Pre-Blog Classic SF – Part 2
Before listing my non-SF pre-Blog Classic reads, I wanted to get my SF classics out of the way first. I’ve always seen SF as a particularly ‘special’ genre as it was my ‘gateway drug’ into literature. Although I did heavily, and indeed almost exclusively, read SF in my early days (approx 14 years old plus) I eventually branched out into non-fiction and other genres of fiction – sometimes actually prompted by my SF reading. Somewhat ironically, for example, I began reading Raymond Chandler novels after discovering William Gibson as he was described as the Chandler of SF. As I LOVED his Cyberpunk novels, I had to try out Chandler too – and loved his works also! Of course, I should have been reading noir fiction because I LOVED noir movies but, hey that’d be FAR too simple. Anyway, before we move on to classic Classics here’s my final SF Classic list.
Earth Abides by George R Stewart
The Left-Hand of Darkness by Ursula K LeGuin
Planet of the Apes by Pierre Boulle
The Midwich Cookoos by John Wyndham
Make room, make room! By Harry Harrison
Neuromancer by William Gibson
Count Zero by William Gibson
Burning Crome by William Gibson
Mona Lisa Overdrive by William Gibson
Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
The Demolished Man by Alfred Bester
My Name is Legion by Roger Zelazny
Lest Darkness Fall by L Sprague DeCamp
Less than last time (I think) and no doubt I missed a few, but it’ll give you some idea of the kind of SF I was reading pre-Blog. The next list (classic Classics) will probably interest people a bit more. But that’s for next time.