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SCIENCE FICTION The Illustrated Encyclopedia—Classic Titles

Soort: Voorgedefinieerde lijst gemaakt door PlaidStallion

Beschrijving: From Science Fiction: The Illustrated Encyclopedia by John Clute

Leden: 5 deelnemende leden (toon alle)

Alle lijsten van leden: [1] 2Sorteren: Score | Titel | Auteur | Datum
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12,894 leden, 235 besprekingen
3.98 sterren (3.98 sterren)

Lijsten: RODNEYP (1), ahef1963 (1), OttavioSanMartin (1), PlaidStallion (3), ManWithAnAgenda (20)

Score: 16.93

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PlaidStallion (3): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the 1950s

Asimov must be the most famous American SF writer to debut in book form as late as 1950. The stories that made up his Foundation and Robot series had been appearing for years in the pages of Astounding magazine, and “Nightfall” (1941) was already being acclaimed the best SF story ever written, but it was only with the appearance of I, Robot early in 1950 that he stepped into a larger limelight. The Three Laws of Robotics were – as Asimov hinted in later years – better at generating good stories than they were at describing the field of cybernetics. Certainly in this book, the laws that keep robots in the service of humans also help Asimov to construct a set of affectionate, gripping, argumentative tales.… (meer)

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9,512 leden, 138 besprekingen
3.9 sterren (3.9 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (2), RODNEYP (2), ahef1963 (2), PlaidStallion (4)

Score: 12.92

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PlaidStallion (4): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the 1960s

Heinlein Unbound, in spades. Stranger in a Strange Land was in 1961 by far the longest SF book ever published, and the first SF novel by a genre author to explode into bestsellerdom. It is cantankerous, talky, gripping, prolix, and very subversive indeed. When Valentine Michael Smith, raised by Martians, comes back to Earth as a stranger with paranormal powers, he finds human society incomprehensible. Jubal Harshaw, a Heinlein mouthpiece, sets him straight in radical libertarian terms. Experience everything with your magic touch, he says: cannibalism, free love, the painless killing of “grokking.” One of the readers of the book, tellingly, was Charles Manson. Eventually, Valentine “discorporates” in a religious haze.… (meer)

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50,562 leden, 762 besprekingen
3.99 sterren (3.99 sterren)

Lijsten: RODNEYP (3), ahef1963 (7), ManWithAnAgenda (15), PlaidStallion (31)

Score: 9.23

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PlaidStallion (31): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Although it is a funny book, Orwell’s satire is so savagely accurate that his publisher decline it for fear of offending Britain’s Russian allies in the war against Hitler. The only increased the fame of the pig who becomes more equal than his brother pigs.… (meer)

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15,569 leden, 308 besprekingen
3.73 sterren (3.73 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (3), PlaidStallion (8), ManWithAnAgenda (16)

Score: 7.42

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PlaidStallion (8): More Significant: Early Science Fiction

Twain’s traveler goes back and rejigs the past; Wells’s travels forward, and witnesses not only the fate of human beings on Earth, but the last moments of the planet, from the final terminal beach, as the sun dies. The story is told in a calm, assured, plausible, and absolutely clear manner; it is a tone that many SF writers would later emulate. It is indeed hard to disbelieve the Time Traveler when he returns to 1895 to tell his friends about humanity’s devolution into two species, the delicate but useless Eloi and the deformed but competent Morlocks. When he describes the end of time itself, few readers could have failed to understand Wells’s message: evolution is not always on our side.… (meer)

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3,553 leden, 37 besprekingen
4.06 sterren (4.06 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (4), PlaidStallion (9), ManWithAnAgenda (17)

Score: 7.11

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PlaidStallion (9): More Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Brave New World is second only to Nineteen Eighty-Four as the most famous SF novel ever. Ironically, neither was published as SF: in 1932, the term was hardly known beyond pulp magazines. For Huxley, Brave New World was the culmination of a series of novels anatomizing the consequences of World War I. It reeks of aftermath, loss of faith, obeisance to new gods of technology, and the allure of raw pleasure. “Feelies” prefigure virtual reality by half a century, and “soma” predicts the use of drugs as a technique of social control: Huxley could not guess that, a few decades later, feelies and soma would be options, not controls.… (meer)

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69,879 leden, 1,142 besprekingen
4.24 sterren (4.24 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (5), PlaidStallion (11), ManWithAnAgenda (19)

Score: 6.79

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PlaidStallion (11): More Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

It is one of literature’s most famous openings: “It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks were striking thirteen.” Orwell never lets the pace slacken: Nineteen Eighty-Four is famous for its satire on both left and right, for doublethink, and for Big Brother, who is watching you; but almost more important than anything is the feverishness of the telling. The book is a nightmare: it feels like constant pressure, like a world mutilated by its political owners, like entrapment, despair, sudden brief joy. It may fail to describe contemporary politics, but for many it captures contemporary life.… (meer)

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45,216 leden, 884 besprekingen
4.02 sterren (4.02 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (8), ManWithAnAgenda (14), PlaidStallion (36)

Score: 6.08

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PlaidStallion (36): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

The title Fahrenheit 451 is a brilliant inspiration, being the temperature at which paper spontaneously ignites. The hero, who repents of his book-burning job as a “fireman” in a totalitarian America and begins instead to memorize great works of literature, remains an enduring image of the decade.… (meer)

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8,878 leden, 221 besprekingen
4.15 sterren (4.15 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (1), PlaidStallion (19)

Score: 5.92

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PlaidStallion (19): More Significant: Classics of the 1970s

This may be Ursula Le Guin’s most brilliant act of thought in fictional form, although it will never be either her most popular novel or a book that haunts its readers' dreams. It depicts a utopia, or rather a double utopia (as the subtitle puts it, An Ambiguous Utopia), set on a planet and its almost-barren moon. An emissary from the smaller, ecologically sound, small-is-beautiful culture on the impoverished moon visits the richer, larger, technology-dominated world. But, as the subtitle implies, the story is not as one-sided as it might sound. Each world suffers from its adherence to an ideal of society that undervalues some intrinsically important human needs. The book as a whole is complex, fruitful, and vibrant with thought.… (meer)

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3,334 leden, 62 besprekingen
3.75 sterren (3.75 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (9), ManWithAnAgenda (21), PlaidStallion (47)

