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Old 15th January 2010, 09:58 AM   #121 (permalink)
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The three "secretaries" - one blonde, one brunette, and one black-haired - in Stranger in a Strange Land might as well have been one woman with a bottle of hair dye.
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Old 16th January 2010, 09:05 AM   #122 (permalink)
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The three "secretaries" - one blonde, one brunette, and one black-haired - in Stranger in a Strange Land might as well have been one woman with a bottle of hair dye.
And the way Jubal speechifys, she'd have time to bleach, wash and hand dry.
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Old 16th January 2010, 09:51 AM   #123 (permalink)
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Hah! So that's that sorted. Always knew RAH's stories were rigorously worked out.
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And the way Jubal speechifys, she'd have time to bleach, wash and hand dry.
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Although I am an alt. history buff, I have read a few off of this list. To wit, 377
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Old 7th May 2010, 08:43 AM   #125 (permalink)
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Read all but a couple. Try ' The long afternoon of Earth' rather than ' Hothouse'
Some authors like Miller only have one classic, but Aldiss, Sturgeon, Bradbury, Simak et al. one can pick and choose.
Where's Fredric Brown ? Margaret Atwood in a skiffy best-of, and no Fred ? Suspect.
Doris Lessing vs. E. E. Doc Smith ? Sheeeeez....
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Is it true the prison from Face/Off was named after the Butler book? (erehwon)
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Old 27th May 2010, 02:51 AM   #127 (permalink)
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Well I have read just under half at 24, and of the ones I have read only about a third of them seem good enough to make a top 50 list. Just shows how subjective these kind of lists are.
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tell me bout it! lad to see adams is up there though :-) anyone know if he did die at 42 or if its a rumour? x
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This is not a topic I would normally delve into. However, I just picked up a copy of the 2006 book edited by Emma Beare, entitled 501 Must-Read Books.


Here's the list (the SF section covers numbers 352 through 401):
352. "The Hitch-hiker's Guide to the Galaxy," Douglas Adams
353. "Hothouse," Brian Aldiss
354. "Brain Wave," Poul Anderson
355. "I, Robot," Isaac Asimov
357. "The Crystal World," J.G. Ballard
358. "The Demolished Man," Alfred Bester
359. "Who Goes There," John W. Campbell
362. "The Martian Chronicles," Ray Bradbury
367. "2001: A Space Odyssey," Arthur C. Clarke
372. "Stranger in a Strange Land," Robert A. Heinlein
373. "Dune," Frank Herbert
tried,didnt enjoy
376. "Left Hand of Darkness," Ursula K. LeGuin
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387. "The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket," Edgar Allan Poe
short story,to be read
394. "Last and First Men," Olaf Stapledon
to be read
397. "A Journey to the Centre of the Earth," Jules Verne
399. "The Island of Dr Moreau," H.G. Wells
401. "The Day of the Triffids," John Wyndham
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tell me bout it! lad to see adams is up there though :-) anyone know if he did die at 42 or if its a rumour? x

49 actually. But he does appear in episode 42 of Monty Python's Flying Circus.
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The three "secretaries" - one blonde, one brunette, and one black-haired - in Stranger in a Strange Land might as well have been one woman with a bottle of hair dye.
Wouldn't she need three bottles?
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