers (2007) $318,759,914
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's/Philosopher's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $313,837,577

22. Iron Man (2008) $311,708,133
23. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583
24. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $309,404,152
25. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,40


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