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MEME: Paul McAuley’s List of Essential SF Titles

Author Paul McAuley lists his Essential SF Titles. James Nicoll and Andrew Wheeler picked it up as a meme. Just what I need, another reminder of how under-read I am.

You know the drill…embolden the ones you’ve read…

For fun, I’ve added links to the my reviews where appropriate.


Paul McAuley’s List of Essential SF Titles

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

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8 Comments on MEME: Paul McAuley’s List of Essential SF Titles

  1. Paul is an avid reader, obviously.

    Let the meme live: I’ve picked it up and added my five cents, in German, that is. But my subjective addtion to Paul’s list is kept in English.

  2. Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus MARY SHELLEY 1818
    Journey to the Center 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

  3. Not as under-read as I am.  I’ve only read 4 from the list: House on the Borderland, We, I, Robot, and Tiger, Tiger.

  4. John Wright // April 7, 2009 at 1:22 pm //

    Can’t believe you guys have not read Jack Vance’s DYING EARTH.

    Ah! You are missing such good sf-ishness!

     

    John Wright

  5. To clarify, this is me (John D.) doing the meme, not my co-bloggers.

    And yeah, a shame isn’t it?  You’d think there be some minimum reading requirement for having a sf blog, but they’ll let any yahoo do it.  🙂

  6. John Wright // April 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm //

    Here is my list. Books I started but did not finish, I am counting as ‘read’. I notice I have a ‘straight’ running from Verne to Bester:

    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! (Published as Stars My Destination) 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

  7. McAuley sez: “it ends at 1984 for not quite arbitrary reasons.” I wonder what those are?

    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

  8. Maybe because of Owell’s listed novel?

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