Score: 5.71

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PlaidStallion (47): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

John Kendrick Bangs almost ruined the idea for good in A Houseboat on the Styx. Farmer redeems it: the human race, reincarnated along an endless river by godlike aliens, begins to sort itself out, and various historical figures embark on a trek to find the Maker.
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8,847 leden, 202 besprekingen
3.93 sterren (3.93 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (5), PlaidStallion (12)

Score: 4.82

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PlaidStallion (12): More Significant: Classics of the 1950s

One topic disregarded in much American SF is evolution – evolution, that is, as a process. There is no lack of mutated monsters or hypertrophied super-brains “evolved” from “normal” human stock; what is lacking is any sense that evolutionary processes operate in a slow, incremental fashion, without huge visible leaps from “normality” – in Darwinian terms, of course, there is no such thing as normal. This most famous novel of the most dominant English SF writer of the century revives in genre SF a concern with the longer evolutionary perspectives common to both H.O. Wells and Olaf Stapledon. The plot is both dramatic and serene. The aliens who suddenly take over and govern Earth do so not, it turns out, for their own benefit, but as nursemaids while humans evolve to a point where they can migrate into union with a universal Oversoul.… (meer)

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13,218 leden, 328 besprekingen
4.05 sterren (4.05 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (4), PlaidStallion (17)

Score: 4.8

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PlaidStallion (17): More Significant: Classics of the 1960s

Published without much fanfare as a paperback original, The Left Hand of Darkness soon became one of the most discussed SF novels ever. Dissertations on Le Guin fall like autumn leaves upon the eager student. The book itself, fortunately, merits the attention it has received. The humans who inhabit the planet Winter come ultimately from the same stock as humans from Earth, but they have evolved as hermaphrodites, and take on either male or female characteristics, seemingly at random, when in sexual heat. A “normal” human envoy treks across the planet, learning a great deal about his own assumptions about sex, gender roles, and power. Because Le Guin is a didactic writer, most of what he learns applies directly to our own riven world.
… (meer)

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34,939 leden, 625 besprekingen
3.81 sterren (3.81 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (3), PlaidStallion (101)

Score: 4.3

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PlaidStallion (101): Early Science Fiction

At the dawn of SF, the Monster begs for attention. Artificial, electrical, striving, he longs to become a self-made man. But, knowing he is manufactured, we loathe and fear him, and in the end he must flee.… (meer)

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33,538 leden, 544 besprekingen
4.28 sterren (4.28 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (11), PlaidStallion (16)

Score: 4.2

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PlaidStallion (16): More Significant: Classics of the 1960s

Until now, Space Operas had treated other planets as tokens in war games, speculative SF had treated them as conundrums to master, and Planetary Romances had settled in for nice, long wallows in nookshotten dells and abysses that never end. With Dune, planets began to show how heavy they were, how intractable, how unlikely it was that an entire world would sit up and beg for humans to seed it with supermarkets. Arrakis is a sandworld, with its own precise and deadly ecology; the citizens of Arrakis must live, like Arabs in the heart of the desert, in an austere symbiosis with the vast dynamisms that they have tweaked with their need for spice, the Immortality drug that only sandworms can deliver. The hero, Paul Atreides, gives himself to the planet: his slow metamorphosis into a kind of god extends through the several sequels of Dune, culminating in God-Emperor of Dune.… (meer)

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10,716 leden, 195 besprekingen
3.85 sterren (3.85 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (13), PlaidStallion (14)

Score: 4.17

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PlaidStallion (14): More Significant: Classics of the 1950s

The most astonishing fact about this remarkable text is that Heinlein wrote it as a juvenile and assumed that Scribners, who published his children’s books, would happily publish it. Scribners balked at thrusting this savage tale into the library market, and Putnam took it as an adult book – which it is. Starship Troopers marks the start of its author’s late period: Heinlein Unbound. It traces the coming of age of a cadet who learns to be a warrior ready for just the kind of conflict that many Americans were coming to abhor (Vietnam was just around the corner). But Heinlein set his face against liberal values: questioning Honor and Duty was poisonous, and sapped the manhood out of a boy.… (meer)

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2,333 leden, 39 besprekingen
3.53 sterren (3.53 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (1)

Score: 4

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PlaidStallion (1): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Early Science Fiction

In the 60 works that are known as Extraordinary Voyages, Verne’s imagination crossed and recrossed the Earth and the seas, the mountains and the abysses beneath the roots of the mountains. Only once did he convey a cast of explorers and savants into space, but From the Earth to the Moon – and its sequel, which carries the heroes back home – does so with enormous panache. In the heart of Florida, the great, volcano-like cannon Columbiad, its base sunk deep below the surface of the Earth, fires the intrepid crew into space, where astonishing phenomena dazzle them. After orbiting the Moon, they are returned safely – perhaps a little anticlimactically to Earth. In SF, the Space Age begins here.… (meer)

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5,564 leden, 173 besprekingen
4.05 sterren (4.05 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (6), PlaidStallion (98)

Score: 3.83

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PlaidStallion (98): Notable: Classics of the 1990s

In an early 21st-century California ravaged by environmental disasters, a black teenager gifted (and cursed) with super empathy becomes a prophet of Earthseed, a new region whose prime tenet is that humanity must spread, with reverence, to the stars.… (meer)

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5,104 leden, 90 besprekingen
3.86 sterren (3.86 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (10), PlaidStallion (48)

Score: 3.77

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PlaidStallion (48): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

In this long novel, written after years of nonfiction, Asimov proved himself still able to grip the mind. Attempting to dodge the energy crisis, humans pump energy over from the next universe, not realizing that intercosmic imbalances are being created, which may cause a universal nightfall.… (meer)

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7,093 leden, 335 besprekingen
4.09 sterren (4.09 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (7), PlaidStallion (97)

Score: 3.73

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PlaidStallion (97): Notable: Classics of the 1990s

At the end of this century, which has seen so many catastrophes, it puts things into recall the devastations of earlier centuries. In this novel, a time traveler arrives in England while it is in the grips of the Black Death. Our hero survives, but not without living through the anguish first.… (meer)

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2,494 leden, 45 besprekingen
3.79 sterren (3.79 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (8), PlaidStallion (91)

