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    Default IMBs Top 10 SF books

    I know it's not new news but this is a list of some of Iain's favorite books


    IMB's Top Ten SF books

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
    Tiger! Tiger! (aka The Stars my Destination) by Alfred Bester
    Hyperion by Dan Simmons
    Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    The Dispossesed by Ursula K. Leguin
    The Muller-Fokker Efect by John Sladek
    The Pastel City by M John Harrison
    Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner
    Babel-17 by Samuel R Delany
    I've read 6 of them, with 1 more on the to read pile.
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    I've, shamefully, only read one of them!

    I shall try to remedy that in the next year.

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    I read 5 of them - and they are the first 5 on the above list. The chances of that are 1 in 151,200. Maybe.
    Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

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    I've read 4 of them, 2nd to 5th.

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    I've read 4 of them (The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, The Stars My Destination, The Dispossesed, and Babel-17—all all-time favs) and may have read a couple of the others, can't recall (so many books, too few memory cells to remember them all).

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismatic megafauna View Post
    (so many books, too few memory cells to remember them all).
    I used to have that problem, particularly with films, but now I keep a spreadsheet each year.

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    Six:

    The Moon is a Harsh Mistress by Robert Heinlein
    Tiger! Tiger! (aka The Stars my Destination) by Alfred Bester
    Fire Upon The Deep by Vernor Vinge
    Neuromancer by William Gibson
    The Dispossesed by Ursula K. Le Guin
    Stand on Zanzibar by John Brunner


    The only one I'd include of those in my top x list would be Neuromancer.
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    Hmm, the 6 I've read, where would they rate on my personal faves list?

    The Start my Destination - excellent
    Hyperion - excellent
    Fire Upon The Deep - not great
    The Dispossesed - ok
    Stand on Zanzibar - excellent
    Babel-17 - good
    The Pastel City - (pending)

    but now I keep a spreadsheet each year
    My dad keeps it all in a note book
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    If we're going to do this, let's get the titles straight. Alfred Bester's book, originally called Tiger! Tiger!, is now universally called The Stars My Destination (not The "Start" My Destination). Can we call ourselves fans if we can't even get the titles right (Consider Fleabus, The Slayer of Games, well I hope you get the idea)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by charismatic megafauna View Post
    Consider Fleabus, The Slayer of Games
    What great titles - I'd read those!
    Oh wait, you're serious. Let me laugh even harder.

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