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What Were the First Books You Read by These Authors?

Prompted by a Google Groups posting, I thought I’d do a quick survey.

What was the first (not last, not best) book that you read by the following authors?

I tried to pick a mix of authors based on popularity and canon size. I also tried to keep the list relatively short. If this list is too short, we could do another post with a new set of authors.

Here is the author list with my answers.

Brian Aldiss: Non Stop

Isaac Asimov: The Caves of Steel

Greg Bear: The Forge of God

Gregory Benford: Timescape

Alfred Bester: None

James Blish: A Case of Conscience

Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes

David Brin: Earth

Arthur C. Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama

Philip K. Dick: Solar Lottery

Robert A. Heinlein: Stranger in a Strange Land

Ursula K. LeGuin: The Left Hand of Darkness

Michael Moorcock: Behold the Man

Larry Niven: Ringworld

Andre Norton: None.

Frederik Pohl: Gateway

Terry Pratchett: The Amazing Maurice and his Educated Rodents

Robert Silverberg: Project Pendulum

Theodore Sturgeon: More Than Human

H.G. Wells: The Time Machine

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8 Comments on What Were the First Books You Read by These Authors?

  1. Aldiss – Helliconia Spring(erg)

    Asimov – Foundation

    Bear – Eon

    Benford – In The Ocean Of Night

    Bester – none (sadly)

    Blish – A Case Of Conscience

    Bradbury – one of his short story books

    Brin – Startide Rising (read this book)

    Clarke – Childhood’s End

    Dick – Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep

    Heinlein – good lord, I have no idea, Starship Troopers probably

    Le Guin – The Left Hand Of Darkness

    Moorcock – Elric Of Melnibone

    Niven – Ringworld

    Norton – None (!)

    Pohl – Gateway

    Pratchett – The Light Fantastic

    Silverberg – Lord Valentine’s Castle or Across A Billion Years

    Strugeon – None

    Wells – The Time Machine

  2. Oh, this one’s easy. Only 3 out of 20.

    Brian Aldiss: none

    Isaac Asimov: Foundation

    Greg Bear: none

    Gregory Benford: none

    Alfred Bester: none

    James Blish: none

    Ray Bradbury: none

    David Brin: none

    Arthur C. Clarke: Rendezvous with Rama

    Philip K. Dick: none

    Robert A. Heinlein: none

    Ursula K. LeGuin: none

    Michael Moorcock: none

    Larry Niven: none

    Andre Norton: Elvenbane

    Frederik Pohl: none

    Terry Pratchett: none

    Robert Silverberg: none

    Theodore Sturgeon: none

    H.G. Wells: none

  3. Brian Aldiss: Non Stop

    Isaac Asimov: The Caves of Steel

    Greg Bear: Eon

    Gregory Benford: none

    Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination

    James Blish: Cities in Flight

    Ray Bradbury: Something Wicked This Way Comes

    David Brin: Glory Season

    Arthur C. Clarke: 9 Billion Names of God

    Philip K. Dick: Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said

    Robert A. Heinlein: To Sail Beyond the Sunset

    Ursula K. LeGuin: The Left Hand of Darkness

    Michael Moorcock: Elric of Melnibone

    Larry Niven: Neutron Star

    Andre Norton: The Elevenbane

    Frederik Pohl: The World at the End of Time

    Terry Pratchett: none

    Robert Silverberg: none

    Theodore Sturgeon: none

    H.G. Wells: The Time Machine

    I don’t do that well towards the end eh? writing the first is so much harder than writing the last!

  4. Aldiss – Long AFternoon of Earth, maybe?

    Asimov – Gods Themselves

    Bear – Strength of STones

    Benford – In The Ocean Of Night (when it was serialized in Galaxy!)