Score: 3.67

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PlaidStallion (91): Notable: Classics of the 1980s

Earlier SF tended to ignore genetic engineering; Bear makes amends, in spades. Thinking microorganisms are tweaked into existence by a rogue scientist and take over the world, transfiguring humanity in the process. By the novel’s end, we have become a single organism, and leave Earth behind to go adventuring.… (meer)

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39,158 leden, 623 besprekingen
4.11 sterren (4.11 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (10), PlaidStallion (83)

Score: 3.58

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PlaidStallion (83): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

There is no greater escape novel in all SF, Vonnegut, himself a survivor of the Dresden firestorm at the end of World War II, creates an autobiographical hero, Billy Pilgrim, who flees his memories through time and space to the planet of Tralfamador, where he relives the good moments forever.… (meer)

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10,210 leden, 280 besprekingen
3.95 sterren (3.95 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (9), PlaidStallion (107)

Score: 3.55

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PlaidStallion (107): Classics of the 1960s

Miller does two revolutionary things with this post-catastrophe masterpiece. Civilization is preserved by the Roman Catholic faith rather than the by a cadre of scientists, and history his seen not as a linear pathway upward to betterment, but as a cycle.… (meer)

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11,664 leden, 311 besprekingen
3.68 sterren (3.68 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (12), PlaidStallion (78)

Score: 3.5

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PlaidStallion (78): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

Alternate History novels in with Hitler wins World War II have, over the years, become very common. One of the earliest – and still by far the best – is the book that first made Dick famous. In the Western States, occupied by Japan, people continue to live their small dry lives, as people must.… (meer)

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167 leden, 3 besprekingen
3 sterren (3 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (2)

Score: 3.36

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PlaidStallion (2): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the Golden Age

Nobody could pretend that Hugo Gernsback was a writer of elegance or subtlety, or that his characters were anything but ciphers. But, although it is almost unread now, Ralph 124C 41 + remains the central text for anyone who wishes to know how SF became conscious of itself, as a genre, in the United States. Gernsback, a German who emigrated to the US, published the story in his magazine, Modern Electrics, in 1911. It fitted the magazine perfectly: set in the 27th century, it describes the marvels of technologies to come and the triumph of Yankee know-how throughout the universe. By 1925, when Ralph appeared as a book, Gernsback was about to launch the first specialist SF magazine, Amazing Stories.… (meer)

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7,126 leden, 193 besprekingen
3.86 sterren (3.86 sterren)

Lijsten: ManWithAnAgenda (18), PlaidStallion (104)

Score: 3.2

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PlaidStallion (104): Classics of the Golden Age

We is written in a searing, poetical style that defies translation. This great political dystopia paved the way for writers like Huxley and Orwell, Pohl and Dick, but because it revealed a “terrible truth” – that ideas, when triumphant, kill the human spirit – it was never publish in the Soviet Union.… (meer)

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1,585 leden, 26 besprekingen
3.7 sterren (3.7 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (5)

Score: 2.68

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PlaidStallion (5): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the 1970s

The first worlds of Philip K. Dick were insecure enough, but his protagonists did have some chance of making lives for themselves, of finding their place in the sun. Dick’s later worlds are more like thin membranes of reality, stretched tight over the eye of a God who plays cruel games with the human flies skipping despairingly over the abysses beneath. A Maze of Death is as extreme a book as we are likely to see published by a commercial firm. On another planet, several human protagonists find themselves trekking ever deeper into a chesslike labyrinth, full mocking subplots that only mirror their plight: for they are pygmies, their realities are gossamer, an only true reality is God. And God is Death.… (meer)

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1,919 leden, 27 besprekingen
3.57 sterren (3.57 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (6)

Score: 2.56

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PlaidStallion (6): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the 1980s

Time travel from the future to the past has always been a problem. Firstly, it violates time’s arrow in a way that time travel from the past to the future appears not to. Secondly, it tends to lead authors if you kill your father in into fruitless paradoxes – if you kill your father in 1930, how can he beget you in 1950 so that you can kill him in 1930? But Benford is a professional physicist, and in Timescape he not only creates a plausible explanation for the phenomenon – tachyon waves, which travel faster than light, and therefore backward through time but also gives a realistic depiction of the way that theoretical and practical scientists actually work. Add to that a reason for the exercise – in 1998 it is vital for the world’s survival that scientists back in 1962 are warned against following a certain course of action – and we have the best time-travel-backward tale ever written. Following the widespread success of the novel, the publishers, Simon and Schuster, went on to name their SF imprint Timescape Books.… (meer)

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1,292 leden, 15 besprekingen
3.45 sterren (3.45 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (7)

Score: 2.46

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PlaidStallion (7): MOST SIGNIFICANT: Classics of the 1990s

There is a Renaissance doctrine that was espoused by thinkers trying to reconcile the hugeness of the universe at large with the fact that the universe in a grain of sand is also infinite. This doctrine argues that the universe consists of angels: every molecule is an angel; every angel touches every other angel; and the sound they make in touching to infinity is the music of the spheres. This is not, perhaps, a bad way to describe the nanotechnologies that infuse every aspect of the hivelike Los Angeles depicted in Greg Bear’s most ambitiously crafted novel. It contains dozens of diverse and complex characters, and many highly Intricate and fascinating plotlines, all of which knit and unify, in the end, into one song.… (meer)

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9,286 leden, 150 besprekingen
3.83 sterren (3.83 sterren)

Lijsten: ahef1963 (6), PlaidStallion (30)

Afgewezen: ManWithAnAgenda

Score: 2.27

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PlaidStallion (30): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Much loved by many who dislike SF, the Ransom Trilogy, which also includes Perelandra (1943) and The Hideous Strength (1945), smoothly transforms the Solar System into a three-dimensional map of the will of God, and of Ransom’s search of a means to save Earth, the fallen (hence silent) planet.… (meer)

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946 leden, 15 besprekingen
3.37 sterren (3.37 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (10)

Score: 2.25

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PlaidStallion (10): More Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Doc Smith’s first Space Opera is a superbly well-named book, because we sense throughout a joie de vivre that lifts us into Wonderland. Not the first edisonade written, The Skylark of Space is certainly the most enjoyable. The young hero seems born to save humanity from dark-visaged villains, invent new weapons and drives by the shipload, tame alien races, and rescue the girl of his dreams from durance vile. More importantly, the Milky Way is established as a habitation for tales of human derring-do: The Skylark of Space gave us a platform for the launching of dreams.… (meer)

