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    My list of great books

    Science Fiction
    Rank # Book title Author Other information
    1 Dune Frank Herbert $
    2 Foundation Isaac Asimov $
    3 Rendezvous with Rama Arthur C. Clarke $
    4 Speaker of the Dead Orson Scott Card
    5 Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card $
    6 Otherland Tad Williams !
    7 Neuromancer William Gibson
    8 Hyperion Dan Simmons
    9 2001: A Space Odyssey Arthur C. Clarke $
    10 Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams $
    11 Fountains of Paradise Arthur C. Clarke
    12 Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
    13 Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury
    14 Light of the Other Days Arthur C. Clarke
    15 Starship Troopers Robert A Heinlein


    Fantasy
    Rank # Book title Author Other information
    1 Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien $
    2 A Song of Ice and Fire George R. Martin $
    3 The Mists of Avalon Marion Z. Bradley !
    4 The Once and Future King T.H. White !
    5 The Ancient One T.A. Barron
    6 Crystal Cave Mary Stewart $
    7 Watership Down Richard Adams


    Other (Trashy Thrillers)
    Rank Book title Author
    1 The Simple Truth David Baldacci
    2 The Firm John Grisham
    3 Inca Gold Clive Cussler
    4 The Pelican Brief John Grisham
    5 Atlantis Found Clive Cussler


    Historical Fiction
    Rank # Book title Author Other information
    0 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
    1 To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee
    2 A Separate Peace John Knowles
    3 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
    4 Number the Stars Lois Lowry
    5 Exodus Leon Uris
    6 Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
    7 Moby Dick Herman Melville
    8 Call of the Wild Jack London
    9 Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger
    10 Great Expectations Charles Dickens
    11 As the Crow Flies Jeffrey Archer !
    12 Wish you Well David Baldacci
    13 Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott


    Key
    ! - Very long
    $ - Has a series which is good and worth reading
    I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.

    Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear - From Frank Herbert's Dune Book Series

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    13 Illustrated Man Ray Bradbury
    My most fav story in that book is the second story (not quite sure though as I read this book some years ago), about the outter space accident and the conversation bettwen the moonmen before their deaths...


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    Hmmmm I notice a distinct lack of Stanislaus Lem, Ursula Le Guin and Philip K Dick in your sci fi choice. All of them are excellent writers have you read them? As for Jeffrey Archer! Easily one of the worst writers ever! In his case popularity is in direct reverse of talent.Why is Pride and Prejudice rated #0?
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    I loved Philip K Dick but haven't read any of the other two.

    Jeffery Archer is by no means the best writer out there, but I enjoyed As the Crow Flies.

    Sorry about the numbering (#0) that was my annoying friend who is constantly messing up my files.
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    Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear - From Frank Herbert's Dune Book Series

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    You should try reading H. P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard if you haven't read anything by them yet. They should suit your tastes. I guess you've read Huxly's Brave New World as your a big sci-fi fan, but I thought I'd bring it up ifn case you haven't.
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    I'm so glad that Dune got recogized as #1 science fiction. I wish I had to read it again for school instead of The Red Badge of Courage.

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    You need some WarHammer 40k on your list. Who doesn't love to read about the Imperial Guard prevailing against Chaos for the God Emperor of Terra?

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    Good list -- there are many titles in there that I am eager to read.

    Good hunting!
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    I read Flowers for Algernon about 10 or so years ago and loved it, heartbreaking though it is. I'd forgotten about it so thank you for putting that on your list. I think I shall revisit it

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    I don't understand how Moby-Dick is a historical fiction.

    As a recommendation, check out Virginia Woolf's Orlando, if that is, you like the unconventional, boarder line 'sci-fi' in literature.
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    Haven't you basically put every classic under 'historical fiction'? Historical fiction doesn't mean it was written a long time ago- it means it is set in a historical period.

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