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Sep 28, 2011


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Steve Harrison

Vernor Vinge with only one entry at #93 (great book, by the way) makes this list just one more in a series of crappy lists.

Ed Cone

The chart is better than the list.

john hayes

What?!? Inconvenient Truth didn't even make the list? Crappy indeed

David Wharton

Mappa ex mundi?


John, there was clearly space for it on the chart.


At least Inconvenient Truth could have shared space with Dune's ecosystem of fiction.


Inconvenient Truth didn't even make comedy. Douglas Adams seems to have the entire niche to himself.

Ed Cone

I hoped you'd drop by, DW. That's my faux-Latin phrase for Map of Out of This World.

David Wharton

Ah. Good one! The Latin teacher in me says, the preposition ex takes the ablative case, so mappa ex mundo.

But Latin doesn't really like to use prepositional phrases with nouns, so I'd suggest mappa mundi alieni.

I mean, in case you were wondering.

Ed Cone

Thanks, DW, I actually find such things interesting (see "hours of nerd joy," above).

I think every kid should take a couple of years of Latin, although clearly the years I took had limited impact.

Joe Killian

I remember enjoying "Ender's Game" when I read it.

But above Stranger in a Strange Land?

Above several books by Robert Heinlein, Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, William Gibson, Philip K. Dick and Kurt Vonnegut?

I dunno.

One of the problems with lists like these is that you want to read it as "this book is more important than that book" or "this book is better than that book" -- it's easy to forget that we're really talking about "this book got more votes than that book."

If the Harry Potter books had been eligible rather than being relegated to a "young adult" list, they would have dominated.

Ed Cone

Yep. I would put Ender's Game in young adult, too, for that matter.


"I threw a Hari Seldon reference into one of my newsletters the other day, which gave me hours of nerd joy."

Does anyone under the age of 30 understand the reference? Or know who Azimov was? Or knows what the Foundations represent? Or can explain the connection with the Robot series?

Ed Cone

I don't know if younger people read older sci-fi. Foundation made the top ten on the list, but I don't know the demographics of the listmakers.

The thought of someone seeing that Seldon shout-out and googling the name and reading the book makes me happy, though.

I made a King Lear reference at dinner the other night and people nodded. Not sci-fi, I know, and they were all over 47.

Steve Harrison

R. Daneel Olivaw, Bubba. I may be 51 but I have the mind of a small child, so...

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