Thursday, September 30, 2004

A Non-Political Post

By: UnrepentantNewDealer

A non-political post?! Great Jumpin' Jehosephat! But as anyone who knows me can attest, books are my greatest love. That being said, this list was originally posted on my accidental Xanga blog because...well, because I got bored, what more can I say? I was inspired--maybe provoked--to post this by a How Stuff Works Top 100 Greatest Science Fiction Novels List that I came across on Akerman's Pictoblog (link on the right). So, I decided to create my own. As I am lazy there are only 10 novels. To be fair to other authors, I count the collected works of Orson Scott Card as only "one" novel. Without further ado, I humbly present:
Michael J. Smith's Authoritative
Top 10 Greatest Science Fiction Novels List

10) Brave New World by Aldois Huxley (The ultimate dystopia, or utopia if you agree with Akerman.)

9) Mars by Ben Bova (The very best of the many novels about the Red Planet; no bug-eyed monsters here!)

8) Artifact by Gregory Benford (Conceptually, one of the coolest novels ever written. Basically, an a cube-shaped black stone is found in a Greek cave that contains a singularity, essentially a tiny black hole. Oh, yeah, and there's two of them and they are attracted to each other and if they meet, "it's the end of the world as we know it". Sing along now! "And I feel fine.")

7) The Last War by H.G. Wells (A cool apocalyptic tale of a nuclear armegeddon which allows a clean start for the rise of civilization; most impressive it was written in 1914! Talk about foresight!)

6) The Foundation series by Isaac Asimov (Required reading; it is the fall of the Roman Empire in an interstellar setting. Galactic empires, scientifically "predicting" the future, individuals with special telepathic powers--all can be traced back to this landmark trilogy. Ingenious solutions to seemingly insolvable problems, too.)

5) Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Someone should really make a movie of this. It would have to have mind-blowing special effects! Essentially, a cylindrical spacecraft is discovered hurtling towards the sun from another solar system. A space crew is readied to go inside. But they find far more questions than answers. Truly, an awesome book!)

4) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (If you haven't read this book, you're a miserable specimen of humanity and a waste of needed resources! Nothing personal, of course! I particularly like the Mechanical Hound...)

3) 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (Do I really need to explain this one? Captain Nemo and a giant squid...How could you ask for more?)

2) 2001: A Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clarke (Yeah, I know, the movie's weird. Read the book and much, if not all, will become clear.)

1) The Collected works of OSC (particularly the Ender series, Alvin Maker series, and Pastwatch: The Redemption of Christopher Columbus. If you aren't keeping up with this literary master's writing, well...go back and read the parenthetical remark to number 4!)

That's all for now. Don't worry, I'm sure I'll get some political fodder from tonight's presidential debate. Stay tuned...


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