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The Science Fiction book club's "Most Significant SF & Fantasy Books of the Last 50 Years, 1953-2002":

[Bold: I've read it.
Italic: started but lost interest/never finished.
Asterisk: loved it at the time.
Two asterisks: love it still.
Strikethrough: did not enjoy it then, OR would rather have my eyes plucked out than have to read it again.]

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien **
2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov *
3. Dune, Frank Herbert *
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein **
(it's a love-hate relationship)
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin **
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke *
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick

9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury *
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr. **
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov *
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras

15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison *
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison

19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams *
*
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice (But I've read other Vamp books by Rice, hence the strike through)
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin **
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven

40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut *

43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson
44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein ** (see above re: love-hate relationship)
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

Well, it's pretty clear this list was drawn up by a member of the "no gurlz allowed" branch of SF fandom. I mean, really, Terry "talentless hack" Brooks' "Tolkien Puree of Shanarra" qualifies among the "50 most influential" but nothing by James Tiptree does?  Give me a break!

(And the same could be said of JK Rowling: yes, she's sold a zillion books, but I don't think she has been "influential" in the same way as Heinlein or James Tiptree.)

Blatantly omitted authors/works (same key as above, maybe not be super-famous, but all have been far, far more influential on the field than Terry fucking Brooks with his Crapstorm of Shanarra drivel):

James Tiptree: Brightness Falls from The Air, and/or Warm Worlds and Otherwise **
Russ: The Female Man **
Octavia Butler: Xenogenesis Trilogy
Tanith Lee: The Flat Earth Series **
Suzy McKee Charnas: Walk to the End of the World & Sequels
** (the series has a name now, but I forget it)
Lois McMaster Bujold: Miles Vorkosigan Series
Chelsia Quinn Yarbro: Saint-Germain series
Vonda McIntyre: DreamSnake **

Neil Gaiman (just about anything he's written) **
John Varley: The Ophiuchi Hotline **
Peter S Beagle: The Last Unicorn *

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