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POLL RESULTS: SF books in the Perfect Library

Here are the results of the latest SF Signal poll.


Which of these books from the “Perfect Library” is your favorite?


(147 total votes)

All I can say is more people need to read The Day of the Triffids.

Lots of comments this week…

“I admit that Foundation may not be the best work, in literary terms, of the list. However, I read the book first out of all of the books on the list, and the power and vision of Asimov’s work still resonates with me today.” – Jvstin

“For “favorite” I used the ‘one I enjoy re-reading the most’ criterion. These are all good, but really… nothing from the last twenty years? Nothing? How much time does it take to make something a “classic” anyway?” – Karen Burnham

“1984, Foundation or 2001? Flip a three-sided coin…” – platyjoe

“‘1984’ was the most influential and ‘Brave New World’ had the most metaphorical accuracy, but ‘Foundation’ (I assume this means the whole trilogy) was the most enjoyable. Of course, that’s from the perspective of a teenaged sf nerd. Let me re-read them all and I’ll give you my adult opinion…” – Matte Lozenge

“Whose perfect library? Basic, yes. But very limited, Tolkien…Lewis….Bradbury…Howard..Keyes….and on and on?

Blessings” – Richard Novak

“I voted for Brave New world, but Day of the Triffids was a very, very close second.” – SF Fangirl

“I didn’t answer this poll for several days because it was too hard to select just one. Really I’d almost have to include five of these as absolute musts: 1984, Brave New World, 20000 Leagues, Foundation, and 2001, with most of the rest almost-as-musts.” – Bryan

“Several years back, when I knew hardly anything of written sf I picked a copy of the Foundation based on thickness and cover art alone. I had no idea. After a few minutes reading my eyes were open wide, my mouth agape. I had no idea there were such things in this world. Since I have reread the book, ohhh a lot. So, I would say that Foundation is my favorite.” – General X

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4 Comments on POLL RESULTS: SF books in the Perfect Library

  1. SF Fangirl // April 21, 2008 at 1:10 pm //

    I don’t get all this Foundation love. I love Asimov, and I read much of his work in my teen and pre-teen years. But I read Foundation about six years ago when I was 28 years old, and it was incredibly boring. The first short story/prologue was interesting, but then people just sat around doing nothing. It was boring enough that I didn’t bother to read the other books in the series. Why do people like this book so much? I totally pick I, Robot or something else by Asimov for this list.

  2. SF Fangirl // April 21, 2008 at 1:16 pm //

    PS am I the only one who can’t see the results?

  3. I’m seeing the results OK.

  4. Finding a copy of The Day of the Triffids, was a Wow moment for me as a teen. I read the all the other books listed, some more then once, yet somehow seeing it listed, I couldn’t resist giving it my vote.

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