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What are your ten favorite SF novels? (As Jack Wranovics can tell you, I often have problems with "favorrite" lists; I'm using it here to mean "made a strong initial impression on you; hasn't been egregiously crapped on by age's changed perspective," My own listL 1) Frankenstein 2) War of the Worlds 3) Hitchhiker's 4) Nova 5) Dying Inside 6) Dream Park 7) We Who Are About To... 8) More Than Human 9) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 10) Dragon's Egg

Date: 2017-02-23 01:15 am (UTC)
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(acknowledging problems with "favorite" lists) In no particular order, ten books of personal import:

Hitchhiker's
the Tripods trilogy
The sheep look up
The city, not long after
The handmaid's tale
Dragon's egg (for differing senses of time, especially)

Date: 2017-02-23 03:44 pm (UTC)
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I also have a problem with "favorites"; I tend to go with "here are a bunch that I like a lot", instead. In that vein, you'll note that this is a bulleted list, not a numbered one.
  • Earth, by David Brin
  • Startide Rising, by David Brin
  • The Vor Game, by Lois McMaster Bujold*
  • Accelerando, by Charles Stross
  • A Gift From Earth, by Larry Niven†
  • Explorer, by C.J. Cherryh‡

* Really, many of the Vorkosigan Saga books could fit here, each one for various different reasons, but I'm going with this one because of the Xanatos Speed Chess between Miles and Davilo. If this didn't say "novels", I'd definitely add "Labyrinth", but that's a short story or novella.

† Niven has gotten amazingly problematic since 2000 or so, at the same time as his writing quality has plummeted. But many of his early works are still pretty good. Most aren't quite up to my "goes in a Top 10 list" standards, and I won't say that A Gift From Earth is really that awesome... but it's fun!

‡ I really should like the Foreigner series a huge amount. Linguistics! Well-developed aliens! Instead, I can kinda-sorta get through it, because Cherryh spends so much time inside the protagonist's head as he maunders and plexes. But Explorer has a wonderful first-contact situation, and the action is more external than most of the rest of the series.

Ted Chiang's "The Story of Your Life" (the basis for the movie Arrival, only even more cerebral!) would totally be on here, except that it's a short story, not a novel.

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