    Bester – Demolished Man

    Blish – The first Trek book he did

    Bradbury – Something Wicked

    Brin – Sundiver

    Clarke – Nine Billion Names of God collection

    Dick – Man in the High Castle

    Heinlein – Have Spacesuit Will Travel

    Le Guin – Dispossessed

    Moorcock – Elric Of Melnibone

    Niven – The Flying Sorcerers (with Gerrold)

    Norton – One of the Witch Worlds. Awful.

    Pohl – Gateway (Also in Galaxy.)

    Pratchett – Started Colour of Magic

    Silverberg – World’s Fair 1992 (came out in 68)

    Strugeon – More Than Human

    Wells – Food of the Gods

  5. Richard Novak // September 15, 2005 at 1:39 pm //

    😛

    Aimov Fantastic Voyage

    Blish Star Trek One

    Bradbury I Sing the Body Electric

    Clarke Childhood’s End

    Heilein Stranger in a Strange Land

    Le Guin The Word For World is Forest

    Moorcock The Chronicles of Corum

    Niven Ringworld

    Norton Daybreak-2250 A.D

    Pohl Stopping at Slowyear

    Pratchett The Light Fantastic

    Wells The Time Machine

  6. Brian Aldiss: Billion Year Spree

    Isaac Asimov: The Stars, Like Dust

    Greg Bear: Blood Music

    Gregory Benford: The Jupiter Project

    Alfred Bester: The Stars My Destination

    James Blish: Cities in Flight (omnibus, They Shall Have Stars is the first of the series)

    Ray Bradbury: The Martian Chronicles

    David Brin: Sundiver

    Arthur C. Clarke: Islands in the Sky

    Philip K. Dick: Ubik (what a way to start!)

    Robert A. Heinlein: Rocket Ship Galileo, followed by the others of that ilk, then moving on to the adult titles.

    Ursula K. LeGuin: The Dispossed

    Michael Moorcock: One of the Elric books

    Larry Niven: Protector

    Andre Norton: Star Born (and a ton of others)

    Frederik Pohl: The Space Merchants (with C.M. Kornbluth)

    Terry Pratchett: Nada

    Robert Silverberg: Revolt on Alpha C

    Theodore Sturgeon: Short story collection, can’t recall the title.

    H.G. Wells: The Time Machine or War of the Worlds

    FIRST SF BOOK EVER READ: Rocket to Limbo, Alan E. Nourse. Blame it all on that one title. It hooked me like a sturgeon.

  7. Bill Capossere // September 16, 2005 at 11:52 pm //

    Brian Aldiss: Frankenstein Unbound

    Isaac Asimov: Lucky Starr

    Greg Bear: Blood Music

    Gregory Benford: none

    Alfred Bester: None

    James Blish: Cities in Flight

    Ray Bradbury: Martian Chronicles

    David Brin: Postman

    Arthur C. Clarke: Sands of Mars

    Philip K. Dick: Man in High Castle

    Robert A. Heinlein: Orphans of the Sky

    Ursula K. LeGuin: The Left Hand of Darkness

    Michael Moorcock: Elric of Melnibone

    Larry Niven: Ringworld

    Andre Norton: Star Rangers

    Frederik Pohl: Space Merchants

    Terry Pratchett: Colour of Magic

    Robert Silverberg: Book of Skulls

    Theodore Sturgeon: More Than Human

    H.G. Wells: War of the Worlds

  8. Brian Aldiss: none

    Isaac Asimov: I, Robot series

    Greg Bear: none

    Gregory Benford: none

    Alfred Bester: None

    James Blish: Spock Must Die!

    Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451

    David Brin: none

    Arthur C. Clarke: none

    Philip K. Dick: none

    Robert A. Heinlein: none

    Ursula K. LeGuin: none

    Michael Moorcock: Behold the Man

    Larry Niven: Ringworld

    Andre Norton: None.

    Frederik Pohl: Gateway

    Terry Pratchett: none

    Robert Silverberg: Revolt on Alpha C

    Theodore Sturgeon: none

    H.G. Wells: War of the Worlds

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