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From [livejournal.com profile] benpeek, whose answers here.
The meme part of this works like so: Bold the ones you have read, strike through the ones you read and hated, italicize those you started but never finished and put a star next to the ones you love.

1. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

2. The Foundation Trilogy, Isaac Asimov
3. Dune, Frank Herbert
4. Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein
5. A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula K. Le Guin
6. Neuromancer, William Gibson *
7. Childhood's End, Arthur C. Clarke
8. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick *
9. The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
10. Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
11. The Book of the New Sun, Gene Wolfe
12. A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr.
13. The Caves of Steel, Isaac Asimov
14. Children of the Atom, Wilmar Shiras
15. Cities in Flight, James Blish
16. The Colour of Magic, Terry Pratchett *
17. Dangerous Visions, edited by Harlan Ellison
18. Deathbird Stories, Harlan Ellison
19. The Demolished Man, Alfred Bester
20. Dhalgren, Samuel R. Delany
21. Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
22. Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
23. The First Chronicles of Thomas Covenant the Unbeliever, Stephen R. Donaldson
24. The Forever War, Joe Haldeman
25. Gateway, Frederik Pohl
26. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, J.K. Rowling
27. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams *
28. I Am Legend, Richard Matheson
29. Interview with the Vampire, Anne Rice
30. The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula K. Le Guin
31. Little, Big, John Crowley
32. Lord of Light, Roger Zelazny
33. The Man in the High Castle, Philip K. Dick
34. Mission of Gravity, Hal Clement
35. More Than Human, Theodore Sturgeon
36. The Rediscovery of Man, Cordwainer Smith
37. On the Beach, Nevil Shute
38. Rendezvous with Rama, Arthur C. Clarke
39. Ringworld, Larry Niven
40. Rogue Moon, Algis Budrys
41. The Silmarillion, J.R.R. Tolkien
42. Slaughterhouse-5, Kurt Vonnegut *
43. Snow Crash, Neal Stephenson *

44. Stand on Zanzibar, John Brunner (but I will read it properly one day!)
45. The Stars My Destination, Alfred Bester
46. Starship Troopers, Robert A. Heinlein (I guess)
47. Stormbringer, Michael Moorcock
48. The Sword of Shannara, Terry Brooks (I would hate it these days!)
49. Timescape, Gregory Benford
50. To Your Scattered Bodies Go, Philip Jose Farmer

As you can see, I must read some Bester, Crowley... Moorckock maybe although I think I'd hate him... Gene Wolfe for sure. And yes, Ben's probably right that this list sucks.

Update: David Moles now has the best response to this meme evar.

Date: 2006-11-15 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madradish.livejournal.com
You read The Silmarillion?? You are braver than I thought!

Date: 2006-11-15 01:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogworth.livejournal.com
It's a lie - I doubt I finished it. It should probably be italicised and strikethrough ;) But it was ages ago. I did read LOTR a few times. Couldn't get through it nowadays!

Date: 2006-11-15 01:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] madradish.livejournal.com
The 20 page descriptions of forests and dwarven songsin LOTR drove me mad. Give me the Hobbit any day!

Date: 2006-11-16 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prawnwarp.livejournal.com
Hating Moorcock would depend a lot on where you start. Stormbringer and the rest of the fantasy is basically sword-n-sorcery with a few mod Carnaby Street touches (I can't imagine enjoying it now).

The Jerry Cornelius novels have a lot more to them.

Date: 2006-11-17 12:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogworth.livejournal.com
Yeah I imagine the Jerry Cornelius ones are more interesting, but I've read a few of those stories here and there and I'm not sure I could be inspired to read a whole novel or set of 'em. Still, you're right that I probably wouldn't hate them.

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Date: 2007-02-01 07:18 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] simpletune.livejournal.com
Helllo! I could probably work this out by looking through your blogs but instead I'll just ask, cause it's more social-like (and i'm sometimes lazy): does you know of martin gardner? what does you think of him?
:) Hope things are well with you.

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Date: 2007-02-01 09:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frogworth.livejournal.com
Er, I clicked the wrong link on my notification email. Here you go:;
Yo C,
Martin Gardner's one of the best-known popular maths writers in the world, so yeah I've known of him since I was in school I think :) Why does you ask?
(and how is ya?!)

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