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The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 049): Panel Discussion: What SF/F Books Should Be In Every Fan’s Library?

In episode 49 of the SF Signal Podcast, Patrick Hester asks the panel:

Q: What SF/F books should be in every fan’s library?

This week’s panel:

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11 Comments on The SF Signal Podcast (Episode 049): Panel Discussion: What SF/F Books Should Be In Every Fan’s Library?

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  4. The majority panel answered the question in a manner different than what I was expecting.

    I personally dont think Foundation is required, nor American Gods. (Though Neverwhere is an interesting direction…)


    ps- 8k books…that is what 10+ tons?



  5. So what do you think is an essential book, TW?



  6. Some industrious listener should put a list together of the books discussed…


  7. In the interests of doing a commentary blog post on this podcast (which I wasn’t able to join) I’m made a list of all the books mentioned.  I didn’t note down who mentioned what, but that’s why you listen to the podcast.  Here goes:

    Lois McMaster Bujold

    Gene Wolfe – Book of the New Sun

    Philip K. Dick – Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep + everything else he wrote

    Isaac Asimov – Foundation series

    Arthur C. Clarke – Childhood’s End

    Marion Zimmer Bradley – Mists of Avalon

    Diana Paxson – Serpent’s Tooth

    William Gibson – Neuromancer

    A. A. Attanasio – Radix

    Robert Heinlein – Stranger in a Strange Land, Starship Troopers

    Ursula K. LeGuin – Left Hand of Darkness, (I’d add the Lathe of Heaven)

    Frank Herbert – Dune

    Ray Bradbury – Fahrenheit 451

    Douglas Adams – Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    Neal Stephenson – Snow Crash

    Neil Gaiman – American Gods, Neverwhere

    Larry Niven & Jerry Pournelle – Mote in God’s Eye

    Alfred Bester – The Stars My Destiny

    Nancy Kress – Beggars in Spain

    Daniel Keyes – Flowers for Algernon

    Also mentioned were the Masterworks Classics and the website: scifi lists.


  8. Thanks, Jessica! You…are made of awesome…

  9. Thanks, Jessica! You…are made of awesome…

    Posted by John D.


    Can’t wait for your blog post, Jessica! 🙂


  10. I think you mean “Hear, hear!”


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