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5,498 leden, 153 besprekingen
4.01 sterren (4.01 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (13)

Score: 2.11

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PlaidStallion (13): More Significant: Classics of the 1950s

Slightly revised as The Stars My Destination, and better known in America under that title, Bester’s second SF novel retells Dumas’s classic The Count of Monte Cristo for the Space Age. Gully Foyle is abandoned to certain death in a derelict spaceship by men who become rich and powerful through treachery, and escapes by teleporting across the Solar System. He suffers further imprisonment and torture before gaining his revenge; in the end, satiated, he passes on his paranormal gifts to the people of the planets. The raw bones of the story would be rich fare for most, but what makes some critics call Tiger! Tiger! the greatest SF novel ever is the richness of the language and the seamy veracity of its portrait of urban life, which points 25 years up ahead into the world of Cyberpunk.… (meer)

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22,718 leden, 351 besprekingen
4 sterren (4 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (15)

Score: 2.03

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PlaidStallion (15): More Significant: Classics of the 1960s

It often happens: the most famous book an author writes is the one book he dislikes most. Burgess was a very contrary, inflammatory personality, and did not take easily to Stanley Kubrick’s icily violent film of his work, but it is still unfortunate that he so turned against his best SF – the rest tends to alternate unattractively between dyspepsia and tedium. Here, though, is the real thing: an Orwellian slum, whose inhabitants speak a pronged, barbarous argot, beautifully imagined by Burgess. The ironies of the young thug brainwashed by the state to ensure that the thought of violence will make him sick lash like snakes. The hopeful ending of the British edition was cut from the American edition.… (meer)

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599 leden, 16 besprekingen
3.63 sterren (3.63 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (18)

Score: 1.94

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PlaidStallion (18): More Significant: Classics of the 1970s

Nightmares of life in near-future cities are not common in SF, perhaps because most visions of the day after tomorrow in Mexico City, or London, or Singapore are pretty painful to contemplate. But Disch has no mercy. 334 (the number of a vast and decaying apartment building in New York) is an intricate, remorseless, and at times hugely witty exploration of urban powerlessness, with too many unemployable humans crammed too close together: uneducated, clueless cannon fodder in fake wars. But still the population explodes. The infrastructure creaks. Food is short, the summer hot, the air filthy, hope gone, sex grimy, future grim. All this said, 334 is exhilarating. It faces reality and triumphs, as art must.… (meer)

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4,058 leden, 88 besprekingen
3.95 sterren (3.95 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (20)

Score: 1.89

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PlaidStallion (20): More Significant: Classics of the 1970s

Gateway was an exhilarating start to Pohl’s Heechee series. Following the success of his Man Plus, it both reasserts his dominant position in the field, and moves into new territory: the territory of the contemporary SF universe, a universe in which it is no longer simply assumed that Homo sapiens will necessarily take the leading role. Humanity has discovered a network of gateways that provide access to the riches of the galaxy, but the price of this cornucopia is that in accepting it, we must also simultaneously accept an extremely junior role in the universe, which we must be content with, forever.… (meer)

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1,807 leden, 35 besprekingen
4 sterren (4 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (21)

Score: 1.87

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PlaidStallion (21): More Significant: Classics of the 1980s

Gray designs his own books, so everything about Lanark reflects his creative drive. Intense, blatant, scouring, forthright illustrations match a book whose surreal complexities are conveyed in a diction that feels as though cut with a chisel. The hero migrates from “real” Glasgow to Unthank, an underground dystopia, and back again. This tale is not genre SF, but its hero ends light-years from home.… (meer)

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20,312 leden, 329 besprekingen
3.92 sterren (3.92 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (22)

Score: 1.85

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PlaidStallion (22): More Significant: Classics of the 1980s

Gibson never claimed to have invented Cyberpunk, or cyberspace, or even to know much about computers. Myths abound about the creator of Neuromancer, but the story goes that he wrote this first novel the most famous and influential SF novel of the 1980s, on an old portable typewriter. The truth does not matter much, because Gibson did something other than describe viable computer routines. Through his potent imaginative grasp of things yet unseen, and some highly poetic writing, he manages to convey in Neuromancer so vivid a sense of the texture of virtual reality that, years later, we still seem to be feeling what he told us we would. More than that, he creates a myth for cyberspace: the myth of the mean-streets cowboy who hustles and rustles data from under the noses of the corporations who own us.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (23)

Score: 1.83

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PlaidStallion (23): More Significant: Classics of the 1980s

It is a scenario often found in SF: an ancient race seeds the galaxy with species and withdraws to observe the evolution of its multifarious children. Then, far out on a spiral wing of the galaxy, on the third planet of a minor sun, one of the experimental species suddenly advances at an unprecedented rate, alarming the mentors and stirring up trouble: that race is (surprise!) us. The best stories of this sort yet written are quite possibly the Uplift War series – this is the central tale so far. Long ago, the Progenitors set life going. But the human race is causing trouble, because we have discovered the worm in the apple: the Progenitors’ Galactic Library Institute, intended to feed us vital information, is corrupt. The legacy is being twisted out of true. All hell breaks loose.… (meer)

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7,156 leden, 157 besprekingen
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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (24)

Score: 1.81

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PlaidStallion (24): More Significant: Classics of the 1990s

It was an easy assumption for the old SF to make: Mars would be easy to reach, but not very interesting to settle on. It would be a stepping stone to the stars. Since the Sputnik satellites, however, our understanding of things has darkened. Mars is not that easy to reach (although it is possible to do it), and it would be very interesting to settle on. Red Mars – and its sequels, Green Mars and the projected Blue Mars – tell us how terraforming might, in fact, happen. The detail is riveting and illuminating. The protagonists are told in the round. The tension is great. The ethical debate over terraforming is incisive. The triumph is earned.… (meer)

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5,528 leden, 121 besprekingen
4.11 sterren (4.11 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (25)

Score: 1.79

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PlaidStallion (25): More Significant: Classics of the 1990s

