A quick google search revealed a list of the top 100 best sci-fi books. I did this because I understand about how much reading is needed to write well. (After reading Charolette Younge and seeing character development last year, I know.) I don’t like reading. It takes so much time and it seriously distracts me.
Anyway, I glanced through the list and I’ll put my two cents in on it. Surprising, I’ve read some of these.
1-Ender’s Game [S1]–1985 I have read this book and though I found it very good up until the end, I never had the motivation to continue in the series.
2-Frank Herbert–Dune [S1]–1965 This one just scares me.
3–Isaac Asimov–Foundation [S1-3]–1951–No comments except that I read the first page and found it interesting.
4–Douglas Adams–Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy [S1]–I suppose I should read it, though I’ve always thought I disliked comedic books.
5–George Orwell, 1984–1949–Read it. Very sad.
6–Robert A Heinlein—Stranger in a Strange Land–1961
7–Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451–1954–Have been wanting to read this for a while actually. Never have gotten around to it.
8–Arthur C Clarke, 2001: A Space Odyssey–1968–Didn’t even know this was a book actually.
12, Robert A Heinlein, Starship Troopers–1959–Again, have been wanting to read this one.
13–Larry Niven, Ringworld–1970–Something about this title triggers something in my memory, but I’m not sure what.
15, Aldous Huxley, Brave New World–1932–Read it. Rather good in the beginning but bad at the end.
16, Dan Simmons–Hyperion [S1]—1989–Didn’t have any problem with this until I read that there is a sex scene it. I will not read a book with a sex scene in it.
17, H G Wells–The Time Machine–1895–No offense against H. G. Wells, but I’ve always thought of this book as boring.
19, H G Wells, The War of the Worlds, 1898–Again, sounds boring. But the recording biases me.
20, Robert A Heinlein, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, 1966–Read. Loved it.
21, Ray Bradbury, [C] The Martian Chronicles, 1950–My brother read it and it looked boring, but he said it wasn’t that bad, and that is good for him.
24, Neal Stephenson, Snow Crash, 1992–I heard this was good actually.
26, Ursula K Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness, 1969–I’ve never liked her as an author. I’m not sure why.
27, Orson Scott Card, Speaker for the Dead [S2], 1986–Again, I didn’t have any interest in reading it.
28, Michael Crichton, Jurassic Park, 1990–No interest, although I didn’t know that it was that new of a book.
34, Madeleine L’Engle, A Wrinkle In Time, 1962–We own this book I think, though I’ve never read it.
36, Jules Verne, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, 1870–I’ve been curious about this book since there was a picture in my study room.
38, Carl Sagan, Contact, 1985–I’m bias, but I would not read anything by Carl Sagan.
48, Kim Stanley Robinson, Red Mars [S1], 1992–I took it out of the library once, before I knew it was that good.
51, Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, 1818–I should read this, but again, I don’t want to.
59, Orson Scott Card, Ender’s Shadow [S1], 1999–More or less read this one.
62, Niven & Pournelle, Lucifer’s Hammer, 1977—It’s just me, but I probably won’t read this one either just because of Lucifer part. That just sounds evil. I’ll probably look into it. FAr Side of Evil was very good.
75, C S Lewis, Out of the Silent Planet [S1], 1938–REad this when I was, oh, maybe 10. Bad idea. I should go read it again.
76, Alastair Reynolds, Revelation Space [S1], 2000–I’ve been wanting to read a book by him, actually.
82, Edgar Rice Burroughs, A Princess of Mars [S1], 1912–I heard this one is very good. There’s 10 in the series too.
89, Edwin A Abbott, Flatland, 1884–I didn’t know this was that famous. I have an ipod app with this book. I just found something to do during school.
… And that’s them all. I guess I’ve read six of them. I almost thought I had more. If I didn’t have so much editing to do, I’d go to the library and get some of those out. Maybe I will anyway. (Actually, I want to upload all those books in public domain onto my touch, so I can read them.)
But, as C. S. Lewis said, read as much as you can and don’t read magazines.