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PostPosted: Fri Feb 29, 2008 2:31 am 
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Here's yet another listing to kick the shit out of...
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http://io9.com/361597/the-twenty-scienc ... -your-life

At least 10 of those books should be on a 'merely-average' list, I'd suggest.

Quite what Mary D. Russell's incredibly-annoying-to-atheists novel Sparrow is doing in there, I have no idea.
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For an io9 post, that's not just surprisingly focused on books, but lists a number of pretty decent titles. It's probably top of my list of "Thirty most non-infuriating posts on an otherwise very frustrating broad-spectrum scifi blog OMGWTFBBQ!!1!"

To be fair, as well, I've noticed a lot more book-related posts there lately, and I know that they're keeping an eye on what people are saying about them (as Newitz responded to one of my comments at VCTB), so maybe they're making a bit more of an effort for us literary types? Then again, perhaps that's just my vanity speaking ... but then again again, maybe they've discovered that top-ten lists of TV show aliens with bizarre genitalia don't provide the PCM that the heads of Gawker require, and they're turning to the book readers as in response?

C'mon, a guy can dream, right?

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Pfft. Crap list. At the Mountains of Madness is not sf; nor is Perdido Street Station. As for the rest... Asimov? Wizard isn't Varley's best - a collection would have been better. Likewise Consider Phlebas isn't Banks' best Culture novel. Linda Nagata?! I read one of her novels once. It was slow and dull and boring.

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Well, I'm going to come out and say that 'The Dispossessed', at the very least, *should* be on that list.

I'd say the same about 'Kindred', but to my shame I've yet to read anything by Octavia Butler.

'Consider Phlebas' is a great novel; perhaps not Banks' best, but in the absence of actual reasons *why* another would be more deserving, let's just put that down to subjectivity.

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Wot no PKD? No Ray Bradbury? Hmmm....

I read about half of the Marge Piercy one for a writing course some years back, except in the UK it was called 'Body of Glass'. Didn't do much for me.

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Can't really comment on the list, since the most recent featured item I've read was Asimov, and I haven't even heard of half of them (which I suspect might be significant) so I'll save my kicking for the glib preamble, which sounded like it had been lifted straight out of a fashion magazine.


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