100 Must-Read Science Fiction Novels by Stephen E Andrews

By Stephen E Andrews

This ebook is prepared through writer and comprises a few thematic entries and specific different types, resembling technology fiction movie variations, technology fiction in rock song, and Philip okay. Dick within the mass media. it's also a background of technological know-how fiction and a brand new definition of the style, plus lists of award-winners and booklet membership strategies. incorporates a foreword by way of Christopher Priest, the multiple-award-winning technological know-how fiction writer (with an incredible movie model of his booklet, The Prestige, launching on the time of publication).

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Harlan Ellison once said that, ‘Bester was the mountain, all the rest of us merely climbers toward that peak’, and The Stars My Destination, together with The Demolished Man, reveals just why other writers continue to admire him so much. Read on Golem 100, The Dark Side of the Earth Poul Anderson, Brain Wave; >> James Blish, Jack of Eagles; >> John Brunner, Telepathist; Charles Harness, The Paradox Men 18 02 100 MR SF 8/8/06 9:00 pm Page 19 MICHAEL BISHOP MICHAEL BISHOP ANCIENT OF DAYS (b. 1945) USA (1985) When restaurant owner Paul Lloyd takes a phone call from his commercial artist ex-wife RuthClaire telling him that a strange pint-sized being is sitting in a tree in her garden, he readily offers assistance.

Hari Seldon, a professor of psychohistory (statistical and psychological prediction of the future), foresees a disastrous era of war and anarchy in the empire to come, and establishes two Foundations on the galaxy’s edge, apparently dedicated to safeguarding civilized knowledge until it is again required. This first volume concentrates on the first Foundation, allowing readers to watch its history unfold over more than a century in a series of snapshots from the passing decades. More of Seldon’s long-term plans are revealed, years after his death.

I suggest that ambiguously calling the genre ‘SF’, without an insistence on a firm decoding of the term, will allow the audience to find their own personal meaning. Author Damon Knight said that science fiction is what we point at when we say the words. I feel that any all-encompassing definition would involve a sense of the historical progression of the genre from Frankenstein onwards but would point to ideas of ‘conceptual breakthrough’ and ‘paradigm shift’ as the essential meat of SF. The genre inevitably involves the reader (and often the characters in the story) breaking through into a new understanding of the universe or in a fresh situation unlike any humankind has previously encountered.

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