One of the ancient Greek theories about the nature of the universe states that at its center – which is the Earth – the universe is dense and clogged with matter, and that the farther you managed to get from that center, the more liberated and godlike you would become. In this novel, Vinge translates this theory into late-20th-century science and SF terminology. As you leave the great accumulations of stars and planets that make up the galaxy, you escape the terrible slowness of matter: your brain and your body both speed up, and plots spin a lot faster too. The tale involves humans, lots of aliens (who actually run things), giant AIs, huge depths of time and space, and a galaxy-encompassing internet. It is wonderfully done and immensely enjoyable.… (meer)

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2,376 leden, 42 besprekingen
3.7 sterren (3.7 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (26)

Score: 1.77

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PlaidStallion (26): More Significant: Classics of the 1990s

It is a neater book than most of Banks’s earlier novels, and its various storylines dovetail with ferocious exactitude. It is the far future. Most of the action takes place in a city-sized building that has been carved out of a mountain chain, as though for giants. A computer-run virtual-reality universe allows the ghosts of long-dead humans to iterate versions of human history, and to influence those still alive. The sun is dying. Ancient AIs at the top of a ruined space tower might save the planet, if they can be roused. The main narrator, who writes his experiences down in a dizzying jargon, finds himself implicated in a variety of plots and counterplots, until they all finally come together. The world is saved, and we learn on the last page what kind of feersum endjinn was needed to save the world.… (meer)

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9,886 leden, 115 besprekingen
3.7 sterren (3.7 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (27)

Score: 1.76

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PlaidStallion (27): Significant: Early Science Fiction

A hard-nosed Yankee bangs his head, wakes up riled in the England of King Arthur, makes himself boss, turns the world upside down, bangs his head, returns home. It is a time-hallowed time-travel tradition.… (meer)

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122 leden, 3 besprekingen
4.38 sterren (4.38 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (28)

Score: 1.74

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PlaidStallion (28): Significant: Early Science Fiction

The most important German SF novel, Two Planets beats Wells to Mars, and treats the Martians as not only technologically superior, but better behaved, tooo. Finding them at the North Pole, we attempt in vain to evict them. only centuries later, grownup at last, can we become partners in the Solar System.… (meer)

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1,375 leden, 32 besprekingen
3.82 sterren (3.82 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (29)

Score: 1.72

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PlaidStallion (29): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Eons pile upon the eons, stars live and die in what seem an instant: Stapledon's last philosophical trek to the outermost boundaries of time and space – preceded by Last and First Men (1930) – still remains unparalleled in scope, ambition, and wondrousness.… (meer)

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1,452 leden, 29 besprekingen
3.48 sterren (3.48 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (32)

Score: 1.68

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PlaidStallion (32): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Slan is the tale of a young superman who must grow up in secret, because “slans” (read as “fans”) are persecuted. Once grown, he becomes a super-scientist and saves the Solar System, and the World President reveals himself as his long-lost father. Slan shaped the dreams of young SF fans.… (meer)

44
1,765 leden, 25 besprekingen
3.34 sterren (3.34 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (33)

Score: 1.67

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PlaidStallion (33): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

Heinlein’s first published novel is a grab bag satire of a civilization shaped through genetic engineering that ensures fit children. The hero nearly revolts before learning that the reactionary Survivor’s Club is a dead end and marrying his preselected mate.… (meer)

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1,124 leden, 21 besprekingen
3.33 sterren (3.33 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (34)

Score: 1.66

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PlaidStallion (34): Significant: Classics of the Golden Age

On of the delights of SF is the tale of whose numerous complications beggar imagination. Almost the first of these, and perhaps the most intricate of them all, is The World of Ā, which mixes parallel universes, dark schemes, and a multibodied hero into a dreamlike edifice of story that moves too fast to topple.… (meer)

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4,181 leden, 105 besprekingen
3.92 sterren (3.92 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (35)

Score: 1.65

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PlaidStallion (35): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

SF had not been noted for style before Bester came along to explode the habit of writing novels in baby talk because adolescents read them. The tale of Ben Reich’s attempts to escape just arrest in a world of telepath detectives is street-smart and fizzy.… (meer)

47
744 leden, 22 besprekingen
3.52 sterren (3.52 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (37)

Score: 1.62

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PlaidStallion (37): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

One of the great wish-fulfillment tales. For eons, our local galaxy has been wading through a radiation shower that retards electrochemical reactions. When we escape (about now), our brains speed up, we solve our problems, and we go adventuring in the universe.… (meer)

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1,288 leden, 24 besprekingen
3.82 sterren (3.82 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (38)

Score: 1.61

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PlaidStallion (38): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

Stories obedient to the laws of the hard sciences rarely count as literature, but Clement tells his story of Captain Barlennan’s salvage mission with almost Vernean intensity. The knee-high captain inhabits a planet whose gravity is 700 times that of Earth, and we feel every ounce of his Extraordinary Voyage.… (meer)

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329 leden, 7 besprekingen
3.49 sterren (3.49 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (39)

Score: 1.6

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PlaidStallion (39): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

After Edgar Rice Burroughs had created a medieval sword-and-sorcery Mars fit for heroes to cavort in, the Planetary Romance seemed to have reached its apogee. But here Farmer adds wit, science, irony, and a powerful SF imagination to the mix.… (meer)

50
1,601 leden, 42 besprekingen
3.35 sterren (3.35 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (40)

Score: 1.59

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PlaidStallion (40): Significant: Classics of the 1950s

SF and religion do not usually make good literary bedfellows. But Blish (not himself a religious man) has contrived an excruciating case of conscience for his priest to resolve: if we come across an an alien species without original sin, can we grant hits members the existence of souls? If not, kill them.… (meer)

51
2,235 leden, 37 besprekingen
3.66 sterren (3.66 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (41)

Score: 1.58

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PlaidStallion (41): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

Like William Faulkner, Dick is a teller of apocalyptic tall tales; and like Faulkner he can be astonishingly funny. Martian Time-Slip features slums, corrupt politicians, autistic children, desolation, strife, and hopelessness. It is one of the funniest SF novels ever.… (meer)

52
3,839 leden, 61 besprekingen
3.89 sterren (3.89 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (42)

Score: 1.57

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PlaidStallion (42): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

