Tuesday, January 29, 2013

A List of Fifty

We readers of genre fiction (science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery, etc.) love lists. We love building lists. We love complaining about lists (especially when somebody outside "the field" creates a "best of" list). Ian Sales, author of Adrift on the Sea of Rains and other works has come up with his list of 50 essential SF works. You can find Part 01 here and Part 02 here. Lots of good suggestions!

In conjunction with that, we also have Pornokitsch's 50: Part 01. Part 02. And, James Smythe adds his 50: Part 01. Part 02.

Why all this list building? In direct response to ABE's list of 50.

There's less overlap on specific titles than author's, but there's an interesting relative consistency among these four lists. And, if you are looking for something to read...this will keep you busy for quite a bit!

Addendum: Ian Sales looks at the lists. Next up, Ian Sales looks at the criticisms?

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