big list of F&SF books somewhere thought were important
bold ones have read... or to be accurate I think I've read, I'm a bit fuzzy on that
strikethrough ones have read and hated
star for ones I read and really love( Read more... )
... That's actually a fairly small sample of the list.
And half of those I'm not 100% sure about.
The stuff I read most isn't on there. And what's with picking the earliest Brooks or PTerry? They got better as they wrote more. Much better.
Orson Scott Card otoh I stopped reading quite some time ago.
My list: Lois McMaster Bujold, C J Cherryh, the ones that spring to mind immediately. Exploring knock on effects of genetic technology, as well as the divergent cultures resulting from different ways to be human. Ringworld has a bunch of that stuff too, lots of different people.
There was just some documentary I was watching about the history of (British) science fiction. And it had a lot about all the things that really rather bore me - alien invasion, those big implacable eaters that turn up and either triumph or die. Blah.
But it also had as a theme Evolution, which actually is mentioned repeatedly in connection with Dickens and Beloved in class.
Homo Superior mentioned in Midwich Cuckoos.
Mutants that are hated and feared goes back a looooong way.
We are the aliens.
Now that's the good stuff.
Also it had about time travel, which is a great way to go visit human-aliens.
I love Doctor Who, but I think Stargate always had potential for more. Because it has aspects that could be just like Time Travel, in that they can step through their travel machine and end up in a culture just like it was out of a different time. But then those other times can step right back at us. Mix together, collide, have to find ways of reaching an accommodation, living together.
Now that sounds like fun.
It also has some great aliens, the parasitic/symbiotic goa'uld/tok'ra, and the Asgard, and the replicators and all sorts.
When it wanders into being a military invastion blow stuff up show it leaves behind all the stuff that most interests me.
But they frequently hang out in the science fiction places, with the ramifications of technological change and suchlike. And that stuff is fun.
... Yeah, I got from books to Stargate pretty quickly.
I do actually spend more time with TV than your actual print books.
Reading on the internet uses more time than either though.