SF had little to say about drugs until the 1960s, failing to anticipate psychedelic trips, or (with the exception of Brave New World) the use of drugs to control populations. Stigmata is where things change: layers of reality cave in to the drug Chew-Z, and the terrible face of Eldritch rises to rule over the world.… (meer)

53
1,392 leden, 31 besprekingen
3.32 sterren (3.32 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (43)

Score: 1.56

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PlaidStallion (43): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

Delany’s continued fame comes from exuberant forays like The Einstein Intersection. The novel’s far-future alien hero is both punk and Orpheus, a ragamuffin and savior who dives underground to beard the archetypes of our vanished race.
… (meer)

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4,563 leden, 101 besprekingen
4.04 sterren (4.04 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (44)

Score: 1.55

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PlaidStallion (44): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

First it sounds like fantasy: a landscape inhabited by fractious gods playing games with mortals. Or a Planetary Romance – because it is a separate world. Finally, we see that we are reading SF, set on a glorious colony world run by humans who use high technology to seem as gods to the natives.… (meer)

55
2,826 leden, 42 besprekingen
3.92 sterren (3.92 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (45)

Score: 1.54

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PlaidStallion (45): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

This was the longest SF novel yet published, and every word counted. Exciting, obsessive, dense with fact and premonition – the ultimate overpopulation novel, set in a near future when the world’s people, standing cheek by jowl, would fill Zanzibar.… (meer)

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1,004 leden, 24 besprekingen
3.67 sterren (3.67 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (46)

Score: 1.54

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PlaidStallion (46): Significant: Classics of the 1960s

A wicked book. The army injects men in a concentration camp with a spirochete derived from syphilis, boosting their IQs. The camp becomes a think tank. Disease (as in Thomas Mann’s Doctor Faustus) creates genius. One of the victims tells the tale, wryly, with enormous intelligence.… (meer)

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376 leden, 6 besprekingen
3.33 sterren (3.33 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (49)

Score: 1.51

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PlaidStallion (49): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

Ian Watson was not the first SF writer to speculate interestingly on the nature of language: Jack Vance started the ball rolling. But here the ways in which languages create the human world are brilliantly examined in an incandescently alert first novel.… (meer)

58
5,606 leden, 98 besprekingen
3.95 sterren (3.95 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (50)

Score: 1.5

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PlaidStallion (50): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

It is easy to cavil at the interstellar human empire depicted, its upper echelons stuffed with royalty and stiff-necked military duffers; but the alien Moties are ingeniously different from anything our own planet could have evolved, and the secret behind their life cycle is convincingly deadly.… (meer)

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1,299 leden, 18 besprekingen
3.47 sterren (3.47 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (51)

Score: 1.5

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PlaidStallion (51): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

After many years of heavy-duty work as an editor, Pohl regained his central role as a writer with this intensely up-to-date tale. It less of a human who is engineered into a body capable of living on Mars, and who welcomes the change.… (meer)

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146 leden, 0 besprekingen
3.71 sterren (3.71 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (52)

Score: 1.49

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PlaidStallion (52): Significant: Classics of the 1970s

Jerry Cornelius embarked on his career, back in the mid-1960s, as a raffish countercultural icon: amoral, cruel, an esthete of the multiverse, and forever free. By the time we get to this novel, in the mid-1970s, Jerry is revealed as a deluded faker, camping out in the drama of the world city.… (meer)

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2,476 leden, 64 besprekingen
3.76 sterren (3.76 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (53)

Score: 1.48

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PlaidStallion (53): Significant: Classics of the 1980s

Cherryh's dens, rapid tales usually feature large cast rocketing through the pryotechnic Space Opera venues. But occasionally a “chamber” opera like Downbelow Station highlights actors, stage-front, ashen with stress.… (meer)

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8,584 leden, 65 besprekingen
3.8 sterren (3.8 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (54)

Score: 1.48

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PlaidStallion (54): Significant: Classics of the 1980s

The first of Isaac Asimov’s 1980s comeback novels, Foundation's Edge, like its stablemates, give off the ruminant sound of an old man having a rethink, and begins uniting the Robot and Foundation series.… (meer)

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274 leden, 6 besprekingen
3.52 sterren (3.52 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (55)

Score: 1.47

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PlaidStallion (55): Significant: Classics of the 1980s

It is a sure sign of the Englishness of Aldiss’s Helliconia series that he begins in Spring and ends in Winter. The trilogy is set on a planet whose orbit around two stars results in a millennium-long Great Year: each Year, whole cultures thrive, and grow sere, and perish.… (meer)

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1,354 leden, 12 besprekingen
3.46 sterren (3.46 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (56)

Score: 1.46

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PlaidStallion (56): Significant: Classics of the 1980s

Most Cyberpunk novels star streetwise urchins with fabulous implants but nary a clue about the system whose slums they inhabit. Sterling's characters are, contrariwise, obsessed with the realities of power. They are brainy, and their ambitions are hard-wired.… (meer)

65
9,713 leden, 236 besprekingen
4.19 sterren (4.19 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (57)

Score: 1.46

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PlaidStallion (57): Significant: Classics of the 1980s

Splendidly intense, glitteringly complex, Hyperion is the ultimate tale about the origins of everything. Simmons tells a multifaceted tale about intelligence, life, the galaxy, alternate universes, and everything else, as Chaucer's Canterbury Tales: seven pilgrims plunge lemmings into a sea of self-revelation.… (meer)

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683 leden, 21 besprekingen
3.59 sterren (3.59 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (58)

Score: 1.45

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PlaidStallion (58): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

At not time does Fowler identify the mysterious creature the heart of this eloquent novel, who sings like a bird, as an alien. And yet we identify her as such, because in relation between her and humanity, it is very much a case of First Contact.… (meer)

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253 leden, 9 besprekingen
2.95 sterren (2.95 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (59)

Score: 1.44

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PlaidStallion (59): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

SF novels of the 1990s, such as White Queen, tend to treat visiting aliens as creatures beyond our comprehension, one that have come to our planet to curse us, or bless us, or both. Jones’s aliens bruisingly misunderstand us, or, more frighteningly still, perhaps they just do not want to know.… (meer)

68
1,629 leden, 56 besprekingen
3.88 sterren (3.88 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (60)

Score: 1.44

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PlaidStallion (60): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

