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Margaret Atwood - The Handmaid's Tale
Marion Zimmer Bradley - The Shattered Chain
Octavia E. Butler - Kindred
Octavia E. Butler - The Parable of the Sower
Suzy McKee Charnas - Motherlines
C. J. Cherryh - Cyteen
Mary Gentle - Golden Witchbreed
Amanda Hemingway - Pzyche
Zenna Henderson - The People, No Different Flesh
Cecilia Holland - Floating Worlds
Megan Lindholm - Alien Earth
Gwyneth Jones - White Queen
Janet E. Kagan - Mirabile
Nancy Kress - Beggars in Spain
Tanith Lee - Don't Bite the Sun
Ursula LeGuin - Rocannon's World
Anne McCaffrey - The Ship Who Sang
Maureen F. McHugh - Mission Child
Naomi Mitchison - Memoirs of a Spacewoman
Elizabeth Moon - Remnant Population
Andre Norton - Star Rangers
Rebecca Ore - Being Alien
Marge Piercy - Woman on the Edge of Time
Justina Robson - Silver Screen
Joanna Russ - We Who Are About To...
Sherri S Tepper - The Gate to Women's Country
James Tiptree Jr. - Her Smoke Rose Up For Ever

Oh, alright then 26. You may have guessed I've been seeing a lot of "best sf" lists recently that have been annoying me.

I don't pretend this is a "best of" list (I don't believe I'm in a position to compile such a list). It's a list of books that have mattered to me for one reason or another over the years. It's not exhaustive - even as I look at it I'm thinking no Bujold, Willis, Anthony, Goonan - but I've been buying and culling books for nearly fifty years now and every one of these is by an author represented on my hardback shelves. I'm not selecting entirely for literary quality, although many of them stand with the best on that score. Some of them have probably dated. But they are all interesting books by good writers that have stayed with me and been worth rereading, some of them more than once.

Good reading.

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watervole
5th Mar, 2017 10:40 (UTC)
There's a couple of books on that list that I love, especially Remnant Population, but upon looking up reviews for some of the others, I realised that some have dated badly (world powered by cold fusion, impossible biology, etc.)and others contain things that are currently triggers for me.

Even when things are done to allow an idea, I can rarely go with it if I know it's scientifically impossible.

I can go with FTL for the sake of reaching other planets, but that's about it.

(This week, pretty much everything is a potential trigger...)

coth
5th Mar, 2017 11:55 (UTC)
Sorry to hear you are feeling fragile. Nobody needs to read books they don't want to (outside of an actual course of study, that is, which is a separate subject).

And of course, we all value different things when we are reading.
watervole
5th Mar, 2017 12:54 (UTC)
It's been a really odd week of highs and lows. Things well outside my normal range of experience.

Books I might well have dived into at other times are currently ones to run shy of.

I think I may go and reread Remnant Population. Could be exactly what I need.
coth
5th Mar, 2017 13:12 (UTC)
Enjoy it.
redbird
5th Mar, 2017 11:12 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation of why you selected these: going down the list, I was thinking "If one Le Guin, why that one?" thinking I would pick either The Dispossessed or The Left Hand of Darkness as an excellent Le Guin novel to start with. But the one of her books that has made the most impression on me is Always Coming Home, which I love and a lot of people bounce off of.
coth
5th Mar, 2017 11:48 (UTC)
I think I bounced off Always Coming Home at the time, and it is still here waiting to be read. I expect I'll get round to it one of these days. One of the things that annoys me about 'best of' lists is that they implicitly claim the lister is in a position to judge, and I don't think that's true for anyone - we are all selecting and valuing by personal criteria however well honed by education and experience.
clothsprogs
5th Mar, 2017 13:50 (UTC)
The Ship Who Sang is the only one on that list that I've read.

Teddy
coth
10th Mar, 2017 07:35 (UTC)
I know a little of your tastes. You might take a look at Don't Bite the Sun and Pzyche. Or you might not. Not something to worry about.
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