Beggars in Spain is a fine novel, in which Nancy Kress reinvigorates a favorite old SF standby. A group of Homo superior children are brought up in secret, so that normals cannot kill them off. As expected, they take over the world, but ironies abound.… (meer)

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158 leden, 6 besprekingen
3.24 sterren (3.24 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (61)

Score: 1.43

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PlaidStallion (61): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

Like so much of the best new SF, Coelestis is a tragedy. On a desolate and ravaged colony planet, a human falls in love with an aristocratic alien. The alien has undergone vicious medicationto appear human, which leads to betrayals and destruction dogging what is, ultimately, their sad affair.… (meer)

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343 leden, 4 besprekingen
3.97 sterren (3.97 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (62)

Score: 1.43

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PlaidStallion (62): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

It is hard to say what is not contained in this huge, ambitious novel, which is itself part of an ongoing supernovel expected to reach thousands of pages. It has aliens, cosmology, adventure, sex, philosophy, religion, science, mysticism, autocrats, and wars.… (meer)

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82 leden, 2 besprekingen
3.7 sterren (3.7 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (63)

Score: 1.42

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PlaidStallion (63): Significant: Classics of the 1990s

Sometime in the near future, a man discover that ten years of his memories have been stolen from him and sold, in cassette form, to voyeurs. He chases the thieves through the raucous decrepitude of an Eastern Europe a few decades hence. The tale is rambunctious, test, wise, and extremely energetic.… (meer)

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15,273 leden, 277 besprekingen
3.75 sterren (3.75 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (64)

Score: 1.41

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PlaidStallion (64): Notable: Early Science Fiction

Aliens had visited Earth before, in our imaginations, but never before had they invaded. Well’s Martians land in huge projectiles that cut great grooves in the countryside. Their weapons are terrible, and the destruction is great. When it the end they are killed, it is our germs that save our skins, not human valor.… (meer)

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3,685 leden, 146 besprekingen
3.58 sterren (3.58 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (65)

Score: 1.41

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PlaidStallion (65): Notable: Early Science Fiction

Before Burroughs, other planets were almost always visited for purpose of education: writers created otherworldly societies to show readers by contrast what is wrong, or right, with the human world. But Burroughs’s Mars is all escapist fun: a hero, a naked princess, swords, sorceries, battles, and wonders.… (meer)

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4 leden, 0 besprekingen
4 sterren (4 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (66)

Score: 1.4

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PlaidStallion (66): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

Not many story collections are classic books in their own right, but Dawn of Flame stands out, collecting stories with which Weinbaum helped transform pulp SF into literature, like “A Martian Odyssey.” It was published to commemorate Weinbaum’s early death, and is the first SF book published for a SF audience.
… (meer)

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289 leden, 7 besprekingen
3.56 sterren (3.56 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (67)

Score: 1.4

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PlaidStallion (67): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

Most SF classics have been famous in the genre since they first appeared, but Swastika Night is only now becoming well known. Set centuries into the future, and the first novel to predict a Nazi triumph, it is a scathing feminist anatomy of war, sexism, and power.… (meer)

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16 leden, 0 besprekingen
3.3 sterren (3.3 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (68)

Score: 1.39

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PlaidStallion (68): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

Three ants from South America travel north, get into telepathic contact with a scientist, and muse deflatingly about humanity. Written decades before its publication, Consider Her Ways is its German-Canadian author’s only SF work. Moral allegory, satire, and beast-fable, it deserves much wider fame.… (meer)

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134 leden, 5 besprekingen
4.2 sterren (4.2 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (69)

Score: 1.39

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PlaidStallion (69): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

There are no SF short story collections of any great note in the decade between Stanley Weinbaum’s Dawn of Flame and Dark Carnival. Bradbury’s first book, which rings in the postwar era, is magically exuberant intone, but its tales are rich with hints about science’s darker face.… (meer)

78
1,904 leden, 21 besprekingen
3.36 sterren (3.36 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (70)

Score: 1.38

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PlaidStallion (70): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

Sixth Column was the first of three novels Heinlein published in Astounding Science Fiction magazine before he stopped writing to work for the military in 1942. A swift tale of pluck and trickery, it is set in an America occupied (briefly) by evil Asians, and the plot ensures that Justice and Valor soon triumph.
… (meer)

79
3,198 leden, 106 besprekingen
3.94 sterren (3.94 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (71)

Score: 1.38

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PlaidStallion (71): Notable: Classics of the Golden Age

American magazine SF toyed with catastrophe, but usually avoided depicting full-scale disasters. Stewart, an non-SF writer, felt no such compunction. Earth Abides gravely and calmly follows the lives of a small group who have survived world catastrophe as they slowly forget all about civilization.… (meer)

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1,711 leden, 50 besprekingen
3.77 sterren (3.77 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (72)

Score: 1.37

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PlaidStallion (72): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

Pohl has long eclipsed Kornbluth, who has died long ago and much too young, but it is arguable that the latter gave spine and bristle to this urbane partner. In any case, The Space Merchants is a classic piece of near-future satire: a demolition job on ad culture, on the selfish rich, and on monopoly capitalism.… (meer)

81
2,678 leden, 58 besprekingen
3.86 sterren (3.86 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (73)

Score: 1.37

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PlaidStallion (73): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

Sturgeon loved sex, romance, and all the dark (and sometimes soppy) corners of the human psyche; he was a misfit in the prim daylight world of classic SF. But these stunning tales, in which a paranormal gestalt defeats the cruel world, show him in full flight, speaking in his true, loving voice.… (meer)

82
42,632 leden, 674 besprekingen
3.71 sterren (3.71 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (74)

Score: 1.36

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PlaidStallion (74): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

In the manuscript version of this famous allegory, the cast of children is escaping a nuclear holocaust when their plane crashes, and they find themselves re-enacting all the old horrors of human behaviour on their Edenic island. The Lord of the Flies, Golding is saying, is the devil inherent in us all.… (meer)

83
2,778 leden, 65 besprekingen
3.7 sterren (3.7 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (75)

Score: 1.36

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PlaidStallion (75): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

Heinlein in light mood is sometimes a bit of a menace, but in this swift, well-constructed tale he seems fully at ease. An actor who is seconded to impersonate a sick ruler finds that the role becomes permanent, and grows in stature. Any echoes of The Prisoner of Zenda are intentional.… (meer)

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138 leden, 2 besprekingen
3.42 sterren (3.42 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (76)

Score: 1.36

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PlaidStallion (76): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

Andromeda was crafted from much the same generic background as, for instance, Doc Smith’s Space Opera: technology and science build the highroad to the future, and humans ride that road to the stars. One main difference? The good guys are socialists.… (meer)

85
9,201 leden, 108 besprekingen
4.02 sterren (4.02 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (77)

Score: 1.35

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PlaidStallion (77): Notable: Classics of the 1950s

Kurt Vonnegut is too funny, too savage, and too melancholy to fit comfortably into the world of SF. In The Sirens of Titan, our history has been warped from the word go by aliens from Tralfamadore, who need parts to repair a robot spaceship carrying a message. The message is utterly banal.… (meer)

86
865 leden, 20 besprekingen
3.5 sterren (3.5 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (79)

Score: 1.34

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PlaidStallion (79): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

The Burning World, The Drowned World (1962), and The Crystal World (1966) all follow on the same course: a vast, transformative catastrophe embraces the protagonist, who undergoes epiphanies of entropy while migrating into the very heart of a surreal, inhuman, and transcendental new world.… (meer)

87
13,277 leden, 344 besprekingen
4.12 sterren (4.12 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (80)

Score: 1.34

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PlaidStallion (80): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

SF usually treats intelligence increases as beneficial. Flowers for Algernon may be the first (and is certainly the most moving) tale of a man whos intelligence is artificially heightened, and who fully understands his fate when his brightness begins to fade.… (meer)

88
1,725 leden, 29 besprekingen
3.76 sterren (3.76 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (81)

Score: 1.33

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PlaidStallion (81): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

The dream of immortality is sometimes a nightmare, but not in the work of Zelanzy. Of his many tales of vigorous, life-loving immortal wanderers and guardians, This Immortal, which is the first, remains the freshest. For the immortal hero, mutation-riven, postcatastrophe, alien-threatened Earth is a garden.… (meer)

89
912 leden, 23 besprekingen
3.79 sterren (3.79 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (82)

Score: 1.33

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PlaidStallion (82): Notable: Classics of the 1960s

At the heart of most SF tales there are rites of passage: from youth to adulthood, ignorance to knowledge, Earth to the stars. The spunky heroines of Panshin’s fine adventure, set on a generation starship, explore new worlds, explore themselves, blossom, and win through into full maturity.… (meer)

90
1,322 leden, 38 besprekingen
3.71 sterren (3.71 sterren)

Lijsten: PlaidStallion (84)

Score: 1.32

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PlaidStallion (84): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

Quite the grimmest of Silverberg’s novels, Dying Inside still ends with a ray of hope. A telepath in contemporary New York gradually loses his powers, and mourns his old ability to “understand” others without having to actually communicate with them. In the nick of time, though, he learns better.… (meer)

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Score: 1.32

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PlaidStallion (85): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

Into our Solar System floats an enormous artifact, impervious to attempts at communication. Humans land on its shell to explore the complex, enigmatic, miles-long, seemingly lifeless interior. Clarke describes their bewilderment with a serene elation, intensifying our sense of wonder. Then Rama leaves.… (meer)

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PlaidStallion (86): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

This biting, complex, and beautifully constructed assault on our male-dominated world has become the classic feminist SF novel. Several versions of the same woman, in several Alternative Worlds, live out several versions of what it means to be a woman. One of these exhilarates; others are heartrending.… (meer)

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PlaidStallion (87): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

The trauma of Vietnam cut very deeply into the underlying story told by traditional SF: it proved that war could be endless, the “aliens” completely unconquerable, and the victory just a dead dream. Joe Haldeman’s endless interstellar war, with its time-dilated soldiers forever lost, is Vietnam.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (88)

Score: 1.31

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PlaidStallion (88): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

In his last truly ground-breaking novel – which he announced at the time was to be his last novel altogether – Arthur C. Clarke vividly, and with his usual conviction, envisions a great space elevator: a space station tied to Earth, orbiting the planet like a yo-yo at the end of a string.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (89)

Score: 1.3

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PlaidStallion (89): Notable: Classics of the 1970s

The title of this novel is complicated. It means an Indian summer, that time when an echo of summer returns in the autumn, making us nostalgic; it also means a period of mechanically maintained calm. The story, set in a dusk-time of Earth, tells us how the memory of its summer is preserved.… (meer)

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PlaidStallion (90): Notable: Classics of the 1980s

It looks like sword-and-sorcery, but the first readers of The Book of the New Sun – the overall title – soon realized that Wolfe was writing a sustained, single novel about Earth, eons into the future. The Torturer, Severian, tells how he becomes Autarch and Redeemer of this tired world. Unsuspected cornucopias of miracle and revelation blossom.
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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (93)

Score: 1.29

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PlaidStallion (93): Notable: Classics of the 1980s

Barrett blew into the limelight with this searing epic of travel and quest through a bleak, dangerous, American landscape. It is Twain’s Huckleberry Finn rewritten for a time of desperate troubles, when the Mississippi has turned to acid. The time is tomorrow.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (94)

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PlaidStallion (94): Notable: Classics of the 1980s

At the heart of Cherryh’s Alliance-Union Universe, encompassing some millennia and most of a galaxy, lies Cyteen, a vast book set on a vast planet. Cherryh makes sophisticated use of genetic engineering, and brings the ethics and urgency of politics to vivid life.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (95)

Score: 1.28

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PlaidStallion (95): Notable: Classics of the 1990s

An interstellar bureaucrat comes to a quarantined planet, like Prospero arriving on the island. He is after a native who has stolen forbidden knowledge, like Prometheus. Hard science and myth continue to intertwine throughout this intricate, deeply intelligent novel, echoing in the minds like bells.… (meer)

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Lijsten: PlaidStallion (96)

Score: 1.28

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PlaidStallion (96): Notable: Classics of the 1990s

Superior aliens have exiled humanity from Earth, because we were destroying the planet. On the Moon, in vast underground habitats, we must evolve or die. We differ from the first lungfish that left the water of the oceans for the surface of the Earth mainly in that our beach is steel, not sand.… (meer)

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